Gallipolis Rotary Briefed by Holzer Health System Chief, Brent Saunders.


President Chuck Clark opened our club meeting promptly at 7:15 am.  The weather really did a number on our attendance today and we had a number of our faithful attenders out of town.  Our special guests today included Holzer Health System Chairman, Brent A. Saunders who was assisted by Holzer Marketing Rep, Krista SmithVP Kevin Dennis, provided our invocation.

President's Announcements--President Chuck thanked Loralee and John Carmichael for hosting our Last Tuesday meeting at their new offices last week.  The weather was cold, but the fellowship and hospitality was warm inside!  Chuck also gave a brief update on the Guatemala Water Project and all is ready for he and Clyde to arrive in country and travel to Panajachel to distribute the filters through Mayan Families.

Club By-laws updated--President Chuck distributed copies of the by-law revision which provides for earlier club elections and the selection of the President-Nominee/Sargent of Arms, as recommended by RI and District 6690.  The motion to approve the changes was made by Resty Alonzo, seconded and approved by voice vote.  Big thanks of appreciation go out to Shirley Doss and Debra Rhodes for helping with these revisions.

RYLA Opportunity--Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a youth leadership program sponsored by RI and Distrct 6690 and is open for eligible high school juniors.  The commitment date for Rotary Clubs to participate was January 31st, but Chuck wanted members to realize that RYLA is an awesome program we need to support.  President-Nominee Charlene Smith is our designated club representative. This year's RYLA event will be at Ohio University in Athens, July 17-19.  The cost to our club for sponsoring a student is $300.00.

Fellowship--Our club fellowship moment was short today, but VP Kevin did share a healtcare story which was enjoyed by everyone.

Split-The-Pot--Kevin also ran our STP today raising $5.00 for today's small pot.  Kevin asked Jim Phillippe to  draw the winning ticket which was held by . . . Jim Phillippe!  In the draw for the Big One of 'an undetermined amount close to $200.00' our winner drew the Ace of Spades leaving the pot to grow a bit more and a change for someone next week!  The Foundation Fine was assessed against anyone who did not graduate from Butler University!  Clyde reminded everyone that the score for the University of Rio Grande and Butler University in basketball stands at 1-0 in favor of URG!

Program--President Chuck introduced our program speaker today, Brent A. Saunders, Chairman of Holzer Health System who unveiled a new community health initiative for Gallipolis, the Holzer Center for Health  and Wellness to be built on the old Johnson's Supermarket lot between First and Second Avenues.  This nearly $4 million project will be constucted in phases with the first phase providing the wellness, fitness, and walking track, physican offices and therapy rooms, Cafe, and a health education room.  Fundraising for this project will be under the Holzer Heritage Foundation led by Rotarian, Jim Morrison!  Our speaker provided Rotarians with a sketch of how the Center will be constructed and several suggested drawings of how the interior may look.  Once phase one is successful in raising the necessary funds, construction will begin.  Successive phases will include a Community Multi-purpose Room in Phase 2, Weight and mat rooms and a Spa in Phase 3, and a 60' x 40' pool in Phase 4.

This comprehensive Wellness Center will be a great addition to our community and members enjoyed the opportunity to ask our speaker questions about the facility.  Our program chair for next week is Dave Nadler.