• June 20, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 13 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 Guests present today for the 3rd weekly meeting of the 6th month of  year 2018 for the Huntsville Rotary Club.  President Ken rang the bell at 12:30 pm and asked Chaplain Darrel to return our Thanks in Prayer to our Lord, followed by our giving the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Guests of Charlie’s were his wife, Belva, and grandson, Kelton.

        No new or old business was presented so our Leader asked our weather prognosticator, Dan, for a current outside report.  Looks like below seasonal temps this week and good chances of rain.  May see a return of above seasonal temperatures by middle of next week, with slight chances of precipitation.

        President Ken then asked Roy to present his program.  Roy had traded with Mark Nichols some time ago, so today, he gave us a brief discussion about how the seasons were addressed on the calendar, specifically how some traditions of Summer were observed down through the ages.  Summer is generally recognized as that season where the longest day and shortest night of the year begin.  Summer in our Northern Hemisphere is generally accepted to begin on June 21st, while, if in the Southern Hemisphere, it typically begins on December 21st.  Factors affecting our planet’s rotation account for the seasons, but, normally, in the Northern Hemisphere, we note that Spring begins March 21st, Summer is June 21st, Fall is September 21st, and Winter is December 21st.  Traditions recognized seasons in poems and novels and musical compositions depicting Summer as the time when many crops have been planted and livestock has reproduced.  Wedding bells ring for many during the start of Summer, which reflected a lull in the busy time of an earlier agrarian society for us North of the Equator.  Also, from a military standpoint, Summer marks the time of many great battles, such as D-Day on June 6, 1944.  Napoleon’s Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815.  And the last official battle of the dying Roman Empire was June 20, 451 A.D as the Roman Legions faced Attila and the Huns.  Roy also noted, as a respite from early heatwaves, that Winter is only 6 months away so we can shiver in the cold instead of sweating in the heat.

         Our Leader then asked Clay for the Last Word before adjournment.  Next week is Ken Rathmann’s turn at the podium, also marking his last official meeting as our Club’s President.

     

    Members present today:  Jerry Crutchfield, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, and Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     



  • 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.

     

     

     



  • June 6, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The first meeting of the sixth month of year 2018 found 12 Huntsville Rotarians and 1 Guest enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s in Huntsville.  President Ken rang the bell at 12:35 pm to begin the meeting and asked Chaplain Darrel to return our Thanks in Prayer to our Lord.  We then gave our Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Dan & Jan were thanked again for having the Fish Fry last Thursday evening.  There were 49 in attendance, including Past President of Rotary International Ray Klinginsmith, Past District Governor Matt Eichor, current DG  Alan Garner, and incoming DG Julie McCoy.  Ray bestowed the honor of Paul Harris Fellow on Mike Cochran that evening!  Dan then gave a report that the sunflowers were knee high and showing their “button”.  Dove Hunt set for opening day, September 1 at Shepherd Farms.  You need to reserve your spot soon as reservations are coming in quickly.  Weatherman Dan indicated we will have some hot weather the next several days with slim chance of pop up showers or storms.

         Today was Dennis Gard’s turn for a program and he invited Mark Price to visit with us about his office as Randolph County Recorder of Deeds, a position he has held since January 1, 1991.  Mark stressed how his office has taken advantage of digitalization and is providing online services which are available 24 hours a day seven days a week year round.  Realtors, Title Companies, Mortgage Lenders, and many others use the internet connection, and, for a monthly fee, can look up actual documents for their needs.  Among other duties, Mark’s office handles Marriage Certificates, all types of deeds, and can record practically anything a person wants recorded as public knowledge.  Mark has embraced new technology in preserving all records and making them available to the public in a convenient manner.

    We didn’t have a Last Word today and Roy is on the schedule ( probably traded with Clay ) for a program next week.  Our Leader then rang the bell to adjourn the meeting.

    Members present today:   Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Dennis Gard, Darrel Hansen, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Tim Remole, Merly Riley, Mark Samp, Dan Shepherd, and Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     



  • 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.



  • May 23, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 9 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 Guests present at today’s meeting when President Ken rang the bell at 12:30 PM and opened the meeting by requesting Bishop Roy to return our thanks in prayer to our Lord, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Guests introduced were:  Moberly Rotarian Bobby Riley, and, our Speaker, Jeremiah Terrell.

         There was no Old or New Business offered, so our Leader asked Dan for updates on the weather and Fish Fry.  Going to be above seasonable temps this coming weekend and relatively dry.  Our annual Fish Fry will be held at Shepherd’s Lodge next Thursday evening, May 31st, with social hour at 6:00 PM and meal to begin at 7:00.  Several Rotary dignitaries will be on hand for this event and there will be a good speaker for our program.  Please let Jan or Dan know if you are coming, and how many in your group, so abundant seating can be provided.  Dan noted he is receiving several reservations for the September 1st Dove Hunt.  Your $125 donation goes to our Club’s Foundation.  This provides the funds for our scholarships program.

         President Ken then asked Roy to introduce today’s program.  Roy traded with Clay who was scheduled to be out of town this week.  Our Speaker was Jeremiah Terrell with the University of Missouri Extension and he is based in Randolph County as a Regional Human Development and Family Science Specialist.  Jeremiah received his B.A. in Counseling from CCCB in Moberly in 2004, and a Master of Education in School Counseling from Stephens College in 2013.  Prior to joining MU Extension, Jeremiah worked for Burrell Behavioral Health. Also, he has worked for School Aged Child Care through the Moberly Public School District.  In addition, he has worked in educating adults with developmental disabilities in being self-sufficient.  Jeremiah’s list of Program Areas include the subjects of Parents and Families, Aging Issues, and, Behavioral Health. Jeremiah had several handouts today and stresses the University of Missouri Extension is “your source for practical education on almost anything”.  While most of us can Google information over the internet, some indications that the answers may be questionable in fact.  MU is a research-based facility, which endeavors to present the answers as fact based on qualified research.

        In absence of Clay, President Ken gave our Last Word.  Gerald Link is to be the program chair for May 30th, then we were adjourned.

    Members present today:  Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Harry Hall, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, and Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • 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. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • May 9, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 14 Club Members and 3 Guests present for the 2nd meeting of the 5th month of year 2018  at Don’s Family Style Buffet in Huntsville.  President Ken rang the bell at 12:30 PM and opened the meeting with a request to Brother Darrel to give a prayer of Thanks to our Lord, then we gave our Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Guests introduced were Liz ( Roy’s daughter ), and Guest Speakers Linda Fritz and Patsy Redding.

        Our Leader asked Dan for the latest report on weather.  Dan gave us an unseasonably hot forecast with chance of rain early to mid-week.  He noted the dove-attracting sunflowers have emerged and he is taking reservations for the September 1st Foundation fundraiser at this time.  Send your $125 check, made out to the Huntsville Rotary Foundation, to Jan Shepherd in order to insure a spot that special Saturday afternoon.  Dan also reminded the Club of the May 31st Annual Fish Fry to be held at Shepherd’s Lodge.  Dan will be conducting a headcount the next two meetings, or, contact Jan with your attendees, including Rotary-Ann or special friend.  Please try to arrive by 6 PM and bring a covered dish AND a potential new member!  This is practically a free meal for the Club and great opportunity for potential new members to see the fun side of our Club.  

         President Ken then asked Chris to introduce his program for today.  Linda and Patsy serve with NECAC     (Northeast Community Action Corp ) and they discussed the services they offer and the region they serve.  Linda stressed the organization assists those temporarily in financial distress by providing some rental assistance and utilities.  NECAC also sponsors a home weatherization program, and is a resource for those in need.

         Clay provided us with his Last Word.  Darrel will provide the program next week, Nikki Soendker with her Autism Awareness program called “Unfinish3d Pieces”, then our Leader called for adjournment.

    Members present today:  Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Dennis Gard, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Clay Joiner, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.



  • May 2, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         ( The following notes are from reliable stand-in Secretary, Roy )

         The first May meeting of the Huntsville Rotary began when Past-President Roy Morales-Kuhn rang us into session.  Roy led in our opening prayer and pledge to the flag.  With some new business dispensed with, including the actual location of the park benches the Club purchased for Huntsville City Park, we continued with the meeting.  There were no special guests, although the room was full of many special young people. 

    After finding our old business seated and enjoying our fun, food, and fellowship, Dan-O the weather guy gave us a semi-scary weather report.  There will be some heavy weather coming in the next couple of days, this due to the increase of ambient temperatures and tons of Gulf moisture invading the hinterlands of Central United States.  This weather will include the usual suspects of rain, strong winds, hail, and possible small short duration tornadoes.  The comment was made that maybe Harry Hall had a more pleasant outlook on the next week’s weather.  Dan also mentioned that our annual fish fry and gathering at the Lodge of the Two Shepherds will be on May 31 st.  Thanks to Jan and other able bodied anglers, there will be plenty of fish.  Dan requested that members bring a covered dish ( with food in it ) to the Lodge that Thursday.

         Our program was the annual Interact Banquet and recognition meeting.  Clay opened the program with the reciting of the 4Way Test questions.  Roy introduced Ashley Roberts, our sponsor at Westran for Interact.  She blessed us with her latest addition, Daphne Roberts, who is now five weeks old.  Daphne was the best guest, she was a very nice baby, didn’t cry when she heard the cheesy jokes and silly antics of the Club, and calmly ate her yummy formula offered by her mother.  There were 18 Interact members, including at least four graduating seniors.   We also recognized two “Star” students, who joined us too.  “Star” students were formally called “Students of the Month”.  The Club recognizes two students each month during school session, they are chosen by the faculty and staff at Westran.

         Ashley outlined some of the activities Interact had been involved in the past year.  She called upon several students to detail what they personally did as members of Interact.  This included preparing frozen meals for Ronald McDonald House in Columbia, knitting caps for the neo-natal wards of several Columbia hospitals, and being involved in the Red Kettle Campaign for the Salvation Army.

         Clay Joiner then took over the program with the fun part of the activities.  He handed out Interact pins, patches, and various other items, including the well crafted flying disc., with the Interact logo printed upon it.  Clay also included a pin of recognition for our school sponsor, Mrs. Roberts.  Prior to the gathering, Clay assembled a goody bag for each Interact member.  These bags contained various items including “fidgets”, paddle balls, puzzles, and a number of other objects designed to drive the classroom teachers crazy(er).  Clay also handed out a couple of t-shirts, each being awarded to a student for answering a question pertaining to Rotary or Interact.  The Club would like to thank Clay for taking the time to assemble these individual bags, something very simple and yet the students seemed to enjoy them.  Thanks again brother Clay.  The two RYLA participants for the summer academy were also recognized, they are both looking forward to their time at William Woods campus for this annual event.

    Huntsville Rotarians answering the call of the bell were:  Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Dennis Gard, Harry Hall, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Mark Nichols, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, and Dan Shepherd.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • April 25, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         Fifteen Huntsville Rotarians and one Moberly Rotarian Visitor, Bob Riley, met back at Don’s Family Style Buffet in Huntsville at noon today.  President Ken rang the bell to call the meeting to order at 12:30 pm and asked Reverend Dennis Gard to return our thanks to our Lord in prayer, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Secretary-for-Life Richard noted the District Assembly would be held this Saturday and President-Elect Jerry indicated he would be attending.   Clay mentioned our annual donation to the “Shoes” program and a motion from Dan to donate $10 per member, totaling $230.00 was seconded and passed by voice vote.  Jerry will deliver the check this Saturday.

         Visiting Rotarian Bob Riley was recognized as earning his 2nd Paul Harris Fellowship, and Daniel, as Foundation Chair, presented the honor to Mr. Riley.  Bob utilized a recent program by donating $500 and was matched through a points system to earn the coveted Paul Harris Medallion.  Foundation Chair, Dan, noted the program returns a percentage back from Rotary International to our District after a short term.  Next, weatherman Dan provided us with a mild to warm to hot forecast for next week, along with the possibility of thunderstorms due to high temps occurring.  Sunflower food plots for the annual Dove Hunt have been planted, and, also, sweet corn seed is in the ground.  Dove Man Dan is already receiving monies for the annual fundraiser for September 1.

        Our Leader asked Roy about the Interact Club and he informed us we will be hosting around 20 students next Wednesday, May 2nd, at our Club meeting.  President Ken then asked Clay for the Last Word before adjourning the meeting.

    Members in attendance today:   Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Dennis Gard, Harry Hall, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, and Richard Tregnago.



  • April 18, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The 3rd meeting of the 4th month of year 2018 found 16 Huntsville Rotarians and 1 Guest enjoying the noon buffet at NELLY’S Restaurant in Moberly.  Our regular meeting location, Don’s Family Restaurant,  had a prior reservation that prompted our Club to procure today’s site.  Next Wednesday, April 25th, we will return to Huntsville.

         President Ken rang the bell at 12:30 PM to begin our meeting.  Except for our program, no other visitors were recognized.  Secretary-for-Life Richard mentioned he had emailed Club members info on the April 28th District Assembly.  He also noted he had a makeup on the island of Saint Lucia in the Eastern Caribbean on March 23rd and informed our members how it was on the island.  Their Club was formed about 50 years ago and they sponsor an Interact Club as well as a Rotaract Club.  They have about 45 members and the men wore business attire, less jackets. Very friendly group and about 1/3 members are female, and JoAnna Charles is current President.

         Our Leader recognized Clay and he reported the Club’s Project, Park Benches, have been delivered from the Moberly Correctional Center to Huntsville City for installation at the City Park.  Weatherman Dan gave us a mild report for next week with little chance for rain.  This week should terminate anymore freezing conditions as we make way for Spring. Dan also reported he had gone on a Rotary SCUBA Dive near Belize.  Jan & Dan have travelled many corners of this planet to take lots of great underwater pictures of fishes!

    President Ken then turned the program over to S4L Richard, filling in for Wayne who had traded dates with John Cochran.  He introduced Macon Electric Cooperative staff member, Allie Foster.  Allie has been with the Coop for two years and works with  grant programs and Economic Development Assistance through Macon Electric.  She stressed that some of the programs are designed for assistance even if the organization participating is not directly a Coop member, but, may service some members.  Allie brought some folders with information that could be of assistance in applying for grants.  Also, she visited with us about the Coop’s involvement with industry and its’ participation with Poet Refinery in Macon.

        Next week is Mike Cochran’s turn for a program, however, due to our change of meeting dates he is unable to attend on Wednesdays at this time.  We will have an alternate program that day, April 25th.  Roy informed us that we will sponsor the Interact Club at Don’s Restaurant on May 2nd and he will contact Josh with an approximate count of students. Clay gave us the Last Word and President Ken adjourned the meeting.

    Members in attendance today:  Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Dennis Gard, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley,  Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     



  • April 11, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         Huntsville Rotary Club is now meeting on Wednesdays at noon at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  As you may know, the Fridays were increasingly becoming overcrowded due to serving fish, which could be easily compared to their fried chicken in culinary appeal.  Please note that due to Don’s prior scheduling, our Club will not meet at Don’s April 18th, but, will instead go to Nelly’s middle banquet room for one day only, then return to Huntsville each Wednesday from now until ?

         President Ken rang the opening bell 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 our Flag.  New member Dennis Gard introduced his guest, Reverend Kevin Keeling. No other visitors were present and 13 of our members were present.  Our Globe trotting, SCUBA diving weather prognosticator is researching the effects of climate change on the reefs near Belize this week, hopefully he will meet us at Nelly’s for his updates, opinions, or alternative fact findings.  However, long absent member, Harry, was  offered the duty to enlighten this group of current, local weather and he provided us with what we all have been looking for this spring.  Seasonally warm a few days, with sunshine and some clouds during the day, and darkness at night.  Kudos to our fill-in-forecaster!

         Our Leader asked Clay for an update on our Huntsville City Park Project which we applied for a District Grant for benches.  Clay proudly proclaimed the new benches were made and sent to the Moberly Correction Center. Hopefully, we can bond them out of incarceration and get them installed in Huntsville soon.  President-Elect Jerry mentioned that he & Clay had attended the PETS in Jefferson City a couple of weeks ago and gave a positive feedback on the training.  S4L Richard reminded the Club that Josh is willing to provide us the 3rd entrée in our meeting, as long as we fully utilize it and not let a significant amount go to waste.  Today we had BBQ ribs and consumed 95% of the offering.

         President Ken next presented to new member Dennis the Rotary Welcoming folder and badge, then asked Clay for the Last Word before adjourning.    Next week, Wayne will provide the program ( traded with John C. ) if his previous schedule for Friday can be changed to Wednesday.  We will meet at noon at Nelly’s on April 18th for one meeting then revert to Don’s every Wednesday after that.

    Members present today:   Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Dennis Gard, Harry Hall,  Clay Joiner, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Kelly Shelby, Richard Tregnago, and Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • April 6, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

          The first meeting in the 4th month of year 2018 found 13 Huntsville Rotarians and 3 Guests attending a crowded and noisy lunch meeting at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  President Ken rang the bell at 12:30 pm and asked our new member, Reverend Dennis Gard, to offer a prayer of thanks, followed by addressing our Flag for the Pledge of Allegiance.

         Our Leader requested any Old or New Business and Clay mentioned it was time to pay for our two RYLA attendees.  On a successful motion to vote for approval, our Treasurer will reimburse Clay the $500.00.  Our weather guy was not present today, so we just decided to ignore any bad thoughts and instill warm and sunny days  in our minds.  Visiting Rotarians from Moberly were Bob & Bobby Riley.  Our Guest Speaker is Ryan Eidson.

         In Wayne’s absence, Richard introduce Ryan as the newest staffer at the Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation.  Ryan joined the MAEDC in January this year and holds the title of Entrepreneurship Specialist.  He briefly discussed the new fiber optics firm, Phynx Fiber, and the new industry Mac-Rak , along with the statement that he provides confidential individual business counseling at no charge.   This position is primarily funded with a grant from the University of Missouri Extension to support Small Business & Technology Development.  Ryan will begin to manage the Grow Mid MO, an entrepreneurial network, and will lead MAEDC’s outreach to early stage companies.

         Unfortunately for this meeting, the room was shared with the public as a trial period to assist Josh with the noon time crowds on Friday.  Most attendees today recognized our Club will need to make changes, either in the meeting date, or, try another location.  S4L Richard will send out an email this weekend to our membership asking for input.

          President Ken asked Clay for a Last Word then we were adjourned.  Phil is on the schedule for a program next week.

    Members in attendance today were:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Chris Dady, Dennis Gard, Darrel Hansen, Clay Joiner, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Tim Remole, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, and Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     



  • March 30, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The fifth and final meeting of the third month of year 2018 found 15 members of the Huntsville Rotary Club enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  President Ken rang the bell at 12:30 pm and led us in a prayer of thanks to our Lord, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  No visitors were acknowledged, and Dantheweatherman provided us with a cooler weekend possibly mixed with snow and little respite to tropical tendencies for awhile.

       S4L Richard brought up some Old or Unfinished Business about our meeting place.  Josh had expressed more concerns to him this morning and we agreed to meet with Josh after our meeting to discuss with him some possible solutions.  Secretary Richard will send out an email to all our Club members about the discussion.  With Josh’s input, and several of our members present after the regular meeting adjournment, we will try a sharing of the back room starting next week and run it for a time to see how it goes.  The intention is to have Josh’s waitresses seat early patrons starting at 11:00 am in the front half of the back meeting room. Josh will instruct staff to set up our tables for 25 near the back door.  Since our meeting starts at 12:30 pm and ends at 1:00 pm, Josh will attempt to stop seating people in such a timely manner most diners will be finished and leave the room by 12:30.

         President-Elect Jerry and Assistant District Governor Clay  spoke to the Club about their recent attendance at the PETS held in Jefferson City last Friday.  Jerry indicated Rotary was encouraging more flexibility within the Clubs pertaining to meetings and membership.  Clay talked about enhanced District Grants next term which may allow our Club to provide larger projects.

         Due to the extent of discussion on more worthy items, Richard will postpone his program today.  Wayne’s turn is next Friday and he will be out of town, so, the Club gets to suffer with Richard’s program next Friday!

         Tim Remole appeared before we closed the meeting and was introduced as a prospective new member by Merl Riley.  The Club voted him in as our 2nd newest member starting April 1st.  This will bring our roster to 24 members. 

        President Ken asked Clay for a Last Word then we were adjourned.

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

     

     

     

     

     



  • March 23, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    ( Today’s notes provided by Bishop Roy because S4L Richard was out of the country )

         President Ken Rathmann opened the fourth meeting of the third month of the first quarter of the new year, 2018 by ringing the Rotary Bell. Brother Darrel Hansen gave the blessing for our fun, food, and fellowship after which we gave our pledge to the flag of the United States of America.

         With no new business to discuss, Ken asked if there was any old business. Clay and Roy have been working on the 2018 RYLA candidate list, we should have two names by next week.  They are scheduled to attend RYLA at Fulton in late June.

         Clay and in-coming President, Jerry Crutchfield, were in Jefferson City attending the Rotary President seminary being held today.  Dr. Shelby introduced the March students of the month, Gage Bealmer and Caitlyn Guffey. The Club welcomed them with warm applause.  Wayne Wilcox, eastern district commissioner reported on the groundbreaking this morning of a new business to Randolph County, Mac Rak.  They are an industrial storage rack refurbishing firm relocating from Illinois due to high taxes in that state.  Mac Rak restores and refurbishes industrial storage racks used in all types of industries.  They replace broken struts, stanchions, and other parts on multilayer storage systems from warehouses around the nation.  They will eventually employ over 30 workers at an annual salary of about $40,000 per worker.

