Posted by Mark Showalter
Columbia Center Rotary
Board of Directors Meeting Summary
February 15, 2018
In Attendance:  Roger McDowell, Kyle Edberg, Mark Showalter, Cathryn Tames, Steve Palm, Michael Dinius, Jarrod Miller, Chad Baker, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Harry Garrison, Peter Kalunian, Sondra Rader.  Shirley Simmons, Jeff Groce, Traci Sunday, and Jobey Smith 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 January 18, 2018 Board meeting were reviewed and approved as written. The minutes of the January 25, 2018 special board meeting were reviewed and approved. An update on a potential by-law change allowing the Foundation Committee a voting position on the board was discussed.
The financial reports were reviewed and approved. Currently, 10 members are over one quarter behind in their dues. Late fees will be added to their invoices.
Bingo Oversight Chairman Cathryn Tames’ report included a list of “set-asides” for the Bingo financials. These include $100,000 for roof repair or replacement, $75,000 for a new HVAC system, $25,000 for building paint, and $35,000 for signage. The Rotary office will be closed today as the new Bingo Boulevard signs are being installed on the building.
Kyle Edberg gave the membership report. Currently, Columbia Center Rotary has 111 active members. Four new applications for membership were reviewed and approved by the board. Invitations for membership will be extended to Jim Bauer (Linda Bauer), Kristin Norell (Randy Way), LoAnn Ayers (Bruce Schwan), and Deborah Culverhouse (Jeff Groce). The board regretfully accepted resignations from Allyn Griffin and Patti Jansen-Key. A three-month leave of absence was given to Pat Garrison for medical reasons.
$7,099 was approved for Chad Baker’s Special Projects Committee. The funds will be used for the musical instrument for the City of Richland’s Freenotes Harmony Park in Howard Amon Park. The Special Projects Committee is currently applying for a district-matching grant to additionally fund the handicap-accessible equipment for the Playground of Dreams.
Some discussion was made regarding the Rotary Community Award. The board approved an amendment to the nomination criteria that allows for anyone outside the club’s membership to be eligible for the award.
The Club Service report was given by Liz McLaughlin. A Mortgage Burning party is scheduled for March 17, 2018. Judges will work on allowing more time for brags and confessions.
Harry Garrison gave the International Service Committee report. $3,500 was approved for the Golden Interact Club’s future Rotarians from Canada trip to Ecuador.
Sondra Rader gave the Foundation Committee report. Foundation giving totals are $29,232 for Polio Plus and $66,231 for the Annual fund. In all, $95,463 has been raised for the Rotary Foundation this fiscal year. The club is 14 members short of another 100% participation of Foundation giving. A presentation at our membership meeting will be made on March 1, 2018 to encourage our members to become Benefactors. A Benefactor is a member who has dedicated at least $1,000 in their will for the Rotary Foundation.
The Board approved $3,000 for Michael Dinius’s Community Service Committee. The funds will be used for the B-F Master Gardeners Foundation’s efforts to update their Demonstration and Teaching Garden. Ten raised garden beds will be replaced. Our Duck Race proceeds from last year, totaling over $14,000, will be available soon for Rebuilding Mid-Columbia.
Steve Palm’s report on the Vocation/Education Committee included two action items. $2,500 was approved for the Tri-Tech App Challenge to help support three students as they travel to Washington D.C. to present their winning app to members of Congress and technology companies. Another $450 was approved for SCORE, a mentoring organization of retired business executives who help small business owners and entrepreneurs. The monies will be used for a new computer.
Jarrod Miller’s Youth Services report included a request and subsequent approval to move $100 from the Satellite Club budget to Youth Services to offset the costs for the certificate frames for the Student of the Month awards. Also, the Mini RYLA committee is looking for a location before they can secure a date.
The Satellite Club report, also from Jarrod Miller, included some discussion regarding a Rotary banner for their meetings. Roger McDowell had a banner in mind for their use.  Columbia Center Rotary Club members are encouraged to attend the Satellite Club meetings. Meetings are held at 6:00 pm the first and third Wednesday evenings at Applebees on Columbia Center Blvd. Those who attend may still purchase a Foundation fundraising raffle ticket for $10. The prize is a Google Home Mini.
Administrative Assistant Sondra Rader reported that three rooms are still available for the Rotary International Convention being held in June in Toronto. Deadline is February 27, 2018. Some discussion was had regarding our lunch catering. Many comments have been received and board members agreed CG Public House Catering is doing a great job.  Sondra Rader will be having knee replacement surgery on March 12, 2018. She will be out of the office a minimum of two weeks.
The Past President report, given by Peter Kalunian, included the Large Club Initiative. Chairing a group of representatives from the four clubs in our district with more than 100 members: Walla Walla Noon, Spokane 21, Coeur d’Alene Noon, and Columbia Center Rotary. On April 7, 2018, a Panel Session will be held at the District Leadership Assembly at Spokane Valley. Peter would like a representative from the Membership and Foundation committees to be part of the panel. Some discussion was also had regarding the establishment of an Interact Club. Jarred Miller, Youth Services, will take the lead to establish the club with their connection to Kamiakin High School.
Old Business
Each committee chair should prepare a mission update for our club’s website. The website has many new updates. Members are encouraged to discover what’s new on our club’s website.
New Business
Some discussion was had regarding reimbursing our club’s speakers for travel to our club. No motion was made. No action was taken.
Chairs for committees will need to prepare for a Club Assembly that will be scheduled between now and the end of June.
The Tri-Cities Multi-Club is interested in a Multi-Club social. The date of April 19 was chosen for the event to take place in our Event Center.
The Tri-Citian of the Year award banquet is May 3, 2018. More space has been made available at the Convention Center.  It will soon be sold out.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 am.  The next regular board meeting will be Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:00 am in the conference room.