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Williamston Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Brookshire Inn
205 W Church St.
Williamston, MI  48895
United States
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General Discussion:
  • Attendance: Members=22, Associate/Honorary Members=3, Guests=0
  • Brian covered for Nick in his absence
  • Jack Helder died on Sunday, December 9
    • Brian asked for a moment of silence in his honor
    • No info about services yet
    • He will be missed - knowledge, humor, service and much more
      • And for his help in getting us involved in the Taste of Williamston
  • Taste of Williamston - Narda
    • Comments have been documented - copy on each table
      • If want to add additional comment, add to sheet or contact Narda
    • The date is set for next year - Thursday,  September 19, 2019
  • Poker - Steve
    • Half day format was different from past - made less money
    • We had 2 evenings and 2 afternoon days
    • 3 of the 4 days, we sold all the chips ($15,000 worth)
      • 1st Day - Wed. Dec. 5 evening - Grossed $2200 (-$50 error)
      • 2nd Day - Thursday, Dec. 6 evening - Grossed $2300 (-$1402 error)
      • 3rd Day - Friday, Dec. 7 afternoon - Grossed $1025  (-$1 error)
      • 4th Day - Saturday, Dec. 8 afternoon - Grossed $1163 (no errors)
    • Grossed $3487 for 4 days - Netted $2270.60
      • (Due to the -$1402 error with some help from ACEs)
      • Thought maybe we double paid one of the players at checkout
      • Heather with ACEs checked the security cameras, but couldn’t find a problem
    • Steve noted that it was obvious that most did not read the instruction sheet he sent
      • He will require each person to initial the instruction sheet next time
    • Also Steve wondered why we had 2 shifts per day when we were doing half days
      • Will discuss that before the next event
      • One shift per day - requires less people
    • There was just a vote by the legislature to raise the daily limit form $15,000 to $20,000
      • But have not heard result of the vote
    • Likely that we will be audited by the state due to the cash error
    • Overall, we are doing very well, despite the ‘hiccup’ this time
    • Brian thought we should take out a Rotary insurance policy like we do for ToW
      • Protect members from legal action
    • Next Poker nights are February 13-16, 2019
  • Public Image Committee - Kay & Earl
    • Will setup the grant money dispersal
    • Will present the checks at their meetings or functions
    • Plan photo ops at them
  • Membership Committee - Laska & Jim Miller
    • Survey distributed - paper copy
    • Took those that had them filled out
    • Will make available electronically
  • Brian met with Tammy Lemmer - Assistant District Governor
    • We have been getting more bang for the buck with our dollars/member
    • For a small group, we raise a good amount for the community
      • Also applied for District grants
    • We are fortunate to have good members & leaders
    • He wants to be sure we are a vibrant club
  • District Conference on Mackinac Island on May 17-19, 2019
  • Rotary training is available
    • Leadership training in February at Shipshewana
    • PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) - Kay will go to in March
  • Family Christmas Gifts
    • Some brought in - Brian will take to Carrie
    • The list was passed around if missed chance to sign-up
    • Need back by next Tuesday - Dec. 18
  • Next Tuesday, Dec. 18th is at the Pub & Grill at 4:15 pm
    • Bring your Secret Santa gifts
    • We will also recognize Don Warren - our Community Service Award winner
  • Paul raised a question about the proposed signage for the city
    • With new City Manager, different views have delayed moving forward
      • ‘Welcome to Williamston’ or ‘Welcome to Williamstown Township’ ?
    • The planners have done much of the preliminary work
    • Suggest we invite the City Manager to our meeting to find out his thoughts
    • Earl was volunteered to spearhead this committee
    • A grant application on this would need to be made by April
      • A Foundation Grant
General Discussion:
  • Attendance: Members=23, Associate Members=2, Guests=4
  • President Nick presented Gene Klco a check for $500 for the R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project
    • Gene works at the Toy Project
    • They built about 9000 wooden toys this year - all donated to needy children

Gene Klco & President Nick Horstman
  • Christmas Families
    • The sign-up list was passed around
    • An updated copy will be sent out via email
      • Reply to Gene if you are adding to the list
    • Gifts are to be bought, wrapped and labeled with family & child name
      • Deliver to the next two meetings or to Carrie Thorburn at her office
        • Edward Jones on W Grand River - across from Independent Bank
  • Secret Santas
    • Bring your wrapped gift to the Dec. 18th meeting
    • Label with the person’s name on it
    • We’ll exchange them at that Holiday Meeting
  • Earl proposed a group to go to the latest Williamston Theatre production - “Hunting Shack Christmas”
    • Thursday, Dec. 20th
    • Contact Earl if interested
  • The Membership Committee passed out a survey to fill out and bring back to the next meeting
    • It looks to gather member input and ideas of ways to help make the club more vibrant!
    • A reminder will be sent next week
  • Poker - this week
    • Gene will send out a copy of the sign-up sheet
      • If you can’t make your scheduled time, contact Brian
    • Brian has received some feedback about poker
      • He acknowledges your concerns
      • Will discuss more in January
      • If have concerns, let Brian or Nick know
    • We are scheduled to do 3 more Poker events next calendar year
  • Adam noted that they have received 2 grants
    • They are for STEAM learning
    • They will be hiring a coach and recruiting a team to help with STEAM learning
    • More info to come in the future
Guest Speaker - Angel Morse - owner of Mud Country Candles

Angel Morse & President Nick Horstman
“Most people, upon reaching the top, look down and enjoy the view. The smart money is on looking up and finding new mountains to climb.” ~Jeb Dickerson

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, Service Above Self.

The Object of Rotary: The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
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