         Dan Shepherd had the program today.  Shepherd is Rotary Foundation Chair for Huntsville Rotary.  He discussed the mission of the Foundation, eradication of polio myelitis from the human race.  He reminded us that for each dollar donated to the Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matches it with two dollars.  Dan also spoke of the Rotary interest groups, a list can be found on the Rotary website.  https://www.rotary.org/  There are over 50 different interest groups , from Dan & Jan’s favorite the Scuba Diving Group, to chess, table tennis, magicians, stamp collecting, or wine or whiskey { possible fav. of Mark N. } Groups.  There is an interest group for almost every taste.  Shepherd encouraged the Club to go online and look at the list to see if there was any group that might be of interest to our membership.

         In connection with the Shepherd’s recent Scuba trip to Thailand, they got a chance to visit one of six Peace Colleges sponsored by Rotary International.  These colleges offer a two year masters level degree in Conflict Management, International Studies, Peace Initiatives, among other courses and degrees.  The college in Bangkok, that they visited, has a three month intensive course, mostly dealing with conflict resolutions.  The Shepherds were able spend a few hours as guests in a class where they met students from all over the world.  One had lived in Fayette a few years ago and knew where Clifton Hill was!  There are two Peace Colleges in the United States, one in the United Kingdom, one in Japan, and one in Australia, and, of course, Bangkok.  Dan fielded a few questions before he brought his program to an end.

         Next week is Secretary for Life Richard’s turn for the program.  President Ken then adjourned the meeting.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, John Cochran,  Mike Cochran, Chris Dady, Dennis Gard, Darrel Hansen, Gerald Link, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, and Wayne Wilcox. 



  • March 16, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 15 Huntsville Rotarians and 6 Guests today when President Ken rang the bell at 12:30 pm to begin the meeting held at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.   Our Leader asked Bishop Roy to offer thanks in prayer to our Lord for the meal and fellowship.  Four Westran students were in attendance and Superintendent Kelly had them introduce themselves with a short bio.  They were Alissa Downing, Amber Johnson, Braden Bain, and Zane Still.  Gerald introduced his granddaughter Anna Kate Link, and our Guest Speaker was Mike Nagel, incoming Westran Superintendent.

        No Old or New Business noted, and Secretary-for-Life ( S4L ) Richard passed around new program lists.  We will soon have a Facebook site, and, S4L to meet with Art Dept. about website updating access.   Weatherman Dan gave us a wet-dry-wet-dry forecast with a warming trend next week.  Also, a 50% Paul Harris membership is still available…see Dan for details.  Plans underway for a fish fry in May and the date TBD.

         President Ken then turned the podium over to Kelly for today’s program.  Kelly offered updates on the school Charter and Voucher legislation currently in the legislative hands.  Then shared the program with Mike Nagel.  Most public schools see a few issues with Chartering as now introduced.  As written, Charters created may have little public accountability.  There is not an elected board to affect how Charter schools are managed.  Another note could indicate financial waste in the form of new school buildings built for Charter, while existing public schools are underfunded.  A third reason most Charters are unsuccessful is that 60% loss of original enrollment at Kindergarten through high school graduation.  Charters differ from public schools in that they may set individual enrollment standards, attracting only the type of student they wish to target.    Apparently, rural Charters are a new form of diverting public funds to nonpublic entities.

         Next Friday is Shan Depherd’s turn at the podium.  Our Leader asked Clay for the Last Word and then we were adjourned.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, and Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     



  • March 9, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    (  Fill-in -Secretary Roy contributed the following notes for absent Secretary Richard )

         The second meeting of the third month of the year of our Lord two thousand and eighteen opened without a hitch.  President Ken rang us into session, brother Darrel Hansen gave thanks to our Lord and asked a blessing upon our nation, state, county and club.  He also reminded us to remember “Service above Self”.  Ken asked for a recognition of guests.  Dan-O Shepherd introduced his perennial guest Anton the Siberian, Merl Riley introduced his guest, Andrea Binder, and secretary pro-tempus fugit, Roy, introduced his guest Dennis Gard.  Dennis would later be presented to the club as a new member, we excused him from the room and took a voice vote, the Rev. Mr. Gard became Huntsville Rotary Club’s newest member.  He was immediately tapped to join the Rotary famous Shepherd Pecan Valley Dove Hunt.  He will be joining us in September for said hunt.  

         Dan-O shared a spring-like partial winter forecast, rain, snow, and possible flurries, with some temperatures in the low 70s by next week. If you don’t like the weather, just wait awhile. 

         Our program was just waking up in the balmy state of Florida, so we made due with a biographic sketch of new member Dennis Gard.  Charlie Serio owes us now.  He {Charlie} did indicate that the day-time temps where they were would be reaching mid 70s today.

         Sixteen answered the call of the Rotary bell, thirteen of which were members, unless you count our newest member, then it would be fourteen Huntsville Rotarians headed for the feed trough.

         These were our motley crew:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Chris Dady, Darrel Hansen, Gerald Link, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, and Dennis Gard.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • March 2, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 12 Huntsville Rotarians and 5 Guests at the noon luncheon today at Don’s Family Style Restaurant. President Ken called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm and asked Darrel to return our Thanks to our Lord in Prayer, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Visiting Moberly Rotarian was Bob Riley, and our two guest speakers Megan Schmitt and Atina Roberts were also recognized. Jerry had 2 guests but I didn’t write down their names.

         Weather report from Dan sounds favorable with mild seasonal temps and possibly some precipitation early next week.  S4L Richard discussed the meeting room with Club members and no definite plan was decided.  We may make a decision in the near future to offer Josh some relief.  Hopefully increase our membership soon and attendance.  Foundation Chair Dan mentioned the 50% discount to become a Paul Harris Fellow is still available for a short time.

         Our Leader then asked Tim to introduce his program.  Megan Schmitt was the Executive Director of the Randolph County United Way and she visited with us about programs and fundraising during her tenure.  She has taken on the challenge of leading the Chamber of Commerce, so, she has resigned from the United Way and is training Atina Roberts to replace her as United Way Director.  The United Way receives contributions from individuals and corporations and distributes the funds through a budget process and to recognized non-profit organizations that make up an 18 member affiliation.  If the office receives a request from an individual, they are referred to an appropriate nonprofit organization for funds.  The member nonprofits fill out detailed reports of disbursements and are forwarded to the Executive Director for filing.

         Next week’s program lists Charlie as the program chair.  President Ken asked for the Last Word then adjourned the meeting.

    Members present today:   Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Darrel Hansen, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, & Richard Tregnago.



  • February 23, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The 4th and final meeting of the 2nd month of 2018 found 12 Huntsville Rotarians enjoying the noon meal at Don’s Family Style Restaurant.  Late arriving President Ken called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm and offered a prayer of Thanks to our Lord, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  There were no visitors today and returning traveling weather prognosticator, Dan, gave us a wet forecast for Saturday followed by a warming and sunny trend for a few days next week before returning to some wet & cold.

         Our Leader then asked for New or Old Business, and Secretary-for-Life Richard gave a follow-up report with his meeting last week with Josh Spicer.  Josh had previously voiced a concern about our drop in attendance and asked us to consider some choices.  In discussion with attending members last week, we suggested inquiring Josh if he would give us time this quarter to increase our membership and attendance.  It appears that some Club members would have a hardship attending our weekly meetings on a different day or time than current.  Josh was receptive to the idea of increasing attendance this quarter.  At no time has he indicated we were not welcome, he merely is concerned that he has limited seating on Fridays, generally his busiest day at lunch time.  Several members have informed the Club of their intention to invite potential new Members in the near future.  Our current membership is down to 22, from a high of 30 last year.

         President-Elect Jerry noted that he is registered and will attend the PETS at Show-Me Rotary in Jefferson City later in March.  He would like to have our Club sponsor a major project, perhaps a phase 1 & phase 2 if large enough, to capture a significant cost share with District Grants over the next two years.   Clay indicated the park benches were ready for the City to install.  

        Diver Dan gave us a brief report on his recent Rotary International Dive trip in Thailand.  He & Jan also visited two families, Nae & June’s, who were Foreign Exchange students we hosted about 20 years ago.  He stressed how fortunate it is to be a Rotarian and have like minded friends all over the world!  One suggestion to S4L is to install a Facebook page for Huntsville, Missouri Rotary.  This will occur soon and will expose our Club to a diverse following.

         Today’s program was performed by Treasurer-for-Life Mark and he passed around some budget documents and financial income and expense reports.  We are still in the black and all R.I. and District dues, and, monthly meals are fully paid current.  Kudos to a very efficient and conscientious T4L!

         Next week is Tim’s turn at the podium.  President Ken then asked Clay for the Last Word before adjournment.

    Members present today were:  Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     



  • February 16, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

           The 3rd meeting of the 2nd month found the Huntsville Rotary Club enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant with 12 Members present and 2 Guests. President Ken called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm and Darrel was requested to return thanks to our Lord in prayer, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  John Ehrhardt was recognized as a visitor, as well as visiting Moberly Rotarian, Judge Jim Cooksey.

       In the absence of our world traveling weatherman,  Wayne stepped up to the plate with a forecast from the Boone Rural Electric Coop as a potential for an ice layer late next week.  This brought some measure of glee in the eye of past-President Tim.

       In order to return to last week’s message from our Club Secretary, no new or old business was discussed, with the exception that Clay indicated the Park Benches would soon be delivered.  S4L Richard visited with President-Elect Jerry about the upcoming PETS to be held in Jefferson City.  Jerry has made his hotel reservations and signed up for the training for incoming Presidents.

        Richard was invited to the podium to continue the discussion on our meals with Josh.  He had sent out an email last week for members to bring their ideas to Club.  It appears that some members would need to stay on the Friday schedule due to work schedules.  S4L was requested to meet with Josh and ask for retaining the schedule this quarter as is, with a distinctive effort to increase our membership.  Currently, we have dropped to 22 members and we should strive to bring in several more in the next couple of months.  When we had 30 members, our meal numbers averaged over 20/week.  Richard noted that Josh would be willing to work with us as he does not want to lose our business.  Lately, we have been averaging about 15 or fewer per week, which is recognized as a loss of income to Josh who fills up the dining area by noon on Fridays.

           Our Leader, Ken, rang the bell to adjourn the meeting. Mark Samp is on the schedule for next Friday.

    Members in attendance today were:  Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Darrel Hansen, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Tim Seidel, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     



  • February 9, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The 2nd weekly meeting of the Huntsville Rotary Club found 10 members and 1 Guest in attendance today at Don’s Restaurant.  In absence of our Leader, Secretary Richard called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM and asked Bishop Roy to return our thanks in prayer to our Lord, followed by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Tim introduced Moberly Rotarian, Brian Skaggs as his guest.

       There was no Old or New Business presented, and our chief weather prognosticator is still out yonder pondering things  and taking pictures of marine life.  S4L Richard mentioned he had a visit this morning with Josh and presented his concerns about low attendance for meals to the Club.  Several options were discussed and Richard will send out a mass email to inform the members and to ask for input for next meeting on the 16th.

        There wasn’t a Last Word today so the Club was adjourned.  Next Friday is Merl Riley’s turn at the podium.

    Members recorded in attendance were:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, & Richard Tregnago.



  • February 2, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

            On Groundhog Day, 11 Huntsville Rotarians and 1 Guest attended the noon meeting at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.   President-Elect Jerry filled in for Ken and asked Bishop Roy to return our thanks in prayer to our Lord, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  No Old or New Business was noted, however, our Treasurer-for-Life, Mark, mentioned that dues are now due.  Our weatherman is over yonder checking out the World Climate.

        Leader Jerry then asked program chair for today, Mark Nichols, to introduce his Guest Speaker.  Mark introduced Ben Gutz ( say goots ) and his topic was Leadership.   Ben is an Illinois native son who was selected to attend West Point in 2009 and successfully completed his four years and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant.  Lt. Gutz noted that approximately 65% of enrollees fail to complete the term and graduate.  His class of 4,000 Cadets ended with 1,300 being commissioned.   Ben served five more years in the Army for a total of nine years Active Duty.  Several times in his presentation, Ben commented on the different styles of leadership.  He served in Iraq and worked with his team and with dogs to locate HME’s, which are home made explosive devices.   One of his leadership statements was:  ” when his men succeed, he succeeds”,  also, he stated to know your boss and how to meet his needs to be successful.  Ben is now job hunting in civilian life and we wish him well.

          Without a Last Word, Jerry adjourned the meeting.  It will be Ken’s turn at the podium next Friday.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Kelley Shelby, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     



  • January 26, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

          The final meeting of the Huntsville Rotary Club  in the 1st month of 2018  found 14 hungry Rotarians enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant.  President Ken called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm and asked Bishop Roy to return our thanks in prayer to our Lord, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.

         No guests were in attendance and no new business conducted, however, under old business, Secretary-for-Life Richard mentioned the need to select an incoming President-Elect for 2018-2019.  Gerald Link graciously accepted the mantle and was applauded for his notable service.  Gerald also read a letter that informed this audience that the Randolph County Commission had voted 2-1 to not provide additional funding to the Extension beyond that amount required by Statute.  Commissioner Wilcox voted against the budget that would defund Extension, and, Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation.  An emergency meeting at the Extension office will be held next Tuesday to discuss options which may include closing the Extension in Randolph County, which may mean closing our 4-H, County Fair,  Master Gardeners, and other programs, too.

         Our weather forecaster gave us a nice warm prediction until later in the week as we return to colder weather for February for a couple of weeks.  Dan is also our Foundation Chair and stated a 50% discount for Paul Harris Fellowships is still available.  Merl indicated he has invited a couple of new member prospects to attend our meetings.  

         Our Leader then turned over the program to Clay.  Clay gave us a brief background on his father & grandfather who were house painters in their prime.  Clay’s dad had enlisted in the Army before WWII and re-enlisted during the war.  Originally had hoped to be a painter aboard ships, instead was trained in electronics, and also had a stint as a bandleader.  Clay assembled a diorama of a hangar and two airplanes with soldiers on the base for our Club to admire, and, he brought along a hardback book with pictures and descriptions of soldiers in the 364th Fighter Group, emphasizing the utility of the P-38 twin engine fighters in WWII.  

         President Ken noted that Mark Nichols is on the slate for a program on Ground Hog’s Day, then we were adjourned.

    Members in attendance today were:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • January 19, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

          The 3rd meeting of the 1st month found 14 Huntsville Rotarians enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  No Guests were present today.  President Ken rang the bell to call the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. and offered a prayer of Thanks to our Lord, followed by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Our prayers to Charles Fleming’s family as they mourn his passing, with visitation at the Cater Funeral Home on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00, and services to be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church Monday at 11:00 a.m., and, also to keep Harry in our thoughts as he battles his health condition.  Dub decided to resign from the Club, and even though he won’t get this email, just know his presence will be missed.  At this writing, our Club membership stands at 22.

         Our local weather prognosticator gave us a mild and warm weekend forecast with light rain possibly Sunday.  Next week the temps should be near normal for January, somewhere in the mid 40′s daytime.  Discussion of a winter party was held and noted a Valentine’s Day Party may have to change to a March date.  President-of-Vice Dan will get back to us soon on the date.  Foundation Chair Dan also quoted that our Club has qualifying “points” enabling anyone to acquire the coveted Paul Harris Fellowship at half-price.  See Dan for more info.  S4L Richard mentioned we should be selecting a 2018-2019 President-Elect.  Jerry will be incoming Prez on July 1 and will need a backup person.  T4L Mark noted that dues are now due and he has made payment to District and RI in full.

         No program was presented today so spontaneous discussion abounded until adjournment by 1:00 p.m.  Next week is Roy Morales’ turn at the podium.  

    Members present today:  John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, and Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     

     



  • January 12, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

          The 2nd meeting of the Huntsville Rotary Club for the 1st month of 2018 found 14 Members and 3 Guests in attendance.   In absence of our President, President-Elect Jerry rang the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. and asked Bishop Roy to return our Thanks to our lord in Prayer, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.

         Guests introduced were Martha Link, spouse of Gerald’s, Troy Link, program for today and son of Gerald & Martha, and, Moberly Rotarian Bobby Riley.  Secretary Richard mentioned that we’ll need to come up with a President-Elect for the 2018-2019 year, also, drafted a letter to the Randolph County Commission relinquishing our Club’s rights for the Heli-Pad to Randolph County.  Treasurer Mark mentioned dues are now due.  Also noted that Harry was not felling too well today, and, please keep the family of Charles Fleming in our prayers.

         Dan the weather man gave us a chilly report with chances of snow possibly accumulating this weekend with a slight warming trend later next week.  Snow may stay south of us, but, it could produce a few inches if weather pattern shifts north.

       Gerald is our program chair today and he invited his son, Troy Link, Moberly Chief of Police to talk to us.  Troy informed us that for 10 weeks in 2016 ( April – June ) he attended the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico.  This is an exhaustive training for law enforcement for the 2 1/2 months.  Classes were in law enforcement training and included physical fitness exercises.  Chief Link mentioned he lost 20+ lbs. during the course.  Entries are limited to specific grades of officers across the U.S.A. and some other countries around the world.  Troy was in a class of 213.  Chief Link also informed the Club he has been in law enforcement for 26 years starting as patrolman before replacing Chief Tarr last year.

         Fill-in President thanked Chief Troy and presented him with the customary Huntsville Rotary Club Guest Speaker pen.  Scott is on the program list for next Friday, then we were adjourned.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Darrel Hansen, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     



  • January 5, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The first meeting of year 2018 found 15 Huntsville Rotarians and -0- Guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  President Ken rang the bell at 12:30 to start the meeting and led us in prayer of thanks, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  

         Our Leader asked for us to keep Charles & Harry in our prayers at this time.  No Old or New Business, however, our Club Secretary mentioned that some visitors were  forgetting to pay the $10 for their meal.  Our Club decided to mention the payment for each meal was due that day of their attendance, unless other arrangements have been made.  The Secretary was asked to draft a letter for our President to sign addressed to the Randolph County Commission turning over to the County any rights the Club may have due to the construction of the Heli-pad on County property.   Also noted was that Rotary International & District wants the name of our President-Elect who will serve as Club President on July 1, 2019.  We should select someone soon.

         Weatherman Dan gave us a chilly weekend report with chance of rain/ sleet/ice followed by a warmup next week, then turning a bit colder next weekend.      

    President Ken then asked Bishop Roy to present the program due to Clay’s prior commitment and also gave us the Last Word.

         Our Leader noted that Gerald has the program for January 12th, then we were adjourned.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Chris Dady, Dub Hayes, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     



  • December 22, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The 4th and final meeting for the 12th month for year 2017 of the Huntsville Rotary Club found 14 Members and 2 Guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  Bishop Roy was called upon by our President, Ken, to offer our Thanks to our Lord, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  Guests introduced were John Ehrhardt and Rob Cater who is also today’s program.

         Weatherman Dan gave us a colder forecast with chances of precipitation this weekend, possibly snow, and somewhat seasonably cold next week, too.  There was no New or Old Business to report.  This restaurant will close for vacation next week and reopen January 2nd, so, Huntsville Rotary will not meet on Friday the 29th of December.

         Our Leader recognized John Sommer who will leave our Club and begin Missionary work in Haiti soon and thanked him for his years of Rotary Service.  Tim Seidel was also recognized as the new proud papa of twin girls!  Charles Fleming is currently residing at Ravenwood Assisted Living in Moberly and our Club was invited by Bishop Roy to visit him soon.  It is normally better to have one of Ravenwood’s staff escort visitors to his room, possibly early afternoon schedule.  Charles medications keep him somewhat sleepy so short visits are important.

           Dub was recognized as bringing a program, and he introduced Rob Cater with Bank of Cairo & Moberly. Rob is well known by most Club Members and he gave a brief memory tour of the founding of the bank and its’ involvement in the community.  He also talked about his grandfather starting Cater Funeral Home and its’ history.  Many questions were offered to Rob and the walk down memory lane was enlightening.  Also noted that his father, Jerry Cater, was the only certified Red Cross First Aid Instructor in the county for many years.  Many times, a local funeral home received the emergency calls because there were no ambulance districts in the area.  Rob noted that his father was very dedicated to providing emergency service, and, is also as being involved with 25 baby deliveries, many in the vehicle that was a hearse for all practical purposes , but also served as an ambulance.

         Clay was called upon for the Last Word, notably Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all, then we were adjourned.  We will return on Friday January 5th, with Clay as program chair for the day.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Dub Hayes, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Ken Rathmann, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, Richard Tregnago, and Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • December 8, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 16 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 Guests present today when President Ken called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m.  Darrel was asked to return our Thanks to our Lord in Prayer, followed by our Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Sheriff Mark’s guests were  Shirley Olney & Sara.  Weatherman Dan gave us a fair and dry report for next several days with temps to be near or above normal.

         Secretary-for-Life Richard brought up for discussion that we would be losing two members January 1st, David Samp & John Sommer.  Also, made a motion to remove two other members due to lack of attendance and non payment of dues for a lengthy period of time.  That motion was made by Richard, seconded by Jerry and motion passed by majority voice vote.  Club Secretary Richard noted that Rotary International and District 6040 needed the updated membership file posted on Club Runner in the near future for invoicing purposes for January 1, 2018, the semi-annual reporting for dues payment.  We may end of with 24 members as of the first of the year.

        No program today so discussion was around recent F1 tornado in the county.  A dilapidated building in Higbee was brought down,  and some manufactured homes and a shop building and an earth contact home were also in the path of destruction in the county on CR 2550 and the old HWY 63 south of Renick. .  One lady is in the hospital in critical condition, and others were bruised.  No deaths reported in the County at this time.  The path was similar to a tornado in 2006 that killed 4 people.  The earth contact home just south of Renick was destroyed this time and had been hit by the 2006 tornado, too.  This was a fast moving cold front that was following warm temperatures which created the circumstance for twirling wind.

       Dub gave us the Last Word, then we were adjourned…. Darrel has the program for next Friday.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann,  Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     



  • December 1, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         Seventeen Huntsville Rotarians and two Guests met at noon today at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville for the first meeting of the 12th month of year 2017.  Our President, Ken, invited Bishop Roy to return our Thanks to our Lord in Prayer, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Our two Guests today are Westran Students of the Month, Lauren Cobb & Devin Viley.  Lauren plans to become a opthamologist and Devin a pediatrician.  Secretary Richard noted that the Club is currently at 28 members today and two members will leave January 1, and, suggested we discuss two other members next week due to non-payment of any dues for some time.  Weatherman Dan gave a nice warm forecast for next week, possibly turning a little cooler because it is still December, with little chance of measurable rain.

         Dub was noted to inform us that his lady friend is seriously ill and for us to keep her in our prayers.  Then our Leader invited Westran Superintendent, Dr. Kelly Shelby, to provide us with information happening today.  Apparently,  there is to be a vote to remove the Chairwoman from the 8 member State Board of Education.  She is very popular statewide with many members of the legislature, and school administrators and our Governor has decided she must be replaced.  Information leads us to understand the Governor is a proponent of Charter schools and is appointing a majority of the State Board with like=minded members who may hire an out of state promoter of Charter schools.  It appears that Charter schools do not have the same criteria for operations as public schools are mandated, and, most likely will draw students away from local school districts, weakening their base, in order to additionally fund the Charter schools.   It is unclear if local property taxes can be used for Charter schools, which typically make up 50% of the public school funding.  The rest of the needs of public schools comes from State & Federal funds, which may, in part, be diverted from public schools to Charter.  Without supplemental funding, public schools may be financially strapped to provide local services.  Public schools have locally elected board members while Charter schools have appointed boards not subject to local decisions or answerable to local citizens.  Historically, Charter schools have not proven they provide a superior education to students. Also, they can select which students attend, which means they can refuse service to disabled or disadvantaged students.  Theoretically, Charter schools could be sponsored by any religious sect and acquire public funding, circumventing the Constitutional separation of Church & State.  Time will tell.

         Harry Hall is on the schedule for a program next week.  The restaurant will be closed for vacation the last week of December, so we will not meet on the 29th.  President Ken asked Clay for the Last Word, then we were adjourned.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Dub Hayes, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     



  • November 17, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

        There were 15 members and 5 guests today at the weekly Friday meeting of the Huntsville Rotary Club held at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  President Ken called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. and asked John Sommer to return our Thanks to our Lord in Prayer, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Guests introduced were Kevin & Vicky ( friends of Dan ), Zach Cochran son of Mike, Bob Ehle with KRES radio station, and today’s Guest Speaker, Sgt. Eric Brown of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

         Richard informed the Club that Charles Fleming has a brain tumor and under going treatment in Columbia.  Charles is not in pain and is able to have limited visits from his fan club.  Dan was called upon for a weather report,  mild temps, seasonal weather with scattered light rain is the forecast.  Harry was recognized as having his 90th birthday on November 11th.  Then our Leader asked Chris to introduce his program.

         Sergeant Brown is the Troop B Information Officer taking over after the retirement of Brent Bernhardt recently.  Sgt. Brown travels to several communities visiting with church members and schools about active shooter training.  Also, he visits with parents of school age children about sexting and sharing certain photos that could cause an arrest if involving a minor.  He informed us, too, that Missouri is very lax on driving laws and using a cellphone.  Many accidents occur now due to such distractions, and can be as severe as a driver that may be intoxicated or under drug influence.  The Missouri Legislature may be addressing some of these concerns in upcoming legislation.  The patrol will be out in force this Thanksgiving Holiday season.

        Our Leader next asked Clay for the Last Word, then we were adjourned.  No meeting next Friday due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, also,  Don’s will close for vacation the last week of December so we will not meet on the 29th.

    Members present today:   Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Clay Joiner, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer,  & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     



  • November 10, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

          There were 17 Huntsville Rotarians and 3 Guests at today’s meeting.  President Ken called the meeting to order and asked Darrel to offer a prayer of thanks to our Lord, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Guests introduced were Moberly Rotarian Bill Stuart, Dan’s friend Ben Williams, and today’s Speaker Pat Pratt.

         No Old or New Business offered, however Richard noted that we are now down to 29 members with at least 2 more to resign at the end of this year.  May need to make a stronger effort in member retention and search for new qualified people that would add to our Club’s well being.  Dan gave us a typical November forecast with a warming trend next week, but possibly remain dry.  Good deer hunting weather.

         President Ken then asked Jerry to introduce today’s program.  Pat Pratt is the new Editor of the Moberly Monitor-Index.  He’s been on duty for about 40 days and is asking for citizen input to make the paper more important in the community.  He is wanting to alter the direction of the current paper by infusing more local stories and highlighting the Good Samaritans of the community and focusing on local stories of interest.  He’ll need involvement from the area residents to achieve these goals. We wish him well as some of us still get a pleasure from holding a book or paper, turning the pages, and reading the message at our own pace.

         After a brief question/answer period, the meeting was adjourned.  Next week is Chris Dady’s turn at the podium.

    Members in attendance today were:  Phil Brown, John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     



  • November 3, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

     

    Notes today were drafted by Bishop Roy while Secretary-for-Life ( S-4-L ) Richard was out quail hunting.

     

         The first meeting of the eleventh month of 2017 began when President Ken rang the bell at 12:31 p.m. today.  Bishop Roy prayed for our nation, our food, and our fellowship.  President Ken noted we had no visitors other than our program guest.

         Dub Hayes noted that he was being recognized this coming month in Omaha for 60 year membership in the Shriners.  Ken reported on the District Meeting and banquet held in Kansas City recently.  Huntsville Club was recognized as a Five Star Club and also the number 1 Club in the District as pertaining to per capita giving and Foundation contributions.

         Dan-O the weatherman said that the weather was going to be seasonable, some possibilities for precipitation, with a few days of below normal temperatures.

         The President then introduced Mike Cochran, who had the program.  Mike introduced Diana Taylor, the new Director of the Randolph County Health Department.  RCHD offices have recently been relocated to a brand new building on east 24 Highway just past Pizza Hut.  Diana gave a brief biographic sketch of herself, including her post high school education, including MACC and MU.  She became associated with RCHD some 22 years ago starting out as a WIC coordinator.  She has filled a number of different positions within the department over the last two decades.  She was named interim director this summer when the last director resigned.  The RCHD board named her to take over the department as full-time director.

         Diana said the primary function of the health department is to “… promote, prevent, and protect public health…”  She said that this mission includes at least 6 district sub departments within the overall health department.  This includes environment service, food handler classes, restaurant health checks, water source safety.  Women Infant & Children ( WIC ) serves the needs of this district group especially with good nutrition, prenatal care, and overall health of this group.  Community health includes CPR classes, general first aid classes, and overall general health.  Health service clinics include basic health screening, flu shots, patient education.  Healthy families included good nutrition for homes, safe food preparations, and general overall family health.  Home health and management includes helping the elderly to be able to stay in their homes for a longer time, avoiding nursing home care if at all possible.  This also includes the disabled and mentally challenged community too.

         A lively question and answer period followed Ms. Taylor’s presentation.  Closing remarks were made by Dub Hayes.  The meeting was adjourned by the ringing of the bell by President Ken.. Jerry Crutchfield is on the calendar for next Friday’s program.

    The following Huntsville Rotarians answered the call to fellowship:  Phil Brown, John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Dub Hayes,  Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, and John Sommer.

     

     

     

     

     



  • October 27, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

          There were 10 Huntsville Rotarians and two guests today for the final meeting of the 10th month at Don’s Restaurant in Huntsville.  President Ken called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm and led us in prayer to our Lord, and the pledge of allegiance to our flag.  Guests introduced were  David Fincher of the Moberly Rotary Club and our program Tanner Riggins.

         Secretary-for-Life Richard  mentioned that CPA Pam Fuemmeler has been taking care of our IRS reporting as a 501(c)3  exempt organization for several years and he & Treasurer-for-Life Mark suggested maybe sending a small token of appreciation from the Club.  Jerry Crutchfield made a motion to do so and it was seconded and approved by voice vote.  Mark will contact a local florist and have them send a Thank You bouquet.  Weather report from Shan Depherd called for cold weather this weekend then perhaps a slight warming trend next week.  Temps to be close to normal for last of October and first part of November.  He also reminded us to drain our outside garden hoses and disconnect from faucets to prevent freeze damage.  Temps may dip into low 20° range Saturday night.

         Our Leader then turned the meeting over to Richard for today’s program.  RT noted how he had traded with John Cochran while on vacation so it was his turn to provide the Speaker.  Tanner Riggins was introduced as the membership sales person for Air Evac in Moberly.  Tanner passed out some membership brochures and answered some questions about the program.  Annually, the cost for a household is $65, with discounts for longer years of membership.  The program means that a member receiving emergency care from Air Evac network will not have to pay for the helicopter transport service.  Also noted that there are other emergency helicopter providers and some are NOT in Air Evac network so you would be obligated to pay their charge which typically exceeds $40,000 for a flight from this area to a hospital in Columbia.  Air Evac network is available in over 30 states which might be useful for local travelers.

         President Ken then adjourned the meeting.  Mike Cochran has a guest speaker next week, the new Director of the Randolph County Health Department.

    Members present today:  Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Clay Joiner, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     



  • October 20, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 15 Huntsville Rotarians and 6 guests attending the noon meeting of the Huntsville Rotary Club in Don’s Restaurant this 3rd Friday of the 10th month.  President Ken called the meeting to order and asked Darrel to return our thanks in prayer to our Lord.  We then pledged our allegiance to the flag of the United States.  Guests introduced were,  Past District 6040 Governor Ralph Capelli and spouse Suzanne,  Charlie Serio’s sister Glenna, and his grandson Kelton, and Charlie’s spouse Belva, also recognized guest John Ehrhardt.

         Dan-the-Weatherman gave us a nice prediction of cooler weather next week with some temps getting in the 60° range during daytime highs with slight chances of rain.    Past District Governor Ralph mentioned our Club and the Foundation grant program that will provide serious potential project cost sharing in a couple of years, thanks to the generosity of the Kimbroughs and their estate planning.  Dan noted that Ed & Margaret Kimbrough would receive membership in the prestigious Arch Klumph Society, a rare event for local members, at the upcoming District Conference.  Named after the 6th President of Rotary International, this Society honors those large donors, exceeding $250,000, with special recognition and a picture at the headquarters.

         It was Phil’s turn at the podium today, however, his program was too ill to be present, so, Phil filled in with brief memos and kudos to Ed & Margaret in their estate planning.  He also noted major issues occurring in local nursing homes for care of special needs clients, with reimbursement running low, the costs are shifted to local hospitals and caring centers, who are being inundated with expensive care need.  No answers were available to this pressing need.  The problems are not going to dissipate but have potential heavy impact on local service providers, some beyond their financial capabilities.  Many of the special needs clients are also indigent and have little resources available for basic care needs.

         President Ken then asked Clay for the Last Word, who in turn deferred to Dub for a word to the wise before we were adjourned.  Next week, Richard’s turn due to an earlier trade with John Cochran for the program.  He has invited a speaker from the Air Evac Helicopter service in Moberly to come to the club and refresh our memory on this valuable service.  We were then adjourned.

     

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Chris Dady, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     



  • October 13, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

     ( Bishop Roy kindly contributed the following report )

         President Ken opened our meeting with a tap of the bell and a prayer.  We then gave our pledge to the flag of the United States.  No new business and only one OLD business was recognized  ( Harry), we moved on to the weather report.

         A fair to partly cloudy weather report was offered.  Dan-O Shepherd indicated that the weather would be fine for the rest of Friday and part of Saturday.  Then due to a rather strong cold front coming in from Canada, we would have a dramatic drop in temperature Saturday night and Sunday.  This will also be accompanying some possible strong thunderstorms, hail, lightning, and even a stray tornado.  After all that “sturm and drang” the weather will calm down to more Fall like conditions.  Warm days and cool nights.

         John Sommer brought the program.  He spoke about the big change in his life as he opened a new chapter in a momentous career change.  John is going to be a full time missionary to the people of Haiti descent who currently live in the border region of the Dominican Republic.  Sommer indicated that there was a great need among these displaced people.  Primary being food and shelter.  Then education of the children and overall spiritual needs.  He and his wife Velvet are working through “Missions Beyond” organization, an affiliate of the Church of God based in Springfield Missouri.  Missions Beyond was organized about 10 years ago as a non-denominational outreach to disenfranchised peoples of Latin America.  They had several missions in Venezuela, but are currently not serving that area due to the economic and social upheaval brought on by the socialist government in Caracas.

         Conversational English is taught to the children to help them be more economically independent.  With a working knowledge of English these young Haitians are able to find work in the tourist industry and transportation trade, especially at sea ports and airports in their native Haiti.  The ultimate goal of Missions Beyond is helping these people now and in the hereafter.  Physical and Spiritual needs are met through various outreach programs, schools being the primary means.  John plans to be on the mission field no later than January of this coming year.  He then answered some questions from the Club.  We will miss John in our club, but wish him God’s speed in his new venture.

    Our wise man of good words, Dub Hayes, left us with a word to the wise.  Then President Ken rang us out of session.

    The following Rotarians answered the call of the chow bell:   Phil Brown, John Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Clay Joiner, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, and John Sommer.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • October 6, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    ( The following report is courtesy of Bishop Roy )

         President Ken rang the meeting into session with a gentle tap of the Rotary bell.  He asked John Sommer to return thanks for the food and fellowship.  Our pledge was given to the flag of the United States,  then the meeting began in earnest.

         There were no guests to recognize, no old business and no new business either.  Resident Forecaster and all around good guy, Dan-O Shepherd indicated that we were in for a period of rain and cooler temps.  But he did observe that there was no frost in the foreseeable future, temperatures would moderate, and eventually settle into a more Fall-like pattern.

         District Governor Allen Garner was introduced by President Ken.  The governor indicated he was here for the local club.  “…the governor provides support to the local clubs.”  He continued with the promise to help with the growth and health of our club as well as all the clubs in the 6040 District.  Garner went on to highlight some distinctions about the Huntsville Club.  One distinction is the legacy of Ed and Margaret Kimbrough.  Because of the generosity of the Kimbrough estate,  Huntsville Rotary stands out in advancing the District Grant Fund as well as the Rotary Exchange Program.

         The District Grant Fund affects the local clubs and communities by awarding grants and matching funds to parks, schools, and Interact Clubs.  This is a primary example of the Rotary motto in action “Service above Self”.  Garner also addressed the need for reaching new Rotary candidates which included adaptive or evolved clubs that met on a more flexible schedule.  These changes, Garner explained, are needed to reach a more mobile group of candidates.  A brief period of questions and answers followed the governor’s program.

         Brother Clay gave the final word.  President Ken awarded the governor a fine Huntsville Rotary pen. With that gesture, our president rang the dismissal bell for another successful Rotary meeting at Don’s Family Buffet.

    The following Rotarians answered the call of the opening bell:  Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Dub Hayes, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, and Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     

     



  • September 29, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The final & fifth Friday of the ninth month found 13 Huntsville Rotarians and 5 Guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s.  President Ken called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm and asked Bishop Roy to return our thanks to our Lord, followed by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.

         Guests introduced were Westran Students of the Month, Jenna Wyrick and Brenden Cobb.  Also, Pam Fuemmeler & Bobby Riley with the Moberly Rotary Club, and, Martha Link, Gerald’s Rotary-Ann. Dan gave us a cool weekend forecast followed by a warming trend before cooling off again, and dry.  Our Leader read some emails from District explaining the GSE candidacy and various projects awarded District Grant monies, including the Huntsville Grant for City Park equipment.  The Treasurer for Life noted that quarterly dues are now due.

         Our program today was by Roy and he noted that 130 students from Randolph County schools attended Government day with approximately 1/3 attending Circuit Court hearings, another 1/3 taking a tour of the offices in the new Courthouse, and the remainder were in the front parking lot checking out the Ambulance and Fire Truck on display. Each hour the students rotated until all had the opportunity to see everything, then they headed to the MACC Auditorium in Moberly for a luncheon of 45 Pizzas furnished by the Huntsville Rotary Club, and discussions with MACC faculty.  Bishop Roy also mentioned that September 29th is an important date in religion known as St. Michael’s Day.

        President Ken asked Clay for the Last Word, then we were adjourned.  Next Friday our District Governor will meet with the Club and be the program.

    Members present today were:  Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Harry Hall, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales,  Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     



  • September 22, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    In absence of Secretary-for-Life ( S4L )  Richard last Friday, Bishop Roy took notes for the Club.

         The 4th Friday of the 9th month found 14 Huntsville Rotary Club members and 6 Guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.   ” President Ken called our meeting to order at about 12:30ish sharp. He called upon Dub Hayes Pastor to return thanks.

         Our guest preacher, Jim Crooks of Jefferson Avenue United Methodist Church returned thanks to the Lord for the food and fellowship.  He even asked for rain.  Dan-O Shepherd made the Club aware that previous prayers for rain caused floods and consternation in the great valley of the Pecan.  It was duly noted.  We also gave our pledge to the flag of the United States, all standing.  Guests introduced were:  Bobby Riley, Sam Richardson and his guest Jeremiah Terrell, Pastor Jim Crooks, Daren Eleazararaz, and Phil’s guest Abdol Hussain.

         Tim Seidel asked the Club for a one time donation of $100 for winter coats for needy students at Moberly High School.  Dub made the motion and Roy 2nd it, vote was taken and passed without opposition.

         After Dan Shepherd gave the weather report, no rain, no floods, no ice storms for the foreseeable future, he introduced his guest who brought the program.

         Daren Eleazararaz, project manager with Chariton Valley Communications, gave the Club a very thorough review of the on-going fiber optic cable system.  He indicated that Chariton Valley ( CV ), is in the process of upgrading all the wired phone/internet/pbx carriers in the area.  This includes 18 different communities in the North Central Missouri region.  He informed the Club that there has been a 70%  increase in need for fast, secure tele-communications.  This is not only for businesses to carry on day to day transactions, but also includes the rapidly expanding tele-medical system being used by regional and state hospitals.                                                                       Patients do not have to travel hours over the road to a specialist, they can use their high speed phone system.  This allows their doctors and medical technicians access to realtime medical analysis, diagnosis and medical care; all from the comfort of the patients home.  With recent advances in “smart home” systems, the CV fiber system can enhance security and comfort for shareholders in the region.. The wired system also affords greater security when patrons are doing on-line banking.                                                                                                                                        Eleazararaz entertained a number of questions from the Club.  A very timely report to say the least.

    The following Huntsville Rotarians answered the call to fellowship, food, and fun:   Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, and John Sommer.”

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • September 15, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The third Friday of the ninth month found 21 Huntsville Rotarians and 1 Guest enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  President Ken rang the bell to bring us to the start of our meeting with an opening prayer and pledge of allegiance.  Secretary-for-Life Richard noted the minutes of last week’s meeting are posted on the Club website, along with an abbreviated version of the multiple pages of information given by Bishop Roy as the program.  Treasurer-for-Life Mark noted that dues are a little slow coming in from the previous quarter, and, he has sent the $50 invoices to Club members for the Pancake Breakfast tickets, and will soon send our next quarterly dues statements to members via email ( except Dub  who costs the Club $ .49 each quarter. )

         Weatherman Dan was asked for his version of the weather, noting we may have chances of light precipitation this weekend and mid-week as a cool front is headed our way.  A finger count was used to remind us of a grilled steak dinner Tuesday evening at Shepherd’s Lodge.  Past Rotary International President, Ray Klinginsmith, will be on hand to honor our most recent Paul Harris recipients at the Party.  Dan reminds us to bring a covered dish as the Club will furnish the steaks.  Clay and Dan also mentioned that the endowment from Ed & Margaret Kimbrough to R.I. will come back, in part, to District 6040 in 2018-2019. Jerry & Dan asked the membership to be thinking of major projects that could be used to recapture some of these cost share funds.  Instead of a 50-50 cost share, it could be 5 or 6 to 1 match, enabling us to do a project of $10,000, or more.  Jerry Reminded Club members to attend our Pancake Breakfast at Old Settlers on Saturday the 16th.  Please arrive before 6:30 am with serving from 7:00 am to about 10:30 am and cleanup to follow.  Roy noted that the Huntsville Interact Club will assist with the event and show up for work in three shifts.

         Our Leader then asked Kelly to introduce the program for today.  Principal Mike Nagel visited with us about his recent exposure to Regional and National School Principals and his attendance at various events and conferences to learn about methods used in other school districts across the nation.  Principal Mike answered many school related questions from his audience.

        President Ken asked Clay for the Last Word, who deferred to Dub, then we were adjourned.  Dan Shepherd is on the calendar for next Friday’s program.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     



  • September 8, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 19 Huntsville Club Members and 1 Guest enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant today.  Merl’s guest was Carla Hubbard ___________ ?  Jerry noted our Pancake Breakfast during Old Settlers’ is next Saturday, the 16th, and will be held inside the Community Center adjacent to the Huntsville City Hall.  Serving at 7:00 am until 11:00 am?  Dan gave a fine report on the dove hunt with 42 shooters and 46 contributors totaling around $6,000 for the Huntsville Rotary Club Foundation.  Everyone had a good time even though the doves were lower in numbers than normal, probably due to warm weather up north and migrating birds may not have travelled down in mass amounts.

         Our Weatherman gave us a mild, dry report, not expecting any precip from the hurricanes as had happened in past years.  A Fall Rotary-Ann Party is planned for September 19th at the Lodge. Need to let Dan know the head count and to bring a covered dish compatible with steaks.  Roy noted that County Government Day, sponsored by our Club, will be held on September 27th with an estimated 150 students from area schools taking a tour at about 8:30 am of the new Courthouse, visiting with Elected Officials, then travel to the MACC Auditorium for pizza from Dominoes around 11:30 am.

         Roy gave the program this week and gave an extensive history lesson about grape and wine industry in Missouri.

         Next week is Kelly Shelby’s turn at the podium.  Our President, Ken noted that our District Governor will meet with us on October 6th.  Then Ken asked Clay for the Last Word before adjourning.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp. Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     



  • September 1, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    The first meeting of the 9th month found 21 Club members and 3 guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  President Ken asked Darrel to return thanks to our Lord, noting we had a lot of time on our clock.  Next we recited our pledge of allegiance to the Flag, before introducing our guests, Ben Albright one of our dove hunting guides, Moberly Rotarian Sam Richardson, and Kelton Serio dove shooting grandson of Charlie’s.

    With no new or old business, our Leader asked Dan for the weather report and dove shoot update.  Mild to warmer weather followed by normal temps next week and chilly evenings are the forecast with little chance of precipitation.  Dove hunt will generate almost $6,000 for our Club Foundation, thanks to Jan & Dan sponsoring the event.  Phil has drawn up a brief waiver for hunters to sign at the hunt and we are to report to Shepherd Farms by 2:30 pm and draw for blinds as well as go over the strict rules for safety. Wayne is standing by to deliver any Club Members carry in dish.

    No program today so we continued with our personal history divulging various unknown traits of our lives and sharing with the Club.

    President Ken asked Clay for the Last Word and then we were adjourned.  Charlie Serio is on the program schedule for next week.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     

     



  • August 25, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The following is offered by temporary Secretary, Roy:  Huntsville Rotary Club met this fine Friday at Don’s Family Restaurant and Buffet located on scenic Route JJ just east of downtown Huntsville.

        President Ken asked John Sommer to open our meeting in prayer, we gave our pledge to the flag of the United States of America, then regular communications began.

         With no new business to attend to, President Ken asked Weatherman Dan to give us the good news for the next week.  Dan said that we’d have very nice temperatures with a few chances of rain in the near future, mostly spotty showers.  There was no fear of cancelling our Rotary meeting due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, much to the relief of some past officers and gentlemen.  Dan also indicated that the sunflowers have been mowed and are awaiting the feeding doves.  He also wanted to remind all that covered dishes are needed to fill out the fine fare for the Annual Dove Hunt dinner next Friday.  This event is our biggest fund-raiser for the Foundation and our Scholarship program.

         Mark Samp, Huntsville Rotary Treasurer and all around good guy, brought the program.  Mark gave us plenty of good news of a fiduciary nature.  He indicated that our funds are now in the black, our bills are paid, our members well fed, some more than others, and all is well in the realm of Huntsville Rotary Club finances.  With the good news the Club entertained a possible motion to make Mark Treasurer-for-Life, this is pending on a vote when Mark is absent from a meeting.  But in all seriousness, the Huntsville Rotary commended Mark on the great job he is doing with restoring our Club to financial stability.  Now if we can work on the stability of some of our members, that would be a total victory.  But that may take many moons.

         Speaking of moons, the Club filed an informal complaint about a certain agent and his eclipse glasses that may have caused Randolph County from not seeing the rare total eclipse of the sun.  Mention was made about it being cancelled due to fears of the world ending, we have not been able to verify that fact.  The above mentioned agent said that he’d happily refund anyone on the glasses, but they could use them for the next total eclipse coming to Missouri in seven years, albeit in the south of the state.

         Wayne Wilcox reminded the Club that there will be a special recognition for Club member Richard Tregnago next Thursday the 31st at the Justice Center.  Tregnago will be recognized for 32 years of outstanding service to Randolph County as our assessor.  Huntsville Rotary would also like to thank Richard for his service.  Next Thursday has been designated Richard Tregnago Day in Randolph County.  Congratulations on your retirement, Richard.  Don’t forget, you’ll always have a job as Secretary for Life at the Huntsville Rotary.

         After the final word by Clay, President Ken rang us out of session.  On a side note, since the commemorative pens are so expensive, Dub gave Mark Samp a fine pen with the Hayes Pest Control logo on it.  Mark was thrilled to receive such a great gift.

    The following Rotarians answered the call for “fun, food, and fellowship” at Don’s this Friday:  Phil Brown, John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • August 18, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

          There were 16 Huntsville Rotarians and 3 Guests attending today’s meeting at noon at Don’s Family Style Restaurant.  President Ken asked Bishop Roy to return our thanks to our Lord in Prayer, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Guests introduced were,  Sam Richardson of the Moberly Club, and our program from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Ethan Fry and Roy Hardt.

          There was no New or Old Business presented and the Secretary noted our minutes are posted on our website and our Treasurer indicated the dues were not coming in as expected.  Please send in your dues as soon as possible.  Jerry may have information about the Old Settler’s Pancake Breakfast and our Club tickets next meeting.  Our weather prognosticator gave us chances of storms next week and update on the dove hunt looked favorable.  Dan reminded us to bring a covered dish to the dove hunt supper.  He also provided us with bags of sweet corn following the meeting.

         Today’s program was offered by Merl Riley and he introduced the Sheriff Department’s Deputies, Roy & Ethan.  They brought along their drone that was provided to the department with funds from the LERF which is was established several years ago to aid the Prosecuting Attorney’s office as well as the Sheriff’s office.  The drone has a long range flight capability with live feed video, and, stored video, and is sent out to scout or pursue suspects that may be in hiding.  It can also be utilized to look for missing persons over dense crops or rough terrain.  Nice tool evolved from technology.

         Our Leader next asked Clay for the Last Word, then we were adjourned.  The calendar shows Mark Samp as program chair next Friday.

    Members present today:   Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield,  Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     



  • August 11, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    There were 16 Members of the Huntsville Rotary Club and 4 Guests present at the noon meeting today held at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  After Bishop Roy gave us a prayer of thanks to our Lord, we pledged our allegiance to the Flag.  In absence of our President Ken, Sheriff Mark called the meeting to order and introduced all guests, including his, Clayton Ancell, son of Shirley Olney, also our Guest Speaker Chris Brown, and two Moberly Rotarians, Sam Richardson and Bill Stuart.

    Next, Dan the weatherman gave us a typical mid August briefing on cooler temps followed by a return to warmer weather with little opportunity for moisture.  Should be great conditions for the State Fair. Dan also brought along a sample of the sunflowers growing on his 4 acre allotment that will hopefully provide an attraction for the game birds on September 1.   The Helipad project at the Courthouse is nearing completion, mainly awaiting paint & electrical service.

         Our program today, brought by Mark Nichols, was Chris Brown, Director of the Drug Task Force in this region.  Chris has been on the force since its’ inception in 1998 and is seeing a constant shift in the products being peddled.  Narcotics seem to go in trends, with St. Louis leading the direction before the purveyors spread the wares to the rural areas.  The Meth epidemic appears to be on the way down by over 90%, but, the heroin market is showing increase.  Chris and fellow teammates go under cover with drug buys to try to catch the Big Ones.  It appears that the opioid business is also coming of age, with the potential of Federal funding and recognition of the problem. Generally speaking, persons go doctor shopping in different towns and different pharmacies to buy legal pain killers, then sell the unused surplus on the black market.   Recent attempts in the Legislature to have tracking of prescription drugs have not been successful, perhaps being stalled by lobbyists for pharmaceutical companies.

         Our temporary Leader for today then asked Clay for the Last Word before adjournment.  Next week is Merl Riley’s turn at the podium.

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

     

     

     

     

     



  • August 4, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 17 Club members and 1 guest today as Ken rang the bell for the first meeting of the eighth month.  Darrel was asked to give our Prayer of Thanks and he did with brevity.  Then we gave our Pledge of Allegiance before opening the meeting.   Moberly Rotarian, Brian Skaggs, was recognized as a Guest today. Wayne indicated the Courthouse Helipad was a point of discussion in the past with the County Commission. Hope to make it a reality soon with painted markings and lights.  Mark Samp was out of town, but, Richard noted that Mark has stated we are current with our District and Rotary International dues.

         Dan was asked for an update on sunflowers and the weather forecast.  Big seed heads forming and we are overbooked for the dove hunt, but, he will find a spot for everyone.  Weather will be nice and cool with some chances of rain, but spotty.  Generally see rainfall as we approach State Fair time.  He reminded us that we can access a Paul Harris Fellowship for half price due to our Club’s points, as we have lost many members over the decades that were PHF and would like those numbers to grow.

         Mark had traded with another member for today’s program, however, none appeared, so, our Leader asked each of us to give a brief bio.  Dan, Gerald, Roy, Merl, Mike C, and Wayne shared a few minutes of their life with us. Then we were adjourned.  

    Members present:  John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Darrel Hansen,  Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.



  • July 28, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 17 Members and 1 Guest today ( John Ehrhardt ) that were present when President Ken called the meeting to order.  Our Leader asked Roy to give the Prayer of Thanks to our Lord, followed by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Our Club Treasurer-for-Life, Mark, indicated all bills are currently paid, including R.I. and District 6040 semi- annual dues. Secretary-for-Life, Richard, noted our Minutes are posted on the website.  President-Elect Jerry said he was working on the Old Settlers Pancake breakfast and tickets would come soon.

         Next, Dan was asked to give the weather and dove hunt update.  Mild weather for the end of July, should be past the hottest part of summer, slight chances for spotty rainfall next week. Sunflowers have been blooming and beginning to form seed heads. Dove hunt is pulling a “United” by overbooking two spots, however, Dan will find another blind for them instead of dragging them off the field. The contributions go to fund our scholarships through our local Foundation.  Dan also brought a pickup truck bed full of second planting sweet corn for everyone to enjoy.

     

       Today’s program was provided by our new President, Ken.  Ken gave a brief bio of his life, including his childhood illness that led to permanent blindness in his left eye, and, his fascination to be a mortician dating back to his high school days.  Ken has over 57 years exposure in serving the mortuary science, working in Moberly then Howard County, then back to Moberly.  During his first years of practice in Moberly he joined the Huntsville Club and became President in the mid-1970′s and now comes again as a member and President 40 years later. He also noted that Rotary International theme is “Making a Difference” and Ken’s personal theme as Club President is ” Service Beyond Self”.  Our Leader expressed the position that we cast out our negative thoughts and replace those with positive ones and present those positive tones to all.

         Our Last Word was provided by Ken & Clay, then we were adjourned to the sweet corn truck. Mark Nichols is scheduled to provide a program next Friday.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley,  Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, and Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     



  • July 21, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 13 Club members and 1 guest present when President Ken rang the bell at 12:30 pm and called our meeting to order.  John Sommer returned our Thanks to our lord in prayer, then we gave our pledge of allegiance to the flag.  No new or old business was presented so Dan was asked to give the next week’s weather update.  HOT is the four letter word with little relief this weekend, however, temps may drop 10° next week. Possible showers may occur, but probably very spotty.  Sunflowers in full bloom and just about all the spots sold for September 1.  Dan reminded the Club of the $500 Paul Harris Fellowship availability, normally twice that price.  Rotary International Foundation uses the contributions for about three years then will rebate it back to the District for local use, grants and scholarships.

         Scott was unavailable today, but sent Jamie Shirk to give us a presentation on the YMCA.  Jamie introduced us to the beginning of the Y over in England in the 1830′s.  Boston then hosted the first YMCA in the United States around 1846,  Moberly built their Y about 13 years ago and has approximately 3,600 members. Usage of the facility is somewhat seasonal, with lower participation in the hotter months and larger attendance in the cooler, or wintry months.  Some insurance companies and businesses promote the healthy lifestyle through exercise and may offer some discounts as encouragement.  It has only been about the past 40 years that emphasis was directed toward exercise.  This generated a growth in membership all across the USA.  While most Y’s are run locally, many have agreements that permit visiting members some limited access. So a travelling member may be able to keep up their exercise program if they happen to be in a different city for a short time.

       Ken asked for the Last Word, then we were adjourned.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, ( Jerry Crutchfield attended after the meal ) Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Ken Rathmann, Merly Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, & Richard Tregnago.



  • July 14, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    There were 19 Club members and 2 guests today at Don’s Family Style Restaurant.  At 12:30 pm  New President Ken rang the bell and asked Mike Cochran to give our prayer of Thanks to our Lord, followed by our recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Guests introduced were Gerald’s granddaughters, Anna Kate and Alaina Link, with Anna Kate being the lead program today.  Grandma Martha was present for the program.

    President Ken asked Dan for our weekly update on the weather.  Nice for a few days then possible higher temps and heat indexes above 100° with little precip likely.  Sunflowers about to bloom, and almost all the dove hunting spots are paid for.  Dan has some sweet corn ready if you want to stop by Shepherd Farms later today or tomorrow.  He may have a 2nd batch in a couple of weeks. Also, the Foundation has some matching points if you wish to become a Paul Harris Fellow, or, acquire a PHF for someone in your family. Richard noted that 8 Club members attended a joint Moberly/Huntsville Rotary last Thursday due to our location closed for vacation all last week.  Our Club will again have a Pancake Breakfast at the Old Settlers’ and will return to the Community Room at City Hall.  Dates were discussed this year  and our Club will serve on Saturday morning, September 16th, and Roy was alerted last fall that the Community Room would be available for us on the Saturday of Old Settlers.

    President Ken then asked Gerald to introduce his program.  Granddaughters always have interesting topics.  Lead orator was Anna Kate, a  Junior at Moberly High School.  Her topic involved  a slide presentation about her experience with  Showpig.com, and the All Stars Team.  The students were involved in carcass determination of fat by ultrasound, then a dissection of the carcass followed.   This event built team support and widened the knowledge of these High School members.

    Upon conclusion of the meeting, President Ken asked Clay for the Last Word. and then rang the bell for adjournment.  Next week is Scott’s turn at the podium.

    Members in attendance today:   Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Kyle Dignan, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     



  • July 6, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    Due to Don’s Family Style Restaurant closed for a week’s vacation, the Huntsville Rotary Club met jointly with Moberly today at their normal meeting time.  Eight members of our Club enjoyed the serving from Chef Jeff along with the comradery of the Moberly Club.

    Moberly President, Todd Norton, welcomed us to their meeting and after brief introductions, and special weather report from our Dan, the program was presented.  Tom Watkins, retired plant manager from Associated Electric, showed samples of photography of his journeys around the world.  Tom explained the difference of “snapshots” vs “portrait art” and discussed several pictures and related aperture settings to achieve the desired result.  In 2018, he will trek to Mount Everest, with subscribers following by email and  contributing to a relief fund for children who survived the 2015 earthquake at Everest.  In visiting with our Dan after the meeting, we recalled that Doctor Gaynor Prince, one of our early Exchange Students, was at Everest when the 2015 earthquake hit and she immediately went into emergency medical aid for approximately one month.

    Next Week we return to Don’s for our regular Friday meeting, July 14th, with Gerald Link slated for a program.

    Our Members present today:  Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Gerald Link, Mark Nichols, Merl Riley, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.



  • Huntsville Rotary Weekly Meeting 30 June 2017

    The final meeting of the month of June was opened by outgoing president Tim Seidel. He asked Brother Ken to open in our meeting in prayer. After the pledge of allegiance to the flag, the meeting moved along rather swiftly.  A plaque was presented to retiring Huntsville club president Tim Seidel by incoming president Ken Rathmann, also present was next year’s president elect, Jerry Crutchfield.  A round of applause, a few high notes of Seidel’s presidency were noted, especially the historic cancellation of a meeting from the Ice-magetton Storm of the Century, that never came to Randolph County.

    Speaking of weather, Dan the Man Weatherguy and all around Pecan Valley rancher, brought the weather forecast. It will be mostly warmer, more summer like for the next couple of days, no 10 inch rainfalls are expected, Noah has not been notified, and no Arks have been built.

    The program, focusing on men’s health and related issues, was brought by Dr. Josh Holyoak, M.D. of MRMC.  Dr. Josh, a urologist, related to the club, some of the great advancements that are being developed, especially concerning enlarged prostate issues.  Holyoak commented that certain parts of the body never stop growing, this includes the ears, the nose and the prostate. The latter can cause issues with incomplete evacuation of the bladder.  Ure-lift, is a new simple device that has been introduced to the United States about five years ago.  A simple five to ten minute procedure, on an outpatient basis, can completely reverse the bladder issue.  The doctor explained that for a mechanical issue there was a mechanical solution.  A video presentation was given that showed the how the procedure was done.  There are usually very little side effects and a few days recovery after said procedure.    Dr. Holyoak then answered a number of very good questions.

    The following Rotarians answer the clarion call of the feed bell at Don’s Family Buffet, located in the beautiful suburbs of Huntsville, MO.   John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Dub Hayes, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, Kyle Dignan.  We also had three guests, future Rotarian Jeremiah Drewery, Merl & Sandra Riley’s grandson, Dr. Josh Holyoak, and Jamie Morgans, of Moberly Rotary.

    Remember: the Huntsville Club will be joining Moberly Rotary next Thursday the 6th of July for a joint meeting.  Don’s will be closed for summer break.  We will resume our regular meetings at Don’s on the 13th of July, with our new president Ken Rathmann at the helm.

    Have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July celebration.   God bless America.

     

    “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

    ~ C.S.Lewis



  • June 23, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 18 Huntsville Rotarians and 3 Guests today at Don’s Restaurant attending the 4th meeting of the 6th month.  President Tim rang the bell at 12:30 p.m. to open his next to the last meeting as our Leader and we were offered Prayers of Thanks to our Lord followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Guests introduced were Moberly Rotarian, Dr. David Fincher, and two of Dan’s guests, Kevin and Vicky McGraw.

         Under Old Business, Clay noted they were working with the Huntsville Park Board for possible benches at the City Park as part of our District Grant process.  Also mentioned was our attendance at the Moberly Rotary Club on Thursday, July 6th, due to Don’s being closed for a week’s vacation that week.  Dan gave us a mild weather report this next week with some light moisture scattered about.  Sweet corn and sunflowers are coming along fine in Pecan Valley.  Our annual dove hunt on September 1 at Shepherd’s Farm will require a donation to our Foundation.  Dan indicated first come ( send in your $125.00 ) will have a reserved spot, anticipating another sell out early.  Contact Dan for more details if needed.

        Today’s program was our own Dub Hayes, 90 years of life experience, and 60 years worth of pest control knowledge were presented.  Dub had radio shows in Kansas in the early 1950′s and became popular calling square dances. One of his memorable times came about as he was invited to Saudi Arabia  in early 1970′s for a week to call square dances at the request of some American businessmen for their convention.  Another unusual feat was the fumigation of an Indian mummy for the Smithsonian Institute so it could travel across State lines bug free.  While he has slowed down somewhat, Dub is still an active exterminator with a thriving business.

         President Tim noted that Russ will be out of town, along with his family, to attend his grandson Paden’s wedding, leaving us without a program for the 30th.  We are to attend the Moberly Club on July 6th in lieu of our normal Friday meeting on the 7th.   Tim asked Dub for the Last Word… a quote from famed singer Eddie Arnold…” If someone is paying you, you owe them the best you’ve got!”  Then we were adjourned.  Next week is Tim’s last official day at the dais.

    Members present today:  Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Kyle Dignan, Charles Fleming, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, and Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • June 16, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    The 3rd Friday of the 6th month found 18 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 Guests, Tim Remole and Bill Stuart, enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s in Huntsville.  At 12:30 p.m. President-Elect Ken rang the bell to begin the meeting.  Bishop Roy lead us in Prayer, then we pledged our Allegiance to the Flag.

         Clay noted the District Grant application is still alive.  Roy reported a little snafu with our RYLA student, hopefully to be resolved soon and we will invite the student to one of our meetings after their experience in RYLA camp is fulfilled.  Dan gave us a stormy weekend report, but noted the sunflower crop is doing fine, so far.  He will be offering enrollment soon for the annual dove hunt opening day.  Due to various Rotary International conflicting views on guns, this year we probably won’t be offering a shotgun as a door prize September 1.  Our Foundation is the main recipient of the funds donated at the dove hunt.

         Today’s program was introduced by Darrel and was 6th District State Representative Tim Remole. Representative Remole discussed some successful legislation dealing with clean air and water regulations along with labor reforms.  A special session was called recently about the jobs in southeast Missouri, which may allow the electric company to offer new businesses a reduced rate in their power. However, the subsidized rate reduction will come with a higher electric bill for the rest of the State.  Estimates of higher annual rates were around $12 for typical home owners.

         Dub is on the schedule for next week’s program, our Last Word was offered, then we were adjourned.

    Members in attendance today were:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.0

     

     

     

     

     



  • June 9, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

       This 2nd Friday of the 6th month found 19 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 Guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant.  President Tim rang the bell at 12:25 p.m. and asked Ken to return our Thanks to our Lord in Prayer, followed by the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.

        Visitors  recognized were Moberly Rotarian, Bill Stuart, and Guest Speaker Brian Wood.  Clay brought us up to speed on the District Grant process and the Club decided to again work with the Huntsville City Park Board on improvements in the park near our shelter house.  Weatherman Dan gave us a hot forecast and light chances of rain this coming week.  Don’s restaurant will close for vacation the week of the 4th of July.  Our Club may meet with Moberly Rotary on July 6th at The Lodge in Rothwell Park in lieu of our regular meeting on Friday July 7th.  Clay gets let off the hook for a program!

        Harry was then called upon to introduce our Program today.  Brian Wood is a volunteer with the Westran Fire Dept. He became a volunteer about one year ago and gave us information on his decision to become a volunteer fire fighter and classes needed to be on the Fire Dept.  Also, updates were given by Brian and Merl Riley of sites for proposed structures to house equipment.  Westran Fire has the largest amount of coverage area, mostly in the northwest quadrant of the county.  There are approximately 20 active firefighter volunteers, with another 7 that act in advisory capacity.  Largest fire to date for Brian was the loss of the MFA facility in Clark.  Almost all local fire departments have an agreement to assist major fires and Westran sent equipment and volunteers to aid the South East Fire Dept. along with all other departments  in Randolph County. Clay noted that now, generally speaking, the rural fire departments have equipment that is utilized to extract people from wrecks. Also, the Fire Depts. cordon off an area for helicopter service at a scene, and are aided by the Sheriff’s Dept. in traffic control.

       Darrel has the program for next Friday and it will be 6th District State Representative, Tim Remole. President Tim then adjourned the meeting.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     



  • 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • May 26, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 16 Huntsville Rotarians and 3 guests on this final Friday meeting of the 5th month who were enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville. Due to our President, and President-Elect,  being unable to attend, Secretary-for-Life Richard stepped up to the gavel and called the meeting to order a few minutes early.  Bishop Roy offered our Prayers of Thanks to our Lord, then we saluted the flag and pledged our allegiance. Dub’s Guests were introduced, his sister-in-law Barb, and her son Brad.

        Under Old Business, Richard noted our Club had passed the motion made last week to apply for a District Matching Grant of $1,000, which the application is due May 31st.  No New Business was offered, so weatherman Dan gave us an unpleasant wet forecast, noting he had to replant the sunflowers due to hail and wet weather. Many roofs in Huntsville were severely damaged by the hail last week along with cars not under shelter.  Soybean plants may have also suffered as well as wheat and some corn.

         Chris then offered the program today by introducing Jim Nugent, Director of the Jacksonville Veteran’s Cemetery. Jim presented some video and slides of the cemetery and explained the qualifications for interment.  An applicant must meet Veterans status, and, the spouse of a Veteran may also be provided with burial space.  Jim noted there are 7 employees at the Jacksonville site, and possible burial space for 43,000 Veterans.  There are 5 such Veteran Cemeteries in Missouri, with the Jacksonville site being established in 2003.

         Richard mentioned that Charles’ program next week will be two ladies from the Safe Passage Shelter and will talk about the Shelter and upcoming Wine Stroll fundraiser.  Dub was asked to give the Last Word, then we were adjourned.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, John Cochran,  Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Kyle Dignan, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Merl Riley, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     

        



  • May 19, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 14 Huntsville Rotarians and 3 Guests at today’s Club meeting at noon in Don’s Restaurant.  President-Elect Ken called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. and after our Prayer of Thanks to our Lord, and Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag, the Guests were introduced.  Roy’s guest was Jeff Hammond, and our two Speakers were Patsy Redding the NECAC coordinator for Randolph County, and, Brent Engel as a NECAC Public Relations Officer.

         Ken asked for any Old or New Business with none to be recorded, then, offered a great big THANKS to Jan & Dan Shepherd for hosting our Spring Rotary-Ann Party at their Lodge.  Also a big THANKS to Russ for providing the excellent fish that evening.  Dan warned us of possible storms coming then a warmup in temps.  The Club was asked to offer a project to be eligible for cost share match with the District.  The motion was made  by Mike Cochran and seconded by Richard Tregnago  for a $1,000 project, possibly again with the City Park, and passed with a voice vote. The documents needed to be turned in by the end of May to be eligible this coming year.

         Jerry was invited to present his program. He introduced Patsy & Brent and they discussed the message of NECAC, North East Community Action Corporation.  Jerry has served as the County representative on the board for about six years.  Patsy noted the board operates on a 4.8 million dollar budget and funds are used to repair homes and update weatherization for low income families.  Several homes have been upgraded in the region due to the participation of NECAC.  Also, they manage some low income apartment complexes that utilize grants and low interest loans from State resources so comfortable safe housing is available to less fortunate families.

         Ken asked Clay for the Last Word and he deferred to Dub, then we were adjourned.  Chris Dady has the program for next Friday. 

    Members present today: Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner,  Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Ken Rathmann, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     



  • May 12, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

           The 2nd Friday of the 5th month found 18 Huntsville Rotarians and 4 Guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  President Tim rang the bell at 12:30 p.m. and asked Bishop Roy to return our thanks to our Lord in prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Guests introduced were Moberly Rotarian, Bill Stuart,  Charlie’s Rotary-Ann, Belva, and their long time friends from out of state, Carol & Ernie Hepler.

         No reports from Secretary or Treasurer at this time, so, our weatherman, Dan, gave us another nice weekend followed by a warming spell.  Our Rotary fish fry will be this coming Tuesday evening, May 16th, at Shepherd’s Lodge, with social at 6:00 p.m. and meal after 6:30.  Kenny Seifert to present the program and should be a good one.

         Our regular program was unable to attend, so, our resourceful Leader for another six weeks gave us a “team building” exercise where we were to write down two things about ourselves and another that was a total lie.  Audience was to guess each author and sort the truth from fiction.

         President Tim asked Clay for the Last Word, but he deferred to Dub, then we were adjourned.  Jerry is on the list for next week’s program.

    Members present today:  Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.



  • Huntsville Rotary 05 May 2017

    Huntsville’s Cinco de Mayo meeting was kicked off by President Tim welcoming the members and visiting Westran Interact members. The members welcomed 30 Interact students, including sponsor Ashley Roberts.  Tim asked Brother Ken to open in prayer. Besides the Interact students, Bill Stewart of Moberly Rotary was also a guest. Treasurer Mark Samp announced that all financial obligations were met for the week. It was also announced that clubs that have not participated in the shoe drive have the option to donate cash to the cause. Rotarians voted on the issue and it was passed. Dan Shepherd then gave the weekly weather report. He indicated that all frost danger was past and anyone who wanted could plant “em mators”.  Then  he announced the annual fish fry to be held at the Lodge of Two Shepherds on May 16 at 6 p.m.  All members attending were asked to bring a covered dish, with something in the dish to eat.

    Cosponsor of Interact Roy Morales open the annual Interact program with a reciting of the 4Way Test questions. Morales and Clay Joiner co-host this annual event to recognize the achievement of the Westran Interact Club.  Morales turned the floor over to Ashley Roberts, the Westran sponsor of Interact.

    Ms Roberts gave a full update on the Interact’s events and projects of this past school year.(2016-17) Roberts introduced the two RYLA recipients, Jackson Truesdell and Kendra Long. They will be attending the first session of RYLA in Fulton this June.  Interact also manned a sock drive to provide resources to a homeless shelter in Columbia. Interact other activities included helping with the annual Rotary pancake breakfast during Old Settler’s last September, and bell ringing for the Red Kettle Campaign of the Salvation Army.

    An Interact student, Marissa  then spoke to the group about their latest fund-raiser. Lory White has been battling cancer for the last couple of years. To aid in medical expenses for treatment, Interact held a t-shirt drive for White. The front of the shirts read, “Lunch for Lory” and the back read Exodus 14:14. The event raised $1,700 for the White family which will help to defray medical expenses.

    Clay Joiner then gave each Interact student a gift bag filled with goodies and held several in-house contests for the students to win Rotary and Interact related prizes. The prizes included baseball caps, pens, pins and a soccer ball.  Interact membership pins were given to the new members which numbered about 14.  The RYLA attendees each received a pin recognizing their participation in that program.

    Rotary members presents were: Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathman, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd and John Sommer. Guests included 30 Interact members and Bill Stewart.



  • April 28, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The final Friday of the fourth month found 15 members of the Huntsville Rotary Club enjoying the noon meal at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  In the absence of our Leader, President-Elect Ken rang the bell at 12:30 p.m. and asked Bishop Roy to return our thanks to the Lord, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.

         Roy reported the Interact Club will be our program next Friday, letting John Cochran off the hook. He anticipates approximately 30 students will make their annual appearance that day.  Charlie Serio gave us sad news that his mother-in-law, “Mother of the Greyhounds” Mabel McCormick, passed away earlier this morning at age 104.  Our condolences to the family on the loss of a Moberly Area Icon.  Roy also noted that Clay was home recuperating from the dreaded kidney stone affliction. Dan suggested Clay get a bigger mug of tea and keep the fluids going.  Our temporary Leader then asked Dan for his news.  The Rotary-Ann Fish Fry will be held Tuesday  evening May 16th at Shepherd’s Lodge with fellowship starting around 6:00 p.m. and food by 6:30.  Ken Seifert to be the program about his journey on two wheels.  Please let Dan know if you and your spouse and any guests are coming so Jan can have enough seating available.  The entree is  Russ John Crappie & Bass Delight, just bring a covered dish.  Our weather man reported wet, wet, and more wet, with some sunshine mid-week next week.

         Secretary Richard passed around copies of an email concerning Rotary International’s recent position on weapons.  A petition is being sent to Clubs all over the USA requesting RI amend their ban on Club activities involving weapons and sponsoring gun shows.  Our Club’s position, by the members present today, is, Rotary is known to be neutral in political and religious events, and, we request certain amended language be accepted that retains our involvement in shooting sports, raffles, etc… under the supervision of a federal firearms license agent.  Our President will be requested to send our thoughts ASAP.

         Our program for today is our legal adviser, Phil, and he reminded our Club of certain activities that needed to be addressed affecting our Rotary Club’s liability insurance coverage, and, to refrain from raffles that fall under the Statutes of gambling.  Phil also discussed the important distinction of have a qualified attorney be involved in life decisions, and creating various forms of Power-of-Attorney.  A well versed attorney can provide proper assistance in protecting the legal rights of their client, including medical decisions should a person become incapacitated, protecting their client from being exposed to liability issues, and, generally, looking out for the client’s legal care.

         Ken asked for a Last Word, but Dub had to leave early, so maybe we’ll have two insertions next time.  Interact Club next Friday, then Mike Cochran for May 12th.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • April 21, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The 3rd  Friday of the 4th month of the year found 15 members of the Huntsville Rotary Club and 3 Guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  President Tim called the meeting to order and asked Ken to return our Thanks to the Lord, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  Guests today were Carla & Mark Price, our featured program, and, Shirley Olney from the City of Moberly.

         Our Leader asked for any Old or New Business.  The Club Secretary will provide Rotary International with the 2017-2018 slate of officers.  Jerry is to become Club President for the year July 1 2018. Incoming President is Ken Rathmann, Treasurer is Mark Samp, Secretary is Richard Tregnago, followed by Dan Shepherd Foundation Chair, and Jerry Cruchfield Membership Chair.  Dan was asked for the weather report and he indicated slight chance of rain this evening then a nice weekend followed by more precipitation by the middle of next week.  There will be a Rotary-Ann fish fry at Shepherd’s Lodge on Tuesday evening, May 16th, with a head count at Club before then.  Meal to start about 6:30 p.m. and everyone to bring a covered dish.  We will host the Interact Club on May  5th.

         President Tim asked Richard to introduce today’s program.  Carla & Mark Price began their program by introducing their two-year old grandson, Zeke.  Zeke was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic condition that causes thickening of mucous especially around the lungs, making respiratory problems more severe.  Zeke takes many pills per day and also undergoes a shaking vest procedure multiple times/day to loosen up the mucous so he can cough it out. Treatments are quite expensive, running in the thousands of dollars per month, so, affordable, effective, and available healthcare is a strong need for families. The Price’s stressed the importance of having good health  insurance as many families will face bankruptcy due to the large expense of medical treatment for the life of a child with CF.  Due to research, many children may have a productive lifespan and can expect to live into their forties. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation uses almost 95% of donations in searching for better treatments and a cure for CF.

         Our Leader asked Clay for the Last Word, then we were adjourned.  It will be Phil’s turn next week for a program.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Tim Seidel, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, and Richard Tregnago.



  • April 7, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 16 Huntsville Club members and 1 visiting Moberly Rotarian attending the first meeting of the 4th month at Don’s Family Style buffet in Huntsville.  President Tim rang the bell at 12:30 p.m. and asked Ken to return our Thanks to the Lord, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Guests introduced were Bill Stuart of the Moberly Club, and, our Guest Speaker is the 2017 Miss Moberly, Samantha Gowin.

         No Old Business was brought forward and New Business was a note that District 6040 Assembly will be held in Chillicothe April 29th. Ken reported he had attended last week’s PETS and will share more with the Club soon.  He also asked us to be thinking of a Club Project.  Our Rotary Dive Team Member, aka Weatherman Dan, gave us a pleasant Spring forecast with chance of light precipitation early next week.  Dan recently swam in the waters off Little Cayman and enjoyed the Rotary Dive Team comradery. Dan has set the date for our Spring Fish Fry, May 16th, a Tuesday evening. This will be held in Shepherd’s Lodge and meal begins about 6:30 p.m.  A good time to invite prospective members.

         Prez Tim then asked program chair John Sommer to introduce his Guest Speaker.  John introduced the new Miss Moberly, Samantha Gowin, who was previously Junior Miss Moberly a few years ago.  Samantha discussed her platform, Embracing Challenges, and gave us a brief overview of Primrose Hill in Randolph County, a recovery home for women with children as a treatment center for those with drug addiction issues in their family.  Samantha is looking forward to her opportunity this summer representing our area at the Miss Missouri Pageant to be held in Mexico, MO.

         Tim also informed us that one of our previous members, Cole Merrill, has been diagnosed with inoperable stage 4 colon cancer.   Cole and his wife Natalie live in Cameron, MO.  Tim will bring a card next week for us to sign our best wishes to a former member.

         Tim asked Clay for the Last Word then adjourned the meeting.  Next week, Wayne Wilcox will trade with Richard for the program.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann,  Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     



  • March 31, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 17 Huntsville Rotarians and 6 Guests today for the final meeting of the third month of 2017.  In absence of our President, who is recuperating from surgery, and President-Elect Ken, who is in Jefferson City for the PETS, Bishop Roy took the opportunity to ring the bell calling our meeting to order at 12:25 p.m.  We offered a prayer of thanks to our Lord, followed by the pledge of allegiance to our Flag.  Guests introduced were:  Moberly Rotarian Bobby Riley, Westran Teacher Angela Rash, Westran Students of the Month Cory Burton and Austin Sears,  Charlie’s grandson Kelton, and, our Guest Speaker Elizabeth Lippelmann.

         Having no Old or New Business on the agenda, we noted our weatherman was swimming with the fishes near the Cayman Islands and was unable to give a local perspective. 

        Our Leader today then called upon Kelly to introduce the Guest Speaker’s instructor, Ms. Rash, who shared with us the honors our Guest Speaker had bestowed upon her in several speech assemblies.  Today’s Speaker was Elizabeth Lippelman who presented a somber message on the topic of suicide.  Throughout her testimony, Elizabeth provided a very emotional dialogue about the impact of suicide on surviving family and friends.  Emphasis was placed on keeping alert to hidden signs a loved one is contemplating taking their life.  Elizabeth is a survivor of the tragedy of losing her Mom from suicide.  The presentation was worthy of the honors this young woman has earned, and, her message brought a somber reflection upon many in this audience. 

         Roy noted that Darrel’s wife is undergoing treatments and to hold her in our prayers, then he adjourned the meeting.  Next week is John Sommer’s turn at the podium.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Kelly Shelby, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     



  • March 24, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 17 Huntsville Rotarians and 1 visiting Rotarian enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville today.  In absence of our President Tim, who was undergoing surgery for appendicitis, Prez-Elect Ken rang the bell at 12:30 to commence the meeting.  Visiting Moberly Rotarian, Dr. David Fincher, was asked to return our thanks to our Lord in prayer, then we gave our Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.

         Our Temporary Leader requested any Old or New Business, and no presentations were given, also noting our Treasurer was out today.  Richard received a dues check and a $10 bill from our dinner guest, which will be forwarded to the Treasurer. Weatherman Dan gave us a wet and mild temperature forecast for the coming week, good conditions for all the garden potatoes planted!

         Today’s program was presented by Cuban refugee, Shan Depherdo, who provided several slides of his recent escape from Havana, Cuba.  Shan made his third and mostly successful attempt to immigrate to the Grand Cayman Islands by using his taxi, a 1955 Chevy, to trade for SCUBA gear, and, a one-way ticket on a typical dive boat occupied by the World renowned SCUBA dive team from Rotary International.  Shan noted the high pay among doctors in Havana, some receiving over $60 ( U.S.A. equivalent) per month, and, they also moonlighted as Tourist Guides a couple of times per year.  Generous Capitalists would often tip their guide as much as their annual pay.  Who said Socialism was dying?  Farmers travelling to market used oxen and carts with pictures showing most of the cattle on a diet for health reasons.  Many of the motor vehicles were pre-1959 if made in America due to the successful revolution almost six decades ago.  Shan’s boat was diverted by a storm in the Caribbean and ended his harrowing escape by landing  on a pecan farm south of Clifton Hill.  Today he is planning on returning to the Garden Island of his homeland and bringing with him several Mustangs so he can start his own Taxi service in Havana.

        P.E. Ken will attend PETS in Jefferson City next Friday.  Clay was invited to offer the Last Word, then we were adjourned.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     



  • March 17, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

        This St Patrick’s Day found 15 Huntsville Rotarians and 1 Guest enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s.  President-Elect Ken called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. and asked Roy to return our Thanks to our Lord in Prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  Guest introduced was Dr. David Fincher of the Moberly Rotary Club. Our temporary Leader next asked for any Old or New Business, with none presented.  Then, we were provided with a weather forecast typical of entering Spring from a mild winter.  Temps to be fairly normal with some chances of scattered showers.  Dan requested a vote from our group on asking Russ to break out his fishing pole so we could have a Rotary-Ann Fish Fry in May.  A unanimous yes vote assured Russ he will spend some time on the water soon. P.E. Ken will attend the PETS sessions in Jefferson City at the end of March as he prepares to take over the 2nd time he has been called to lead our Club.  His first time was back in the late 1970′s.

         Ken asked Roy to present today’s program.  Bishop Roy gave a thorough historical perspective of St. Patrick, noting the change of colors from blue to green associated with the Saint as the immersion of several societies blended over the centuries in what we know now as Ireland.

         Our Leader next requested the Last Word from Clay before adjourning the meeting.  Next week’s program is sponsored by Kelly.

    Members present today:   Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, & Richard Tregnago.



  • March 10, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    Disclaimer….. the following message was provided by Bishop Morales….

    Huntsville Rotary met at the regular Friday venue, Don’s Family Buffet located on the outskirts of the big city of Huntsville. Our numbers were a wee bit sparse for such a fine day, possible reasons for our slim numbers were proffered.   1. Fear of the winter storm and snowmageddon that was predicted for this weekend.    2. It was such a nice day for golf, tennis, tiddlywink, or whatever sport of choice. Or the best explanation, according to Dub, our Man of Many Experiences: ” … the folks might possibly have been twitterpated*, beings it is almost Spring and all…”

    President Tim called our motley crew to order, Bishop Roy returned thanks to our Lord, the pledge was recited, and our formal meeting got underway.  With no real news or new business to discuss, President Tim asked Dan the Weather Man for a reasonably nice forecast.  No such luck, with Winter making its return to Mid Missouri, Mr. Dan cautioned us about possible amounts of snow in the next 24 hours.  He did say that we would not have to cancel Rotary since it would be on a Saturday, not Friday. Tim then asked Sheriff Mark to bring the scheduled program.   The good sheriff  discussed the changes in the law concerning conceal and carry.  ” Permit-less Carry or Constitutional Carry” as passed by the legislators in Jefferson City, have caused some unforeseen complications for the average law abiding citizen.  Mark pointed out that a number of cities and political entities in the state have ordinances and regulations that may not allow permit-less carry in that jurisdiction.  Citizens who wish to carry a pistol legally must be aware of local ordinances so as to avoid any possible causes of breaking the law.  This could be considered a class E felony.  Nichols said that citizens should be fully aware of all local laws and ordinances.  He further cautioned individuals who are traveling outside of the state.  He said that if a person has any questions or concerns about traveling with a fire arm that they should consult the following website before traveling outside of Missouri.   www.ago.mo.gov  or  www.nra.org. After the program Sheriff Nichols answered some very interesting questions.

