September 24,2019

Club Assembly

President Andy called the meeting to order and asked Bill West to give the invocation.
Brad Montgomery reprted the attendance: 27 members and 1 visiting Rotarian: Carol Keller from the California Club. 


  • President Andy still has District pins with this years theme: Rotary Connects to the World. If you did not get one last week, see him for one.
  • John Hopper reminded the club that the deadline for nominations for the Annual Service Awards for Community Service, International Service, and Vocational Service is October 1st. There will be a board meeting following the meeting next week to select the awardees. He urges people to see him about possible nominees and he will help in preparing the form. 

Happy Dollars

  • Tom Drewitz is happy to put in a plug for the PBS documentary on Country Music. “You don’t have to be a hillbilly to enjoy it.”
  • Susan Price is always to hear from John Hopper, but his last email to her was off in it’s timing.
  • Carol Keller was happy to be attending our meeting.
  • John Hopper was happy? that it took Susan Price over 4 hours to reply to his aforementioned email.
  • Susan Priest was happy that it is such a beautiful day.
  • Lars Lange was happy to announce that there will be a special ceremony on Saturday in Marianna when a historical marker will be dedicated to memorialize the 1908 mining disaster which led to the death of 158 miners. The dedication will be followed by a reception at the Marianna Library.
  • Lisa Hannum was happy to announce a competing event to that in Marianna. The 5thannual Peace from Domestic Violence walk will take place on Saturday from 11 to 1 at the Church of the Covenant.
  • Brad Montgomery was happy to also plug a TV show: Netflix’s The Mind of Bill Gates.
  • Bill Mesler was happy that his wife was less mad at him today than she was on Saturday. 
  • John Quayle was happy that his alma mater, Robert Morris won against VMI last Saturday for its first win of the season, noting that they are doing better than the Steelers.
  • Gretchen Stein (by way of Susan Priest) was happy to announce job opportunities at the Doubletree for teens or college students. They desperately need wait staff. Last week management had to fill in at a wedding reception.
  • Susan Price was happy to see Tom Gladden back.
  • Kathy Sabol was happy for those Rotarians who skipped last week’s meeting to participate in the reading of the Constitution on the courthouse steps. And she announced that the JFK students who sang the Preamble were GREAT.

Program: Club Assembly

President Andy summarized the board meeting last week and some of its actions and deliberations.
There has been a 3% increase in the charge for meals from the college. The club is able to absorb this, so there will be no increase in dues at this time.
There will no longer be a “Club of the Year” in our new combined district. Instead, clubs can apply for a district Rotary Citation. There are several goals which clubs must meet to receive this award, and the following are those which the board has selected to reach.
  • A net gain in membership. At present we have 59 members.
  • Maintain or improve our retention of current and new members.
  • Achieve a net gain in female members or members under 40.
  • Sponsor or co-sponsor a Rotaract or Interact club. President Andy has spoken with Erin Jones about doing this now that the college students have returned.
  • Sponsor a Youth Exchange student or a RYLA participant. Rich Podgurski pointed out that in the past communication between the district and the club tended to be last minute, and gave the club little time to find RYLA candidates. We need to be up on this by early spring. Susan Price noted that District 7300 has had a relationship with La Roche College for RYLA in a campus setting which includes offers of scholarships to students who complete RYLA training. District 7330 has had a wilderness experience centered RYLA program. This year they both will offered as options. The program is for High School juniors, as they prepare for their senior year. Whatever we do, it is STRONGLY urged that at least two students are chosen, so that they are not lost in the experience without a close peer.
  • Increase the number of members involved in service projects.
  • Contribute at least $100 per capita to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund.
  • Conduct a significant local or international service project in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. The sense of the meeting was that we have this one nailed in several ways.
  • Post successful club projects, with details about activities, volunteer housr, and funds raised on
  • Continue or establish a partnership with a corporate, governmental, or nongovernmental entity and work on a project together. Again, the sense of the meeting was that this one was in the bag.
  • Arrange for the club’s members to talk with the media to tell your club’s and Rotary’s story. At this every head in the room turned to Liz Rogers.
The board has also discussed ways to raise sufficient funds to continue its level of community support in financial giving. President shared a project in his former club: Flags for Heroes. Persons bought a flag to honor a Hero, and all of the flags were assembled in a mass display at an appropriate spot. Flags cost the club $25 and they were sold for $50. Kathy Sabol shared an event spotlighted in a recent Rotarian. The club in question partnered with a local Krispy Kreme and presold donuts for Polio Awareness. To remind persons about the use of purple dye to mark the fingers of children who receive the vaccine, the donuts had a purple stripe. Concern was expressed by the club that the local Krispy Kreme had recently stopped any fundraising cooperation in the community.
President Andy urged everyone to think about possible ways to raise money with two considerations: Is it doable, and will it be fun?
Susan Price shared that there was a wish expressed that the club again assemble shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, which could go to a local church to be included in their pick-up and delivery. She suggests having 3x5 cards to be picked up at a meeting for members to purchase items. Volunteers are needed to work on this, as she has too much on her plate to ramrod this. “This is not my project, it needs to be OUR project.”
President Andy and the board also discussed how to implement the Child Safety Seat project of our District Governor. We can distribute the stickers through the Baby Book Bag project we sponsor through the Literacy Council, but we need to get the word out to emergency responders about the stickers and their significance. It was the sense of the meeting that Joe Manning would be the perfect person to advise us on the best and quickest way to do this. We can also invite the police and fire chief and someone from 911 to attend a meeting to learn about this, and prepare a press release.
Community Service chair Angeline East told us that she is in communication with the schools and will have information about school visits, which will be scheduled in October, at next week’s meeting. October will be the Dictionary Project, November will be the Roadside Clean-up, date to be determined, and December will be Bell-Ringing.
There was no 50/50 this week, as we are selling tickets on a raffle for two tickets to the Domestic Violence Dinner on October 16th(value $120). This will also replace next week’s 50/50, and the winner will be drawn then.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays
Mike Minder
September 4
James Uram
September 7
John Tecklenburg
September 12
Liz Rogers
September 14
Brad Montgomery
September 23
Bill Mesler
Sandy Mesler
September 2
Lisa Hannum
September 14
Tom Drewitz
Mary Lyn
September 16
Bob Hillberry
Sally Hillberry
September 17
Join Date
Roger Ecker
September 1, 1973
46 years
Tom Drewitz
September 1, 1987
32 years
Andy Goudy
September 14, 2001
18 years
John Rodgers
September 14, 1999
20 years
Timothy Warco
September 17, 2014
5 years
JQ Quayle
September 26, 2017
2 years
Russell Hampton
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