President Nate Dunham called the meeting to order. Larry Rankin led the invocation, pledge, and Four-Way Test.
 
 
Coady Cheek and Lydia Boyd were guests of Carol Wallace, Brenden Hahn was a guest of Ginny Harris. Other guests included Patrick Callahan, Chase Tolles, Andrew Sellers, and Gwen Diaz. Our only Visiting Rotarian was Michelle Emerson-Lewis from Tampa Midtown.
 
There were many announcements (and few happy dollars, sadly!). President Nate announced there are new administrative email addresses for club members to use to reach the President, the Sunshine Committee, and other club leaders. The email addresses are available on the Club website under contacts. He also reminded everyone that Irma Cole is preparing District news updates that are on the tables each week (and summarized in the bottom of the bulletins). He also called for volunteers to help set up the technology and host the Zoom hybrid meetings.
 
 
Jack Lowman announced the club’s 4th annual club golf tournament will be Friday, October 22 at Eaglebrook. It will be a 4-person scramble. The committee is still looking for a title sponsor and accepting volunteers. You can also help by registering a team, donating a silent auction item, or donating a bottle for the “basket of cheer” raffle item. The tournament even has its own website now! www.lakelandrotarygolf.com
 
 
Dorsey Hightown led singing, then President Nate introduced the speaker, MattE Diaz.
 
MattE is a former Major League Baseball player and is currently the head coach of the Lakeland Christian School Baseball team. He played in high school at Santa Fe Catholic, then was a two year started at Florida State University. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays and spent time with a number of teams. He joined the Atlanta Braves in 2005. After his retirement from playing in 2014, he joined the Braves pre- and post-game telecast team.
 
MattE shared his views on personal and professional development in the context of three “p”s – Passion, Peace, and People. Spend time on the things that you are passionate about, find peace with your personal story (both the good and the bad), and surround yourself with good people. He shared that he has found his passion, peace, and people in coaching. He aspires to have the same impact on his players that his high school coach, John Carpenter, had on him.
 
 
Our speaker August 31 will be Ashley Cheek from LEDC.