General Discussion:
  • Attendance: Members=17, Associate/Honorary Members=2, Guests=1
  • Nick presented Gene Klco with a Paul Harris Pin in honor of his having achieved a Paul Harris Fellowship - $1000 contributed to Rotary International
    • Gene noted that it was his second Paul Harris Fellowship having contributed on at his past Rotary Club - Petoskey Sunrise Rotary
    • He was able to do that by contributing just $25/quarter for the last 10 years
       
President Nick Horstman with Gene Klco
 
  • Narda is selling tickets to the Williamston Schools Foundation
    • They are $50 each with the top prize of $5000
  • This Thursday is our day to take a dinner to Haven House
    • Jim & Laska will help
    • Cooking begins at 2 pm at Raj’s - wine starts soon after
    • They would like to take some personal items there too
      • Towels, pots & pans, toiletries, etc. for the people there
  • Earl’s dad is in his final days and Earl is there to be with him
    • Just celebrated his 100th birthday on Oct. 2, 2018
  • Laska is asking all of us to fill out a Club Survey, if you haven’t already done so
    • Gene will send out a copy to fill out
    • Return to next meeting or send back to Gene
  • Jim reminded us that next week it will only be 5 months to the Duck Race!
    • He will be bringing a sponsor list to the meeting
  • Note that the Enterprise published a photo of us presenting the Community Service Award to Don Warren last month
     
Guest Speaker - District Governor James Cupper

President Nick Horstman & DG James Cupper
  • He is from the Kalamazoo Rotary Club
  • Jim congratulated us for all the good we do in the community and the world
  • Why are we in Rotary?
    • Promoting Peace
      • 65 Million people are currently displaced by armed conflict or persecution
        • Rotary Peace Fellowship - 100 awarded annually
      • Rotary Youth Exchange
        • Volunteers are needed to help in youth capacities
          • Some few do all the work now
          • Need more to help sustain the work
      • Rotary pursues projects that address the underlying causes of violence
    • Fighting disease world wide
      • 400 million people can’t afford or have access to basic health care
      • Rotary supports education & training
      • 100 million are pushed into poverty due to health care costs
    • Clean water and sanitation
      • 2.5 billion are without clean drinking water
      • Rotary shows proper sanitation, helps build wells, provides water filters
    • Children’s health care
      • 6.3 million under age of 5 die each year due to lack of proper health care
        • Rotary promotes good nutrition, including breast feeding of infants
      • Lack of reproductive health care
        • Rotary provides birthing kits, and training for health care workers
    • Literacy
      • More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate
        • That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population
          • 60% of women are illiterate
        • Rotary sends vocational training teams to rural areas in third world countries
        • Also adult literacy programs
      • Side note by Jim:
        • Every Wednesday he visits the NE Elementary school in Kalamazoo
        • He reads to the kids
          • It may not be the reading that helps, but showing up weekly that makes the big difference
          • Shows that someone cares
        • He encouraged us to do the same - read to kids in poorer schools
    • Economic Development
      • 1.4 Billion people live on less than $1.25 per day
      • Rotary is helping to provide micro-finance loans for small businesses
        • Also providing cell phones for them
  • Rotary is truly changing the world!
    • Why do not all people want to join Rotary?
      • Just don’t know
    • Membership decline 2% in the past 2 years in the District
      • Concerning
      • Start thinking outside the box
      • Appeal to young people
      • Create new kind of club
        • How about a company club for example?
          • In Kazoo there is a business & tech park
          • Would be great to get a club going in that location
          • For those working there
      • Need to change or Rotary will die
  • Challenge:
    • 5% increase net in the year
      • (We have 33 members now, so that’s 2 additional members)
    • Will be helping to put together ads for Rotary
      • Both for print & web
  • Rotary motto:
    • “We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.”
  • Retention:
    • Getting new members all the time, but membership is declining
      • Maybe committees are not of interest to some members
    • Interact & Rotaract Clubs
      • RI President Barry Rassin has challenged us to double our number of Rotaract/Interact clubs
      • He prefers community based clubs vs. college based clubs
      • Talk to Rotaract/Interact clubs - what makes them tick?
  • District Conference on Mackinac Island at the Mission Point Resort
    • Focus on Rotaract and Interact clubs -
    • Speaker from the Gates Foundation on Environmental Issues
    • Plus all Mackinac Island has to offer
    • May 16-19, 2019
      • Special rate of $139/night prior and after conference
      • Make it a extended vacation
      • Pet friendly too
  • Make membership a top priority
    • Goal of +2 members
    • Explore new ways to attract members
    • Break the rules
    • Youth exchange program
  • Reach out to the DG at any time
    • “Be The Inspiration”
  • There is a Hand Signage for the 4-Way Test