Welcome to your Thursday Rotary Check-in!
Have you registered for the District Conference on July 25 yet?  Our club member Mick McKinley, Past District Governor, and his team have navigated the COVID challenges and planned a great virtual conference.  There are sessions in the morning, afternoon and evening.  Please take part in some or all of the sessions!  Our club (or a member) may also be recognized! 
Visit www.rotarydistrict5650.org  to view the program details and to register.  There is NO Cost. 
For a personal invitation, or just to see Grand Poobah Mick McKinley, click on this link: https://youtu.be/OmfFzL-TF8Y .  It is a DIFFERENT message from the one sent out yesterday about the conference.  Be sure to check it out as well if you have not already done so! Agenda is attached to this email.
Please consider making a gift to the Rotary Foundation this week as well and take advantage of the special match opportunity between now and July 26. 
Last Friday was our amazing Wendy’s Last Day. We want to again thank her for all her hard work, and appreciate everything she has done for us over the past several years. Photos of her gifts we got here are here.
Now for our club tradition:
As we go about our lives let's keep in mind The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Thought for the week from Holger Knaack, President, Rotary International: 
Rotary Opens Opportunities (2020-2021 theme)
The year 2020 has brought monumental changes that have already included a global pandemic and a renewed call for social justice.  We are reminded that we live in a constantly changing world, and Rotary is a reflection of that world.  We must be ready to listen and adapt, always drawing upon our core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership.  If we live these values and apply The Four-Way Test to all aspects of our lives, we will be prepared to lead at all times. As Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris said, we have to be revolutionary from time to time.  Now is such a time.  Rotary Opens Opportunities- countless ones-for us to embrace change that will strengthen us even as we remain true to our core values.”  Excerpt form President Knaak’s message on page 1 in the August 2020 edition of the Rotarian magazine. 
Song for the week:  Shalimar chose the song of the week, “Can’t Stop this Feeling” by Justin Timberlake with the departure of our amazing Wendy, I think we all need a song that is uplifting and fun to remind us big and good things are on the horizon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru0K8uYEZWw
NEXT WEEK: Thursday, July 30 at 12 PM
Program: Club Conversation and Updates
Song & Thought:   TBD  Who wants to volunteer?! Email Carol Wood!
This Thursday is the fifth Thursday.  Meetings are scheduled by zoom on the first and third Thursdays of the month through August (at least).  Meeting options are being considered by a task group.  Input welcomed at the July 30 meeting or outside of meetings.  Send to cbrotaryclub@gmail.com.
President Carol Wood’s Message
The first meeting of the 2020-2021 Board of Directors was convened on July 20. 
In addition to the usual transitions into a new Rotary year, key club administration responsibilities are temporarily being carried out by board members pending the hire of Wendy’s successor.  As you know, Wendy’s last day was July 17, 2020.  We had the opportunity to thank her for her 12 years of service during the club zoom meeting on July 26.  Flowers and a Rotary themed bracelet were delivered to Wendy at her home prior to the meeting in appreciation of her service.
Donna Pritchard will be managing membership and meeting, dues, newspaper clippings and other related functions.  Paul Hamilton will assume interim responsibility for financial needs.  Shalimar Mazetis will ensure regular club communications continue and set up the zoom meetings.  A special thanks to each of them.
A special thank you also goes out to Chris LaFerla, Erin Johnson, Nancy Schultz and Donna Dostal for their work to attract, interview and make a recommendation to the board for the person that will succeed Wendy.  The first responsibility was to create a job description and a process for posting the position.  This should be finalized- perhaps even available with this email communication!  Interview questions have been drafted and we are ready to go once cover letters and resumes are received, screened and prioritized for interviews.  The position will remain posted until filled. We believe that members sharing the opportunity is key to attracting good applicants.  Please take a moment to review the announcement and job description that will be emailed to members and help us spread the word AND then forward it on to individuals that you think would be right for the position!
Readiness for in-person meetings (at least periodically) is being considered.  The board determined that safety and well-being is essential.  Some of our area clubs are resuming in-person meetings and also offering the option to participate by zoom.  These “hybrid” meetings are gaining ground and with technology additions or enhancements, are an option for our club as well.  Shalimar Mazetis and Kathy Rieger will be crafting a preliminary protocol.
A zoom meeting is being offered at noon on Thursday, July 30.  This is a time for conversation about club connections and activities during these changing times.  We have goals to affirm, new opportunities before us, service projects to consider, fundraising to be reconsidered, and more.  Please make time to be part of the conversation and help shape how we respond to the current climate.
In closing, I want to extend one more invitation to join me and other Rotarians for the Virtual District Conference on Saturday!
Carol Wood
That's it for this week!  Please keep watch out for the email with the job description and posting and help us recruit our next club administrator!  Be sure to register for the District Conference and plan on participating in the July 30 zoom club meeting.  The meeting calendar is tentatively set as follows:  
Thursday, July 30, 2020 at noon by Zoom ( Maybe, we have decided yet)
Thursday, August 6, 2020 at noon by Zoom
Thursday, August 20, 2020 at noon by Zoom
Thursday, September 3, 2020 at noon by Zoom
Thursday, September 10, 2020 - Club Picnic at Fairmont Park (tentative)
Thursday, September 17, 2020 at noon by Zoom
Shalimar Mazetis
​Interim Club Communications Manager
Rotary Club of Council Bluffs
​P.O. Box 673 
​Council Bluffs, IA 51502