President Nate Dunham called the meeting to order. Rick Maxey then led the invocation, pledge, and Four-Way Test.
Marsha Leap introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians. Reba Coil was a guest of President Nate Dunham. Jay Kuitan was a guest of Stephanie Colon. Jane Wright was a guest of Richard Widick. Ed Lunz was a guest of Fred Oeters. Paige Meserall was a guest of Marsha Leap.
Happy Dollars were collected by Blair Allen. Tammi Crotteau was happy about the upcoming Magnolia Montessori golf outing and also thankful for her last eye surgery. Carol Wallace was happy about the upcoming district conference and collecting VISTE box items for the Rotaract service project. Marsha Leap was happy about the committee chairs. Deane Hart was happy to get rid of her boot! Mark Davies was happy that his son was graduating and has a job. Eric Struchko was happy about the new Summit headquarters opening soon. Amanda Walls was happy about Taher Hamid’s new baby son Torrin being born.
Mark Davies then led our club in singing. President Nate provided an update on the last Know & Grow event. We served over 50 families and created long-term relationships with these schools. The extra money raised will be designated for projects requested by each school – the first will be an outdoor classroom at Phillip O’Brien.
The program was New Member Profiles.
Andrew Lingenfelter discussed how he is a graduate of USF, and was involved in major humanitarian work in El Salvador post-college. He now works in procurement for Publix and recently purchased and remodeled an old home. He also really enjoys traveling.
Dr. Kristen Hathcock went to Polk State and UF. Her grandparents are from St. Thomas and she has two kids (16-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son. She was a correctional officer in Alachua County, was teacher of the year, is a member of Zeta, has met Damon John and Tracy McGrady, and really enjoys doing service projects for others. Her motto is “Never Give Up.”
Linda Cesar is originally from Haiti. Her mom, despite not having more than a 4th-grade education, rebelled to create a better life for her 5 kids who each have at least Masters degrees. She got involved at a young age with Toast Masters and loves volleyball, has a degree in engineering, and has two kids (both college graduates). She worked hard to put herself through graduate school for city planning. She also formed her own business, has lots of experience as an advocate/activist/community servant, and now works as a Project Manager.
President Nate closed with his dad joke of the week: “There’s been a disaster in France. A cheese factory blew up…there’s “debris” everywhere.”