Stan Christensen presided over the meeting today in place of Josh Moenning.  J. Paul McIntosh introduced his guest, Jim Heller, past Director of the Nebraska Methodist Foundation.  Also present, was a past foreign exchange student from 3½ years ago, Vitor, of Brazil.  Patty Skokan introduced Norfolk Rotary’s first outbound foreign exchange student, Jessica Adams, who is going to Taiwan.  She was accompanied by her father, Scott Adams.  Our current exchange student from Brazil, Larissa, shared that her current school year is going well and that she is enjoying her time in Nebraska.  Vitor said he is currently studying in Springfield, MA.  He is looking for a summer internship in the U.S. in the engineering field.

Good Neighbors will be delivering groceries to needy families on Thursday, December 18, at 10am.  If any Rotarians are able to help, the group will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Stan Christensen said the revised sponsorship sheet with Norfolk businesses will go out in early January.  We need to contact businesses on the list for sponsorships for Music in the Park.  Sponsors will receive free tickets to the Fat Tuesday event.  Hopefully, we will be generating new members as we contact businesses.

There are still times available for bell ringing later in the day at Hy-Vee West on Saturday.  Contact R.C. Duskin at the Salvation Army office if you can volunteer.

Stan mentioned that we need to be thinking about getting members interested in future leadership positions for Norfolk Rotary, such as President, etc.

Kara Weander-Gaster, Director of the Norfolk Arts Center for the past 10 years, gave a presentation today.  She explained the many needs the Center fills in the area, such as teaching art classes/workshops and doing art education for children age 1½ and older at after school art classes.  The Center also displays and sells artwork.  They sponsor the performing arts throughout Northeast Nebraska for   K-12 students.  They also host “First Fridays” in which they have a live performance at the Center each month.   The Center sponsors “Young At Heart” in which they take artists into assisted living facilities for workshops.  “AFSuccess” is another program in which they provide art instruction to Norfolk High School students who are enrolled in the Alternatives for Success program.  SoupR’Art will be held on January 25.  Kara stated that volunteers are always needed at the Arts Center.

Norfolk Rotary Club will not meet again until Tuesday, January 6.  A community service project will be held during the meeting time on that date.  The project and place will be announced at a later date.

Have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

                             Stan Christensen with Brazilian exchange students Larissa and Vitor.