With a dark and almost mysterious Halloween background, President, Carrie Leising led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Ron Taggart followed with a meaningful invocation.  
 
Gail Moseley then took over as our morning announcer.  She thanked Sergeant at Arms, Tom Bahr for checking us in along with his helper, Jennifer Coleman.  Gail welcomed our three guests, Luke DeRoche, Christine Faranda and Beverly Richards.
 
Halloween Trivia was the quiz topic for today.  With all of the hype about Halloween now being a strong partner in holiday spending, second only to Christmas, did you know that the average person spends $1007 on Christmas but only $86.00 per person on Halloween?  
 
CELEBRATIONS:
Rotary Anniversary.  If you see John Pribonic, thank him for his 21 years of service as a Rotarian.
 
Wedding Anniversary   Bruce and Lou Ann Redmon will celebrate 58 years of marriage next week.
 
Birthday:  Although his birthday isn't until next week, Steve Dunton was wished a happy birthday today.  His whole family led in the singing which should set the stage for a great year. 
 
Happy Bucks: 
Annette Oborn told us that she is a member of the Park Board in Munroe Falls.  They are having a fund-raiser to try to refurbish their veterans' memorial.  People can participate by buying a brick.  One size is $100 and gives the donor three 18 character lines of printing.  The other is $200 and offers six lines.  Annette can give you more information if you are interested.  
 
Bob Oborn explained that their daughter, Allison, is running in the New York Marathon this weekend.  She committed to raise $4000 to the Herren Project that addresses substance abuse.  She still has $800 to go and is offering squares for the Browns/Steelers football game.  Each square is $10.00 and the winner could win as much as $200.  You may call Annette to say that you will donate or for questions.  Her number is 330-813-2059.
 
Carrie Leising was proud to announce that their daughter, Sienna, was inducted into the National Honor Society at Kent Roosevelt High School last week. She spoke with us a few weeks ago about her experience as a short term Rotary Exchange student in Italy.  
 
Drawing:  Christine Faranda drew the winning ticket which was at the Renninger table.  But, the jack of clubs was drawn so the pot continues to grow.  
 
CONCERNS:   Mike Sekulich is being treated in a nursing home in Alliance.  We need to surprise him with cards to let him know he is not forgotten  His address is Canterbury Villa, 1785 Freshley Ave N.E., Alliance, OH 44601.
 
Jeff Wagner  had a double knee replacement yesterday at Summa.  
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Football Pool:  Dick Hall read the winners of the Football Pool from last week. The in club winners were Don Coughlin(2 quarters), Carrie Leising and Annette Oborn.
 
Foodbank: Dave Renninger reminded everyone that our volunteer time at the Foodbank will be next Wednesday from 5:00-7:00.  
 
Veterans' Day   Tom Bahr said that everything is all set for our program for next Wednesday at Stow Glen.  Remember that the program will start at 7:15 so set your alarm a bit earlier and do not let your car head for Silver Lake.
 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing:   Tom said that there are a few slots left.   We will ring at Acme in Stow the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend and then the first three Saturdays in December.  Let Tom know that you would like a shift by contacting him at:  BAHR_50@yahoo.com.
 
Dictionary Delivery:  Carrie said that the delivery went very well. At the meeting each table had a sample of the thank you notes that were received from Fishcreek School.  
 
Bulldog Bags:  On November 13 we will have a program from Bulldog Bags.  We are asked to bring our item of the month, individual cereal cups or boxes, and give the ladies a huge gift from Rotary.  
 
Honor for Pastor Jagger   Rotarian Brad Jagger will be honored at the Akron Area Interfaith Council's program this year on November 13.    A main effort of the Council is to help all faiths and belief systems get along and respect each other.  Brad will be recognized for his efforts in this area both at The Church in Silver Lake and at Kent State University. 
 
Rotary Shirts: For quite a while Steve Dunton and Suzanne Garrett have been working on new shirts for our club.  On November 13 they will have a sign-up sheet available.  Tee shirts will be screen printed at a cost of $11.00 and will say "Service Above Self"  on the back.  White or blue golf shirts or sweatshirts will have the logo embroidered on them.  Men's golf shirts in small through 3X will be $30.00.  Size 4X will be $35.00.  Ladies' golf shirts are $30.  Sweatshirts will be available for $37.00.  Payment must be made as the shirts are ordered.  Checks should be payable to The Rotary Club of Stow-Munroe Falls.
 
PROGRAM:
Program host, Brad Jagger gave his "Rotary Why" to the club before he introduced the speaker.  He said that moment came when he was President of the club and was sent to the International Convention in Atlanta.  He was amazed by booth after booth that was there showing examples of Rotarian service around the world at almost no overhead.  He had attended other conventions by two different religious denominations and was amazed by the work of the Rotarians to that of the denominations.
 
He then introduced Ron Taggart.  Ron is a charter member of our club.  He was in the United States Army where he was cited for meritorious service.  He then founded Printing Concepts which grew to 50 employees during his tenure before he retired.  
 
Ron told about the challenges with one employee who was angry and threatening dangerous behavior and how that situation was resolved.    He said that they took the employee seriously, studied the situation and knew that the situation had to be resolved with his termination, but that time, effort and money had to be spent to resolve the circumstances peacefully.  Ultimately after a couple of days of intensely studying the situation, he was let go with enough money to assist him until unemployment began. The worker also received a call every day for a while from a human resource manager to check on him.  He ultimately moved out of state but considered the way he was treated a positive turning point in his life.