President Amanda Walls called the meeting to order, and Kristen Hathcock led the invocation, pledge, and Four-Way Test.
Tammi Croteau was slated to introduce the guests and visiting Rotarians, but none were in attendance.
 
Happy Dollars were collected by Kristen Hathcock. Josie Hill was happy about her daughter getting married in two weeks. President Amanda was happy for Beth Hesseltine, who was in Kentucky this week helping to get ready for her daughter’s wedding.
 
Kristen Hathcock led us in the singing of “Joy, Joy in My Soul.”
 
 
Next, President Amanda reminded the club that on October 17th at 9 AM, we will be receiving a Proclamation For World Polio Day at the Lakeland City Commissioners meeting. Please attend and wear your red!
 
Lydia Boyd reminded the club that we are less than two weeks away from the Annual Rotary Golf Tournament. They really need donations for the bottle of cheer. They also need volunteers as well. 50/50 raffle tickets and dinner tickets are available in the back at the weekly Rotary meetings. Additionally, they are still accepting Silent Auction Items. Contact Lydia for additional details.
 
President Amanda reminded the club about the Club’s Fishing Trip on October 22. We are still accepting sing ups and will open it up to non-members soon. On October 24th is the club’s “Pints to End Polio” event at Swan Brewing at 5:30 PM. Wear red and attend. Please invite your Rotary friends from other clubs to come together for this common cause!
 
Carol Wallace, who is the Assistant Governor for our District, announced the details for the Annual District Foundation Gala which is going to be held on November 15th in Lakeland. The cost is $60 per person and the easiest way to sign up is by clicking on the link to the District Website from our Club’s Website. Contact Carol for additional details. Carol also announced the club’s District Conference Cruise which is from March 27 through April 1st. This is a five-night Royal Caribbean cruise that will leave from Tampa. Additional details can be found on the District’s website.
 
Today’s program was “What’s Happening at The Ledger” with Leon Tucker, Executive Editor of The Ledger. Mr. Tucker began by discussing the Internet’s impact on the journalism industry. He mentioned how the Ledger offers both print and online subscriptions which is challenging from a content and production standpoint. Mr. Tucker mentioned that the digital space is the future, but print pays the bills. The Ledger has been impacted by the decrease in print subscriptions – having a staff of six people when they had over 100 roughly five years ago. Mr. Tucker also discussed some of the changes he has made at the Ledger, such as the opinion content section. Their goal is to be viewed as an institution that publishes the truth and has trust in the community. Thank you to Mr. Tucker for joining our club and for the work you do to inform our community.
 
 
President Amanda closed with her word of the week: circumlocution which is the use of an unnecessarily large number of words to express an idea.
 
Next week’s program will be an update on the Lakeland Linder Airport with Kris Hallstrand, interim director of the airport.