Columbia Center Rotary
Board of Directors Meeting Summary
April 19, 2018
In Attendance:  Roger McDowell, Cathryn Tames, Bill Robertson, Kyle Edberg, Mark Showalter, Michael Dinius, Chad Baker, Harry Garrison, Peter Kalunian, Steve Palm, Jarrod Miller and Sondra Rader.  Jeff Groce, Jim Bauer, Charles Bickenheuser, Brett Bybee, and Traci Sunday attended as guests.
President Roger McDowell called the meeting to order at 7:00 am.
Mark Showalter gave the Secretary’s report. The minutes from the March 15, 2018 Board meeting were reviewed and approved as written.  A quorum question regarding a potential by-law change allowing the Foundation Committee a voting position on the Board of Directors was discussed. The Bylaw change will be published and presented to the club’s membership for a vote.
Treasurer Bill Robertson gave the financial reports, which were reviewed and approved.
Bingo Oversight Chairman Cathryn Tames reported the committee had not yet met this month. Bids are currently being gathered for painting of the building exterior.
Kyle Edberg gave the membership report. Currently, Columbia Center Rotary has 117 active members. There were no resignations and no requests for leaves of absence. Two new member applications are being processed. A request to move $200 from the membership committee’s budget to the April 19 multi-club event was approved.
There were no action items for Chad Baker’s Special Projects Committee. Some discussion was had regarding the date for the tree for every member planting project. The Benton Franklin County Fairgrounds will get another five trees. Another location is being considered for the rest of the plantings. The original artwork from the Tri-Cities Airport remodel may be used for a Foundation fundraiser. May 23, 2018 is the date for the unveiling of the Latino Heritage Mural at the Port of Kennewick’s Columbia Gardens Wine Village. The matching grant for the Playground of Dreams equipment was turned in.
No Club Service report was given.
Harry Garrison gave the International Service Committee report. The classroom project at Mesa Del Nayar will be completed this summer. Classes are expected to begin in August. All projects for this fiscal year are just about complete. Total support for Dr. Jim Guzek’s mission to South Sudan was $1,298.80. Harry also let us know about a potential future project in the form of a Global Grant that would involve building three classrooms in Belize. $10,000 would be considered from our International Service Committee with another $24,000 needed for the project.
Sondra Rader gave the Foundation Committee report. $112,977 has been raised for the Rotary Foundation this fiscal year. Currently, there are six club members who have yet to give to the Foundation this fiscal year. The Foundations Committee’s goal is 100% club member participation. June 14 will be the date of the year-end appreciation social to be held at Goose Ridge Winery.
The Board approved one action item for Michael Dinius’ Community Service Committee. $3,000 was approved for the Children’s Developmental Center to purchase anti-microbial luxury plank flooring and paint. We are asked to visit the club’s website to note recent updates, including committee updates.
No action items were needed for the Vocation/Education Committee.
Jarrod Miller gave the Youth Services Committee report. A $5,000 District Community Grant has been applied for and would affect the 2018-2019 budget. A request for $150 was approved to hold the venue, ABC Mountain Retreat, as the location for the Mini RYLA.
Jarrod Miller also gave the Satellite Club’s report. They are working on recruitment. Currently, the Satellite Club averages six people attending each meeting.
Administrative Assistant Sondra Rader reported that year-end Committee reports and Committee Members of the Year are due for the Installation of Officers banquet program. The Installation Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, June 21 at the Event Center.
The Past President report given by Peter Kalunian included information from the recent District Assembly. Once again, Columbia Center Rotary Club won the #1 club in the district in per capita annual fund giving as well as the Presidential Citation.
Old business included discussion regarding reviewing our visioning plan. $5,000 had been budgeted for and was approved for Rotaract. The monies will be used for Red Ten Bash, their May 19 event at John Dam Plaza. This 21 and over event will feature giant sized beer pong games and live music. The multi-club social event is tonight. Jeff Groce gave an update on the upcoming Tri-Citian of the Year event. Cathryn Tames is starting next year’s budget process. Let her know the 2018-2019 monetary needs of each of your committees. Discussion was had regarding the need for club members to be responsible for their cost to attend events when they sign-up and do not attend. We will be scheduling classification talks for eight new members in the near future.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:36 am.  The next regular board meeting will be Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00 am in the conference room.