Good afternoon and welcome to your Thursday Check-in!  It's snowing!!
Let's always 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?
Thank you to Cindi Keithley for providing our thought and song for the week!
The thought for the week: No one can help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Reach out to our Rotary members and other friends/family/community members to stay in touch while we all are socially distanced. Small caring gestures can mean a lot.
The song for the week: "You've Got a Friend" by Carole King & James Taylor
4/13/20 Board Meeting Results:
The Club normally bills for dues April 1. In consideration of members' finances during this COVID-19 crisis, Rotary dues will not be billed until May 15.
Jennie Edmundson and Mercy Hospital requested and have been approved for a 2019-20 Emergency District Grant in the amount of $5,000 to support their hospitals through the COVID-19 crisis. Our Club’s share is $2,500 and is funded by poker tournament fundraiser proceeds.
Paul Hamilton will submit a Board Resolution and application for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) o/b/o the Club to provide for the Executive Director’s salary for 3 months.
Thank you to Carol Wood and Nancy Schulze for attending the District Grant Management seminar on April 14. The deadline to apply for a 2020-21 District Grant is May 31. If your organization is interested in applying, please visit the District's grant page to see if you qualify:
The online District 5650 Annual Meeting/Budget Approval is set for May 19. Thank you to the following electors for serving: Kathy Rieger, Nancy Schulze, Carol Wood and Steve Chamley.
Several events were in the works for the next few months. Here's what we know right now:
  • RYLA retreat scheduled for April 17-19 was cancelled. The retreat may be rescheduled for the fall depending on the availability of the campgrounds, registered students and presenters.
  • 5th Grade Career Fair normally held in the spring will be rescheduled as a 6th Grade Career Fair in Oct. 2020.
  • Student, Teacher, Police/Fire/Sheriff Awards were originally scheduled for May 7, 21, 28. They will be rescheduled at the convenience of the schools and public safety departments.
  • Member Recruiting Event set for April 23 was cancelled. The tentative new date is June 18.
  • The Club was assigned the 100 Block for Clean Sweep on May 12. We are looking into the status of this event.
  • Purple Pinkies College View Fundraiser may be rescheduled if school resumes in May.
  • It is unknown if the Around the World Flight to End Polio is going forward. The club planned to sponsor at the Captain Sponsor level - 749.
Rotary meetings are cancelled through the end of April. We hope to be able to have our first meeting May 7. I will keep you updated. In the mean time, if you are missing Rotary meetings, you can join Suburban Rotary meetings every Thursday at noon via Zoom:; Meeting ID: 169 934 377.
Marsha Williams has graciously volunteered to post regularly on our club's Facebook page -  . Go check it out!!
Nine RI Districts, including ours, are working together to form a new cause-based, Rotary e-club with the purpose of Ending Human Trafficking. 20 members are needed to form the club which translates into just over two members per district.  Please contact me if you know of someone in the community who would be interested in becoming a Charter Member of this club. The funds available to start this club are only available until the end of this Rotary year, June 30th. For reference please visit:
Good News:
From Kathy Rieger: If you missed the “Happy Hour Zoom CB Noon Rotary Club Meeting” last Thursday, you missed a good one! A good time was had by all! Nine members attended: Carol Wood, Carol Horner, Rick Guill, Mick McKinley, Carl Heinrich, Cindi Keithley, Kathy Rieger, Steve Chamley, and Ron Tekippe. We even had a guest, Roxy Orr, District Governor-Elect and member of Suburban Rotary. We conducted a little business, told a joke or two, and toasted our fellow Rotarians. If another “Happy Hour Zoom” meeting gets scheduled, hope you can join!
Chris Blum would like to remind business owners to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help keep employees on the payroll. Contact your bank to apply. If anyone needs assistance with this they can contact Chris directly at for additional information. Applications are being accepted now.
Chris Blum also has a GREAT piece of news - her son Ryan was recently named the Area Boys Player of the Year!!
From Patricia LaBounty: While the UP Museum is closed to the public through the end of April, we are still providing content and information through our online channels! There are virtual First Friday events on Facebook for everyone to follow. They will also be conducting online Zoom workshops on a variety of topics! They are free of charge and might be a great distraction.You can find them on Facebook as well -
From Eric Hamilton: Today is April 16th and not the 15th which is good news as far as I am concerned! Additionally, if Paul Hamilton asks anyone, the stay at home recommendation has been extended permanently. On a related note, the new office environment at Hamilton Associates is amazing! 
That's it for this week!  Keep sending in your good news!