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.
We had a great turnout again for a very interesting meeting program about Amendment 69. At least, for my part, I did not know a lot about this proposed amendment to the Colorado Constitution and I found both of the presenters informative.
We inducted two new members:
Dianne Moore who was previously a member of our club and Kathy Niewoehner.
I would like to include here comments I made at the meeting regarding the upcoming political season and how our club will work with programs that have political content as well as a request to members about political topics over the next several months:
(these are the notes I wrote for myself in advance about what I wanted to say. It came out a bit differently but I think I covered the same points)
Politics.... it’s the most interesting show around right now. I know it is something that many of those in this room care deeply about and give their time to promoting their views.
In the last three national elections about 55% of people of voting age participated. My guess would be that the percentage in our club is much higher…. And that is good. We are an organization of engaged and intelligent people and it is no surprise that many of us are active participants in the political process and are advocates of strongly held positions.
Today we will be beginning our club’s presentations of issues and candidates in the upcoming November elections. We will have this event and a couple of others as we approach the election. So, how do politics and our Rotary Club co-exist?
Rotary is a service organization. We exist to improve our community and our world. Rotary is apolitical. Can bringing information to our members be accomplished in a non-partisan way be accomplished so that it is a service to our membership and our community? I think so.
I want to talk briefly about how we will handle political events this season and what is expected of our members.
- We will only present issues or candidates where both sides of the subject or both candidates can be represented at the same time.
- Ballot issue advocates and candidates will be told that they can not solicit contributions or sign-ups… the purpose is to inform.
- One might think that the first of the 4-way tests Is it the Truth? would justify some political comments… but I think that the 3rd is more important to our mission: Will it build good-will and better friendships.
- Not only today, but over the next 14 weeks please refrain from comments at meetings whether at Good News or elsewhere that tend to support one candidate or position or disparage another. We will be more effective as a service organization if we leave political advocacy whether direct or implied at the door.
Thanks, Steve Hitchcock, President
What a meeting! We had a great turnout. Thank you to the team at the Steamboat Grand who rolled out an additional table to accommodate our overflow crowd.
Gillian M was recognized with a Paul Harris +1 for her generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
Winnie D announced an upcoming meeting of the International Grant Committee to consider proposals for an RI Global Grant and invited interested members to join the committee. Please get in touch with Winnie if interested.
Kim Hess gave a great presentation on her recent successful Everest climb. It was an exciting and moving presentation on what it takes to reach the top of the world. The presentation held the attention of the room and there were many questions which generated additional interesting information an anecdotes.
We did not do Good News as the presentation was so interesting that I did not want to stop it for that purpose... so please remember whatever you were planning to talk about and share it with us next week.
Our program for July 26 also promises to be very interesting. We will have two speakers, one representing each side of the upcoming ballot question on health care. Don't miss it!
If you missed our meeting the other day we hope to see you next week!
At Tuesday's meeting we heard from a couple of impressive young ladies who are participating in our Summer Youth Exchange Program. One is visiting right now from Spain and the other, a local Steamboat student, who will be heading to Spain for the second half of the exchange shortly.
We also enjoyed classification talks from Melissa and Otis. These are always some of my favorite programs as I like to learn about our members.
Next week we will be hearing from our local Everest Climber Kim Hess who successfully summited Everest this season. It should be and interesting presentation!
Good News for the last couple of meetings totaled $714.
See you next week!
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