District Governor Addresses Rotary
Goals for the coming year outlined
August 10, 2008
Last Weeks program - August 5, 2008
District Governor Chadwick Addresses Club
By: Stephen Kent
2008-2009 District Governor Bob Chadwick, making the traditional visit to each club, started the day by meeting with the club board. He then addressed the club outlining his goals and challenges for the year.
Chadwick commended the club on its record of giving to the Rotary Foundation. Bay City was second in the district this past year. Historically the Bay City club has given almost $290,000 to the foundation.
Bob is encouraging every club in the district to achieve a Presidential Citation this year, something the Bay City Club has consistently done. The requirements include sponsoring one international project that reduces childhood mortality. Bob has asked that each club also do a local project with that theme. The citation calls for an increase of one in total membership over the year. Bob asked to shoot for a 10% increase.
The club was encouraged to maintain its excellent record for giving to the Rotary Foundation. There are 57 Paul Harris Fellows in the club. Three of these are at the Plus 8 level, one at Plus 7, one at Plus 6, and two at Plus 5. This represents some $54,000 in giving. Bob said that the club has amassed a very large number of recognition points and challenged members to find a way to use these points.
Commenting on the state of the district, Chadwick said that there is sometimes discussion of merging small clubs. But he gave the example of a club of 13 members that meets in members homes. The said these members are all very involved and active and after this visit he sees the value of every club, no matter the size.
Bob concluded his remarks by saying that the District Governor and the other district officers are there to help clubs. He encouraged feedback and communication throughout the year.
CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
Rob Clark will be continuing the food pantry program he started last year. The program will be renamed "Food for Families". He noted that the recent increases in cost of living has put a real strain on the local pantries and noted that our help is more important than ever. Larry Laporte will be helping with the project.
The district Group Study Exchange program is soliciting applications for next year's visit to Thailand. The team will have one Rotarian as leader and the rest of the members are young non-Rotarian.
Chuck Cusick announced that a Polio Immunization trip is being planned for the Ivory Coast of Africa. This professionally organized trip will be for eleven days. Between 50 and 100 people will go. A brochure is available for anyone interested.
The Polio Plus Challenge has raised $12,600 from members. With the Teich challenge money and gifts from non-members the club's total stands at $17,100.
International Night tickets are being distributed to all members. If you plan to attend, please make payment for your tickets at $60 each. Patron Sponsorships are available for $175 for two tickets.
SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE
: The club will meet at Delta College on August 19. Be sure to pick up a map and instructions at the August 12 meeting.
Harry Farris reported a miracle. He caught TWO coons in his live trap. He could hardly believe it and doesn't know how they could both get in there.
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Ambassador Scholar Kerry Kall
Off site meeting at Delta College. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!