Jim Russell took on greeting members and guests as people joined our virtual meeting.
 
President Joel opened the meeting and called on Stacy-Campbell Dominick to handle the invocation, pledge and Four-Way Test.
 
Trey Harden introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians, who were:
Laura Adams, guest of Kim Brunson
Doug McCall and Christina Spencer, were visiting from the Rotary Club in Wallasey, England
 
President Joel took care of Happy Dollars. Xuchitl Coso was happy to celebrate her birthday and contribute dollars to The Rotary Foundation in honor of the event. Amanda Walls was happy to be celebrating her 20th Wedding Anniversary with her husband, Ryan, this week. And Kim Brunson was happy that Publix is celebrating its 90th birthday. A week of big milestones!
 
For announcements, Eric Powell sent word that the Club’s Fantasy Football Draft would be held on Wednesday, September 9th at the 1916 Irish Pub. Entry fee is $25 per team. Contact Eric for more information.
 
Trey Harden reminded everyone about the upcoming golf tournament on October 23 at The Club at Eaglebrook. More details are in the link at the side of this newsletter. 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.
 
For our program, Heide Waldron introduced Josh “Bump” Galletta, a local artist who talked about Engaging in Creativity in 2020. Bump is a freelance illustrator living, working, and creating in Lakeland. He works mostly in pen and ink. He initially started drawing as a therapy for post traumatic stress following a terrible auto accident, leaving his artwork in places around the community for folks to discover as a surprise. Soon, he built a following. You can see his work in murals across Lakeland – Greenwise Publix, Southgate Starbucks – and in logos and on tee shirts for many local companies, schools, and organizations.
 
Bump was involved in founding “LKLD Creative Makers” which is a group of 50-100 creatives who get together once a month to motivate, encourage, & build community. He hosts a podcast called “Low Down with Bump.” He is also an ambassador for “Tombow” – a pen company in based in Japan. He is also very active with local non-profits and enjoys doing special projects to benefit charity causes. Bump has an especially fond heart for Parker Street Ministries.
 
Bump normally sells his art at markets & pop ups all over the state & southeast. But COVID-19 has had a major impact on these types of events and his ability to sell his inventory. For more information about Bump or his art, visit his website www.bumpgalletta.com, email him at bump@bumpgalletta.com or visit his Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Bump-Galletta-1100446206747868) or Instagram (@bumpgalletta).  
 
Next week’s program will feature Trinity Laurino from LkldNow on the topic of “Being a Savvy Consumer of Information.”