President Nate Dunham called the meeting to order. Kristen Hathcock then led the invocation, pledge, and Four-Way Test.
Kim Brunson introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians. Trip Trapanhi was a guest of Linda Bagley Wiggs. Jessica Hart was a guest of Deane Hart. Paige Messenall was a guest of Marsha Leap. Patrick Callahan was a guest of Jessica Kirby. Jay Kuilan was a guest of Stephanie Colon.
Happy Dollars were collected by Taher Hamid and there were many happy people. Mike Huff was happy about the Flight to Honor happening next week and he encouraged everyone to attend the Welcome Home Celebration on Tuesday April 26 at 7pm. Jim Schmidt was happy about participating in our club and the Know & Grow program. Carol Wallace was happy about the upcoming district conference and the Rotaract project. Linda Cesar was happy to have completed the STARS program. Kirsten Hathcock asked that everyone keep Polk county’s students and teachers in their thoughts and prayers during this end of year testing season. Pam Craven was happy to have and display the iPad sleeves for our Know & Grow program. Marsha Leap was happy about the committee fair happening before next week’s meeting at 11:30.
Mike Loudon then led our club in singing R-O-T-A-R-Y in honor of Paul Harris’ birthday. President Nate presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Jessica Hart and a Paul Harris Fellowship +1 and +2 to Deane Hart.
Our speaker, Rick Maxey, was introduced by Stacy Campbell-Domineck. Rick Maxey spoke to our club about the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion focus in both Rotary International and The Lakeland Rotary Club. Rick encouraged everyone to be open to engaging in conversations that may be uncomfortable and to learning about topics that may not directly affect themselves. Rick reminded us that the goal of Rotary is to serve others and having a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture will enhance Rotary’s ability to serve.
President Nate closed with his dad joke of the week: “I have a warning to whomever stole my copy of Microsoft Office: I’ll find you. . . you have my Word.”
Next week’s program will be New Member Profiles.