April 28, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

     The final Friday of the fourth month found 15 members of the Huntsville Rotary Club enjoying the noon meal at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  In the absence of our Leader, President-Elect Ken rang the bell at 12:30 p.m. and asked Bishop Roy to return our thanks to the Lord, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.

     Roy reported the Interact Club will be our program next Friday, letting John Cochran off the hook. He anticipates approximately 30 students will make their annual appearance that day.  Charlie Serio gave us sad news that his mother-in-law, “Mother of the Greyhounds” Mabel McCormick, passed away earlier this morning at age 104.  Our condolences to the family on the loss of a Moberly Area Icon.  Roy also noted that Clay was home recuperating from the dreaded kidney stone affliction. Dan suggested Clay get a bigger mug of tea and keep the fluids going.  Our temporary Leader then asked Dan for his news.  The Rotary-Ann Fish Fry will be held Tuesday  evening May 16th at Shepherd’s Lodge with fellowship starting around 6:00 p.m. and food by 6:30.  Ken Seifert to be the program about his journey on two wheels.  Please let Dan know if you and your spouse and any guests are coming so Jan can have enough seating available.  The entree is  Russ John Crappie & Bass Delight, just bring a covered dish.  Our weather man reported wet, wet, and more wet, with some sunshine mid-week next week.

     Secretary Richard passed around copies of an email concerning Rotary International’s recent position on weapons.  A petition is being sent to Clubs all over the USA requesting RI amend their ban on Club activities involving weapons and sponsoring gun shows.  Our Club’s position, by the members present today, is, Rotary is known to be neutral in political and religious events, and, we request certain amended language be accepted that retains our involvement in shooting sports, raffles, etc… under the supervision of a federal firearms license agent.  Our President will be requested to send our thoughts ASAP.

     Our program for today is our legal adviser, Phil, and he reminded our Club of certain activities that needed to be addressed affecting our Rotary Club’s liability insurance coverage, and, to refrain from raffles that fall under the Statutes of gambling.  Phil also discussed the important distinction of have a qualified attorney be involved in life decisions, and creating various forms of Power-of-Attorney.  A well versed attorney can provide proper assistance in protecting the legal rights of their client, including medical decisions should a person become incapacitated, protecting their client from being exposed to liability issues, and, generally, looking out for the client’s legal care.

     Ken asked for a Last Word, but Dub had to leave early, so maybe we’ll have two insertions next time.  Interact Club next Friday, then Mike Cochran for May 12th.

Members present today:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, & Richard Tregnago.