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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=19, Associate Members=1, Guests=5
  • President Elect Nick Horstman covered to Raj in her absence
  • Kay Goluska is coordinating the Jubilee Dinner this year as Rotary is hosting it
    • It is next Monday at 6 pm at the Brookshire
    • It is $35 per person
    • She needs to know if you are planning on coming by Tuesday (tomorrow)
    • We are encouraged to attend to have a good Rotary showing
  • Duck Race - June 23, 2018 - Jim
    • It is fast approaching
    • We are about $5000 in ticket sales
      • There were no Duck ticket sales at D&W last weekend other than Dennis G
      • Use Signup Genius to signup at D&G and Bigby in Okemos
      • We need more ticket sales
    • We are buying 3 more Duckie costumes
    • As of today we have $10,370 in sponsorships with a few more coming in
    • River cleanup - will be on Friday June 22 at 9 am per Fred
      • Bring your weed whackers
    • We have the Township pavilion reserved for Duck counting on Friday, June 15
      • Meet at 9 am to help
      • Pavilion at corner of Zimmer & Germany Roads
  • The Presidential Exchange has been moved to June 26 at the Pub & Grill like our usual last Tuesday meeting
  • Need a Present Nominee by July 1
    • Jim nominated Kay Goluska
    • There was a unanimous agreement for Kay
  • Member & School Superintendent  Adam Spina then gave a presentation on the School’s Sinking Fund
    • He first showed a promotional video of the Williamston school system
    • He thanked us for our support of the Innovation Labs
      • Will be open in August
    •  He is asking for 5 more years of what we have
      • Williamston is funded at the lowest level by the state
      • Yet has the highest results
    • School safety is a hot topic lately & lots have already been completed
      • Many things have been done
        • Ex. Hiring an additional school social worker
        • Single point of entry at schools during school hours
        • Additional training for the staff
    • The Sinking Fund was passed in 2012 for a 10 year term
      • It was only to be used for facilities
      • In 2016, the legislature changed the law and allowed sinking funds to be used for school safety as well
        • But have to go back to the voters to get it approved for such use
      • It would extend the sinking fund for 5 more years at end of 2018
        • Authorizing it resets the 10 year period
      • There would be no change in taxes / year, just a 5 year extension
    • They did a safety assessment
      • Found some issues that should be addressed
      • Access with keys now, sometimes lost or borrowed - not returned
        • Suggest keyless entry system - computerized
        • Security cameras added
        • Vestibules added as secondary entrance point for safety
    • If it doesn’t pass - some things can still be done, but other not
      • Can’t do keyless entry system (~$200,000)
  • Guest Speaker - David Hopkinson with ‘Voters not Politicians’
Lansing Rotarian Kurt Guter, Jim Conroy & David Hopkinson
General Discussion:
  • Attendance:
    • Last week: Members=18, Associate/Honorary Members=4, Guests=4
    • This week: Members=21, Associate Members=2, Guests=3
  • Kay is coordinating our running of the Jubilee Dinner on Monday, June 18 at Brookshire
  • Paint ducks at Millers - Wednesday, June 13 at 9:00 am
    • Naomi asked for three to four Rotarians to help with this project
  • Some of us attended the School Board Meeting
    • We announced the $5000 check to help with the Innovation Labs
  • Rotary Shirts - Merlin
    • He would like to wrap up the shirt orders by next week
    • Let him know what you want and/or pay for the shirts
  • We received a Thank You from the Fiends of Williamston Parks
    • Thanking us for our support of the 2018 Play-A-Thon  
    • They raised over $2500 during the effort
  • Brian announced that he was forming a group to investigate the possibility of starting an Interact Club in Williamston
    • The club would be for students 12-18 years old
    • Would start to work with Middle School kids
    • Find those interested in Community Service
      • Not necessarily the students gifted academic or athletically
    • If interested, talk to Brian
  • Duck Race update - Jim
    • So far we have gotten $9470 from sponsors
      • The cub scouts raised $600 last weekend at the Farmer’s Market
    • We are often asked - what do the proceeds go for?
    • We put together a poster that shows where they go
      • Thanks to Gene who took a photo of the river a few weeks ago
        • And borrowed some ducks to photograph & Photoshop into the river photo
        • We needed a high resolution photo, but all past ones were too low of resolution
      • And Earl who took the PS photo and merged the text for the poster

Gene Klco & Earl Wolf with poster

Guest Speakers - from the Lansing/DeWitt Sunrise Club - Harold Mondol, Chairman of the International Committee & Club President Tim Brannan

Harold Mondol, President Raj Wiener & Tim Brannan
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  • 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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