Melody Rider welcomed members and guests as they joined the Zoom meeting.
President Joel Ivy opened the meeting. Laura Adams led the invocation, pledge, and Four-Way Test.
Trey Harden handled introduction of visiting Rotarians and guests. Alex Vacha and Belinda Kramer were guests of Debbie Burdette. Visiting Rotarians were Matt Cantrell from the North Columbus Rotary Club in Columbus, Georgia. His son and daughter-in-law live in Lakeland, and Matt and and his wife (both Rotarian who have served as their club's President) are considering relocating somewhere near Lakeland in the future. Also with us was Doug McCall from the Rotary Club of Wallasey, England.
President Joel then had the honor of inducting four new Rotarians: John Loute, a "rebound" Rotarian who works as General Manager of the Spring Hill Inn and Suites at RP Funding Center; Carol Hornsby, a pescatarian who loves traveling, hiking, the beach, and Diet Mountain Dew; Irma Cole, a long-time friend of our club, antique dealer, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and spouse of our DG Mark Scolnick; and Dan Hill, a soon-to-be retired military officer who enjoys bourbon. Welcome to our newest Rotarians!
Brandon Clark, chair of the foundation committee, reminded the club about the importance of donating to the Foundation - including through Rotary direct. Tom Conger the offered a testimonial about a trip our club supported (and Kathy Abels attended) through a Global Grant to Merida, Mexico during which cleft lip and cleft pallet surgeries were provided to children and families in need.
Vince Jones then asked for sponsorships of the shirts for the Twilight 5K fundraiser. There are three levels of sponsorship, or your can purchase a shirt for $15. You can buy a shirt or a shirt sponsorship via link on the Club’s website.
Jessica Kirby announced that Spring Obsession is on March 13, 2021 at Lake Crago Park and encouraged everyone to pick up their phones, open Facebook, then like and share the Spring Obsession page. Melody Rider reminded everyone to go to the club's website to volunteer or donate to the cause, which is purchase of AEDs for local law enforcement.
Jack Lowman announced there is going to be a club fellowship event on Thursday, February 18 at The Joinery starting 5:15 PM. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, everyone can grab a drink and a small bite, dinner, or ice cream. Hope to see many there!
President Joel Ivy then updated the club on efforts to bring the club's meetings back to an in-person or hybrid in-person / remote format. He assured us that efforts are being made to find a solution, but with appropriate measures to make sure the technology works smoothly and effectively so all can participate comfortably and safely. He goal is to have meetings that everyone can attend and leave no Rotarian behind.
Kim Brunson introduced the speaker, Gene Conrad from Lakeland Linder International Airport. Gene gave updates about the amazing increase of activity at and economic impact of the airport. He also provided an insightful analysis and candid discussion about the citizen complaints of noise disturbances stemming from the Amazon flights as well as mitigation strategies they are working on implementing. You can watch the video for more details at:
Our program next week will be "History in the Making: Then and Now" by our own Stacy Campbell-Domineck in honor of Black History Month.