The morning began with The Pledge of Allegiance led by President Carrie Leising.  Christina Gary followed with Mr. Rogers' quotes and wearing a cardigan sweater in honor of him on "World Kindness Day."
 
Bob Oborn then took over as the announcer.  After he thanked Tom Bahr and Mary Dula for checking us in, he welcomed our visitors Amanda Steinhaiser, Christine Faranda, Jan Mather and Laura Root.
 
CELEBRATIONS:
Rotary Club Anniversaries:  If you see Bill Cohler this week, thank him for his 21 years in service to Rotary.
 
Wedding Anniversaries:  John and Janet Long (45), Mary and Ron Dula (31) and Steve and Monica Dunton (26) total 102 years of marriage.
 
Happy Bucks:  
Ron Taggart: Ron told us that if anyone needs a good IT Person. he has one available who has good social skills.
 
Carrie Leising:    Keeley has ended her collegiate soccer career and was honored for both her athletic skills and her academic accomplishments!  Daughter Sienna just completed 3 days of a leadership academy after she applied and was chosen to participate. 
 
Drawing:  The Oborn table had the winning number but Elizabeth Eaken drew the 10 of hearts.
 
Membership:  After completing his new member information sheet, Steve Simmel was presented with his blue badge, indicating that he is a full member of the club.
 
Christine Faranda  was inducted into membership this morning led by Elizabeth Eaken. She is an Attorney-Partner with the Amer Cunningham Co. LPA firm, specializing in employment law.   She lives in Stow.  Here is her membership information:
Business Address:  One Cascade Plaza, Suite 1510, Akron  OH 44308.
Phone:  330-996-0217
Home Address:  4024 Villas Dr., Stow, OH 44224
Cell Phone:  440-409-3441
Her birthday is August 10.
 
CONCERN:  Jeff Wagner is working on recovery from a double knee replacement.  He should be home in about two weeks.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Carrie asked for volunteers in two areas.  We need a new chair of the Four-Way-Speech Contest.  The students are judged at the high school and then the winner will go to Kent Roosevelt High School for the district competition.  Brad Ruth volunteered to be the chair. 
 
We also need a new chair of our Veterans' Day observance.  Tom Bahr has agreed to work with the new chair.  Let Carrie know if you are interested in this important opportunity for service.  Reach her at cleising23@gmail.com.
 
District Gala Information  is on each table.  The event is December 5 at Windows on the River in Cleveland.  The club will pay the registration fee of $30.00 per person for anyone who wishes to attend.  Go to the Rotary District 6630 Website for more information.  
 
Attendance:  Attendance Sheets are on each table giving the attendance percentage of each club member.  This was also discussed at the Board Meeting.  Rotary International has relaxed some of the attendance requirements, but it is still good for each of us to take attendance seriously.  Thanks to Karen Monbeck for compiling these.  
 
Rotary Shirts:  This was the first week that the new Rotary sweatshirts, golf shirts and t-shirts are available.  Checks, cash and charge are all acceptable, but payment must be made with the order.  Samples of each will be available for the next couple of weeks.  Thanks to Steve Dunton and Suzanne Garrett for arranging for these.
 
Shop With A Cop:  Jeff Film has tickets for this event available for $5.00 per ticket.
 
Holiday Helping Hands:  Note that the date for the bag packing has been changed to Wednesday, December 11 at On Tap.  Eric and Lauren Weber are in charge of this year's event and are contacting each family to find what gifts are really wanted and needed for each child.  Our shopping list will hopefully be available next week.  Delivery of the gifts will be on December 21.  
 
The Rotary Foundation:  Dick Hall explained to us that this is Foundation Month, a time when we emphasize contributions to the Foundation.  It was begun in 1905 by Paul Harris.  Every time a member's donations grow to $1000, that member becomes a Paul Harris Fellow.  Then, each time they reach another $1000 donation, they become a fellow at a new level and receive a pin with a different stone.  Ron Taggart of our club was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow times 9.  The contributions are tax deductible.  This year, Dick is letting all of the members know what they have to give to move to the next Paul Harris level.  Each member is asked to contribute something. With an average of $35 per member, we are able to apply for district grants so that some of the money comes back to our club. Last year our goal was $3500 for the club and we raised $6000.  This year our goal is $4000.  What can we do to achieve this?  Checks should be made payable to The Rotary Club of Stow Munroe Falls or you can arrange to have your donation auto-debited.
 
Football Pool:  Dick announced that the in-club winners of the pool for last week were Jamie Syx and Andy Denton.
 
Board Nominations:   We will have three open positions for our board for the 2020-21 Rotary year.  If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact Carrie.