This week we will be focusing on our own club during our Monthly Club Assembly. We will be inducting a new member, give out a blue badge, recognizing a Will Watt Fellow, learning more about being Paul Harris Fellow or Will Watt Fellow and the Rotary Foundation, learning about the District Database and Rotary.org and disussing how we can recruit and retain new members. We will have an update on the Imagination Library from Dennis Marks.
Looking forward to seeing you at noon on Wednesday
As I compose my last email to you as President of our Club, I need to say THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING! It has been an honor I never dreamed of having. It’s been a lot of work and a lot of fun. And YOU have done a great job to help Light Up Rotary.
This week we celebrate the Passing of the Gavel to our incoming President Jack Hartley.
We are in great shape with our leadership as Molly Deese will be our President-Elect and Tom Gooding our President Designee. (Just a reminder that Molly will serve as our Membership Chair this year and Tom will be our Program Chair. Please pass along your program suggestions to Tom!)
Today is club assembly week but we will be having a special donation for Nepal.
The disaster in Nepal has staggered that nation. Thousands have been killed. Almost 3 million are homeless.
Rotary is one of the organizations that wants to respond and help. District Governor Ted Thompson is giving $10,000 from Global Grants to this project. He has challenged each Club to give a $1,000 ShelterBox (a special tent with basic survival supplies). See DG Ted’s letter below.
I called a special Board Meeting today to present this need. Corey Hull, who headed up Racing with Rotary, suggested that we use $600 in profits from Racing with Rotary. We also have $250 committed from Global outreach. That put us at $850. One of your outstanding Board members said, “I’d like to give $50.” Four others chimed in.
Here’s the bottom line: We have enough for the $1,000 ShelterBox. But Rotarians aren’t known for doing just enough to get by. We want to do more and make a difference by generously putting service above self.
So I’m asking if there is anyone else in the Club who would like to make a contribution so we can give more. The amount doesn’t matter. Just give what you feel called to give. No pressure. No guilt. Only if you feel led to do so.
Would you bring that to TODAY’S MEETING? I’d like to present a check to DG Ted that totals all that we have–including what we all bring today — Wednesday – May 13th.
Club Assemblies are time when we recognize the achievements of the club and of our members. It’s the time when we have new members join, mark milestones like birthdays and anniversaries and “upgrade” from red to blue badges. This week we will hear from the Imagination Library team about the project to deliver books to children in our community, free of charge. Last week, team members were with us as a warm up.
Don’t forget that we are meeting at the Valdosta Country Club this week (not the Conference Center!) See you there.
At our club assembly, we honor and commemorate a special member of the Valdosta Rotary Club, Dr. Robert L. Stump, Jr. He is celebrating his 100th birthday as well as
68 dedicated and faithful years as a Valdosta Rotarian. We are here to celebrate with him!
He received a degree in medicine from Emory University in 1940 and practiced as a medical physician for the local Valdosta community as well as in St. Louis, Indiana, and Tennessee as well. Dr. Stump was inducted as a member of the Valdosta Rotary Club in 1946 in legacy of his father, Robert Stump, Senior, and holds the po- sition as the longest sustained Valdosta Rotarian to-date.
What a great time of year. And what a great time to be a Rotarian!
This Wednesday, we will induct some new members, have some awesome Hanukkah and Christmas music, and hear a few friends share about their favorite memories of the season.
Please remember our Holiday Party at Valdosta Country Club on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 5:00-7:00 pm. You can sign up at our meeting this Wednesday or by responding to Bubba (see the flyer). There will be no cost for the party (other than your adult beverages), but we do need an accurate count.
Thank you to John Page and Jack Hartley for sponsoring the Christmas Party. See the flyer!
Please note that this Wednesday we are at the Rainwater Conference Center. It will be our last meeting there until January 7.
Remember to wear a wacky or wonderful Christmas tie or sweater this Wednesday!
Your friend in Rotary,
President Valdosta Rotary