General Discussion:
  • Attendance: Members=19, Associate & Honorary Members=2, Guests=2
  • Reminder of the Many Hands Back Pack stuffing event on August 24 - 10-12 noon
    • Will count as a regular meeting
    • Will be presenting a $16,500 check to Many Hands from the 3 Rotaries
      • Includes us, East Lansing & Haslett/Okemos Rotaries
    • Like to have 15 members from each club helping
  • Taste of Williamston Update - Jack
    • A form is required by the State for the beer / wine license
    • They need a formal resolution by the club requesting we sell alcohol
      • Motion made by Conroy, seconded by Steinberg to sell beer & wine at Taste
      • Motion passed by all 19 members present
  • Duck Race update - Jim
    • Final figures:
      • Sponsorships      $10,999
      • Ticket Sales         13,896
      • Less Scouts           -2,470
      • Less Seniors          - 387.50
      • Total Income     $22,037.77
      • Expenses              -3,003.70
      • Net Income        $19,034.07
  • Grant Applications - Raj
    • Normally we accept applications for Grants by June 30th
    • Will accept any others prior to our next Board meeting - August 22
    • If you know of any organization looking for funding that hasn’t submitted a grant
      • Let them know
      • Applications on website - near left side bottom
  • Charity Chili Challenge - Todd
    • Friday, September 22, 2017 from 5-8 pm
    • On South St next to the football field
    • $5 for one large bowl or a flight of 5 small bowls
    • Proceeds go to the Senior Center
  • Thanks to Jim for organizing the trip to the Williamston Theatre for the current play
Guest Speaker - Terry Link - Co-chair of the Peace Education Board
              Donna Crawford, Terry Link, President Raj Wiener
  • Terry is an MSU Library retiree
  • It’s all about Promoting Peace
    • Connecting the Rotary World Peace Conference with Local Peace Efforts
  • His Rotary involvement started last winter - Rotary Peace Conference in Ann Arbor
    • St John’s Rotary paid his way so he could go
  • In April 2017 went to the World Peace Conference
    • A two day event
      • 700 attendees from all over the world
    • Keynote speaker - John Hewko
    • Global Peace Index
    • Speaker - Jody Williams
      • Said to care about something and do nothing is a waste of emotional energy
    • Speaker - Jeffery Sachs
      • Said - show me your budget & I’ll tell you your values
      • Noted US military vs. humanitarian budget differences
    • He noted that of Rotary’s Six Causes
      • Promoting Peace was #1
    • Rotary has Peace Centers
    • Sustainable Development Goals for 2030
      • 17 Goals
      • 169 Targets
      • 231 Indicators
    • Mid-Michigan Peace Organization
      • Peace Education Center
      • Has forums, films, lectures, peace briefs, petitions
      • Gives out annual Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award
        • To HS student working for peace & justice
      • Peacemaker of the Year Recognition
      • And much more
      • Located at University United Methodist Church in East Lansing
    • Meta-Peace Team
      • Non violence training workshop
      • Peace Quest Greater Lansing
      • Adopt-A-Future program
      • Michigan Coalition for Prevention of Gun Violence
        • Monitor legislative actions
        • Participate in public hearings
        • Raise awareness to gun violence and possible solutions
    • As Conflict worker:
      • Taught how to defuse a situation
      • Put yourself between groups in conflict