Xuchitl Coso welcomed Rotarians as they joined the Zoom meeting.
 
President Joel Ivy opened the meeting and called on Tyler Davis to lead the invocation, pledge, and Four-Way Test.
 
Trey Harden introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians, who were:
Carol Hornsby and John Loute, guests of Don Selvage
Ed Young, guest of Gwen Allen
Doug McCall and Christina Spencer from the Rotary Club in Wallasey, England
 
President Joel handled Happy Dollars. Tyler Davis is happy that his father, a Rotarian, is getting ready to retire as pastor of First Baptist Church in Carrolton, Georgia.
 
Trey Harden reminded everyone about the upcoming golf tournament THIS FRIDAY - October 23 - at The Club at Eaglebrook.  Players and volunteers are still needed. You can also contribute cash or a bottle of spirits for the “basket of cheer” that will be included in the silent auction.  Tickets are available for $50 each if you want to attend the dinner.  Please go to Club Runner or contact Trey for dinner tickets.
 
Stacy Williams shared that Rotary and its partners have reduced polio cases by 99.9% since 1986. World Polio Day is coming up and THIS MONDAY - October 19th - there will be a proclamation at the city commission. If you are able to, please join us at the commission meeting and wear red and gold or your End Polio t-shirt. The District is also hosting a World Polio Day event on October 24th via zoom. See details in the events section of the bulletin.
 
Don Selvage asked us to save the date for November 7, 2020 for our annual Salute to Veterans. Appropriate COVID-19 precautions will be taken, as it is an outdoor event and physical distancing will be observed. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks.
 
Kim Brunson introduced our speaker, Ryan Reis. Ryan is the Director of Public Affairs for the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. He reminded us about how amendments to the Florida State Constitution come to be placed on the ballot and noted that four of the six on the ballot this year are due to citizen initiatives while the other two are due to action of the state legislature. Oftentimes, citizen initiatives are hot-button and politically charged issues brought to help drive voters to the polls in Presidential or Gubernatorial election years.
 
The only amendment the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce has taken a position on this year is Amendment 2, which would increase Florida’s minimum wage to $15 over the next several years and set it to increase annually thereafter based on inflation rates. The Chamber and many other associations in the state are against Amendment 2 because it is likely to suppress improvement in the unemployment rate, result in a decrease of fringe benefits for lower wage workers, drive employers to invest in more automation instead of larger workforces, and raise the cost of goods throughout the state.
 
You can learn more about Amendment 2 and the other Constitutional amendments on the ballot by watching the recorded Zoom meeting, or visiting the https://www.lakelandchamber.com/.
 
Next week’s program will be Leon Battle from One More Child.