Kim Brunson handled greeting and welcoming participants to the Zoom.
 
President Joel opened the meeting and called on Karen Moore to handle the invocation, pledge and Four-Way Test.
 
Trey Harden introduced visiting Rotarians:
  • Susan Smith, Rotary District 6890 District Secretary
  • Steve Carey, Rotary District 6890 Assistant District Governor
  • Doug McCall, Christina Spencer and Iain Henderson were visiting from the Rotary Club in Wallasey, England
President Joel took care of Happy Dollars. Gwen Allen was happy because all her children made it back to school safely.  Jennifer Swenson was happy that the Tampa Bay Lightning are going on to the finals. Jack Lowman was happy his wife, Holly, was celebrating a birthday.
 
For announcements, President Joel shared that Jon Larson, a past President of our club, passed away last week. There will be a private service, but Rotarians are encouraged to send cards to the family:
Beverly Larson
1646 Turtle Rock Drive
Lakeland, 33803
 
President Joel also reminded everyone that if you haven’t paid your dues, it is past time to please do so. He also thanked Jack Lowman for organizing our recent social at 1916 Irish Pub.
 
Trey Harden reminded everyone of the upcoming golf tournament on October 23, 2020. Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit Feeding Tampa Bay. We are in need players, volunteers, and donations. Please help promote the Golf Tournament by sharing the Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/233774961281228).
 
For our program, Steve Carey, Assistant District Governor, introduced our very own and District Governor, Mark Scolnick. Mark began by asking the following question: “Do you have Rotary 2020 vision?” 2020 Rotary vision is when clubs have a membership plan, hold a strategic planning meeting, and continue the Rotary quest to eradicate polio. He encouraged us to keep in mind Rotary core principles of fellowship, integrity, diversity, service, and leadership when developing our club's strategic plan. Mark highlighted the benefits of the Rotary Foundation matching program and reminded us that Rotarians are people of action.
 
As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rotary is encouraging chapters to integrate the “no member lost plan” to retain members. What is the “no member lost plan?” If you notice a member is not in attendance at a meeting, reach out to them and ask the following questions:
  1. How are you?
  2. How is your family?
  3. Is there anything our club can do for you?
Most importantly, let the member know that they have been missed. This plan will enhance member bonding and caring because friends don’t let friends leave Rotary.
 
Mark also updated us on the fight to eradicate Polio. We just received news that the African continent is Polio Free. Polio is still present in 2 countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan) and there are several high risk countries. For every $100 you donate, Rotary is able to vaccinate 33 children. We can finish the job!
 
Mark thanked his Rotary family for allowing him this opportunity to serve as District Governor and asked that we all save the following dates for District 6890 and Rotary International events:
 
September 25, 2020: Women in Rotary Series (last of 4 virtual forums)
October 24, 2020: World Polio Day
November 5, 2020: Rotary Foundation Celebration
May 14 – May 16, 2021: Rotary Conference in Lakeland
 
Next program:  "Engaging in Creativity in 2020" with local artist, Bump Galletta