President Amanda Walls called a special meeting to order. Bill Mutz led the invocation, 4 Way Test, and Pledge of Allegiance. Welcome to our visiting Rotarians and Guests: Shelly Robinson (Irma Cole), Brian Daniels (Linda Wiggs), and Arlanda Erso and Jared Weggeland (Steph Colon).
The Club then announced Happy Dollars: Irma Cole was happy for Mark’s 49th year of Rotary. Larry Rankin was thankful for his health and the support received from the Rotary Family. Ben Daniel was happy for the birth of his second child. Linda Bagely Wiggs was happy for a great trip to London and a river cruise in Europe. Mark Davies was happy about his son’s recent engagement. Stacy Campbell-Domineck was happy about he upcoming annual meeting for Career Source Polk.
Steph Colon gave an update on the Social events of the club, including the Family Bowling Night. There will be a Back to School social on Tuesday August 16th at 5:30 PM at Springhill Suites. Please bring school supplies to the event. President Amanda Walls made a brief accountment about Rotary Day with the Rays on Sunday, August 21st.
Stacy Campbell-Domineck introduced Ruth Bowling, the Development Director of AdventHealth.
Ruth began by discussing the inception of their initiative for free healthcare in areas around the world with a need. The first 5-10 years they would go anywhere and everywhere. It transitioned to a partnership with The Rotary Foundation to make a long-term sustainable healthcare program for people in need around the world.
A specific initiative they discussed was the cleft lip initiative in Latin America. Infants could not nurse with a hole in their mouth. Ruth played an amazing video called “sharing smiles” that showed the medical volunteer initiative for healing and hope to children with this birth defect. These hospitals still have technology from the 1950’s which makes it more difficult and riskier to perform these procedures. The before and after of these children was very powerful to all in attendance.
Everyone who goes to Latin America to help with this program are volunteers and they are greeted by the local Rotary Club. The local families often make less than $1 per day and could never afford this procedure on their own. Rotary does radio advertisements, television, flyers, and other things to market this initiative. She discussed how the locals do not know about Advent Health, but they do know and trust Rotary which is why it is critical to get the information out.
President Amanda Walls concluded with the word of the week! “Salubrious” – Health giving.
Next week’s gust is Paul Sohl ,CEO of Florida High Tech Corridor Council. He will be providing  an update on the High Tech I-4 corridor.