September Speaker Summary

 
 
On September 2, Shannon Mortand,  Director of Public Relations of the Ohio Region of Caesar's Entertainment (Horseshoe Casino and Thistledown Racino) was the speaker.  The Horseshoe casino opened in 2012 in what was once the Higbee building downtown.  The facility has 1600 slot machines, 100 table games, and 30 tables for the World Series of Poker.  There is the Tag Lounge featuring table games and a sports bar.  Also included in the casino are three restaurants including Corky and Lenny's.  Thistledown Racino has 1300 video lottery tables (slot machines), and has racing 4 days per week with simulcast racing year round.  Both places look like good venues for our 5th Wednesday meetings!
 
On September 9, there was not a speaker but we hostd the WG student of the month Rachel Cannata and her parents Ruth and Anthony.  Besides her many accomplishments and activities, Rachel is currently the Interact president for this year at West G.
 
On September 16, our Rotary International Foundation chairman Ed Slane gave a PowerPoint presentation on the Rotary International Annual Fund.  The Annual fund is one of three funds in RI’s Foundation.  The other two are the Polio Plus Fund, launched in 1985 for the express purpose of helping to eliminate polio, and the Permanent, which is an endowment.  The Annual Fund is not dedicated to a specific humanitarian cause like Polio Plus, nor is it an endowment like the Permanent Fund.  The Annual Fund is the workhorse source of funding for a broad range of local and international Rotary Foundation activities.  Rotarians can direct donations to the Annual Fund through the EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year, aka Paul Harris) donation.  This is the fund that provides grant money for our international projects and is a source for District matching funds. 
 
The September 23 meeting was a club meeting where some items for the previous Board meeting were discussed.  One announcement from the Board meeting was that after several years of trying to do a Masindi project, the Board has decided to end consideration of the project.  It could be brought forward again but would essentially have to start over.  Judy Konya, the Clubrunner editor, also gave a presentation on Clubrunner.  She will be rolling out some “cheat sheets” to make it easier to navigate through Clubrunner.  Mike Johns from the Hillcrest Sunrise Rotary club was here to promote their club’s “Taste of Hillcrest” event to be held on October 1 at Landerhaven.