Weekly Meeting – Highlights from the December 4, 2019 Meeting

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 was such a beautiful day for a Rotary meeting. Brad Austin was our greeter. We started the meeting with the National Anthem with Linda Meridith on the piano. Gil Kroening shared a moment of reflection from Dr. Seuss, “How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” Harvette Grey and Rick Morse introduced our guest, Mr. Jeremy Robbins. Mr. Robbins introduced himself, stating that his is new to the area and is the new Head of School at Brehm Prep School. Allan Bennett led the club in Happy Birthday and the fun song, “Rotary will go around the World”.

Club announcements:

  • We presented fellow Rotarian, Mr. Mike Kimmel, with is PHF +3 pin. When asked how he received this great honor, Mike responded – ‘Just Give!”
  • We will be having an UGLY Sweater Contest at the December 18th Club meeting – There will be a prize for the fan favorite.
  • District Grant Project Update – Center for Empowerment and Justice –Computer has been installed. Microsoft Office 365 has been installed. We are also going to purchase Adobe Creative software, which is currently in progress. The last part of the project is electrician work and new LED lighting for parts of the building.

 Clubs celebrating a Centennial in 2020: Cairo, , Mt. Carmel, Mt. Vernon, Centralia,  &The Rotary Club of Carbondale!!!

  • Rotaract meeting: The Saluki Rotaract club will soon be electing its officers. There are four (4) interested students at SIU organizing the Saluki Rotaract activities. Stay tuned. 
  • Salvation Army – Bell Ringer SignupOur Club will be Salvation Army Bell Ringers at the Carbondale Kroger main entrance on Mondays and Wednesdays in December. Dates are: DEC 2,4,9,11,16,18. Our time slot is 4-5PM. A sign up was passed around and will be passed around again next meeting. Here are the duties so far:
    1. December 2nd : Shane Hermetz
    2. December 4th : Jerry Molumby
    3. December 9th – 4-430 PM – Linda Flowers & Brooke Guthman
    4. December 9th – 430-5PM – Rick Morse
    5. December 11th – Gayla Borgognoni & Brad Austin
    6. December 16th – Gil Kroening & Allan Bennett
    7. December 18th – Sharon Lorinskas

Good news to share this week.

  • Gil Kroening shared that he will soon be heading to the warm Florida coast and wished fellow Rotarians a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
  • Kristine McGuire reminded fellow Rotarians of upcoming activities at JALC.
  • Brad Austin informed us of an upcoming electric safety class on December 11th and an upcoming Blood Drive on December 17th, both events will be at the offices of Egyptian Electric Cooperative.
  • Gayla Borgognoni reminded us of the deadline for the Rotary Foundation grants and also how to give to the Toys for Tots Program.
  • Cindy Buys updated the Club on the Laundry Services project and passed the can for a collection.
  • Will Travelstead reminded the club of the Christmas Party, hosted by him and his wife. The party will be the evening of December 11th, 5:30 – 8PM. Location is 108 South Lark Lane in Carbondale. If you need to contact Will, his number is 893-2567.
  • Ella Lacey informed the club that fellow Rotarian Carl Flowers recently had knee surgery and is resting comfortably at home with his wife and family.

Today’s guest speaker was Ms. Betty Mucha of the Perry/Jackson County Child Advocacy Program. With a local office in Pinckneyville and a satellite office in Murphysboro, Ms. Mucha explained to us how the advocacy center system in Illinois works, how it works with law enforcement and with child protective services. With 39 centers in Illinois, most of the state has coverage. Every county, with the exception of 2, has coverage. It is extremely troubling that over 130 children, ages 3 to 18, in the two counties are victims of abuse. She explained that local children are taught skills such as bicycle and gun safety, along with personal body safety. She focused on how the agency treats the trauma for the child and the family, from the time of the incident up to any court case and trials. Ms. Mucha discussed how the agency is funded, mainly by grants and local fundraising efforts. Thank you Ms. Mucha for a great presentation!


NO MEETING NEXT WEEK – Club Christmas Party !!!


The next regularly scheduled club meeting will be held on December 18th , with our guest speakers being a local Barber Shop Quartet!! .  The meeting ended with Linda Meridith leading us in the Four Way Test.


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