Josh Moenning presided over the meeting in place of Stan Christensen.  He stated that the Fat Tuesday party last Tuesday evening was a great success. 

Troy Weyhrich  reported that our club is now matched for mentorship with Kayla Robinson in the Philanthropy Council project.

Sherri Prim said that outside ticket sales collected for Fat Tuesday amounted to about $1,700.  The raffle brought in $398. 

Sherri said Judy with the Great American Comedy Festival committee asked if our club would sell 50 tickets for a preliminary round night of the comedy festival in June.  Our club would make $200 if we agree to this project.  Sherri will email more specific information to members about the night of the show, etc.

Juan Sandoval with the Rural Center shared more information about the joint project with the Columbus and Schuyler clubs to assist people in completing their citizenship process.  The grant will offer assistance to legal immigrants to help them become fully naturalized and will pay for 50% of their citizenship fee.  Juan is contacting other local organizations to provide the match for this program.

Mike Andreasen, Principal of Washington Elementary School, and Melissa Werner, 4th grade teacher at Washington, presented a program on the IXL program.  Our club presented them with a $700 check to help fund this individualized computer based math program which is being used by 3rd and 4th graders.  Mr. Andreasen said without our financial assistance, this cutting edge program would not be possible.  They experimented with the IXL program last year and put it into practice the end of the first semester.  Mrs. Werner demonstrated how the program works.  Mr. Andreasen stated that 80% of their students qualify for free and reduced lunch, but they score academically the 3rd highest of the elementary schools in Norfolk.

The next meeting will be held at noon on March 18.  Mary Whealy will give a presentation about the Chautauqua that will take place in Norfolk in June.  Bring a guest.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary    

Rotary Treasurer Sherri Prim presenting check to Washington School staff for IXL program