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President's Report – September 2013

Rotary1314LogoCan you believe the first quarter is over already ? I guess time flies when you are having so much fun. Our student guests are back in a regular rotation at the weekly meetings and keep dazzling us with GPA’s that I know most of the membership could only dream of.  Be sure to introduce yourself to our two newest members Trent Sherman, the principal at Martinsburg High School and Karen Spence, the manager at Johnnies supermarket.

Looking Back

Our multi club mixer was extremely well attended at Hollywood Casino. Vickie Elliott has embraced the Andy and Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure project, which teaches the principles of the 4 way test to students . You can still 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 have been delivered to the local high school art departments and will be back to us for judging in early November. We will then donate them for use in those communities. Last Thursday our meeting at the Dillon Farm Museum was a trip into the history books and was catered by my lovely wife Kresha, who outdid herself as usual with an amazing meal. Kathy Mason had a handful of volunteers for the Annual Day of Caring including Ryan Perks, Pat Woodson, Doug Arndt, Pam Wagoner, Brian Joliff, Jay Rutkowski, Bill Wortley, Marilyn Schoon, Bill Bowen, Charlie Connelly, Kresha Hornby and myself.

Looking Forward

Dr Kamath will be calling on volunteers to pass out dictionaries this month, be sure not to miss this amazing opportunity to change lives and actually see it for yourself. If you haven’t already done so, please see Doug Frye for your tickets to the sports breakfast. (Even if you can’t attend, at least purchase a ticket or two for a child at the Boy’s and Girls Club.) The Taste of the Panhandle committee is still looking for silent auction items as well as sponsors for the MUST-GO-TO event of the year. So if you have that house in Tahoe or The Bahamas you can loan us, it would much appreciated.

Club Snapshot 

Membership (As of Sept 30)140Gain of 2
Attendance48%No Change
Foundation Giving (As of Sept 30)$5921% of Goal
Dues Paid (As of Sept 30)8 members past due  15 members still owe for this past quarter16% of Membership
Engagement (YTD)62%62% of Goal
Vocational Service
  • Herman Dixon and his committee are providing the programs for the month of October, which happens to be Vocational month on the RI calendar. They have an exciting list of guest speakers as well as a tour of Quad Graphics on October 24th scheduled.
Club Service
  • Our By-Law action committee reported their findings to the board with recommendations for the appropriate changes.
  • Doug Arndt is working on updating all the birthdays and pictures on
  • Mike Hite and his golf tourney/picnic raised an extra $1600 or so from the event, which will go to our foundation to then be used for scholarships.
Youth Service
  • The Musselman Interact Club met and has over 40 students this year under the guidance of Chad Spencer.
  • October is Martinsburg month for our student guests.
International Service
  • Buzz Poland is still in need of a host family for the first 6 months of next year for our exchange student.
  • Details are in on the Ecuador project, and we will be having a program in November outlining the needs.
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 has secured all the sponsorships but one for the Bob Elmer’s sports breakfast with celebrity speaker Downtown Charlie Brown.
  • Ryan Perks will be filing our request for a District Simplified Grant for Catholic Charities.

In closing I do need to address some housekeeping issues. Etiquette During Meetings : I have asked our Sergeant at Arms to Crack the Whip, if you will. In respect to our speaker and other members, please refrain from using your cell phones during meetings. I know we can all wait one short hour to play that sudoku game, update our Facebook status or text Aunty Jean about the status of her apple pie when we get back to work. Remember, if your cell or your guest’s cell phone rings during a meeting, a self-imposed $5 donation to the foundation is expected.

As the 4-way test states, “Is it fair to all concerned?”.

– Mike Hornby