The Rotary Theme for this year is, “Light up Rotary.”
Ken outlined his five goals for the year to include:
- Have two fund raising events by adding a new “signature” fundraising event.
- Increase our club membership by 5. Ken provided a flyer to give out to potential candidates.
- The Club is looking to have each member invite 3 people over the course of this year.
- Raise $2,000 for the End Polio Now campaign.
- Bill Gates will match dollar for dollar money donatedto curing Polio.
- We are looking to raise 2k to get 4k.
- Hold a “Rotary Day” service project. This is a date and time of our choosing.
- Most of all have fun while serving others.
Date has been set for Friday, September 19th. Dick Foard and Beecher Kirkley will be providing additional details on sponsorship and team registration. This is our biggest and only fundraiser for the club. It’s important that we have everyone involved.
Ron Saunders passed around a flyer today detailing the RILL courses that available this fall. Please get in touch with Ron if you have questions.
Bill Johnson Bio – Author of “A Silent Tide”
“A SILENT TIDE” WINS 2014 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR BEST LEGAL THRILLER IN THE COUNTRY!”
A Silent Tide” is Mr. Johnson’s first novel. His first published work was the critically acclaimed non-fiction, “A School in Pennsylvania,” a copy of which is on file at the U.S. Department of Education. Of additional note is that his short story, “The Death of Redemption” won an award for adult fiction at the 1996 Chesapeake Writers Conference.
Mr. Johnson has been practicing law for over twenty years, he was the featured defense attorney on the CBS program “48 Hours Mystery – The Taylor Behl Murder” and has twice been proudly elected to serve on the Mathews County School Board. Mr. Johnson, his wife and their five children, live in Bavon, Virginia, among the watermen, at the southern tip of Mathews County.
Visit his website: www.williamjohnsonbooks.com
Date has been set for Friday, September 19th. DIckFoardand BeecherKirkleywill be providing additionaldetails on sponsorship and team registration. This is our biggest and only fundraiser for the club. It’s important that we have everyone involved.
Rotary Youth Exchange Update
Lisa from Thousand Trails donated a cabin for a weekend so that the students from last years Rotary Youth Exchange (known as Rebounder’s) could talk with this years exchange students. This was a retreat designed to give a feeling of what to expect to the students going overseas this year. Sharon will continue to keep in contact with the students during there stay over seas and provide updates to the district.
Our president, Ken Gibson, had the program today. He reviewed what the clubs mission will include this year. During the program he reminded us why we are part of Rotary and all the good we do locally here in Gloucester and around the world.
Locally we clean up our counties roads, provide scholarships to our high school students, donate gifts to the free clinic, support the foster children, contribute time and money to pack back packs for needy childrento have food over the weekend.
Globally we fight polio and AIDS, provide opportunities for people to have safe water, housing and medicine. We also work with local economies on the ground in different counties to build bridges.
He noted that with so many things to be proud of, it’s not just getting up early to come to breakfast, or paying our dues, or having to a speaker each week. It’s about us and how WE can impact the community and the world.
Joke – today Pete
- next week Clayton
Ken thanked our outgoing president, Karen Kovacs for her service over the past year. Karen – the club cannot thank you enough for all you have done the past year.
Mark your Calendars
Golf tournament is September 19th. More details to follow…
The Nationals baseball team will host a Rotary End Polio Now! Night on August 16that 7:05 pm. The Nats will be facing the Pirates on that day. This might be a good event for us to car pool up to. $5 of each ticket sold will go to help our cause for ending polio. Look for the flyer to be passed around.
Our club received the Community service award and the Rotary Club Central Award at the district awards. This is a a great honor and shows our commitment to our community here in Gloucester.
Ron received a commemorative pin recognizing him for being a Paul Harris fellow 3 times over. Ron thank you for your support to our Rotary mission.
Ron Saunders, our Assistant District Governor, gave our program today. He provided a summary of the district awards ceremony that he went to and an update to leadership changes in the District.
Rich Story is our new District Governor. He will be focusing on keeping our goals the same over the next three years so we have a consistent effort. He will be visiting us in late October.
Our rotary theme for this year is- Light up Rotary. This has been decided by our RI president, Gary Wong.
Membership is (as always) our main push for this year. Our club has been tasked with looking for new avenues to attract members.
We were asked to pick a Rotary Day this year. The theme for that day will beCommunity Awareness. This date will be of our choosing. Stay tuned for more details
Sept 20th the Rhappohannock Community College will hold a RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) Conference. More details to come.
This weeks program will be Ken Gibson’s discussion on his vision for this year…
1. Program today: Ben arranged for an update from Scott Shorland, GCPS Construction Manager about the progress on the new Page Middle School. School should open Sept 2015!
2. Next week: Meet at JESSICA’s on MAIN street in the Courthouse (close to the Courthouse Circle). Church is holding VBS in the Parish Hall. Angie is hosting Dr. Arnold. Breakfast will be a trial of a less expensive buffet from Melissa to bring our cost down from $300/wk to $200/wk