December 15, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

     ( The following notes were prepared by Bishop Roy filling in for quail hunting Secretary-for-Life Richard )

     President Ken brought the 3rd meeting of the final month of 2017 to order with a call on Brother John Sommer to ask a blessing upon the food, fellowship, and the nation. We recited the pledge to the flag of the United States.  Ken asked for any new business and any old.

     Roy made a suggestion that we pass the hat for our waitress, Lisa, as a Christmas bonus, that will be done next week, which will be our last meeting for the calendar year.  Don’s Family Buffet will be closed for the Christmas holidays reopening the first week in January, at which time we will resume our weekly Rotary meetings.  

     Dan the Weather Mahn spoke of possible showers this weekend, especially Sunday.  Not too heavy, but some measurable moisture in the form of rain.  We will get colder around Christmas time, but there is a super slim chance we will have any snow.  Dan-O is saying NO to snow.

     Roy, stepping in for Darrel Hansen, introduced Ashley Roberts, our Interact sponsor from Westran.  She outlined what the Club has been doing this year.  This included a later presentation by our RYLA student, plus an update on membership.  Several of the young ladies who helped at the Rotary Pancake Breakfast were recognized.  Kinley Block spoke about how much she enjoyed working the event, because she gets to meet so many members of the Huntsville community.  Two other Interact members spoke of their participation in fixing and freezing meals for the Ronald McDonald House in Columbia.  They also collected various toiletry articles that are given to the families of patients who are in Columbia for long term treatment.

     The Westran Club continues to assemble “Buddy Backpacks” that are sent home with younger students who may not have a meal served during longer breaks from school or weekends.  Several of the members present have also been involved in crocheting yarn caps and hats for preemies and newborn, these hats were delivered to several maternity wards in Columbia area hospitals.

     Jackson Truesdell spoke of his RYLA experience this past summer.  He spent several days and nights on campus of William Woods University, Fulton, where he was teamed up with six to eight other attendees.  The RYLA experience includes leadership skills, trust building, teamwork, and altruistic understanding of being a volunteer.  Rotary Youth Leadership Academy ( RYLA ) could be described as a pre-Rotary type of activity.  RYLA helps young people understand what Rotary is all about.  Each Club member then spoke about their experiences in Interact at Westran.  

     A brief period of question and answer followed by our dismissal by President Ken ringing the bell.  Guests included Sam Richardson with Moberly Rotary, and Westran Interact members,  Ashley Roberts, sponsor, Jackson Truesdell, RYLA attendee, Emily Minor, Kinley Block, Skylar White, and Lanee Riddle.  Don’t forget next week is our last meeting for 2017….be there or be square.

Members present today:   Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, and Wayne Wilcox.