Posted by Scott Brunner on Oct 23, 2018
Hello Rotarians,
 
As I was standing in the lobby of the Belcher Center Saturday night, I heard a few comments about the long line of cars filled with people anxious to get into the parking lot for the Amy Grant concert. A big thanks to everyone, especially Roger Sage Jr. and Keith Bailey, for the hard work on the concert. Great show! It’s clear our club again brought quality entertainment to Longview in a way that will also help us help local organizaitons. Thanks to the club members who were also sponsors, as well.
 
Ten of us in all, including a couple spouses, were at the District Concert Friday and/or Saturday at the Holiday Inn in Longview. It was a good turnout, and it was a lot of fun spending Friday night and much of Saturday with Rotarians from our club and others in District 5830. Sessions focused on membership, Rotary Club Central, club flexibility and focusing on the youth. Pastor Jeff asked me Saturday night what I took away from the conference that we could bring back to the club. I told him keynote speaker Greg Yank talked some about what we as club members get out of Rotary and what we want to get out of Rotary. Look for us to be asking that question in the future.
 
 
Past President Ingrid Self passed along the sad news about longtime member Archie Tehan's passing.  She sent a second email with information about services. Visitation will be tomorrow (Oct. 24) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rader Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 25) at Oakland Heights Baptist Church. He was a great man and is already missed.
 
We will again be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army this year, although we’ve scaled back some. Our day is Dec. 8 at the Wal-Mart on Gilmer Road. We’ll be manning Door #1. We will have the signup sheet at the meeting this week. Be prepared to sign up for a shift, so we can get them all taken care of during the meeting.
 
And here’s another service opportunity: Street Cleanup, Saturday Nov. 10, 8 a.m., Pine Tree High School parking lot.
 
World Polio Day is Wednesday, Oct. 24. Our speaker this week is a man who contracted Polio at 18 months old. He’s overcome a lot in his life, including having trekked to the basecamp of Mt. Everest in 2008. We will be taking donations to PolioPlus during the meeting Friday, so please consider marking this occasion with a donation to help end Polio.
 
It is Meghan Byrne’s week to lead us in the song, Pledge, prayer and 4-Way Test, and it’s Donna Koerner’s week to supply the prize for Rusty’s Raffle.
 
The menu this week is shrimp etoufee with red beans.
 
See you at the church,
Scott