Rotary Supports Camp Beaver

President Chuck Clark welcomed assembled Rotarians and special guests to the morning meeting.  Chuck welcomed special guest, Cinda Saunders, from Holzer Hospice who will be speaking to the club about Camp Beaver.  Chuck also welcomed Amber Johnson to the meeting and we hope we will see her on a regular basis!
Awesome District Conference--President Chuck attended the District Conference this past weekend at Cherry Valley Lodge.   We had seven past presidents in the meeting this morning who recognize the significance of the District Conference.  One of the most enjoyable presentations was the Saturday morning session featuring the District's Rotary Exchange Students.  Our Rotary District is considered a leader in the world for Rotary Exchange.  Chuck emphasized to the members, "Next fall when the first district programs start please make an effort to go."  President Chuck relayed we need to get onboard with the RYLA program within our schools. Thanks to Charlene Smith who put together our basket for the silent auction.

Presidential Citation--Our club earned Rotary International's Club Central Award for setting strategic goals utilizing the RI Club Central area on the RI Website.  More importantly, the Gallipolis Rotary Club earned a Presidential Citation with Distinction for our projects this year!  Woot woot!  (That's from Secretary Shana!)
Last Tuesday Event--This is our last morning meeting this month.  Next Tuesday is "Last Tuesday" and we will be meeting at 5:30 pm at Silver Bridge Coffee Company at 3152 State Route 850. This will be our final Last Tuesday meeting for this Rotary year as well. We want to have a good showing of members next week, so please make every effort to join us for Last Tuesday and thank Lorraine Walker for her hard work in developing such a successful business in Gallia County!
Fellowship--President-Elect Kevin Dennis led off Club Fellowship this morning. was presented by Kevin.  Kevin took a few minutes to announce that our club will be working in the upcoming Hoop Project to be held July 11-13.  We have want to provide volunteers to help with general setup and Rotarians with basketball experience are really needed!  Please let Kevin know what you can do over the next couple of weeks.  We have to let the Hoop folks know how many volunteers we can supply.  Gordon Amsbary lightened up the meeting with some interesting history trivia and some facts about Normal Rockwell pictures in the Saturday Evening Post magazine.  Today is the birthday for Jimmy Stewart and Ronald Reagan Jr.

Happy Buck$--Gordon collected a number of bucks from some Happy Rotarians today.  Bonnie McFarland offered up $10 in appreciation to Holzer Clinic and Holzer Health System for allowing our club to use the Doctors' Dining Room all these years.  President Chuck offered a buck because he is happy his year is nearly over!  Loralee Carmichael offered a couple of bucks as did Alvera Robinson to say they're happy.  Treasurer Shawn Siders and Alvera offered up a buck for a late fine.

Rotarian Birthday--Gordon announced that our birthday today was Matt Willis who offered up some green for a quartet of Rotarians to sing Happy Birthday.  Bob Hood, Kevin Dennis, Loralee Carmichael, and John Ellison teamed up for a fairly good rendition of the birthday song!

 Gordo was full of Words of Wisdom today as he offered "May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish."   He reminded us we always miss 100% of the shots we never take and that a number two pencil will write a total of 35 miles.
Split-The-Pot--President Chuck initially ran the STP collections collecting a total of $19 today. Chuck asked our President-Elect Kevin to handle the draw, so Kevin asked our special guest and speaker, Cinda Saunders, to draw the winning ticket.  Today's small pot was $6.00 and our lucky winner was Clyde Evans!  Clyde asked that the winnings be donated to the Rotary Foundation.  In the draw for the new Large Pot of $13.00, Clyde came close drawing the ACE of diamonds.  For the Foundation Fine Clyde assessed the fine against "anyone without gray hair."  Good one!
Program--President Chuck took a few minutes to present a check for $250.00 for Camp Beaver to our speaker, Cinda Saunders,.    on behalf of Gallipolis Rotary.  Cinda with a check as our donation to Camp Beaver.  This camp has been run through Holzer Hospice and targets kids who have experienced the loss of a loved one and are going through the grieving process.  Ms. Saunders presented some scenes from last year's camp where 30 kids enjoyed the 2 day experience.  This year, the camp is anticipating an increase to as many as 50 kids and will be using a number of local artists, painters, potters, etc to help work with the children in expressing their grief.  Our speaker went on to mention the nature of the loss is changing from the effect of disease and accident to loss from violence, spousal abuse, or drug overdose.  There is a need to start an adult program of this type in the future to help a growing number of adults who would benefit from a camp of this type.  Gallipolis Rotary is pleased to be able to help support this worthwhile community program.  Thank you Cinda for a wonderful program.!

Club Calendar

May 27     Last Tuesday meeting at Silver Bridge Coffee at 5:30 pm
June 3      Morning meeting at City Municipal Bldg Community Room at 7 am
June 10    Morning meeting at City Municipal Bldg  7 am
June 17    Morning meeting at City Municipal Bldg  7 am
June 24    Morning meeting--Holzer Conference Room A & B  Annual Induction of Officers