Posted by Susan Lisak
Rotary Meeting Minutes For: October 17, 2017
 
Call to Order:   6:30am
Pledge of Allegiance
Inspiration
Question of the Day? What fun thing did you do this past weekend?
 
In Attendance: Ed Merritt, Mark Tucker, Andrew Schafer, Susan Lisak, John Taveira, Charley Miller, Eli Brown,  John White, Kay Phelps, Santiago Lopez, Dan Jones, Tom Seymour, Robbie Singer, Dr. Burnside, Scott Cooper, Paul Bilger
 
Any New Guests?
Kay Phelps - candidate for the school board, teaches science and leadership and community relations at Fort Lewis College.
 
Christmas light installation & maintenance, Saturday Oct 21st.
  • Meet for breakfast at 8am at Ponderosa, up to lights area at 9am. Dress warmly. Larry already cleaned out brush. Will see if we need to work on angel. Hiking boots.
  • Update: lots of lights were out (over 100). Ordered more thru the General Store, will need to set up another volunteer outing when lights come in.
 
Commodities update:
  • Charley said we ran out of food again. Food has gone down over the years, in the past it took two trucks, now just 1 truck is plenty. Haven't had meat in the mix for months.
  • Speak with congressman to get more food? Mark Tucker will do some research on farm bill.
Donation Request:
  • Butler’s corner Nature center - Kay Phelps is on their board. Discussed the possibility of a future fundraiser for them. Fundraising committee will meet soon. It was decided that we would love to have her come in and speak to us.
  • Update: Kathy accepted the speaker invitation and will join us Jan 9th.
 
Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE)
  • Looking for a Youth Exchange Officer (YEO) to be trained for our club, so we need volunteers for a short training session.
  • We are also looking for host families for the 2018-2019 season. They do not need to be a Rotary member, but it helps if they have kids in highschool. Goes from June 2018 - June 2019.
  • Marilyn Branch will be down from the Telluride club to talk about this in the coming weeks.
 
7:10am - Guest Speaker: Santiago Lopez - Dolores Town Mayor
  • This is Santiago Lopez’s 2nd year as mayor.
  • The playground at Joe Rowell Park is the hot topic issue lately. The playground is in a lot of disrepair, and the town has done what they can for maintenance. Setting up a committee for parks and recreation.
  • The town has also put in a new AV system to improve their board meetings. They have also allocated money to fix a pipe underneath the Dolores river this winter. Will need to divert the river to be able to make repairs, but it needs to happen so that the river does not become contaminated should the pipe fail. Did receive a grant to help with the repair costs of $50K.
  • It was asked if there were any future plans on an official town manager. For financial reasons, stayed with town staff. Something that they have been discussing, but nothing in the plans.
  • Board elections are in April, there will be 5 seats open (mayor position and 4 trustees). If interested, packets will be available in January, need to be 18 or older, and be living in town of Dolores for at least 1 year. Must get 25 signatures.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30am