Committee Reports

President Will Gruver kicked off the meeting reminding us that October is Economic & Community Development month and encouraged us to bring a guest to our meetings and directly donating to the Rotary Foundation (click here). 
  • District Governors Shellie Smith (Lion's Club District 18N) & Heather Kellen (Rotary District 6920) are holding a “friendly competition” to see which service organization can donate the most items non-perishable items for the rest of the year. 
  • Will also mentioned that they are still looking for a host family for the weekend of Oct. 14th. Message Will for contact information.
District 6960 is raising funds to support those effected by Hurricane Ian. Click here for more information.
Our Annual Service Partner Brightside's newest Bright House on Wheaton St. will have the official ribbon cutting on Oct. 7th at 1:30 PM. 
Save the Date: Nov. 17th Front Porch Improv Theater: ASP Fundraiser!!
Jessica Pedigo announced that Munch assignments will be going out soon...don't be shy! Get a date on the schedule and meet up!
  • Claire Holton daughter of Sara Holton
  • Helen White of Christ Church, guest of Sarah Smith
  • Todd Freesemann District Governor for 2024-2025

Featured Speaker: Heather Keller, District Governor 

Heather opened her address to the club by speaking of her early years as a Rotarian. She identified as a "back bencher" and states that it wasn't until she got truly involved with her chapter on a local level that she started to realize the power behind this organization. This led her to attend Rotary Leadership Institute which led to attending international conferences. She encouraged us to engage "Service Above Self" and the 4 Way Test in all areas of our lives, and asked us to imagine a world where everyone embraced the Rotary Values. Heather specifically sited 3 international programs that all started at chapter levels. Polio Plus, End Human Trafficking, and the 4 Way Test coloring books.
Heather also focused on the 2 big goals she has for our district this year:
  • 1 million dollars in giving to the foundation. This averages around $333/member, and she is requesting that $100 of that be earmarked for Polio efforts.
  • Increase membership, especially amongst females. The goal is to have over 30% female members.
Let's all follow Heather's lead and imagine feeling like we can make a difference every day! Imagine bigger things- like her example of a school renovation leading to shipping containers of desks and chairs for a school in India- all of which was facilitated amongst Rotary Clubs and Governors.