RYLA Students
   Chamber Leadership Class
Very full house at our meeting today: 5 LHS Students who were sponsored at Rotary Youth Leadership Awareness (RYLA) at Camp Grizzly, Mateo the Rotary Youth Exchange student we sponsor from Argentina, 3 invited guests (John and Tina Cecil and Mason Beasley), 17 members of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class, and 29 club members (55 total).  But we managed to have a great meeting.  Lunch provided by Country Harvest was excellent. 
Wildbill Cook made a short presentation on Membership in Lincoln Rotary. To him, the comradery and friendship offered by the club is what draws him to be a member.  This especially applies to the friendship developed while performing service with his favorite being our Book Buddies program, reading with the 3rd graders at Creekside Oaks elementary.
When asked about what does Rotary really support, the one Bill thinks stands out is eradication of Polio, where Rotary and their partners are very close; only 13 cases world wide so far this year.   It was added that the Rotary areas of focus are as depicted at the right. 
There were several announcements:
  • The Cow Chip Bingo event will be this Saturday in Paul Park's field aided by Paul's cow - 10am at 170 Twin Ponds Lane in Lincoln (east past Sierra College Blvd. on 193 then right).  
  • Jerry Johnson was selling olive oil to benefit Sun City Lincoln Hills Foundation - $17 per bottle.  Contact Jerry if you want some.
  • There will be no lunch meeting next week.  Instead, there will be a 5th Thursday social meeting hosted by Harriet Garland - 5:30 pm.  More info to follow.  If you haven't signed up contact Harriet or Claire.
  • The holiday party will be evening of December 21st at Turkey Creek Golf Course. 
  • Joann announced that Rotary International had approved the District 5180 Sex Trafficking project global grant.  This is a rare reverse global grant where worldwide clubs are supporting a US project.  There will be about $190,000 spent on education of about 80,000 students, teachers and counselors in schools within District 5180 (greater Sacramento area).  About $40,000 will be spent on advertising about the problems with children being taken as sex slaves and prostitution.  Thank you Joann for your efforts.   
Our program was put on by the LHS students who had been sponsored to attend the RYLA program.  All are now seniors at LHS.   The program was great; it clearly demonstrated how our funding for these students (~$700 each) has helped to better understand themselves and their interactions with others, and has changed their lives.  They were so enthusiastic during their presentation shared by all five RYLA attendees. 
Thank you to the members who brought frozen turkeys today.   We provided 17 that were delivered to the Joiner Fire station as part of the Lincoln Firefighters Annual Turkey Drive to help provide Thanksgiving to the needy in our community.  And kudos to the firefighters and friends for collection a total of 878 turkeys.  Awesome. 
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