President Amanda Walls called the meeting to order. John Fullerton then led the invocation, pledge, and Four-Way Test. Paige Messerall was slated to introduce the guests and visiting Rotarians, but none were in attendance.
 
 
Happy Dollars were collected by John Loute. Joe L Ruthven was happy to donate $2,000 for the building of the house in Honduras during the upcoming trip in January. Stacy Campbell-Domineck contributed the remaining $1,000 needed to build the house. Thanks to both of you for your generosity.
 
Announcements were made by Vine Jones and Steph Colon. Vince announced that the Rotary Twilight 5K will be held on February 3, 2023. They are looking for sponsors for the event, and all funds raised go towards the maintenance of Common Ground Playground. Steph Colon then announced a number of upcoming social events: September will be the first coffee talk with Amanda. They are looking for a Rotarian to host the event at their business. October 21st is the annual Rotary Golf Tournament. Signups and Sponsorships are available. Please visit LakelandRotaryGolf.com for additional details. The following day, October 22, is the Club’s Fishing Trip. Please sign up if interested. On October 24th, the club will be hosting “Pints to End Polio” at Swan Brewing at 5:30 PM.
 
 
Deborah Meegan, our current Rotary District Governor, was this week’s speaker. Deborah mentioned that faith, family, and service to the community are the cornerstones of her life. She has extensive experience in business and volunteering.
 
Deborah served ten years with the state of Florida and 18 years at Brandon Regional Hospital, focusing on those who are low-income and uninsured. This opened her eyes to the struggles of lower-income people and families. She became connected with a free clinic and then left her career and started working there full-time. It became a passion. As they grew the clinic, they could afford one part-time position.
 
She was later named Executive Director of the clinic, which is where her Rotary career started. She went to a meeting and was presented with a check to help the clinic. Years later, she was invited back to the club and ultimately joined Rotary. She believes this changed the trajectory of her life. One reason she told this story is to remind us it’s important to invite people more than once. It may not be the right time in their life but continue trying to get them to show up.
 
Deborah reminded the club that the district has tons of information and resources to assist if we need them. The strength of our district lies in the district. The more we can connect and grow together, the stronger we will be. She recommended that we have more socials with other clubs. The more we can share what works well with each other, the more all the clubs will succeed.  We are a circle of families rather than siloes. As we grow, we can measurably impact the world in a very positive way.
 
 
President Amanda concluded the program with her word of the week – Probity – which means the quality of having strong moral principles, honesty, and decency.
 
Next week’s program will be Brian West from Publix.