Rotarian Jim Morrison was our guest speaker today!

 
Club President Chuck Clark opened ther regular meeting of the Gallipolis Rotary Club promptly at 7:15 am.  VP Kevin Dennis provided the invocation.  Our attendance was a bit off the mark today and many of our meeting regulars were not with us today.

Rotary's Response to the Philippines--President Chuck read a brief note from District Governor Bart Mahoney  concerning the typhoon disaster in the Philippines.  Once again, SHELTER BOX is providing victims with temporary shelter, cooking utensils, water purification, pots and pans, etc.  PDG Mel Simon also briefed the club on how Rotary is mobilizing aid.  Mel's son, Sherwyn, happend to be on the ground in Manila at the time of the storm and helped organize some immediate assistance.  He is returning this week and will be orchestrating relief efforts from Pt. Pleasant.  Relief aid will be placed in an air cargo container and flown to the stricken area as soon as possible.  Please visit www.shelterbox.org for more details!

Liquid Tylenol for Health Department--President Chuck announced the club is supporting the immunications clinic at the health department with funding for children's acetominophen to help ease the pain.  Chuck and VP Kevin will present the check right after the meeting today.

No Morning Meeting Next Tuesday--Our 'Last Tuesday' this month will be on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25th, at Vinton Baptist Church starting at 5 pm.  Our club will help serve the Thanksgiving Dinner for the food pantry participants and this will be a great time to roll up the sleeves and serve in a unique way.  VP Kevin briefed members on what to expect and a crowd of 300 is anticipated.  It will be a busy time and Rotarians should arrive as close to 5 pm as possible as the serving begins at 5.  Questions?  Please contact Kevin directly at 740-794-1027.

Fellowship--Kevin asked member Lee Bauman to provide a member moment today.  Lee grew up on Columbiana county, has three Master's degrees, and worked primarily in the telecommunications industry.  Lee and his wife, Carol, purchased a group of houses in Vinton and founded the non-profit, Wing Haven.  Wing Have provides specialized counseling in domestic abuse.  Lee emphasized a current need to find uses for the houses they own.  Houses can be used for family gatherings, weddings, corporate meetings, and other special events.  Web site: http://www.commonga.com.

Split-The-Pot--Kevin Dennis ran our STP for the meeting today collecting enough to push our small pot to $6.00.  Kevin  asked Cleeland Willis to draw the wiinning ticket which was held by Paul Koch!  Paul generously donated the winnings back to the club!  In the draw for the 'Big One' of an undetermined amount Paul pulled out the Six of Hearts, leaving the large pot for another time.  The Club Foundation Fine was assessed against anyone who 'used headlights to get to the meeting this morning!'  Good one!

Program--Rotarian Jim Morrison was our guest speaker for our program today.  Jim spoke to the club about our clubs non-profit foundation and why it is important for members to support.  The Gallipolis Rotary Club Foundation, Inc., was founded in 1990, as the club's rainy day fund.  The Foundation receives donations from members and the public and has grown over the past 24 years and exceeds $65,000 today.  This growning capital fund provides dividends which can be accessed  to help support club projects in the years when the Bob Evans Farm Festival sales are slow. 

Jim urged all new members to support the club foundation by additing $5.00 or $10.00 per month to monthly dues.  Over time, when contributions reach $500.00, a member is a Paul Mossman Fellow and the club awards a special gold name badge.  We need some new Paul Mossman Fellows in the club!

Thank you, Jim, for the interesting program today!