Michelle Ledford welcomed Rotarians as they joined the Zoom meeting.
 
President Joel Ivy opened the meeting and called on Dr. Mike Loudon 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. Rick Maxey was happy that his wife is now the President of Kiwanis of Lakeland. Tammi Crotteau is happy Magnolia Montessori acquired a new building. Gwen Allen is happy to see Josie Hill on the call today and is happy to have her back! Melody Rider was thankful for a successful happy hour at the Yard on Mass. Brock Self was happy his sister is out of the hospital recovered from COVID-19. Michelle Ledford was happy that her daughter is now an officially licensed Florida driver.
 
For announcements, President congratulated Don Selvage for being appointed as interim commissioner for the City of Lakeland.
 
Trey Harden reminded everyone about the upcoming golf tournament on October 23 at The Club at Eaglebrook.  Players, sponsors 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 if you want to attend the dinner.  Please go to Club Runner or contact Trey for dinner tickets.
 
Stacy Williams announced that World Polio Day is coming up. On 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.
 
Kim Brunson introduced our speaker, Brian West. Brian is the Community Relations Manager for Publix Super Markets. 2020 has been different for Publix as it has for everyone else. Today Publix has 1253 stores. Publix has also grown in its associate count; as of August there are more than 224,000 associates. Publix sales have been good, but managing the COVID-19 crisis has presented a struggle for Publix managers and associates. Please be kind to Publix associates and consider them front line workers. Publix developed the Farmers to Families program during the height of the pandemic. The program bought produce directly from farmers and donated the produce to Feeding America partner agencies. Brian missed being able to bring ice cream to the club; each person who attended the zoom will receive a coupon for Publix ice cream.
 
Next week’s program will be Ryan Reis, Director of Public Affairs for the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. He will speak to us about how to muddle through the six proposed Constitutional Amendments on the November ballot.