President Carol opened the meeting, and called on Larry Rankin to handle the invocation, pledge and Four-Way Test.
Deedra Knight introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians.
Happy Dollars were collected by Brandon Clark.
Vivek Patel and Megan Hawkes were at the Head Table this week.
For singing, Mike Loudon led us in a rendition of “Mr. Jenkins” sung to the tune of “Old MacDonald.”
For announcements, President Carol let us know that the board meeting would be that evening, and that the next Coffee with Carol would be 11/20 at 7:30am at Mitchell’s Coffee House. Come join us and let’s talk about where our budget goes every year.
Carol then inducted new members Mark Davies, Oscar Lewis, Brenda Ramirez, Eric Struchko, and William Roll. Welcome!
She then turned the program over the Kim Brunson who introduced our speaker. Brian West joined us to give an update on all the great things going on at Publix. Brian is the Media & Community Relations Manager for central, west and southwest Florida. He brought ice cream again this year, which is always a big hit. And he even treated us to a flavor that wasn’t in the stores yet! After getting an update on the incredible growth of the company in stores, footprint and associates, Brian talked a lot about the big opening of the new Lakeland Greenwise store. This is scheduled for December, and judging by all the questions at the end, there’s a lot of excitement about this.
50/50: Doug Riley handled the cards and Bill Sammons drew a 9.
Next program: New Member Profiles.