At today’s meeting, Steve Busskohl brought a guest, Bob Tamasy, a writer from  Chatanooga, TN, who is documenting the history of Arrow Stage Lines.

President Josh Moenning led a discussion on having off-site meetings once a month in order to do a community service project.  These projects will start in January and we may have box lunches during these times.  Robb Thomas proposed that we do a service project on the first Tuesday of the month.  Or we could eat and then take a tour of a member’s business.   A motion was made by Josh Moenning that the committee will gather ideas for service projects and that the projects will start in January, 2015.  Seconded by Robb Thomas.  Motion carried.

Christine Keller said there is a need for transportation for Larissa, our foreign exchange student.  She will need a ride on Sunday morning  from either Schuyler or Columbus to return to Norfolk.  If this need is not filled by tomorrow, a notice will be put out to the membership.

John Witherspoon gave a program on the Rotary Polio Plus program.  He shared that Rotary’s six areas of focus are promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.  Rotary International has raised $1.4 billion for the effort to eradicate Polio.  Three countries remain with polio; Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.  It is hopeful that polio will be eradicated in Nigeria by next year.  It is Rotary’s goal that each member give $35 per year to Polio Plus.  90% of the funds raised go directly into the program.  Rotary gives local and global grants to local chapters.

The Fat Tuesday committee met following the general meeting today to plan for the February event.

The meeting next Tuesday noon at Bailey’s Bistro will feature Mace Hack of the Nature Conservancy.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary