Mike Louden welcomed members and guests as people joined the Zoom meeting.
President Joel Ivy opened the meeting and called on Rick Maxey to lead the invocation, pledge, and Four-Way Test.
Trey Harden introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians, who were:
Carol Hornsby, guest of Don Selvage
Doug McCall from the Rotary Club in Wallasey, England
President Joel handled Happy Dollars. Mark Scolnick was happy that there is a foundation event Thursday night. He hopes to see many of us “there.” Michelle Ledford was happy that her son has been discharged from the hospital and doing well following an unexpected procedure and seven-night admission.
Don Selvage reminded us a final time about the upcoming Veterans Day Ceremony & Rotary Salute to Veterans at the Lakeland Veterans Memorial Park at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 7.
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.
Dr. Melody Rider announced that Spring Obsession will be held this year at Lake Crago to accommodate increased distancing for vendors and gusts. The committee is in need of volunteers; please email Melody if you’d like to volunteer on the committee.
Kim Brunson then introduced our speakers, Arletta Black Torres, Board President, and Amy Wiggins, Executive Director, of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (ISO). Amy highlighted how the ISO has adapted to keep musicians, staff, and audiences safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though there have been significant changes, Live Music Endures! For example, the ISO musicians worked on video segments to replace the traditional cookie concert with a virtual experience this year. Amy shared a short clip of the video featuring the brass section with the club.
The ISO’s mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire audiences. In the area of education, the ISO has achieved three major milestones. First the ISO advocated and achieved fine arts education in 100% schools in Polk County. Second, the ISO helped Florida Southern College establish its opera theatre department. Third, the ISO has had significant success in their school day enrichment program which exposes all fifth graders to the ISO.
In the area of entertainment, the ISO is dedicated to continue bringing performances to the community during the pandemic through digital content.
In the area of inspiration, the ISO continues to inspire attendees to feel renewed and to create art. Amy encourages us to go to the ISO’s website and listen to some of the digital content.
You can find upcoming ISO events here: https://imperialsymphony.org/events/. For all Lakeland art events please visit https://lkldarts.org/calendar/.
The program at our next meeting will be Veterans Day program by our own Gary Clark.