Amanda Walls welcomed members and guests as people joined the Zoom meeting.
 
President Joel Ivy opened the meeting and called on Ron Denney to lead the invocation, pledge, and Four-Way Test.
 
Trey Harden introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians, who were:
Carol Hornsby
John Loute
Albert Cummings
Doug McCall
 
President Joel handled Happy Dollars. Don Selvage was happy to celebrate the 245th Anniversary of the Marine Corps. Amanda Walls was happy to congratulate our own Brenda Ramirez for receiving the ATHENA Young Leader Award at the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Awards banquet last week. And Kim Brunson was happy to share that the widow of Rotarian Roy Tye, Ernestine Tye, donated $1,000 for the purchase of an AED that will become part of our club’s donation to the Lakeland Police Department.
 
Tyler Davis announced that the club will be delivering boxes of personal care items to seniors in the community for VISTE again this year. You can sign up to volunteer on Club Runner in the Member Area under “Volunteer Sign-Ups.” If you can deliver more than one box, please sign up for the same number of spots as boxes you will deliver. You can also email Tyler at tdavis@srdcommercial.com. Boxes can be picked up from the First Methodist Church Parking lot on December 1.
 
Melody Rider announced that Spring Obsession will be held on March 13, 2021 at Lake Crago Park to accommodate increased distancing for vendors and gusts. The committee is in need of sponsors and volunteers; please email Melody if you’d like information.
 
President Joel shared a volunteer opportunity with the City of Lakeland Parks & Rec Department to man phones as Santa’s Helpers on Tuesday, December 8 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. You would follow a script and call children around the community to spread some holiday cheer. Physical distancing, temperature checks, and other appropriate COVID-19 precautions will be in place. Contact Joel Ivy or recreation@lakelandgov.net to sign up.
 
Jim Russell first congratulated Scott Franklin for being elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and thanked Don Selvage and Gary Clark for their work on the Salute to Veterans Program last week. Jim then announced we will once again have the opportunity to serve as bell ringers for the Salvation Army at Lake Miriam Publix December 14 – 24. Thanks to Chuck McDanal for setting up an online sign-up on Club Runner.
 
President Joel invited everyone to our Club’s Board Meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, November 10.
 
Gary Clark shared a brief recap of the Salute to Veterans program, noting the three veterans who were specially honored at the program, and then turned it over to Don Selvage to introduce our speaker, retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Paul Patrick, to provide his perspective on the Global War on Terror.
 
Col. Patrick attended Lakeland High School, Polk State College, the University of South Florida, and returned to “retire” in Polk County after 29 years of service in the Marine Corp. He served in the Marines starting in 1988 as an enlisted soldier, then obtained his degree and became an officer trained to pilot the KC-130 Hercules as a Naval Aviator. He was deployed in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, and Operation Enduring Freedom and has also served in the Pentagon.
 
Col. Patrick emphasized that Americans should be very, very proud of the type of people who represent and serve us as Marines. He shared his experiences and thoughts about some of the controversial decisions made during the “Long War” aka the War on Terror, and gave insight into some of the challenges the U.S. military faces when engaging in operations in the Middle East.
 
Col. Patrick also encouraged veterans and family/friends of veterans to take advantage of the veterans’ benefits available to them. Encourage those that you know to sign up & visit the Vet centers.
 
President Joel concluded the meeting with a quote and thanks to guests and visiting Rotarians. Next week’s program will be New Member Profiles.