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President's Report – August 2013

Rotary1314LogoThe dog days of summer have passed and we’ve made it through another month. Doug Arndt is still bald and Mike Hite is still walking funny so there’s not much difference or change to report there. Engagement and participation amongst members has been awesome and I want to thank all of you who are changing lives with your volunteerism.

Looking Back

Over the last month our club has been extremely active; Berniece and her team of volunteers worked the concession stand at the youth fair. Our members brought in a whopping 884.2 lbs of non-perishable food for the Mega Food Drive. Mike Hite and Steve Christian had a stellar turn out for the golf tournament and picnic. I want to thank Chris, Pam, Vickie and especially my wife Kresha for the awesome food at the picnic. The board decided to buy a defibrillator for the community to be kept at the Holiday Inn. Our exchange student Mora arrived safely from Argentina and has moved in with the McCunes.

Looking Forward

Our multi-club mixer is September 19th, 6:30pm at Hollywood Casino H Lounge. This is your chance to network with Rotarians from Charles Town, Shepherdstown and the Sunrise club. We are the largest club; so I presume that we will not be outnumbered. Bring your spouse or guest and come and have some fun with your Rotary Family. We have rolled out two new projects for the month of September. Andy and Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure, which teaches the principles of the 4 way test to students . We will be providing each school library (15)  with 2 hardback versions of the book as well as each 2nd grade student (1400) with a coloring book. You can sponsor a hardback book for $20 or 2 coloring books for $5. The Little Free Library project is under way. Each of the 4 libraries will be painted/decorated by the local high school art departments and then donated for use in those communities.  The last Thursday in September we will be having our meeting at the Dillon Farm Museum.

Club Snapshot 

Membership (As of Aug 31)138Loss of 1
Attendance48%Up 1%
Foundation Giving (As of Aug 31)$5921% of Goal
Dues Paid (As of Aug 31)15 members past due  35 members owe for this quarter25% of Membership
Engagement (YTD)52%52% of Goal
Vocational Service
  • Herman Dixon has assembled a committee which has committed to providing the programs for the month of October, which happens to be Vocational month on the RI calendar. They are planning for an exciting month which includes a tour of Quad Graphics on October 24th so be sure to mark your calendars.
Club Service
  • Art Thomm attended the first committee meeting with the area clubs to organize a multi-club mixer and will have details soon.
Youth Service
  • Tina Combs has reached out to Spring Mills High and is in the progress of starting an interact club.
  • Joanne Wadsworth, Vicki Elliott and Tina Combs have graciously accepted taking on student guests again this year.
International Service
  • Buzz Poland has secured the McCunes for our new exchange student for the first 6 months. He still needs a family for the second half of the year.
  • District Govenor Sharon Benner has asked us to designate our foundation giving to the water and sanitation project that the district is backing. I will have more details for the club soon.
Community Service
  • Past President Pam Wagoner and committee for TOP 2014 are full steam ahead with our Signature fundraiser for the year. We are still needing sponsorships and auction items.
  • Bill Bowen is working with on details for the Sports Breakfast.
  • Kathy Mason has a handful of volunteers for the Annual Day of Caring in September.
  • Ryan Perks has been given board approval to move ahead with the District Simplified Grant for Catholic Charities. He will provide more details to the Club once the process is finalized.

– Mike Hornby