President Carol opened the meeting, and called on Doug Riley to handle the invocation, pledge and Four-Way Test.
Don Westerfeld introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians.
Happy Dollars were collected by Jack Lowman.
Arletta Black Torres and Dorsey Hightower were at the Head Table this week.
For singing, Bill Lippy led us in a rendition of “Grand Old Flag.”
For announcements, President Carol informed us of the sad news that the Ruthven family had lost two of its own and that services were upcoming for Judy Ruthven and Kay Hagan. She extended condolences from the Club to the family for their loss.
She also reminded us about a group outing to the ISO Spooky Symphony that evening, and thanked Arletta for arranging it. Carol also noted that it was the last meeting during Polio Awareness Month and thanked everyone for all they did.
Cynthia Haffey talked with us about a Rotary goal to have all of us be sustaining members. That’s $100 each per year to the Rotary Foundation. And we’ve added a link to the web site to take you there. Or you can donate through your account.
Mark Scolnick introduced the program, which was an update on the Rotary Foundation from Tom Wagner, who is a past district governor and current foundation chair.
Tom talked us through the ways we give and how the Foundation works, and how Rotary invests the money to use for operations and then sends it back for us to do good works with after 3 years. It’s a fantastic setup and worth learning more about! He also gave us an update on our club’s giving: 166 of 196 have donated, including 44 who give automatically through Rotary Direct. We have 178 Paul Harris Fellows, 47 multiple PHFs, and 4 who give that much annually! We earned the designation as a 100% PHF Club in 2018, and our all-time giving total is more than $740,000!
Learn more about the Foundation and the focus areas of its efforts here.
50/50: CJ Marcello handled the cards and Dorsey Hightower drew a king,
Next program: Gary Clark and the annual Veteran’s Day program.