A club assembly was held at today’s meeting.  Sherri Prim handed out sheets with names of businesses so Rotary members could solicit Music in the Park sponsorships.  Free tickets for the Fat Tuesday party on March 4 will be given to sponsors, depending on the level of sponsorship.  Members volunteered to contact businesses who were past sponsors of MIP.  Members were asked to email Stan by Friday noon how many tickets they have sold for Fat Tuesday.

A chef at Time Square Event Center shared with membership what will be on the menu for the Fat Tuesday event.  It will center on Cajun food, including Shrimp Etouffee, Cajun rice, gumbo, and hurricanes to drink. 

Juan Sandoval, Director of the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) gave a presentation on the Rotary Club Initiative “diversity grant.”  He will be working with the Rotary Clubs of Norfolk, Columbus, and Schuyler, to help administer this grant.  The purpose is to assist immigrants who have legal status to become U.S. citizens.  The grant will pay 50% of the application cost to become a citizen.  We are partnering with El Centro Hispano, a non-profit organization in Columbus which helps with immigration issues.  They will assist with screening candidates.  Recipients of this assistance must have a permanent resident card.  Posters and brochures will be coming within two weeks to promote this program.  The funds for this grant need to be spent by May.

Our next meeting, the Fat Tuesday celebration, will be next Tuesday evening, March 4, from 5:30-9:30pm.  A Cajun style buffet will be available from 6-8pm with music provided by Nita and the Pipe Smokin’ Charlies.  A cash bar will also be available.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  The public is encouraged to attend.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary