May 16, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

     There were 11 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 Guests at today’s meeting at Don’s Family Style Buffet.  President Ken began the meeting at 12:30 PM and asked Bishop Roy to return our Thanks to our Lord in Prayer, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  The two guests were Nikki Soendker and Eryn Vargas with Unfinish3d Pieces.

     Clay was recognized and informed us the City of Huntsville was waiting for weather conducive to pouring concrete bases for the park benches our Club donated to benefit the City Park through a District 6040 Grant program.  Our local weather expert provided us with a nice end of the week forecast with a warming trend and possible thunderstorms next week.  Also, Dan is accepting donations of $125 to insure your spot for the September 1st Annual Dove Hunt to benefit Huntsville Rotary Foundation.  Sunflowers are coming up, which is the draw to the area for the event in September.  Jan & Dan are again hosting the annual Fish Fry on the evening of May 31st, to be at The Lodge in Chariton County.  Please contact Jan for a better headcount, bring a potential new member, and also bring a filled covered dish.  Social begins about 6:00 PM and meal at 7:00.  Invited Rotarian dignitaries are past RI President, Ray Klinginsmith, current District Governor Allen Garner, and our incoming District 6040 Governor, Julie McCoy of Chillicothe.

     President Ken then asked Chaplain Darrel to introduce today’s program.  Eryn is Vice President of the Unfinish3d Pieces organization, a charity founded by Nikki to benefit research in Autism Awareness.  She spoke briefly about her child with autism, following Nikki’s presentation to the Club.  Nikki has 3 children with autism and discussed the various episodes raising a child with autism.  Her experiences and those of her friends led her to form the charitable organization.  Recently, a 5K run/walk event at Rothwell Park saw over 200 participants engaged in a show of support for their cause.  Recent studies indicate a form of autism in 1 out of every 49 persons.  Many children exhibiting autism symptoms are now provided with psychiatric evaluation designed to offer various treatments for the child to smooth out their ride.

    Our Leader then asked Clay for the Last Word and we were adjourned.  Next week’s program is to be performed by Clay.

Members present today:  Phil Brown, Chris Dady, Darrel Hansen, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Ken Rathmann, Merle Riley, Mark Samp, Dan Shepherd, and Richard Tregnago.