. Lunch Menu: Salad bar, roast beef, chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, gravy, mixed vegetables, rolls, dessert. Called to order by President Bruce Smith at 12:30pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Kim Bauriedel. The Invocation was led by Tom McMurray.
VISITING ROTARIANS: Assistant District Governor Lori Breyer was present for Bruce’s first meeting. GUESTS OF ROTARIANS: Dick Storre introduced his wife Debbie. STUDENT GUESTS: Today was Clary our exchange student’s last Rotary meeting as she is heading back to Italy on Wednesday. She thanked the club for sponsoring her. BIRTHDAYS: President Bruce had all people with birthdays in the first 2 weeks of July stand and he also recognized the spouses of those who had birthdays in that same time period. ANNIVERSARIES: No wedding anniversaries but many Rotary anniversaries. Miguel Garcia, Carly Robbins, Klark Swan, John Bartholomew, Jennifer Budwig, Elan Firpo, Mark Murgia, Linda Wise, Brad Mettam, Jerry Reece, Pete Vallerga, Bob Prior and Patrick Cleary.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: President Bruce plans to hold the meetings from 12:15 to 1:15 this year, acknowledging that occasionally we may go to 1:30. He announced that polio is almost eradicated with only 5 cases recorded in the past year. Rotary’s goal is to raise 1.5 billion in the next 5 years with the matching funds from the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation that means that Rotary International is asking that each Rotarian contribute just $35 this year from our district. There is a board meeting on Tuesday (tomorrow) noon at the Ingomar Club. President Bruce said that his son was married last Friday and his daughter is getting married in August. He introduced his directors this year and gave them each a director pin. He also introduced his officers and awarded their pins. Each committee chair was asked to stand and received a red ribbon to apply to their name badge. Carly announced that the annual Backpacks for Kids fundraiser is underway. Please purchase a square in the free ad that Paula Patton has generously donated in the Times-Standard. We are now serving 5 schools and over 400 students. Julie Benbow invited everyone to purchase tickets to Zootini at the Zoo. $100 per ticket. The Hilfiker family will be honored this year.
SPENGLER-HOWARD RAFFLE: Rotary Coin: Mike Martin. Jitterbean Gift Card: Anthony. $10 Bruce Smith (he donated it back to the Science Fund), $20 Black Lightning gift certificate: Carly Robbins. Lisa Slack drew a card for the gold but didn’t draw the joker. GUEST SPEAKER: Bruce Smith talked about his plans for the coming year. His vision for his theme, “Empowering the Next Generation” includes empowering youth and empowering the next generation of leaders and women in the club. It includes empowering the community through financial and literacy education, backpacks for kids, the dictionary projects are good examples. He has a goal to increase membership and would like to add more women and younger people. He talked about a mountain climbing accident he had when he was 15 years old and fell off of a 100 foot cliff. He broke his back, jaw, teeth and more. He was a boy scout and his leaders had been educated about first aid and were able to help him. He feels that what came out of that for him is that it’s about we not me. He feels that it is important that we recognize the need to give back to the community.
He closed his meeting with a quote from St. Francis of Assisi: Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
MEETING ADJOURNED at 1pm. Respectfully submitted, Alicia Cox