President Nate Dunham called the meeting to order. Amanda Walls led the invocation, pledge, and Four-way Test.
The Santa Hat was passed around in honor of the FUMC Kitchen Staff’s hard work and a way to wish them Merry Christmas.
Andrew Troller assisted with the introduction of guests. Our guest was Cathy Case of Polk County Builders Association and was introduced by Shawn McDonough
There were several Happy Dollar announcements. Kristen Hathcock was happy to get a Red Badge and publish a book that is now available on Amazon. Lydia Boyd wants to invite everyone to her office holiday party. Linda Bagley-Wiggs was happy to announce her daughter’s upcoming wedding reception. Larry Rankin announced he was happy to give a check to the foundation for his one-year anniversary. Michelle Ledford’s son, Tanner, is graduating from Belmont University in only 3.5 years. Kim Brunson’s happy announcement – Roll Tide! Ryan McKellen is happy because he was able to give a check to the Rotary Foundation to become a Paul Harris Fellow.
Santa led us in singing Jingle Bells and Old MacDonald Had a Farm - Reindeer edition.
Announcements: (1) Please sign up for Bell ringing, (2) Please sign up for VISTE boxes (President Nate challenges everyone to sign up for one more than they normally do), (3) Salvation Army presents BRING NEXT WEEK, DECEMBER 14.  According to Rick Maxey, our program next week – a Jazzy Holiday featuring  jazz artist Jazmin Ghent – is going to be very special. Bring a guest! It will be our last Rotary meeting of 2021.
Congratulations to Coady Cheek for receiving his blue badge.
We then celebrated the induction of three new members. Dr. Kristen Hathcock, who is sponsored by Mike Huff, was born and raised in Winter Haven, FL. She has been with the School Board since 2013 with prior experience in Corrections and Case Management. She currently works at West Area Adult School in Lakeland. Hobbies include being a published author, notary public, realtor and spending time with family and church. Kyle Vreeland, who is sponsored by Tom Conger, is a returning member, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, father of five who graduated with a degree in architecture (that he doesn’t use). He has one of the largest slot car collections in central Florida, and enjoys salt water fishing and studying ancient Egyptian civilization. Kyle Cox, who is sponsored by Lynda Jezard earned his Eagle Scout in 1999 and his project was done at the Ronald McDonald House in Miami. He is a huge fan of stand-up comedy, but NOT a huge fan of karaoke and struggles with being present while others do karaoke. Welcome to our newet member!
Introduction of the program and an impromptu karaoke was done by Stacey Campbell-Domineck.
First, Irma Cole, who grew up near Boston, MA. Her dad, a newspaper man, changed the family name from Cowen to Cole during the 1930’s. She has two sisters and lots of great nieces and nephews all over the country. Irma is married to Mark Scolnick. She was a majorette in high school and graduated from Boston University in 1970. Due to graduation being canceled, she was finally able to walk across the stage in 2010, which was very special to her. Since the 1990’s, she has been a dealer in small antiques; anything she can lift. She loves the Boston Red Sox! She was selected to throw the first pitch and even had a Red Sox wedding to Mark in 2011. She moved to Lakeland in 2007 and worked at Tigertown for many years. She loves this club and loves this place.
Ana Gilespie was born in Columbia and moved to Lakeland with her parents for her dad’s job at Lakeland Regional Health. While young and traveling with her parents in TN, and her parents not being familiar with bears having come from Columbia, she came face to face with a bear and remained there long enough for pictures to be taken. She is married to Andrew Gillespie who is from North Ireland. She has two daughters and a son. Adriana, her oldest, is a recent university graduate from USF, works in Jacksonville and is recently engaged. Julia is a FSU Seminole and also works in Jacksonville. Liam is in 8th grade at Lakeland Christian School. Luna is the family’s Aussie Doodle. Ana went to Santa Fe High School then USF. She started in sales for St. Petersburg Times, then in pharmaceuticals, and then became a stay at home mom for a number of years. Five years ago, she started the Lakeland Escape Room with her husband. In April, their business received the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Month award. She is a member of the Greatest Class Ever, Leadership Lakeland 36.
President Nate then closed with the joke of the week: “My wife told me the other day, that she did not understand cloning. That makes 2 of us.”