June 13, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

     There were 11 Huntsville Rotarians present and no Guests for the 2nd weekly meeting in the 6th month of year 2018 held at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville today.  President Ken rang the bell to open the meeting and asked Reverend Dennis to return our Thanks to our Lord in Prayer.  We then gave our Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Under Old Business, Clay asked the Club to join in for a group photo with one of the Huntsville City Park benches our Club purchased with the benefit of the cost share District Grant program.  With the persistent phone calls from Merl Lee, the City brought a bench from storage for the photo op.  New pads had been poured along the concrete walking trail at the Park and the eight benches will soon be affixed to the concrete.

      Our Leader then asked weatherman Dan for an update.  Dan’l noted that today would be enjoyable, but we are looking at much warmer than normal temps in the coming days, averaging 10° to 15° above normal, and, dry weather conditions persist.  Possible isolated pop-up showers may drench small areas, but overall conditions looks like mostly dry weather will prevail.   Sunflowers doing good and Jan is receiving reservations for the opening day of dove season.  Fish fry was another success story with our Thanks to Jan for catching and fileting more than enough to feed the 49 attendees that evening!

     President-Elect Jerry reminded the Club that the District Grant Program is a cost share and he welcomes any input from Members on possible projects during his tenure.  Also, the following year could see a greater cost share ratio than 50 – 50, which could mean our Club could take on a 5 figure Project with 4 figure investment!  Dan suggested we could pull funds from the local Foundation in order to triple or quadruple our cost benefit involvement.

     Next, President Ken offered the podium to Clay for his program he had switched with Roy.  Clay discussed new legislation about 911 and cellphone tax to pay for it.  He was hesitant to go into specific details because much of the legislation will fall on to the shoulders of each County Commission.  They may choose to place on their local ballot the choice to tax cellphones to benefit 911.  Many counties had voted in landline taxes of 15% to pay for 911, but landlines have drastically diminished in favor of cellphones, which causes the counties to make up the deficient funding from other county resources.

     Before adjourning, Clay offered the Last Word.  Our Leader then rang the bell of adjournment. 

Members present today:  Jerry Crutchfield, Dennis Gard, Darrel Hansen, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Dan Shepherd, and Richard Tregnago.