June 2, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

     The first Friday of the sixth month found 16 Members and 3 Guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s.  President Tim rang the bell at 12:20 p.m. to start the meeting and asked Bishop Roy to return our thanks to our Lord in prayer, followed by our Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Guests introduced were John Ehrhardt, Melissa Eskew, and Raquel Rickey.

     Discussion of the District Grant centered around moving forward with the process.  Previously, our Club had sponsored a matching $1,000 Grant from District to support the City Park.  One of the requirements from District is a receipt and a picture of our Club Members involved with the project.  Apparently, the playground equipment has not arrived, nor is a separate detailed invoice/receipt available at this time.  This is for the 2016 Grant.  For 2017, it makes it difficult to continue if certain requirements are not able to be met.  Also, a new group has been installed overseeing the Grant process.  At this time, it is not certain if the new staff will accept our recent proposal to add to the City Park.  Charles Fleming noted that Safe Passage was in need of a storage building at their facility and offered that direction to the Club if the City Park project isn’t realized.

    Our Leader next asked Weatherman Dan for his weekly update…. dry, warm, some hot temps for next week.  Good news is the replanted sunflower crop appears to be on track for our September 1 harvest ( doves, not sunflower seeds ).

    Today’s program chair is Charles and he introduced two Ladies from Safe Passage. As Raquel handed out literature, Melissa discussed the shelter for abused women and women with children.  The capacity is 41 beds, however the average is closer to 25 per night.  Some of the staff are Legal Advocates and accompany the clients as they make court appearances, primarily for support. The shelter has a Board and they oversee a staff of 7, with grant writer Kelly Pedigo and Tina Rice sharing the co-directors duties. While much of their funding comes from grants, an annual fundraiser, The Wine Stroll, is also a successful event. This year it will be held on Saturday afternoon/evening in downtown Moberly, on August 19th, with Noland’s Catering doing a buffet at the Municipal Auditorium.  There will be opportunities to sample local wineries and distilleries products after the meal. 

   Next week is Harry’s turn for a program. President Tim asked Clay for the Last Word, then we were adjourned.

Members present today: Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales,  Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.