President Amanda Walls called the meeting to order and Doug Riley led the invocation, pledge, and Four-Way Test.
Ron Denney introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians. Saju Abraham was a guest of Amanda Walls. Adriana Eraso was a guest of Julie Townsend. Linda Roddenberry was a guest of Larry Rankin.
Happy Dollars were collected by Tyler Davis. Bill Schichtel was happy about the birth of his new twin granddaughters. Taher Hamid was happy for the improving health of his son. Scott Katz was happy for his fantasy football win. Irma Cole was happy to make a donation in memory of her father and grandparents.
Irma Cole led us in viewing a video on World Polio Day and also reminded our club about the Proclamation that our club received from the Lakeland City Commission. President Amanda announced the next Know and Grow event which will be held at Highland City – we are expecting over 20 families. Stay tuned for more details.
Lydia Boyd reminded the club about the golf tournament which was held this past Friday, October 21. Rick Maxey discussed the fishing trip which was held this past Saturday.
President Amanda announced the details of the District Gala which will be on November 15th at the Magnolia Building. The price is $60 per person and sign up via the District Website.  Martha Lou Luce announced the upcoming Egyptian exchange program. There is currently one host family needed – contact Martha Lou for additional details. There is also an informal going away party on October 29 – contact Amanda if you would like to attend.
Rick Maxey introduced our guest speaker Kris Hallstrand who is the interim director of Lakeland Linder International Airport. Kris began by proving an overview of aviation’s impact on the state of Florida. Aviation generates over $175 billion in economic impact. In Polk County, aviation generates $1.8 billion of economic impact – of that $1.8B, $1.5B of it is in Lakeland. This amount has grown by almost 6x since 2017. Kris provided updates on NOAA and Amazon. The airport just completed a $13m expansion of the NOAA facility. Amazon has landed over 883 million pounds of cargo at Lakeland Linder and has purchased over 12.8 million gallons of fuel from the airport. Lakeland is the 3rd largest Amazon Hub in the United States. Kris concluded by sharing some future plans at the airport which include another runway and by discussing how the airport is being thoughtful and patient in working to establish commercial aviation at the airport. Thank you to Kris for speaking to our club and for all of your great work at the Lakeland Linder International Airport.
President Amanda closed with her word of the week: propitious, which means favorable
Next week’s program will be an update from Amy Wiggins, President of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce.