January 15, 2020 – Highlights of the Weekly Club Meeting

Good Afternoon fellow Rotarians,

Brooke Guthman was our greeter today. We started the meeting with the National Anthem with Gail White on the piano. Gayla Borgognoni shared a moment of reflection from Mr. Rogers, “It’s easy to say “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.” Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes. Nobody else can live the life you live.” Allan Bennett led the club in the song, “SMILE, sing a song”. Cindy Buys announced that there were no guests present today. Thank you to all who helped with duties today.

Club announcements:

  1. District Grant Project Update – Center for Empowerment and Justice – As our project is coming to a completion, Jerry Molumby asked if any Rotarians would like to meet tomorrow at the Center for a tour. A fe stated YES; meeting is tomorrow at 1:30PM.
  1. Club Officers: Here is the list of candidates for club officers for the Rotary year starting July 2020 (official election will take place at the Feb 12 meeting):
    1. President Elect: Rick Morse
    2. President – Nominee – Brooke Guthman
    3. Secretary: Pam Umlauf Brown
    4. Treasurer: Jim Grant
  1. Club Centennial Update – A listing of donation items was circulated, see attached document. Items on the list will be collected at future Rotary club meetings and stored until it is time to distribute them to an entity in need.

Good news to share this week.

  1. Cindy Buys updated the club on the status of the Laundry project and ‘passed the can’ for donations to the cause – laundry services are running in the $200-$250 per month range. Cindy challenged fellow Rotarians to give to the local club foundation, laying out the challenge to match donations, up to $100 for the month of January. Shane Hermetz agreed to continue the match of $100 in the month of February. Cindy also agreed to pay a fine for being “caught” on TV in recent days.
  2. Pam Umlauf Brown thanked Rotarians for the support of UNA – USA and announced that the local chapter will have their annual meeting on January 26th.
  3. Linda Flowers announced that her sorority is celebrating their centennial year also this year. She also reminded Rotarians of the MLK Scholarship breakfast, Monday January 20th, at the SIU Student Center.Our Sergeant-at-Arms passed the collection basket and reminded Rotarians why we give.

Today’s presenter was Mr. Randy Osborn. A fellow Rotarian from the Carbondale Breakfast club, Mr. Osborn shared information regarding MERS Goodwill. Founded in 1902, Goodwill is more than the local thrift shops. The organization that he is a part of is known as MERS (Metropolitan Employment Rehabilitation Services). MERS was incorporated in October 1940 as a Jewish Employment & Vocational Service to help those in greatest need by providing desired employment and community services. He shared their motto, “Changing lives through the Power of Work”.

Mr. Osborn focused primarily on the Senior Community Services Employment program. The program assists people age 55 and over that meet the specific income criteria with job training skills. To learn more about the great work being done by this organization, please check out their website at: https://mersgoodwill.org/ Mr. Osborn closed by sharing three great success stories of ordinary people helped in their time of need by the helping hands of this organization. Thank you, Randy, for a very good presentation!

A few dates to put on your calendar:

  • February 12th meeting – Officer elections
  • District – President Elect Training – PETS – March 21-22, 2020 – Effingham, IL
  • May 16, 2020 – Centennial Kickoff Event – SAVE THIS DATE
  • RI – 2020 RI Conference will be held in HAWAII – June 6-10, 2020

The next regularly scheduled club meeting will be held on January 22, 2020 , with our guest speaker being Mr. Jeremy Robbins, Brehm Preparatory School.

Have a great week! See you soon – Service above Self,

Shane Hermetz

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