Well it has been a busy couple of weeks!
Today we hosted our District Governor Barbara Redder and heard from her about the larger RI world with regard to district and Rotary International goals and initiatives. Points that really struck me:
Rotary clubs around the world are adapting to different needs in their communities both the kinds or services they choose provide but also in how they structure their clubs.
Polio Plus is still very important as there are two countries where the disease has not be been eradicated and unfortunately, one country where it has re-appeared. RI has provided an emergency 500K grant to attack the re-emergent virus in Africa and it is hoped that a crash program of vaccines will take care of it. RI has challenged clubs around the world to donate $26.50 per member (the amount that the RI foundation was started with 100 years ago!) to combat the disease. Our board will take up this subject at our next meeting in November.
Jackie Brown received her first Paul Harris Fellow Award from DG Redder at the meeting.
At our recent board meeting we approved new member applications for Steve Zarlengo and Brian Small and resignations for Jackie Brown and Suzie Hawkins.
Ashley Kane was appointed to fulfill the board term vacated by Jackie. We are sorry to lose Jackie but welcome Ashley to the board.
Ellen Kendall reported on the progress of the Nominating Committee in seeking new board members and officers for the coming rotary year. The vacancies are:
4 regular board seats (two year term)
Treasurer (traditionally a 3 year position but varies)
President Elect 2017/2018 (President in 2018-2019)
If you are interested in serving in any of these positions, please contact Ellen.
We completed our three weeks of political forums. Much thanks to Geneva Taylor for her work in putting this together!
Scott Marr presented information to the club about our effort to reach our local foundation goal of 500K and the matching recognition available to members who choose make a contribution during October to help put us over the bar. Members who contribute up to $500 will receive matching recognition towards Jack Black Fellowship and the club will contribute those matching funds to the foundation.
Eric Rabesa and Gillian Morris were named Rotarians of the month and 100 Paul Harris points will be awarded to each of them. Congratulations!
Our meeting next week is at Centennial Hall followed by lunch at the Smokehouse.
Please remember that the following week we will be doing 4-way test in schools in lieu of our regular meeting so sign up with Gillian to make that happen!
Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs members had a rare opportunity to hear from candidates running for national office.
While we all enjoy the Fall weather there are some important Rotary items I want to be sure everyone is aware of:
- THE BARN DANCE! This Saturday is the annual Barn Dance event and fund raiser. More than any other event in our year, this event puts our club front and center in the community attracting crowd of about 500 for and evening of fun. This event also raises a significant amount of money for our club service projects as well as for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
- Our political forums: This coming week is big news: For the first time we have both the US House and US Senate campaigns represented for a Rotary Forum. Please remember to RSVP to Steve S if you are bringing guests. We need to give the Steamboat Grand a head’s up on how many to expect for lunch.
We had a great forum with our Colorado House and Senate candidates yesterday and we are looking forward to two more weeks of informative presentations.
Our Flower Barrels team led by Eric R and Gillian M did an outstanding job this year. They not only oversaw the entire project from beginning to end raising about $9,000 for our club service projects they got the entire inventory of barrels refinished and dozens of new barrels built to increase the total number and to retire some older ones that needed to go.
Our Rotarian of the month for September is long time member Paula Black. Paula has been a leader in our club serving on key committees (Rotary Park since its inception and Barn Dance now for 9 years) and giving her time and effort to many other club projects. She was also instrumental in the creation of our club foundation as well as being a generous contributor to both our club foundation and to the RI (Paul Harris) foundation.
See you all Saturday at Wandering Creek Ranch!
New Member Reception at Eric & Samantha Rabesa's home.
l-r - Diane Moore, Kathy Niewoehner, Kathleen Dunnigan, Otis Wragg, Meg Morse, Jody Corey, Susie Wilkinson
It has been a busy couple of weeks. Our last two meetings were certainly different.
Two weeks ago the CC4E group attend our meeting to solicit members feedback on school issues. I hope what they gathered is useful to them!
Last week our meeting was held at the Peace Pavilion. We heard from John Holloway about the origins of Rotary Park, the Boardwalk and the Peace Pavilion. Ellen K let us know that it is still possible to buy a paver which will be installed in the Pavilion. New funds will be used for upgrades to the landscape plan.
The Routt 4H kids presented information about what they do and the upcoming livestock auction in Hayden on August 20th.
We had an impromptu motion from membership which was seconded and passed for the club to purchase an animal at the auction to benefit 4H. Paula B, John H, and Rex B were designated the committee to explore options in that initiative and make a recommendation. Here is the plan:
1. At tomorrow's meeting there will be a sign-up sheet for member contributions to assist with the cost of purchasing and processing an animal as this was not a budgeted item. John H and Rex B have each already pledged $100 each!
2. I will attend the auction on Saturday. Anyone who wishes to join me in selection of an animal to bid on or purchase through private treaty from a 4H kid is welcome. I expect to arrive at the auction about 4:30.
3. Our plan is to buy a pig. Rex has provided recommendations for what size animal is best and where to have the animal processed under USDA supervision so that it can be served to the public.
4. The pig will be served at the Barn Dance on October 1 as a part of the BBQ dinner. Rex is crediting the club $900 of the catering bill for the event in recognition of cost savings. This savings will translate dollar for dollar into a greater fund raising result which will benefit the Boy's & Girl's Club.
At the most recent board meeting the results of the Golf Classic were announced. The event raised about $38,000 of which about 28,000 directly supports our club's service projects and grants. The balance of the funds raised will be given to the event beneficiary which is United Way in a check presentation soon. It was also announced that Alpine Bank has committed to be the title sponsor of next year's Golf Classic which is an important step in getting that event underway.
Marci V. was named Rotarian of the Month for July and will receive 100 Paul Harris points in recognition of her contributions to our club projects.
Steve S received his pin for Paul Harris +3 in recognition of $4,000 of contributions to the Rotary Foundation over his years in Rotary.
Consider joining our club. We'd love to have you as a member! You can start the process by joining us for lunch at our regular Tuesday meeting, as our guest.