Outgoing President Nate Dunham called a special meeting to order and swore in President Amanda Walls who then called the meeting to order to begin the 2022-2023 Rotary Year. Mike Loudon then led the invocation, pledge, and Four-Way Test.
 
Marsha Leap introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians. Paul and Betty Sikora, Jim and Eloise Walls, and Ella and Griffin Walls were guests of President Amanda. Mark Ceech and Serena Sinos were guests of Greg Shell. Jonathan was a guest of Shawn McDonough. Morgan Mathis was a guest of Blair Allen.
 
Happy Dollars were collected by Ron Denney who first extended greetings from Doug McCall of Wallaby, England. Tom Conger was happy that Ryan McKellen won an IDC community ambassador award. Mark Scolnick was happy to share the news that our club came in second in the District for giving to the Rotary Foundation last year.  Irma Cole was happy that our club helped raise funds for Ukraine relief which went to the purchase of four generators that will help keep four different hospitals running. Stephanie Colon was happy to have returned from Alaska.  Larry Becker was grateful for Lakeland Electric restoring power quickly after a lightning strike and was happy to share the news that his son is recently engaged. President Amanda was happy to announce that Coady Cheek and his wife welcomes a new baby daughter last Wednesday.
 
 
Mark Davies then led the Club in singing “God Save the Queen” in honor of President Amanda. President Amanda announced the fellowship event at AMF Lanes for a Family Bowling Night on July 19 and the upcoming Rotary Exchange program with Rotarians from Egypt. Anyone interested in hosting should contact Martha Lou Luce.
 
The new Board and Officers were inducted by President Amanda, who then led the members in a pledge of support for the Club. She also thanked Past President Nate for his work this past year. Past President Nate was presented with his past president name badge, plaque, and pin.
 
 
President Amanda then discussed the upcoming year for The Lakeland Rotary Club. She reviewed Rotary International President Jennifer Jones’ vision and theme of “Imagine Rotary,” and revealed our club’s vision statement for the year is “imagine a club of diverse leaders united in vision and action to connect with and improve our world, our community, and ourselves.” The goals for this year include that each member will love our club and be able to articulate a vision statement or elevator speech to compel others towards interest or action, that club membership numbers will remain health in the range of 185 (+/- 10) members, that our Club will offer service projects to make a meaningful impact on third grade literacy rates in our Club’s three adopted schools and to transform their neighborhoods and address root causes of poverty, that our Club’s collective giving to the Rotary Foundation lead the District, and that our NextGen relationships will be vibrant and strengthened.
 
There are also plans to have new and creative ways of recognizing Rotarians, including a new Rotarian of the Month recognition. For the month of July 2022, the Rotarian of the Month is Cal Arter, who is celebrating his 25th anniversary of being in the club and who was a leader in giving to the Rotary Foundation last year.
 
President Amanda is excited for this next year with her “dream team” of club leadership as well as her personal “dream team” of family members for support. It is her hope that we will all love our Club like we love our family and that we will all “Imagine Rotary” together this next year.
 
President Amanda closed with her word of the week: Woolgathering, which means indulgence in aimless thought or dreamy imagining while awake, and she encouraged our members to spend the week woolgathering about the future of our Club.