Sometimes getting from "here" to "there" takes many turns.  Thanks Kevin for bringing your sister-in-law, Jennie Smith, to present her life story as she went from being the owner of a tomato farm, Butcher Crick Farms (yes, that is crick), her involvement with Rotary, her education in New Zealand, and now US Regional Manager of BASF.  She did a great job, and got the new year with President Gregg started off with a lot of energy.  
 
This week Marie Pipes is our Rotarian of the Day.  She has invited Lisa Williams, Director of Development at Caring Hands, to join us to talk about the annual Hunger Run and Tug of War scheduled for September 28.  After she speaks, we will take a field trip to the Caring Hands online sales warehouse.  
 
Kevin Jasa is Sergeant-at-Arms.
 
Polio Eradication update as of July 9 from District 6000 -
The new Rotary year started on July 1.  This year, for the first time, District Designated Funds will be matched $1 to $1 by The Rotary Foundation's World Fund and $2 to $1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation when donated to Rotary's Global Polio eradication effort!  This is an on-going effort as five new cases of Wild Polio were reported this week.  Zero is the magic number!
 
Upcoming events -
 
-- July 17 -  District Governor Erna Morain will be visiting for our regular 7 a.m. meeting at Prairie Meadows.  Board members will be meeting with her at Eric's office at 6:00 p.m. the evening before to discuss her plans for the next year.  If you are serving as an officer, or a chair or co-chair of a committee, assistant district governor now or in the past, you are invited to attend.
 
-- July 17 - Summer picnic at Pam's house in the evening.  This is for the whole family, so bring the kids.  Pam has a really nice swimming pool for them to enjoy...weather permitting.  If it rains, she also has a dry garage where we can sit inside and eat while watching the rain.  Either way, it's a great time for Rotary families to get together and fellowship, and enjoy a great meal.  Please come if you can, as Pam is hostess extraordinaire.
 
Upcoming                                                                                                                           
July 17      - Ned Looney
July 24      - Linda Harris
July 31      - Curt Gause
August 7   - Trent Frohock
August 14 - Tom Downs
August 21 - Pam Donahue
August 28 - Eric Borseth
   
 Rotarian of the Day                                                        
July 16      - 6:00 p.m. Board Meeting at Borseth Law Office with District Governor
July 17      - Erna Morain, District Governor, 7:00 a.m. at Prairie Meadows
July 17      - Picnic at Pam's house at 6:30 p.m.  (She will provide directions.)
July 24      - Tyler Phelan
July 31      - Michael Hartwig
August 7   - Darrell Hanson
August 14 - Adam Kline
August 21 - Marti Kline                                               Board Meeting
August 28 - Committees/Networking
 
See you tomorrow.
 
Yours in service,
 
Norma Bettis