Pam Craven welcomed Rotarians and guests in-person and Amanda Walls greeted Rotarians and guests in-person as they joined the Zoom meeting.
 
President Joel Ivy called the meeting to order. Debbie Burdett led the invocation, pledge, and Four-Way Test.
 
Amanda Walls handled introduction of visiting Rotarians and guests on Zoom, who were Allison “Al” Lewis, guest of Stacy Campbell-Domineck, Belinda Cramer, guest of Debbie Burdett, and visiting Rotarians Mac Cantrell and Doug McCall. Keith Deloach handled introductions in-person, who were John Fullerton, guest of Mike Loudon, Greg Agohian and Kevin Vermeal, guests of Melody Rider introduced by Gladys Baxley, and visiting Rotarian Linda Johnson.
 
Keith Deloach handled happy dollars in-person. John Loute was happy to be back in Rotary, back in-person, and to have beaten COVID. Dan Borneman was happy to be back in-person again. Marsha Leap was happy to be celebrating her anniversary as a 12 year Rotarian this month. Ron Denney was happy to announce the birth of another new grandchild – this one a boy! On Zoom, Amanda Walls was doubly happy…to announce that Brenda Ramirez gave birth last week to her second daughter, Elizabeth, and to share that Amanda is participating as a swan jockey for this year’s Swan Derby fundraiser in support of LVIM. Her team is You Can’t Handle the Swan. Greg Shell was happy to give a plug for the upcoming fundraiser for PACE Center for Girls that will allow volunteers to rappel over the edge of the Lakeland Electric Building.
 
Irma Cole then presented the Club with the “Home Club of the District Governor” banner and shared several district announcements with the club. First, the District Conference will be online May 14-16. Second, she is our Club’s point person for the District’s “Rotary Cares a Ton” Challenge. All Rotarians are encouraged to collect and donated clothes, household items, etc. to a local charity of their choice. Using the Four-Way Test, self-report the number of pounds of items you donate to Irma. The District will be tracking donations, and there will be prizes for the club and individual Rotarian who donate the most tons. Finally, three polio workers were sadly killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan this week, which should encourage us all to redouble our efforts to support the End Polio Now campaign.
 
Kim Brunson then introduced the speaker, Ana Wood. Ana is the Director of Waste & Recycling for the Polk County Board of Commissioners. Ana spoke about why it is important for the County to own a landfill and control its own trash. In her unique style, she made the case for why the landfill is a valuable asset to the County. You are encouraged to watch the Zoom recording on our You Tube page to hear her full and very engaging program.
 
Next week’s program will be Neal Ward talking all things Citrus Connection.