January 29, 2015 – Meeting Round Up – Club Assembly
We’re at the Holiday Inn this week for our third Club Assembly of the Rotary year. This is a meeting all members should attend as participants. There should be give and take in a club assembly.
This week we will have President Chris Johnson’s third club assembly. A club assembly, as defined by Rotary International, is a meeting of the officers, directors, and committee chairmen of a club to coordinate and develop the program of Rotary within the club. Our club expands it to include all of our members.
We now have five avenues of service as Rotary International has added a new one this year. They are Club Service, Community Service, Vocational Service, International Service, and, the new avenue, New Generations. Each of the committee chairs will tell us what their committee will be doing this year.
We will also hear from the chairs of the various sub-committees. Among those are the Taste of the Panhandle, Memorial Day PolioPlus Pancake Breakfast, Buddy Ring Golf Tournament, Foundation, Membership and Retention, Programs, and Membership Roster. There are several other committees, also that we will hear from also.
President Chris will possibly share how well the club is faring in her year so far. She will talk about what has been accomplished (a lot, in my opinion) and what remains to be done. She may even talk about the upcoming trip to Sao Paulo for the International Convention.
If you are not on the board of directors, this is probably your greatest chance of providing input. Perhaps you have an idea of how to improve the golf tournament. You might have some input to provide on the Taste of the Panhandle fund raiser. You might have an objection to the way something is being done. Maybe you would just like to be able to participate in the club more. This is your chance.
One thing I have learned in my 36 years as a Rotarian—nobody will EVER object to you volunteering to help the club. We have about 135 members, but probably only a quarter of those do the actual work of the club. We should have 100% participation by all the members, not just a few of them.
Please show you want to be part of the solution, not the problem, by showing up this week for this important meeting. It is important for all our members to try to attend. Now is the chance to have your voice heard, so speak up now or forever hold your peace.
Juvenile Drug Court
The West Virginia Juvenile Drug Court Program is a cooperative effort of the juvenile justice, social service, law enforcement, and education systems in the state. This program seeks to divert non-violent juvenile offenders exhibiting alcohol or substance abuse behavior from the traditional juvenile court process to an intensive, individualized treatment process. The goal is to reduce future court involvement for these youth.
The juvenile drug court process includes intensive out-patient drug and alcohol treatment, intensive probation case management, compliance monitoring and family involvement.
Berkeley County does not participate, and the holdup is in the Prosecuting Attorney’s office where they say they would need four more attorneys to implement it. Interestingly, in Jefferson County, where it is implemented, they did not need additional attorneys.
Answer to last week’s question:
Any person is recognized, upon request, as a Paul Harris Sustaining Member who makes or in whose honor is made, an initial contribution to The Rotary Foundation of $100 or more, with the stated intention of becoming a Paul Harris Fellow by donating the balance of the required $1,000 contribution.
This week’s question:
What is the Arch C. Klumph Society?
Dave Partin, a member of our club from 1994 until just recently, passed away after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Dave was a retired member of the Coast Guard. He was named the United Way Volunteer of the Year in 1997. He was on the board of directors of Habitat and also served on the board of our club. In the pre-email years, he was the one responsible for mailing the Grapevine every week. Dave was a tremendous asset to both our club and our community. He will be missed.
Our two student guests from Martinsburg were Matthew Cool and Michael Wuest.
Ed Wilson, retired from the CIA and a board member of JUMP (formerly Big Brothers/Big Sisters) and Catholic Charities of WV/Eastern Region, was a guest Gail Moxley. Joann Young was back as a guest of her husband, Roy. Anita Cooper was a guest of her father, Walt Ridenour. Clara Opdebeeck, our exchange student from Belgium, was also with us again this week.
Several members are planning on going Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the International Convention in June. The members going include Mike and Kresha Hornby, President Chris Johnson, and PP Pam Wagoner. If you are interested in going with them, contact Mike Hornby.
Just when you thought the Taste of the Panhandle was over, the committee has already announced the date for next year’s TOP. The next TOP will be held on January 16, 2016. Mark your calendar now for the premier social fundraiser of the year.
You can already mark your calendars for February 19th as we will be enjoying desserts at the Purple Iris that week. Unfortunately, I will miss that meeting as I will be enjoying the sunshine in Florida. I love those desserts.
The new card to find in the 50/50 deck is the King of Hearts. Unfortunately, Layne Diehl did not find it. She will sell tickets this week.