Monday, September 24th – Our very own Jim Boland gave us an update on what his committee has been up to and how
we have updated the new member firesides to make sure new members understand expectations and that there are no
surprises when they join.  He explained the new Red Badge program and discussed how important it is to retain members
by making new members feel welcome and involved in club activities.


Fines included:

  •     Anniversaries Celebrated:  Mike Taborski, Andy Ryback
  •     Missing bell fines were extracted from Mike Summerfield, Karen, Andy and Rick. We may be getting closer to 
        recovering the bell when we interrogate Steve to determine how he had possession of the gavel.  Stay tuned
        to the upcoming trial.
  •     John DeSelle donated $22 for his new sports car. Karen donated $10 for inviting all of us to the Land Trust
        Celebration Oct. 13 at the Heart K Ranch in Genesee.
  •     The Rotary wheel was spun several times when members couldn’t answer Rotary News Trivia.


  •     FRC Baseball Golf Tournament September 29
  •     Rescheduled Little League Dugout painting October 13, 9:00 A.M.
  •     Foundation Dinner October 15, 6:00 P.M. Mineral Building (No noon meeting)
  •     We are up to 16 bottles towards our 2 cases of wine needed for the Foundation Dinner.  Please sign up for
        the dinner and bring those bottles to the next meeting.
  •     Andy encouraged us to support the Fire District by purchasing 50/50 raffle tickets and to come out to the
        drawing on Oct. 20 following the Harvest Fest at the Fairgrounds.
  •     Highway Clean Up October 20, 9:00 A.M.
  •     Polio Plus fund raiser at the drive up flu clinic October 26, 11:00 A.M.-1:30 P.M.





Area: 2.8 million sq. km. (1.1 million sq. mi.); about the size of the U.S. east of the Mississippi River; second-largest country in South
America and eighth-largest country in the world.
Climate: Varied; predominantly temperate, with extremes ranging from subtropical in the north to arid/sub-Antarctic in far south.

Nationality: Noun and adjective--Argentine(s).
Population (2011 est.): 41.77 million.
Annual population growth rate (2010 est.): 1.017%.
Ethnic groups: European 97%, mostly of Spanish and Italian descent; mestizo, Amerindian, or other nonwhite groups 3%.
Religions: Roman Catholic 76%, Protestant 9%, Jewish 2%, other 13%.
Language: Spanish.
Education: Compulsory until age 18. Adult literacy (2008)--98%.
Health: Infant mortality rate--10.81/1,000. Life expectancy (2011 est.)--76.95 years.
Work force (2009 est.): Industry and commerce--23%; agriculture--5%; services--72%.

Type: Republic.
Constitution: 1853; revised 1994.
Independence: 1816.
Branches: Executive--president, vice president, cabinet. Legislative--bicameral Congress (72-member Senate, 257-member Chamber of
Deputies). Judicial--Supreme Court, federal and provincial trial courts.
Administrative subdivisions: 23 provinces and one autonomous district (Federal Capital).
Political parties: Peronist (Justicialist, PJ), Radical Civic Union (UCR), numerous smaller national and provincial parties.
Suffrage: Compulsory for adults aged 18-70; optional for those over 70.

GDP (2010): $380 billion.
Annual real growth rate (2010): 9.2%.
Per capita GDP (2010): $9,400.
Natural resources: Fertile plains (pampas); minerals--lead, zinc, tin, copper, iron, manganese, oil and natural gas, lithium, and uranium.
Agriculture (8.5% of GDP; including agribusiness, about 58% of exports by value): Products--oilseeds and by-products, grains, livestock
Industry (31.6% of GDP): Types--food processing, oil refining, machinery and equipment, textiles, chemicals and petrochemicals.
Trade: Exports ($84.3 billion)--oilseed by-products, vegetable oils, cars, fuels, grains. Major markets--Brazil 21.0%; EU 16.8%; China 7.3%;
U.S. 5.1%; Chile 5.6%. Imports ($73.9 billion)--machinery, vehicles and transport products, chemicals, petroleum and natural gas, plastics.
Major suppliers
(2011 est.)--Brazil 29.5%; China 14.3%; U.S. 10.4%; Germany 4.9%.

Argentines are a mix of diverse national and ethnic groups, with descendants of Italian and Spanish immigrants predominant. Waves of
immigrants from many European countries arrived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Syrian, Lebanese, and other Middle Eastern
immigrants number about 500,000 to 600,000, mainly in urban areas. Argentina's population is overwhelmingly Catholic, but it also has
the largest Jewish population in Latin America, estimated at approximately 250,000. In recent years, there has been a substantial influx
of immigrants from neighboring countries, particularly Paraguay, Bolivia, and Peru. The indigenous population, estimated at 700,000, is
concentrated in the provinces of the north, northwest, and south. Eighty percent of the population resides in cities or towns of more than
2,000, and over one-third lives in the greater Buenos Aires area.