    Clay gave the Last Word.  President Tim rang us out of session.  We eagerly look forward to another exciting Huntsville Rotary meeting, next week, at Don’s Family Buffet.

    The following Rotarians answered the call this second Friday in the third month of 2017;  Mike Cochran, Charles Fleming, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Kelly Shelby, & Dan Shepherd.

    * twitterpated  [verb], to be in love because the birds and the bees are too.  Ref. {Bambi, the Movie}

     

     

     

     

     



  • March 3, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The first Friday of the third month found 20 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s.  President Tim rang the bell to call the meeting to order at 12:35 p.m. and asked Darrel to return our thanks in prayer to our Lord, followed by leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Our weatherman, Dan, offered slight chance of precipitation and a general warmup this next week.  Livestock like tromping around in mild temps and no mud. 

    Kelly was recognized and he let the two Westran Students of the month introduce themselves with a short bio.  Ashley Nagel and Dalton Reynolds spoke of their aspirations after graduating. 

    Today’s program was offered by Treasurer Mark.  All outstanding invoices are currently paid and Josh is paid after the last meeting of each month.  There is an operating balance in the soon to be viewed budget, however, there are a few absent members that may not be current.  Secretary-for-Life Richard will draft a letter to those members soon, offering an opportunity to decide to be current members or choose to resign.   It is noted that our Club normally averages a 60% monthly attendance.  Out of 56 Clubs in District 6040, only about 18 report on a monthly basis and our Club generally ranks in the top 6 for attendance.  Also noted was that our quarterly dues are designed to recover all meal costs, and all dues for District and Rotary International,, as well as typical Club expenses.  Members not attending for any reason are contributing to the Club’s treasury if they do not attend and partake in the meal.

    Our President next asked Clay for the Last Word, then adjourned the meeting. 

    Members present today:  Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Scott Martin, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, & Richard Tregnago.



  • February 24, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The final Friday of the second month found 19 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 Guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  Visiting Pastor Jim Crooks led us in Prayer of Thanks to our Lord, followed by our Pledge of Allegiance. The 2nd Guest was John Ehrhardt.  Dan offered a slightly wet weekend possibility with the weather turning warmer next week, followed by a cool spell.

         A motion was made we send a Westran student to Boy’s State.  In the past, we had sent  both a girl and boy to that venue, then shifted our focus to sending students to RYLA instead.  After discussion, a few volunteered to pay the $400 cash   today to pay for the opportunity for Owen Thornburg to attend Boy’s State.

         Phil gave us  information about our local Foundation and passed out the sale bill for Margaret Kimbrough’s upcoming sale on March 10th.  Also noted was a suggestion we include Margaret’s name on our Ed Kimbrough scholarship program.  Margaret was a long time kitchen manager at the school and followed Ed’s desire to provide financial assistance to students by contributing heavily to the Foundation, along with a few other ardent members of our Club, and also including the generosity of Dan & Jan Shepherd.

         Our President, Tim, asked Clay for our Last Word, and he deferred to Dub, then we were adjourned.  Next week’s program has Mark Samp at the podium.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, John Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Scott Martin, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, & Richard Tregnago.



  • February 17, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The Huntsville Rotary Club met at noon today at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville with 14 Club Members and 1 Guest.  After returning our Thanks to the Lord, we saluted the flag and pledged our allegiance. Our weatherman was absent, but, we realized we were in for nice weather the next week anyway.  Not typical February shivering.  Ken will be attending the PETS training at the end of March.  Richard will send out an email concerning the visiting GSE team with an opportunity to be a host family.

         Merl was called away to read a sonogram, so, stand-in Roy introduced Travis Ginter, General Manager of the Thomas Hill Public Water Supply District # 1.  Travis has been in the water business for almost 28 years, starting in Howard County, then coming to the Thomas Hill Public Water Supply District in 1999. Upon the retirement of Joe Bill Dennis, Travis assumed the position of General Manager about 8 1/2 years ago. THPWSD joined the Clarence Cannon Wholesale Water Commission in 1983, growing the District base to 4,160 active meters. contracting for 1.275 million gallons of water per day.  Currently, the District is maxed out on contracting from CCWWC, so, additional contracts with/agreements with adjoining water Districts have been secured if additional resources are needed.  Several miles of line repairs, new water towers, pumping stations, have all been accomplished to date without the District going in further debt.  Beginning last fall, the new meter change out program was initiated and the new meters have a life expectancy of 20 years.  These new meters have sensors that detect unusual usage for the customer and the alerts may save on the customers water bill when leaks are quickly discovered. The District’s annual budget is $2.57 Million , employing 8 full time staff and 2 part timers.  Some of the new features are the use of hand held GPS devices to map out any water line repairs/replacements, so, over several years, an accurate location of the water lines will be available. 

       President-Elect Ken asked Clay for the Last Word, then we were adjourned.  Next Friday is Dave Samp’s turn for the program.

    Members present today were:  Phil Brown, John Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming,  Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, John Sommer, & Richard Tregnago.

       



  • February 10, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

        The 2nd Friday of the 2nd month found 17 Huntsville Rotarians and 3 guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s in Huntsville.  President Tim rang the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. and asked Darrel to return our Thanks to our Lord in Prayer, then we addressed the Flag and gave our Pledge of Allegiance.  Guests today were Bob Riley of the Moberly Rotary Club, John Ehrhardt guest of Financier Tim, and our Speaker  Mike DeShazo.

         President-Elect Ken Rathmann has signed up for the PETS  training to be held in Jefferson City at the end of March.  Treasurer Mark noted that dues are now due and he is receiving money, Secretary-for-Life Richard stated the minutes are on the website.  No other Old or New Business was noted.  In absentia of our weather prognosticator, Dan, we were forced to pry a prediction out of proxy Harry.  He admired the sunshine and warm temps and indicated we were in for nice weather ( for February ) possibly through next week.

         Today’s program was introduced by Ken.  Mike DeShazo is President and Founder of Mid-America Special Sportsman’s Association which now has 11 chapters serving individuals with special needs and introducing them to a normal experience while accommodating their special needs at no cost to the participant.  Their website is:  freedomhunt.org  and was established in 1999.  MASSA encourages those with disabilities to participate in a managed hunt, whether they are in a wheelchair or have sight impairment.  Mike and his associates developed an IPhone app mounted to a rifle scope and are able to assist their sight impaired hunter to harvest a deer by telling them which way to move the gun.  The hunter can then harvest the wild game and experience the thrill even though partially blind.  Since their inception 17 years ago, MASSA has assisted over 4,500 individuals with an outdoor experience at no cost to that person.  MASSA is a 501c(3) Not-for-Profit Corporation and has a couple of fundraisers each year, along with private donations, that stays in the Chapter that raises the funds.  MASSA is also involved with the VFW, Wounded Warrior Project, Associations for the Blind, and other fine organizations. Mike’s #  573.489.4223

         Our Leader next asked Clay for the Last Word and then we were adjourned.  Next Friday is Merl’s turn for the program.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Kelly Shelby, John Sommer, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • February 3, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    The day after Groundhog Day found 19 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 Guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant.  President Tim called the meeting to  order at 12:30 p.m. noting that there was insufficient report of snow flakes in the air to consider cancelling today’s meeting.  Ken gave our prayer of thanks to our Lord, followed by our Pledge of Allegiance.  Weatherman Dan gave another optimistic report, with relatively mild weather next two weeks after a cold spell this weekend.  Treasurer Mark reminds all that dues are now due.  Secretary-for-Life Richard noted that the upcoming PETS ( President Elect Training Sessions ) is approaching and gave Ken a copy of the sign up in Jefferson City.

         One of our guests was next recognized.  Trinity Black with the Huntsville Park Board was welcomed and Scott and Mark S. presented a check to Trinity for the benefit of the Park Fund from our Club in the amount of $2,000,  one half of which came from the District 6040 Grant. 
    Trinity thanked our group  for the donation for playground equipment, and invited anyone to contact the Board with any ideas they may have to improve services at the City Park.

         Tim had traded program dates with Mark N. today and introduced his Guest Speaker, Sara Barfield Graff, District Manager for the Columbia office of Senator Roy Blunt.  Sara spoke of the recent election and a brief bio of our Senator.  She fielded several questions from the audience after her speech.

         Our President next asked Clay for the Last Word, then we were adjourned.  Next week is Ken’s turn for the program.

    Members present today were:   Phil Brown, John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Scott Martin, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • January 27, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The 4th Friday of the 1st month found 20 Huntsville Rotarians and 4 Guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  President Tim called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. and invited Darrel to offer our Prayer of Thanks, followed by our Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag, then guests were introduced.  Westran students of the month were Rachel Foster and Trey Burton. Merl’s guest was Gary Boehmer, and Scott brought his nephew for a taste of Rotary comraderie. 

        In the absence of our weather prognosticator, Harry gave us a weather observation of meaningless predictions.  No Old or New Business was presented.  Dues are due now so please pay Mark Samp.  Clay was introduced for a program.  He chose to bring his valuable Civil War Train memorabilia, complete with meticulously hand painted figures in various poses accompanying a hand built model train collection.

          Clay offered the Last Word, then our President adjourned the meeting.  Mark Nichols is slated for next Friday’s program.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Scott Martin, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Kelly Shelby, John Sommer, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.



  • January 20, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 19 Club members and 1 Guest present today as President Tim called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m.  Darrel was invited to return our Thanks to our Lord in Prayer, followed by the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Sheriff Mark Nichols introduced his guest, former Clinton County Sheriff, Porter Hansen. Dan gave us a pleasant weekend weather report.

         Roy was recognized and discussed the participation in RYLA ( Rotary Youth Leadership Academy ) and Boys/Girls State.  Clay will see that the tuition for RYLA for two students will be paid today, electronically, with re-imbursement from our Treasurer.  President Tim indicated the annual budget should be available soon for membership to approve.  Applications for District Governor were discussed and the decision was to table it for another year.  No further Old or New Business was discussed.

         Today’s program was produced by Tim and consisted of a handout for members present to immediately fill out and return to him at the end of our meeting.  This handout was a bio of each participating Huntsville Club member and will go in an envelope, along with many Club pictures, for the Moberly Time Capsule to be opened in 25 years.  This will allow Dub to open it in his next term as Club President in year 2041!

         Clay was requested to give the Last Word and then we were adjourned.  Next week is Roy’s turn at the podium.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, and Richard Tregnago.



  • January 6, 2017 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The First Friday of the New Year found fifteen Huntsville Rotarians and  one visiting Moberly Rotarian enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant.  President Tim has returned from taking selfies of the Eiffel Tower and called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m.  Bishop Roy led us in Prayer of Thanks to our Lord, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Dr. David Fincher was recognized as a visitor.  Richard noted that new Program Chairs were set through July and passed the roster copies to each attendee.  Charles will post these in the Calendar section of our Club website,  www.huntsvillemorotary.org.  

         First Quarter dues are now due and Treasurer Mark has emailed those statements to our Club members, except email-less Dub.  Weatherman Dan gave us a chilly weekend report with possibility of above normal temps ( 40° and higher ) for later next week.  He had  -10° this morning on the hill overlooking Shepherd’s Pecan Valley.  Due to inconsistent utilization of a personal pan of entrée each week, the Restaurant decided to withdraw that bonus choice.  Way too much food was wasted because it could not be recycled back to the normal buffet crowd.

         With Clay out of town today, Bishop Roy took to the podium and shared with us The Twelve Days of Christmas. Even though he is musically gifted, he refused to sing the song many of us no longer listen to during this season.  He did present by date the set of holy days that start with the Nativity of Christ, then Saint Stephan’s Day, followed by Saint John the Divine, then Holy Innocents, followed by Circumcision of Christ or Holy Name, ending on January 6th with the Epiphany-Feast of the Magi-Three Kings Night or The Twelfth Night.  Over the centuries following the birth of Christ, many cultures and traditions became intertwined, culminating today in a commercial aspect to the Christmas season with presents.  The original intent was not to receive gifts, but the blessing was in the giving.  As Christ was our Lord’s gift to the world, we are reminded that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

         In the absence of Clay and Dub, our Leader bypassed the Last Word and adjourned the meeting.  Next week is Gerald Link’s turn for the program.

    Members attending today were:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Russ John, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     



  • December 30, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

          The final meeting of the Year 2016 found 18 Huntsville Rotarians and 1 Guest enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant.  Fill-in President Ken asked John Sommers to return our Thanks to our Lord in Prayer, followed by the group reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag. Dub’s guest is Joan Burke, office manager for Hayes Pest Control.

         No New or Old Business was brought up and Dan was asked for next week’s weather prognostication.  Mild temps for early January with mid-40° daytime and low 20′s at night.  Slight chance of moisture will make it a pleasant week ahead for early winter. The following week could see colder weather.

        Russ was invited to introduce his program for today so he had Mike John enlighten us of the need to be watchful for signs of Prostate issues.  Recent biopsy alerted Mike to a cancerous malignancy and he opted for the surgical procedure.  Other options could involve radiation, however, future surgical remedies may be off the table in radiated areas due to damaged blood vessels.  Most men over 50 could become a candidate for an enlarged prostate which affects normal urination.  Men with relatives having cancer in the prostate are prime candidates for cancer occurrence.  Early detection gives a patient many more options.  Some cancers are slow growth and merely need monitoring and may never spread to a point where radical treatment is necessary.  Dub then asked Mike about his current job with MFA.  Mike has been involved for several years tracking various factors in beef cattle and tabulating hereditary features.  He and a co-worker have developed some apps useful in the monitoring process. 

        With no further discussion, Ken asked Dub for the Last Word then adjourned the meeting.  Next week is Clay’s turn for a program.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Dub Hayes, Mike John, Russ John, Gerald Link, Scott Martin, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     



  • December 23, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    There were 12 Huntsville Rotarians and 1 Moberly Club member at Don’s today.  Guest Speaker was Sam Richardson of the Moberly Rotary Club.  President Tim asked Ken to lead us in Prayer of Thanks to our Lord, followed by our pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Charles was welcomed back after his bout with pneumonia last week.  Richard mentioned from first hand experience that a membership in the Air-Med agency save him several thousands of dollars in addition to his personal health insurance.

    Our Leader read us a brief message inviting our Club to donate to the Pasadena Rotary Club in support of the Rose Bowl Parade Rotary Float.  Dan shared with us the Rotary float is seen by tens of millions of TV viewers and is probably the cheapest 30 second ad for Rotary.  Our Club did not make a recommendation for a donation and the matter was tabled.

    Today is Dub’s turn for a program and he introduced Sam Richardson.  Sam began his program with recognizing Dub as only the 2nd inductee in the State’s Pest Control Industry Hall of Fame.  An award well deserved to our oldest member!  Next Sam talked about the history of General Omar Bradley, native born Randolph Countian and the last Five-Star General.   Some years ago, community leaders discussed a Library/Museum of the General’s memorabilia, however, efforts were unsuccessful in gathering enough community financial support to obtain & maintain this historical treasure trove.  There is a bronze cast of the General in Rothwell Park.  Sam shared a few books about the General and stressed the point that Moberly has a proud heritage with a famous military upbringing, and, sad to recognize the accomplishments without a Museum.

    Tim asked Clay for the Last Word and then adjourned the meeting.  Next week is Russ John’s turn for the program.

    Members present today:   Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann,  Tim Seidel, Dan Shepherd, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     



  • December 16, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 18 Huntsville Rotarians and 3 guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant today.  Stand-in President for today was Ken and he asked Bishop Roy to return our Thanks to our Lord in Prayer, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.

        Guests introduced were Wally Iman and our two Guest Speakers Craig Moeller and Rob Hawkins.  No known Old or New Business brought forward. Dan was invited to share his version of the weather for this coming week….COLD this weekend with chances of snow and icy conditions, then a warm up next week with highs in the mid-forties.

        It was Darrel’s turn for today’s program and he introduced two men who worked for Boone Electric Co-op and Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives.  Craig and Rob talked about their recent trip to South America where they, along with linemen from Missouri & Oklahoma, set up a small electric distribution system in a remote rural area. Approximately 300 people in the small village were serviced with power that is typically produced nearby with diesel powered generators.  Some of the local residents were also trained how to safely run wiring inside the small homes and install a couple of light fixtures and a couple of wall outlets for each home.  This gives the residents an opportunity to install refrigerators to prevent food spoilage.  The program is ongoing and is funded by donations.

       Ken adjourned the meeting.  Dub has next week’s program.

    Members in attendance today were:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen,  Dub Hayes, Russ John,  Clay Joiner, Gerald Link,  Scott Martin, Roy Morales, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago.



  • December 9, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    There were 20 Huntsville Rotarians and 4 guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant today.  President Tim called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. and asked Ken to return our Thanks to our Lord in Prayer. We then recited the Pledge of Allegiance and recognized our visitors.  Westran Students of the Month were Alicia Aulbur and Jared Vogan, also attending were Moberly Rotarians Bob Riley and Dr. Jeff Lashley, who is also today’s Guest Speaker.

    Secretary Richard was back to take minutes today and thanked the members for their thoughts and prayers as he recovers from a recent heart attack.  Dan was asked to provide the next forecast…cold weather with small amount of precip expected.   Dub made the announcement that he is to be inducted in the Missouri Hall of Fame for Pest Control operators.  Over 60 years experience in the eradication of dangerous critters.

    Harry was then called upon to introduce the program today.  Dr. Lashley is no stranger to our Club, and, gave us our money’s worth today!  First was recognition of Jan & Dan for the largest endowment ever made to MACC.  Dan indicated some bad news in that he and Jan are in excellent health!  Our Speaker provided us with two handouts touting the benefits MACC has in the community, along with other campuses under their direction.  In addition to the financial and academic benefits, MACC also sponsors two nationally recognized basketball teams, the Lady Greyhounds and the men’s Greyhound team.  In discussing the endowment of the Shepherd’s, Dr. Lashley also mentioned the past generosity of the Stamper & Wilhite and Fleming families.  He included a handout highlighting an Associates degree of Applied Science and noted a Mechatronics lab is set up in Columbia.  The Shepherd’s endowment was dedicated to those students gearing up for technical training and provide a workforce that is skilled as new manufacturing comes to the area.  Robotics may replace some physical labor requirements, but, will need a highly trained workforce to keep the machines operating efficiently.

    Tim asked Clay for a Last Word, then adjourned the meeting.  Darrel is up for next Friday’s program.

    Members in attendance today were:   Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     



  • Huntsville Rotary – 02 December 2016

    President Tim Seidel began our first meeting of the last month of 2016 by ringing the bell and calling us to order. Brother Darrel Hansen returned thanks including a hand of protection for brother Tregnago, recuperating at home. Richard is on light duty at this time…Best wishes to Richard for a speedy recovery.
    Under old business there was discussion about purchasing a set of flags for the County Commissioners office in appreciation for all the work they do for Randolph County. That discussion was tabled for more details at a later date.
    President Tim will deliver the hand signed Christmas card the club worked on the last meeting before Thanksgiving break. Tim said that all of the cards will be hand delivered to the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico MO, with the exception of Mark Nichols “artistically” signed card, that may go into the archive for future viewing.
    Winter is setting in according to Dan the Weather Man. We will have cold and even colder temperatures for the next week or so, with the possibility of snow in the near future. Dan said that the cold located in Siberia seems to have its sights set on central United States. That may mean some subarctic temperatures before the end of January. Harry and Mark the sheriff said that Brittany on channel 17 said pretty much the same thing. Harry and Mark are going with her forecast, they said it was a lot better to look at than Dan’s.
    Charles Fleming had the program he introduced his guest, Dr. David Fincher, president of Central Christian College of the Bible here in Moberly. Dr. Fincher showed a couple of videos that gave an overview of the college and the mission of the school and students.
    Fincher revealed that about 50% of the students enrolled in CCCB are from Missouri with the other fifty percent coming from other states in the union and from several nations overseas.
    The main thrust of education is the Bible. This study is combined with other aspects of education including nurses training, some technical training (welding, building trades) or teacher education to prepare the students for bi-vocational occupations. Many of the churches that are served by graduates of the college must have a secondary job, this is where CCCB comes into play. They provide the training and opportunity to serve which gives each graduate the skills and experience to serve their communities and churches on a life-long journey.
    Fincher indicated that there are at least 20 different degree paths the individual student may follow. This includes a cooperative effort with Moberly Area Community College. CCCB students can dual enroll with MACC to add classes that are not available at the Bible college.
    Overall, Dr. Fincher said that CCCB tries to equip young people for the world of work, with a focus on Bible training as well as bi-vocational training too.
    A brief question and answer period followed Fincher’s presentation. Dub Hayes provided the last word, president Tim rang the bell to dismiss us for another day.
    The following answered the call of the bell and a sumptuous lunch buffet at Don’s Family Buffet located on the outskirts of downtown Huntsville: Phil Brown, John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, David Samp, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Kelley Shelby, Dan Shepherd, John Sommers. Two guests included Bill Stewart and David Fincher, both of the Moberly Rotary Club.



