May 30, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

     The last meeting of the fifth month had 13 Huntsville Rotary Club Members and 1 Guest enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s.  President Ken rang the bell at 12:35 pm and led us in a prayer of Thanks to our Lord, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  No Old or New Business was offered, so, our Leader asked Dan for his updates.  Sunflowers are about a foot tall, which is a food source for the doves later this summer.  Jan is taking your $125 donation at this time to reserve your hunting spot for September 1 Opening Day of dove season!  Weather forecast is mild this week, turning hot over the weekend, then warm and dry next week.  Slight chance of pop up storms but doesn’t look like any rain from the hurricane coming our way.  Fish Fry Thursday evening at Shepherd’s Lodge. Social at 6 pm and meal at 7 pm.  Many past, present, & future Rotary Dignitaries have been invited, as well as a first rate Speaker, Kathryn Harper, Howard County Clerk.

     Today, Gerald has the program and he introduced his Speaker, Kara Bunten, with the Randolph County Health Dept.  Kara talked about the many services provided by our Health Dept. including WIC program services, vaccinations, obtain copies of Birth & Death certificates, and First Aid treatments available at their walk-in clinic without appointments.  She also gave us a handout about Tick Bites and we spent a lot of time in this discussion.  Ticks are generally more prevalent in dry conditions and are known carriers of diseases that affect our nervous system and muscles.  In her handout was listed sites to visit… www.cdc.gov/Lyme   and  www.cdc.gov/Ticks.  In case you were wondering, opossums have been reported to feast on ticks, so, you might be emotionally torn between having those critters roam your yard to prevent Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme Disease, or, have them eat your dog or cat food, or, garden tomatoes.   Kara also suggested spraying your clothing with a permethrin product and constantly check for attached ticks.  On a side note, S4L Richard mentioned that excess Deet can be used on your foggy car headlights to clear them up instead of spending $50 at a body shop.

     Dennis Gard will be providing our program next week.   Clay was MIA today so we did not offer a Last Word before President Ken adjourned the meeting.

 

Members present today:  John Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Harry Hall, Gerald Link, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.