from President Dan & PE Rick,
 
At the Midday Rotary meeting this week, we held what we call a "Club Assembly," time for our service committees to gather together to work on service projects we are completing for this Rotary year, and to plan projects for the next rotary year beginning in July.  Our service committees include Youth Service, serving the needs of students and young people, Community Service, serving the needs of our communities, International Service, providing services and projects around the world, and Club Service, the committee that puts the "fun" in Midday Rotary.
Pres Dan also rolled out Midday Rotary's Goals and Guiding Principles for Diversity within our club.  Rotary International just published an outline to increase diversity among Rotary's  membership, and Midday is taking action to do just that.
The Diversity Goal for Midday Rotary is to become a more diverse club by: 
   - Seeking a more diverse membership
   - Being accepting, open, and welcoming to all
   - Recognizing that our diversity makes us stronger
   - Respecting others and seeking inclusion of differences
   - Practicing a culture of kindness, expecting best intentions
   - Creating and promoting programs that support diversity
   - Actively seeking community partnerships for diversity.
Midday Rotarian Cathryn Cummings launched our diversity speaker program with her story of the challenges of life in our community for LGBTQ people.  Cathryn shared from her heart moving stories about her journey to recognition and acceptance of her sexuality.
As the Rotary year winds down, President Dan and John Burgess were pleased to present checks to Bob Anderson for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) in legal support of children, and for Suicide Prevention.  Bob is a Rotarian from the Gig Harbor North Rotary Club.  Midday Rotarian Lonna Calas, along with other Midday Rotarians, is active in CASA donating her time and service in support of children for legal advocacy and adoption, just last week standing for a child who was adopted.  Great service for both our community and its youth.  Through Suicide Prevention work, Bob led Midday Rotary in helping place suicide prevention signs and information on the Narrows Bridge.
Next week, June 18, we will hold our last meeting of the 2018-2019 Rotary year before installation of Rick Offner as our 2019-2020 Club President.