  • Huntsville Rotary Weekly Meeting 18 November 2016

    Some twenty-seven Rotarians and guests gathered together at Don’s Family Restaurant and Buffet on the east side of Huntsville this past Friday. President Tim Seidel opened the meeting with a welcome and a kind word or two. He then asked brother Ken Rathmann to bless the food and assembly so gathered. We gave our pledge to the flag of the United States of America and then began the informal meeting.
    President Tim asked for introductions of our guests. Mike Nagel, principal of Westran High School introduced the Students of the Month, this month they were both Freshmen. Jenna Weyrick and Braydon Bane who were then recognized by the club.
    Dan-O Shepherd introduced his guests, Vicky and Kevin McGraw of St. Charles. The McGraws are fellow pecan ranchers and Kevin was a first time dove hunter this past September. Kevin plans to come back again next year for the 2017 Dove Hunt and Post Hunt Banquet.
    Charlie Serio introduced his lovely, smart, better half, Belva. Belva introduced her son Bill Graves, a soon to be retired member of the U.S. Army. Bill was with the 101st Airborne out of Ft. Campbell, KY. We thanked him for his 20+ years of service.
    Mike Cochran found his son Zach looking for a free meal, so he brought him to the meeting also. Zach is up visiting for the holidays. He works in the mining and quarry industry out east, say in West Virginia.
    Dan-O Shepherd gave the weather report. Temperatures will be dropping to normal over the next couple of days, some moderate warming, but it is mid-November after all, so the temperatures are really what is normal for this time of the climate year. Dan said there really wouldn’t be much opportunity for measurable rain, some hit and miss showers over the next couple of weeks.
    We did not have a set program so President Tim had a great service project planned for us. He brought over 140 Christmas cards for us to sign individually as Huntsville Rotarians. Later this month Tim will take the Christmas cards to Mexico MO State Veterans Home where they will be distributed to all the current residents there. This service project will become part of our annual holiday fare, we hope to continue this tribute to those who served. “All gave some, some gave all”.
    We’d like to thank Tim for starting this new tradition, an ongoing part of Rotary, with our motto in mind, “Service Above Self”.

    A reminder. There will be no Rotary meeting next Friday the 25th since all of our Rotary Annes will be out attacking the Black Friday crowds….May the Lord have mercy on them all.

    The following answered the call and the bell: Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, David Samp, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Kelley Shelby, Dan Shepherd. Guests included Mike Nagel, Jenna Weyrick, Braydon Bane, Belva Serio, Bill Graves, Vicky and Kevin McGraw, and Zach Cochran.

    Next weekly meeting will be the 2nd of December.



  • Huntsville Rotary 11 November 2016

    The weekly gathering of Huntsville Rotary commenced at 12:25 after a sumptuous lunch buffet provided by Don’s Family Restaurant located in the quiet suburbs of east-side Huntsville.
    To honor our veterans both current and departed, Bishop Roy prayed the following commemorative Veterans Day Prayer:

    Dear Father of Lights, and of our Lord Jesus Christ God of battles, and Giver of Life, we pray for those who have served our nation, who laid down their lives to protect and defend our freedom on many a foreign field From Concord to Yorktown; from Vera Cruz to Antietam; From San Juan Hill to Flanders; from Iwo Jima to Chosin Reservoir; And from Cam Rahn Bay to Ramadi.

    We pray for those who have fought, whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war and whose nights are haunted by memories too painful for the light of day…

    We pray for those who serve us now, especially for those in harm’s way: shield them from danger and bring them home to their families and loved ones, unscarred and unscathed by battles’ sordid harms and hurts.

    Turn the hearts and minds of our leaders, as well as our enemies, to your glory and honor, and to the work of justice and a harvest of peace…

    May the peace you left us, the peace you gave us, be the peace that sustains, the peace that shall surely saves us as a nation blessed beyond every other nation in annals of history..

    O Father, hear our prayer for our Veterans and, especially, for their families, who watch and wait in anxious moments of dread; and also for those who heard and answered the call to serve our country today, that a lasting peace, after the order of your divine will, shall be established for our nation, and for the world. For all these things we ask in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

    President Tim recognized our guests including Sam Richardson, who was also the program. Gordon Summers, Dr. Russ John’s guest, was here for the excellent deer hunting found on the John Estate. A few other items of little consequence were dealt with in a timely manner and then on to the weather by Dan the Man Weather Guy. Dan Shepherd gave us a wonderful but cool forecast including a first killing frost, a few days of warming and finally within the week truly seasonal temperatures which include highs in the 40s.

    It was brought to the attention of the club that our guest speaker, Sam Richardson, had recently been recognized as a “Friend of MU Extension” for the current year of 2016. Sam was cited for his support and work with the MU extension both at the local level and the statewide level through various committees and events during this year. Congratulations are in order for Sam Richardson in representing North Central Missouri and our local Rotary Clubs.

    Sam was introduced by president Tim as our guest speaker. Sam first recognized outgoing county commissioner Jerry Crutchfield for his years of dedicated service to Randolph County. He thanked Jerry for the steady oversight of county business and day to day operations. Sam began his program with an overview of the election process including the Electoral College. Sam shared with the club a series of statistics and trends concerning voting patterns over the last 50 years both regionally and nationally. Sam serves on a national board that is looking to make voting more direct and responsive to the average voter. The electoral college is one area that the board is looking at with the idea of making it more focused on voting patterns or to at least get the results of the common voter on a more even plain.
    Richardson gave some interesting facts about the Electoral College. Electors are chosen by congressional districts in each state hence the variance of numbers are determined by population. These electors go to Washington D.C. and vote according to how their individual state voted in the November election. The Electoral College votes at 2 p. m. on December 19th at which time the election is certified and the president elect is duly recognized. A couple of questions were fielded by Richardson at the conclusion of his program.

    Final word was given by Dub Hayes, president Seidel ended our meeting with the striking of the bell.

    The following members answered the call to meet: Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer. Guests included Sam Richardson and Gordon Summers, friend of Russ John.



  • November 4, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    The first Friday of the eleventh month found 20 Huntsville Rotarians and 4 guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  President Tim called the meeting to order at 12:20 p.m. and asked Ken to return our Thanks to the Lord in Prayer, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

        Guests introduced were,  Dawn Perkins and Kelly Winter with ICAN, Sam Richardson of the Moberly Club, and  returning guest John Ehrhardt.  No new or old business to report.  Secretary Richard noted that of the 56 Clubs in District 6040, only about one third fill out the monthly attendance reports on Club Runner, and Huntsville typically has 19-20 member average weekly attendance with a ranking of about 7th in the District for attendance.  Weatherman Dan is on another great reporting mode with nice weather ahead for the next couple of weeks!  District Foundation Dinner is this Saturday,  the 5th, with Jan & Dan receiving District Citations as Foundation Benefactors…Well Done, Mr & Mrs Shepherd!

        Our Leader noted we will tour much of the new Courthouse as today’s program.  Jerry & Wayne will escort us through parts of the new building and answer your questions.  We were adjourned, with notice that Chris will be absent next week and Sam Richardson will be the program.  Club Secretary-for-Life Richard will be absent November 11th & 18th.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, David Samp, Mark Samp, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     



  • October 28, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The last Friday of the 10th month found 19 Huntsville Rotarians and 3 guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant.  President Tim called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. and asked Bishop Roy to return our Thanks to the Lord, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Guests today were Westran students of the month, seniors Lindsey Fifer and Anthony Collard, along with our Guest Speaker, District 6040 Governor Kim LeSage.  Weather reporter, Dan’l, indicated dry conditions with above average temps next week.

         Recognition was given to Jan & Dan Shepherd for their recent Kirksville College Alumni Award, with continued support of assisting students with scholarships through the Beneficiary Program.   With no other reports, President Tim then introduced DG Kim LeSage.  Governor LeSage gave us a brief bio of her introduction to Rotary and spoke of her commitment to Rotary.  DG Kim gave Kudos to our membership for past events and offered her assistance throughout the coming year.  Saturday, November 5th, is Rotary District 6040 Conference in Kansas City.  Special recognition will be shown to Jan & Dan for their achievements in making Rotary a success story!

         Our Leader then asked Clay for the Last Word before adjourning the meeting.  Board members stayed after the meeting to have a brief visit with our District Governor.  Next week is Jerry’s turn and will be a short tour of the new Courthouse starting about 12:30 p.m.

    Members present today:   Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, & Richard Tregnago.



  • October 21, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    There were 19 Huntsville Rotarians and 1 Guest today as the Huntsville Rotary Club met at Don’s Family Style Restaurant at noon.  President Tim called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. and asked Roy to return our Thanks to  our Lord in Prayer, then, we recited the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  With no unfinished Old Business or New this week, our Leader asked Dan for the latest weather update.  Very nice Fall weather ahead with slight chance of precip middle of next week followed by more nice weather.  Long range Winter predictions, as observed from many colors of caterpillars, range from mild with little snow, to extremely cold and lots of the white stuff…take your pick, depending on which wooly worm you come across.

    Our District Governor, Kim LeSage, will be present next week and officers and chairmen are asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m. for a Club pre-visit with her. 

    President Tim asked John Cochran to introduce his program.  Lori Turk has a lengthy tenure with various boards in Moberly, and has served as President of the Moberly Rotary Club, Safe Passage Board, and MACC Trustee to name a few.  Her husband, Jeff, now deceased, brought state-of-the-art imaging to Moberly when he opened Moberly Radiology and Imaging several years ago.  A couple of years ago Lori decided to sell the business and is now involved in 5k runs for breast cancer awareness.  As a survivor, Lori shared various statistics with her male counterparts, such as 1 in 1,000 men may experience breast cancer, while 1 in 8 women undergo some form of treatment for the disease.  Early detection, such as yearly mammograms for women in their middle age, may be the single most important factor for reducing breast cancer deaths.  Lori’s involvement with the 5k runs as a fundraiser is to assist those in paying for a mammograms.

    Our Leader asked Dub for the Last Word, then we were adjourned.  Next week, Mike Cochran will defer his program to our District Governor, Kim LeSage.

    Members present today:  John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Kim Rathmann, Merl Riley, Dave Samp, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, & Richard Tregnago.



  • October 14, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The 2nd Friday of the 10th month found 19 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  President Tim rang the bell to call the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. and asked Ken to return Thanks to our Lord in Prayer, followed by our reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.

         Guests introduced were Mary Jo Colley, the Randolph County Public Administrator, and, Pastor Jim Crooks, Dub’s guest.  The District Grant application is being processed and we will match the $1,000 for new equipment at the Huntsville City Park.  Weatherman Dan was called upon next and gave us a mild forecast for the weekend with a warming trend approaching the upper 80° range the first part of next week, mostly dry which aids the harvest.

         It was Phil’s turn at the podium and he introduced Mary Jo.  As Public Administrator, she is currently handling a case load of 92 clients, with a majority of those under the age of 60.  Possibly, many of the clients had previous incidents with drugs which may have left them somewhat unstable in today’s society.  Most of her clients are in Randolph County, however, a handful are currently in other cities as they were relocated for more appropriate facilities, and, closer to their families.  Typically, her client base is borderline indigent, and finding proper care and shelter can be a problem.  To be a Public Administrator takes a caring person, willing to put in long hours, must be available at all hours for client needs, and, in too many instances, is the only personal contact at an end-of-life scenario.  Kudos to a elected servant with a large caring heart!

         Our Leader then asked for the Last Word, narrated by Dub, then we were adjourned. Next week’s program chair is John Cochran.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Dave Samp, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Kelly Shelby,  Dan Shepherd, and Richard Tregnago.

     



  • October 7, 2016 ......... Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    The first Friday of the 10th month found 18 Club Members and 3 Guests present at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  President Tim called the meeting to order at 12:35 p.m. and asked Darrel to return our Thanks to our Lord in Prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Guests today were:  Ernie Hepler, longtime military acquaintance of Charlie Serio, and two visiting Moberly Rotarians, Gerald Browning and Bill Stuart.

        Our Old & New Business consisted of a brief update from Scott and Clay on our grant proposal for District funds to use for the Huntsville City Park improvements.  The Huntsville Heli-pad Grand Opening is delayed for implementation due to FAA rules in a building project perimeter.  Our weatherman-Dan, gave us a nice forecast with mild temps in the low 70′s and somewhat dry period for several days, which will be greatly enjoyed by the fall harvesters.

       President Tim then turned the podium over to Wayne, with contributions from fellow Commissioner Jerry, as they informed this group of the status of the New Randolph County Courthouse.  As of last Monday, the offices of all County positions, with exceptions of the county clerk, prosecutor, coroner, and commissioners, have moved into the new building.  Renovation of the Justice Center is underway as a conversion of various offices in the 11 year old building for it will be a new home for courtrooms and private meeting rooms for attorneys during court proceedings.  The Moberly Courthouse will be used for much of the court business until the remodeling is complete. The driving access to the new Courthouse will be the east entrance off Highway JJ, with visitors and county staff to enter the building and going through a security exposure as they do business in the new facility.  The Sheriff has a separate entrance just off the rear parking lot.  Kudos from the Commissioners were spoken of the full cooperation of elected officials to make this project a reality. 

    Our Leader then asked Clay for the Last Word before adjournment.  Next week’s program is Phil Brown’s turn.

    Members present today:  John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Scott Martin, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, and Wayne Wilcox.  

     

     

     



  • September 30, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    The last Friday of the ninth month found 17 Huntsville Rotarians and 1 guest enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  In absence of our Leader, Ken became our fill-in President and called the meeting to order at  12:25 p.m.  Bishop Roy led us in a prayer of Thanks to our Lord, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  Our visitor today was Mike Cochran’s sister, Mary Rosenboom.

    Ken then asked our weather prognosticator for an update…..minimal chance of rain this evening, with daytime temps in the low 70′s during the week.  Possible rain mid-week then turning to a dry fall.  With no New or Old Business, Richard noted that most of the county offices are moving into the new RANDOLPH COUNTY COURTHOUSE.  Next Monday, the Justice Center will be closed for court and those services will be held in the new courtroom upstairs of the new building, and, for a few months, in the Moberly Courthouse.  Renovation of the Justice Center, starting Monday, will focus on new courtrooms and chambers with a permanent breezeway connecting the two structures.

    Our Leader then asked John Sommer ( who had traded with Richard ) to take the podium for today’s program.   John the Mortician gave us a brief history on the science of embalming.  Early attempts by the Egyptians over 5,000 years ago to preserve the body of a deceased person were more closely resembling mummification.  President Lincoln was embalmed with a solution of arsenic, which reportedly, during an exhumation many years later, gave the appearance of almost perfect preservation.  Arsenic as an embalming agent was later discontinued due to the fact it would interfere with exhumation autopsies to discover if a person had been murdered by arsenic.  One of the embalming fluids later used was formaldehyde.  Other fluids are utilized today in the embalming process, all highly regulated.  Some people are rejecting the cadaver scene and turning to cremation as a final process.  Reduction of costs may be a small part of the decision, but, appears to be a service that is growing. Darrel gave us some insight on the phrases “dead ringer”, and “wake”, curtesy of our Sage, Clay.

    Ken then asked Clay for our Last Word, and he promptly deferred to Dub who defined Pessimism and Optimism for us.  Our Leader then adjourned the meeting.  Next week will be Wayne’s turn as program chair.

    Members present today:  Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner,  Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Dave Samp, Mark Samp, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, and Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     



  • September 23, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         There were 18 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 guests at Club today.  President Tim called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. and asked Darrel to return our Thanks to our Lord in prayer, followed by giving our Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Tim had Kelly introduce our Westran students of the month Sabrina Penton and Doug Fuemmeler.  Both recited their current activities at school and shared their desire for future academics.  Sabrina is also the vice-president of our sponsored Interact Club.

         Our Leader then asked if anyone has a birthday or anniversary announcement, and in the absence of our weatherman Dan, or Harry, Richard mentioned the new Admin Bldg is becoming occupied.  The Public Administrator, County Treasurer, County Recorder, and County Collector are moving in this week, with Assessor’s Office to begin moving on Monday.   New County Offices phone number is  844-277-6555 and follow the prompts.

        Today was Sam’s turn, but, his new work takes him away from many of our Club meetings.  We had a discussion about placing members on an Inactive list where they pay all the Club fees, except meals quarterly if they have full time jobs that do not let them have much time to attend our regular meeting, then pay the individual meal when attending.  A prerequisite is they are current on all quarterly dues or statements from the Club before acquiring that status.  President Tim than asked Clay for the Last Word before adjournment.  A Budget Committee meeting to follow immediately after this meeting.  Next week is John Sommer’s turn at the podium ( he had switched his turn with Richard ).

    Members present today:   Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Darrel Hansen, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Dave Samp, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Kelly Shelby, John Sommer, and Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     



  • September 16, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The 3rd Friday of the 9th month found 19 members of the Huntsville Rotary Club and 5 guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s.  At 12:30 p.m. President Tim rang the meeting to order and requested Ken return our thanks in prayer to our Lord, then we gave our pledge of allegiance to our flag.  Our Leader introduced 4 Moberly Rotarians:  Dr. David Fincher, Bob Riley, Bobby Riley, & Brian Sevits.  Our Guest Speaker is Tina Rice, co-Director of the Safe Passage shelter in Moberly.

       Under New Business, secretary-for-life Richard informed the group that Sam Stuck has come out of retirement and is working with a local contractor building houses, which limits his attendance, and is requesting a waiver of meal costs in his quarterly dues.  We have tabled this for next week.  Dan was recognized and gave a mild weekend weather report with a warming trend at the end of summer.  Fall starts Thursday, September 22nd.   Scott Martin gave a report on our Project in the Park.  We have applied for a District Matching Grant for $1,000 and need to provide the District with the project information soon.

        President Tim turned over to Richard, fill-in for John Sommer , today’s program, and he introduced Tina Rice.  Tina is a co-Director with Kelly Pedigo at the local Women’s Shelter called Safe Passage.  The Shelter arose in 1996 out of a need to service the area due to an increase in Hot Line calls for protection of abused women & children.  The Orscheln Company donated a 9,000 square foot building for that purpose, and a local board was appointed to begin the process of forming the Shelter.  Much of the Shelter’s expenses are paid for by Grants from the State, and, local donations.  The organization recently held the 8th Wine Stroll, sponsored by Leisure Living and several wineries, along with a meal from Chef Jeff.  After expenses, the event netted the Shelter approximately $22,000.  Other funding from some grants are based on “bed nights” per person.  The Shelter also receives local food donations from the food pantry and other organizations.  Richard noted that a recent program with the Moberly Rotary Club was cancelled mid-morning because of a serious power outage in Moberly, so, they donated the prepared food to Safe Passage.  Tina is also employed part-time at the Assessor’s Office in Huntsville.

        Our Leader asked Clay for the Last Word, then adjourned the meeting.  Next week was Sam’s turn, which may be utilized for Club business.

    Members present today:   John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Dub Hayes, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Scott Martin, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     

     



  • September 9, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The Huntsville Rotary Club met this day in Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville with 17 Members present and 4 Guests.  President Tim called the meeting to order at 12:20 p.m. and asked Bishop Roy to return our Thanks to our Lord in Prayer, followed by our recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Our Leader recognized Moberly Rotarian, Sam Richardson, and our program guests today are MACC Basketball Coach Pat Smith and two Greyhounds, DeMarco ? and Will Rucker ( grandson of standout ballplayer and past Moberly Mayor, Larry Rucker ).

        Our Leader noted we would have a Budget Committee meeting on September 23rd.  Members are encouraged to read past Club Minutes from the Secretary on our website,  huntsvillemorotary.org, then Dan was asked to review the upcoming week’s weather forecast.  Chances of storm Friday night and early Saturday morning, then turning sunny & mild for the rest of the weekend with next chance of precip the middle of the week.  Mild temps will prevail as we move out of summer and embrace fall.  Opening day dove hunt/Foundation Fundraiser was another tremendous success, with approximately $6,000 raised for the event.  Great work by Jan & Dan and many others who help annually make this possible!  Jerry noted that the Old Settlers’ Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday morning at Nan’s Tea Room and asked for volunteers to show up early, and, the Interact Club members are to assist in this event.

        President Tim then acknowledged Charlie as he made the introduction for a popular returning program, Coach Smith.  Charles challenged who would give the longest program, Charlie or Pat.  Pat barely won out as he gave us the upcoming season scenario.  Demarco and Will were highlighted and Coach Smith reminisced with his fond memories of earlier times he had in Moberly.  Kelly Shelby & John Cochran were also recognized for their participation as players for the Greyhounds a few decades ago.  John is also now a MACC Trustee and gave kudos to Coach for his program that stresses the development of a good citizen first, and, a well rounded education for each of his players.  Truly a successful attitude and positive direction for these future participants in society!

        Clay was then asked for a Last Word before we were adjourned.  Next week’s program will be provided by Richard, as John Sommer will be out of town.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd,  John Sommer, and Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     



  • September 2, 2016 Minutes

    President Tim called the first meeting in the ninth month to order, a bell was rung. Brother Ken returned thanks, we pledged our allegiance to our flag and the meeting began in earnest. Tim asked Dan Dovekiller Shepherd and all around weather guy to give a brief summary of yesterday’s hunt at Pecan Valley Farms. Dan said that about 45 people came out for the hunt, which for those using shotguns not rocks, was very successful. A certain insurance broker was cited as most improved hunter, a county commissioner was cited as a good shot even if the birds didn’t seem to be in the air. This may have left the audience somewhat confused, dove hunters being a special breed unto themselves. Overall the funds raised for the Rotary Foundation and Scholarship program was upwards of $6,000. Thank you Dan and Jan Shepherd for opening up your farm to this hoard of strangers with guns, and affording a great time to all, and helping to fund several good Rotary causes. A great meal was offered all those who stayed, feeding and fellowship lasted until at least 8:30. Dan expressed many thanks to all the wives and members who sent or brought side dishes, all of which provided a sumptuous fare to the hungry hunters.
    As to the weather, Dan indicated that we will be in for some “see-saw” temperatures and chances for some heavy rain showers over the next week or so, so hold on folks, it must be fall in Missouri.
    Dr. Shelby had the program; he introduced head football coach Lance Massey, who in turn introduced four of his five senior players. Coach Massey spoke of the senior team’s adventures in the north woods of Wisconsin where they learned several valuable lessons. Massey said that he was working on the model that former Coach Jasper had set up where in coming senior football players spent a couple of days in their last summer in high school learning leadership skills. Massey said this year he wanted to ramp up those experiences by including whitewater rafting, the closest camp that provided that type of experience for high schoolers was found near Stone Wisconsin.
    Wild Man Adventures takes four different types of activities which are used to test and teach young people multiple leadership skills, including trust, personal challenges, group cooperation, and team building. Coach Massey then asked each senior present to describe the activity that influenced them the most. John Michael Honey related his initial fear of the zip-line activity, and yet by the end of the activity he had gained both a self confident strength and a new understanding of team efforts as demonstrated by his fellow team mates. The second team and trust building activity was the “Alpine Tower”. Here Juan Nichols learned to push himself to climb the tower and at the same time learn to rely on those who support you, in this case by guide ropes, and finally accomplish a task that he didn’t think he would be able to do. Juan made it to the top of the Alpine tower and back down again with some great effort, but most importantly learning to rely on his team. The third event was team white water rafting. This was explained to us by Austin Sears. Sears said that at first he didn’t think it would be too hard to navigate some class 3 rapids and rills, but after going over the first one he gained a great respect for the whole process. Sears indicated that this activity most definitely made each team member rely on the whole group, which at this time included all four football coaches. Austin said the water was pretty cold, Massey said the river was spring fed and was reading about 55 degrees more or less. The last activity, although related to the third one, was individual rafting on a somewhat slower river near the campsite. Even though the water was a little less rough, team member Corey Smith said it still was a challenge. He related that staying in your individual raft was the biggest part of successfully making to the finish area for this activity. Smith indicated that a certain head coach left his raft behind several times, it was supposed that there was an issue of “center of gravity” at work. No comment.
    Coach Massey then finished up the program with pointing out the positive aspects of this senior retreat. He said this year’s Westran Hornet theme “Leadership is a learned behavior” was displayed over and over again this summer at the senior retreat, that learned behavior will be passed on to this year’s state bound Westran Football team. “Bleed Green”
    The following Huntsville Rotarians answered the call this Friday, for fun, food, and fellowship. All members kept in mind the Rotary motto; Service above Self.
    Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, Wayne Wilcox, Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, guests included Milton Haywood, Australian Rotarian, Bill Stewart, Moberly Rotary, Lance Massey, head football coach Westran Hornets, Corey Smith, Juan Nichols, Austin Sears, and John Mikey Honey, football captains, all seniors this year.



  • Huntsville Rotary......................26 August 2016

    President Tim rang us into order, Bishop Roy returned thanks to our Lord, the pledge was recited and we settled into the usual chaos that comprises a Huntsville Rotary Friday meeting at Don’s Family Restaurant on the east-side of downtown Huntsville. There were 25 members and guests present.
    No true new business was discussed. The upcoming Dove Hunt was mentioned, now some 50 people may be there for the general mayhem and fine foods offered at the end of the slaughter of those pesky pigeons (doves). A good amount of Foundation/Scholarship funding has been raised by the Dove Hunt, thanks to the tireless efforts of Jan and Dan Shepherd.
    The Annual Pancake breakfast was announced, new times for operation will be from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday the 10th of September at Nan’s Tea Room in downtown Huntsville, the corner of Depot and Main streets. Westran Interact will be there to help in serving and busing tables.
    Our weatherman gave us the soggy news, humid, spot showers, possible cooler weather next week with a period of more summer-like temps coming in the near future.
    Dan Shepherd introduced our guest, the 1995 Rotary Exchange student, Dr. Gaynor Prince, formerly of South Africa. She was the club’s second exchange student. She began her program with a number of PowerPoint slides that spanned a 20+ year period.

    Dr. Gaynor gave a brief overview of her education over the past 21 years. This included an internship in emergency medicine in Zululand, S.A. She indicated the culture of the Zulu includes much violence and the settling of arguments by means of stabbings or other forms of violence. The unfortunate affairs gave Gaynor an immense series of emergency medical experiences. She said that this internship is what guided her to being an emergency room physician. She continued her internship in London, then moved to New Zealand to hone her ER skills at various hospitals throughout that nation.
    Gaynor has been the staff doctor for an environmental studies group which has afforded her the opportunity to travel to various parts of the earth. She has assisted this group, which mentors a group of late teens in the education of environmental issues facing the earth. Gaynor said that this has taken her to Mongolia, Nepal, Baffin Island, and the Amazon river basin. When she was in Nepal she was able to use her emergency room skills during the recent earthquakes that have plagued that nation.
    Her latest adventure will take her to the “Ice” of Antarctica where she will be the only physician for a large exploratory group there. She plans to go to the southern continent in October of this year.
    The club then asked Gaynor several questions about her experience. She praised Huntsville Rotary Club for giving her the opportunity to experience life outside of her comfort zone. She said her exchange experience helped to shape her future. She said it was a great learning experience in her life, one that she has never regretted.

    The following members and guests were present to enjoy Dr. Gaynor’s wonderful program:
    Gerald Link, Clay Joiner, Dub Hayes, Scott Martin and Leyton his son, Charles Fleming, John Sommers, David Samp, Mike Cochran, Mark Samp, John Cochran, Kelley Shelby, Charlie Serrio and his much better half, Belva, Harry and Judy Hall, Dan and Jan Shepherd, Jerry and Neta Crutchfield, Mark Nichols, Merl Riley, Roy Morales, Tim Siedel, and Gaynor Prince, M.D.

    Roy Morales



  • August 19, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         President Tim rang the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. as 23 Huntsville Rotarians and 3 guests finished the noon buffet at Don’s.  Bishop Roy was invited to return our thanks to our Lord in Prayer, then we recited the Pledge of Allegiance.  Guests introduced were, Sam Richardson, Moberly Rotarian, and our two guest speakers, Lisa & Dennis Gard.

        Our Leader established a Budget Committee which will meet soon to make preparations for a formal budget to be presented to the membership for approval.  Appointees are:  Phil Brown, Charles Fleming, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, & Richard Tregnago. Club members were reminded Roy will give the program on the Westran Interact Club at the Moberly Rotary Club on Thursday, August 25th.  This will not be a Joint Club meeting as discussed a few months ago.  We will have our regular meeting on Friday the 26th with Gaynor Prince as our program.  Dan Shepherd gave a field condition report on the dove hunt with excellent possibilities for another great hunt.  Weather this coming week to be mild, some periods of rain showers off and on during the week, with temps in low 80′s.

         Jerry provided Richard with our Pancake Breakfast tickets and were distributed.  Members not picking theirs up at Club will receive them by mail soon. The ticket charge will appear on the next quarterly billing statement.

        Our program today was Lisa & Dennis Gard.  Dennis is President of the Moberly Council of the Arts and is Pastor at North Park Baptist Church.  He introduced his wife, Lisa, who is the Administrator of the Council.  Lisa informed us of the birth of the Council in 1991 as a spin off from a program in the 1950′s.  A few handouts showed coming attractions, some free, and membership season tickets.  The program was developed 25 years ago to bring talent to a local venue instead of traveling to Columbia for a performance.  All ages of spectators will find enjoyment throughout the season.

            Tim asked Clay to provide us with the Last Word, then adjourned the meeting.  Next week our program is to be Gaynor Prince, one of our first foreign exchange students.  Gaynor was raised in South Africa and now works as an emergency room doctor in New Zealand.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, David Samp, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Kelly Shelby, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     



  • August 12, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

        The 2nd Friday of the 8th month found 17 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s.  President Tim rang the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. and asked Ken to return thanks to our Lord, followed by our Pledge of Allegiance. Guests today were Kolten, grandson of Charlie, and, Moberly Rotarian Gerald Browning.  Richard noted that Roy will be giving the program on Westran Interact Club history to the Moberly Rotary Club at their noon meeting on Thursday August 25th.  This will not be a recognized joint meeting so anyone from our Club attending will need to pay the meal cost of $10.00.  We will have our regular meeting on Friday August 26th with a special program from one of our first Exchange Students, Gaynor Prince, who is now an emergency room doctor in New Zealand.

        Prez Tim asked Scott for a Huntsville Park update.  We have to acknowledge our project for a cost share District grant by October 1st.  Richard mentioned that our Minutes are available on our website….huntsvillemorotary.org ………  Our weatherman gave us a mild, somewhat dry forecast for next week.  Mowing will soon occur for preparation for the September 1 dove hunt.  Field corn samples allude to a possible binbuster yield this year!   Jerry mentioned the Pancake Breakfast at Old Settlers will be September 10th in Nan’s Tea Room downtown Huntsville with serving assisted by the Interact Club starting at 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.  Our printed tickets might be distributed next week?

        Program today was our Club Treasurer, Mark Samp.  Mark will be working on a budget with Phil & Charles in the near future.  We average $1,000/month meal cost at Don’s,  semi-annual dues to RI & District are another $1,500+, and donations to our Foundation are accruing.  We are showing in the black but still have a few unpaid quarterly dues from members?

        President Tim asked Clay for the Last Word then adjourned the meeting.  Next week is Tim’s scheduled turn at the program podium.

    Members present today:  Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Scott Martin, Roy Morales, Ken Rathmann, David Samp, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.

     

     

     

     

     



  • August 5, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

        The first Friday of the eighth month found 15 Huntsville Rotarians and 5 Guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  Fill in Leader today was Ken and he called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m.  Bishop Morales was asked to return our Thanks to our Lord, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  Guests introduced were, Kolten, grandson of Charlie Serio, Moberly Rotarians, David Fincher, Bobby Riley, & Gary Steffes, along with Guest Speaker David Steffes.

       Under Old Business, Secretary Richard offered the Club the opportunity to attend the Moberly Rotary Club meeting on Thursday August 25th to hear our own Interact Club initiator, Roy Morales, give the program that day about the history of our Westran Interact Club.   After discovering that one of our first foreign Exchange Students, Gaynor Prince, would be in town and able to give a Huntsville Club program on our regular meeting date, August 26th, the Club will not forego our regular meeting that date.   Any Huntsville member who wishes to attend the Thursday Club meeting with Moberly may do so as a visiting Rotarian, not as a joint Club meeting, and will be responsible to pay for their meal ( $10 ) at Moberly.

      Fill in weather reporter, Harry, said the forecast was calling for mild and wet conditions, followed by cloudy skies and sunny periods except when it was dark. 

       Dave Samp was asked to introduce his Program today…. David Steffes, with the Small Business Administration, who  brought information of services available to any business such as providing tools on how to write a successful business plan and apply for loans.  David is with the MACC and works with the Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation in providing mentoring assistance on planning for the businesses and helping them develop a successful endeavor.

        Before adjourning the Club, Clay was asked for a Last Word.  Next week, Treasurer Mark Samp will be the program and bring the Club up to date on status of finances.  Jerry mentioned our annual Pancake Breakfast at Old Settlers’ will be held in Nan’s Tea Room on Saturday morning, September 10th.  Hopes to have tickets ready for distribution next week.

    Members present today:    Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Clay Joiner, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, David Samp, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Kelly Shelby, John Sommers,  & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     



  • July 22, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

    Today’s Minutes are brought to you by Past-President Roy, due to the absence of Secretary-for-Life Richard.  There were 15 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 Guests present today, auxiliary Club Photographer and spouse of past-Prez Roy, Janet Morales, and, Guest Speaker Ashley Roberts who is the Westran High School Interact Club Sponsor.

       After calling the meeting to order, fill-in Leader asked Dan the Weatherman for an update followed by a sunflower/dove hunt report, both looking good!  A possible Joint Club meeting with the Moberly Club was discussed and possibly could be held at The Lodge in Rothwell Park on Thursday noon August 25th. Details to be firmed up, as Roy will be the Program that day for Moberly Rotary and bringing their Club up to date on our Interact sponsorship.

        Today’s Program is Ashley Roberts who reported on the Interact Retreat she attended in June in Kirksville with Westran students Cory Burton, Jill Finch, Carson Latimer, and Missy Penton.  This Retreat is an annual event and normally held the first week in June. The purpose of this year’s event was to hold workshops to teach students and sponsors about building service projects. One of the projects involved developing a recycling plan and presenting it to participating students and to a Rotary group.  Each teenager was also partnered with a elder member of the Kirksville community in order to gain a fresh perspective.  Ashley reported there were seven Rotary Clubs represented at the Retreat.  Ashley also mentioned the Westran Interact Club had a total of 42 members this past year.

       The meeting was then adjourned. 

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall,  Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Dan Shepherd, & John Sommers.



  • July 29, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The final Friday of the seventh month found 18 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 Guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville.  Fill in Leader today was Ken Rathmann who called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m.  After our Prayer of Thanks to our Lord and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Ken introduced our two guests from the City of Moberly,  Shirley Olney & new City Manager Brian Crane.

         In the absence of any Old or New Business, Ken asked Dan for our weekly weather update… Mild this weekend followed by a heat spell mid-week with temps in the mid to upper 90′s.  Little opportunity for moisture in the next few days.

        Today, Charles was our program chair and he introduced the new Moberly City Manager, Brian Crane.  With assistance from Shirley Olney, Brian presented a slideshow featuring some historical perspective of Moberly, and this being the Sesquicentennial celebration year, some discussion  and questions & answers on the founding  and naming of Moberly.

        Our Leader then asked Clay for the Last Word and then adjourned the meeting.  Next week is Dave’s turn for a program.

    Members present today:  Phil Brown, John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Dave Samp, Dan Shepherd, John Sommer, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox.



  • July 15, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         With the re-opening after vacation of Don’s Restaurant in Huntsville, 17 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 guests were enjoying the noon buffet.  At 12:30 p.m. Stand-by Leader, Clay, asked Darrel to return our Thanks to our Lord and we recognized the passing of Wayne’s beloved Mother, Margaret, then we recited the Pledge of Allegiance.  Guests today are Kolten, Charlie’s grandson, and, Sergeant Graskewics.

    With no Old or New Business on the agenda, Clay turned to Dan for the weather report and dove hunt update.  HOT weather in the forecast!  Little precip to cool things off so take care of the outdoor animals and stock up on plenty of liquid refreshments.  Dove hunt scheduled for September 1st is SOLD OUT!  Odds of winning the 12 gauge shotgun are perhaps 1 in 40?

       Sergeant Barry Graskewics, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Rural Crimes Unit, provided us with tips to identify our equipment, livestock, & tools, should they be stolen.. Rural crime is on an increase and the Sgt. said a good way to slow down theft is not advertise being away from home, and, be a good neighbor and report any suspicious activity.

       Our Leader offered the Last Word before adjourning the meeting. Next week program will be the Westran Interact Students.

    Members present:  Phil Brown, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, David Samp, Mark Samp, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, & Richard Tregnago.

       



  • July 1, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

         The first day of the seventh month was also the first official meeting for Tim Seidel as President of the Huntsville Rotary Club, and, he called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. at Don’s Family Style Restaurant in Huntsville. There were 23 Club members present and 1 guest, Moberly Rotarian Sam Richardson.  Bishop Morales was invited to return our thanks to the Lord followed by our Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  

    Under Old Business, Secretary-for-Life Richard noted that next Thursday our Club will meet at The Lodge in Rothwell Park and join fellowship with the Moberly Rotarians.  Our own Mr. Moe will be the program and enlighten the Moberly Club on our Huntsville Interact Club sponsorship.  Also, our District Grant paperwork has been turned in and we intend to match a $1,000 application that will acquire new playground equipment at the Huntsville City Park. President Tim asked Scott to chair that committee to  work with the Park Board on needed items.  No further New Business, so our weatherman Dan was asked to share his prognostication with the Club.  Wet this weekend turning warmer next week is the forecast.  Might need a light jacket if you are out Monday evening.  Sweet corn is close to ready!  Sunflowers are blooming!  Dove season is September 1 and the Shepherd dove hunt is filling up so send Dan or Jan your $125 ASAP if you want to reserve a spot.

        Today’s program chair is Scott Martin. Scott is heavily involved in a relatively new program with Wally Iman in an effort to provide resources to those landowners who want to restore, enhance, and preserve Missouri stream and wetlands.  MITICO is an environmental organization that assists these landowners and is in an agreement with Land Learning Foundation.  Scott is vitally interested in introducing young adults/children to the benefits of our great outdoors.  Seeing the look of young city kids on their first overnight campout under the stars away from the distortion of street lights is what part of this is all about.  Preservation of some of our resources for future generations is a worthy goal.  Keep up the good work, Scott!

        President Tim reminded everyone that Thursday, July 7th, is our joint meeting with Moberly as our restaurant will be closed all week for vacation.  Clay was asked to give the Last Word and we were adjourned.  Roy will give the program to Rotary on July 7th.  We will return to Don’s on Friday July 15th with Mark Nichols at the podium.

     

    Members present today were:  Phil Brown, John Cochran, Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Chris Dady, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Dub Hayes, Russ John, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Scott Martin, Roy Morales, Mark Nichols, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, David Samp, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel,  Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, Richard Tregnago, & Wayne Wilcox. 

     

     



  • June 24, 2016 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

        The last Friday of the sixth month, and, the last official meeting led by Roy as President, found 16 Huntsville Rotarians and 3 Guests enjoying the noon buffet at Don’s in Huntsville.  President Roy rang the meeting to order and asked Ken to return our Thanks to our Lord, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  Guests introduced were:  Dr. David Fincher with the Moberly Rotary Club, and two Guest Speakers, Alaina & Anna Kate Link, granddaughters of Gerald & Martha Link.

        With no Old or New Business presented, our Leader asked Weatherman Dan for next week’s prognostication.  A few days of hot with chances of rain early next week, followed by near normal or below temps, and, possibly a chilly Fourth of July was his prediction.  Also, the annual Dove Hunt/Foundation Fundraiser is set for September 1.  Send your $125.00 to Jan or Dan Shepherd to reserve your spot.  Chance to win a new 12 gauge shotgun if you attend the event.  Sunflowers blooming now and sweet corn is well on its’ way to production.

        Today is Gerald Link’s turn for the program, and in tradition of loving grandfathers everywhere, he presented his two young ladies that are no strangers to this group of old guys.  The subject today was “Randolph County 4-H Meats Judging” and the ladies used a slide presentation to show the choices faced in competition in local judging contests. Picture samples of different types of meat were pork, beef, & lamb, and the audience was asked to determine what they were, and other slides showed different cuts of ham and we were to rank them in order.  Points are awarded for cut-ability, appearance, and marbling of fat.  Cuts with excessive fat are generally graded much lower than those with well placed marbling.  Question was asked about determining the breed of cattle by judging the carcass.  Most everyone agreed that once on the rail, breed determination no longer is part of the equation.  These young ladies are representing today’s 4-H in an exemplary manner! Well done Grandpa Link.  Special Guest during the presentation was Martha Link as she is generally the girls dependable cheerleader.

        Next week is Tim Seidel’s first meeting as President. Scott Martin is on the hook for a program.  Roy asked Clay for the Last Word and adjourned the meeting.  Don’s will be closed during the week of Independence Day and our Club will not meet on Friday July 8th. Instead, we will attend the Moberly Rotary Club and enjoy their meal from Chef Jeff, letting Roy off the hook for a program.  Our Club will pay for our meals and Richard will make final contact with their incoming President, Dave Byland for an estimated attendance.

        Members present today:  Mike Cochran, Jerry Crutchfield, Charles Fleming, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Dub Hayes, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Scott Martin, Roy Morales, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Dave Samp, Mark Samp, Dan Shepherd, & Richard Tregnago.

     

     

     

     

     



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    Club meetings are held every Wednesday at noon. We meet at Don's Family Restaurant at 315 Highway JJ in Huntsville, MO.

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