January 2 Newsletter

Meeting Date:  December 14, 2021

Reporter:  Sharon Garland

Jim Gilcreast, Sargent at Arms, led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance.  


Kimberly Conway Dumpson offered an inspiration from Inspirational Readings for Rotary Meetings:  
“My fellow Rotarians, you have this power. This power to use language to share your ideas, to touch hearts, and to bring about change in the world.  As Rotarians, we have the power to speak and share, to explain and to educate, to inspire and to influence. It is our responsibility to share our talents and ideas and to find meaning in other people’s messages. May we use our skills to provide service to others less fortunate and help them to be self-sustaining. May we continue to grow as Rotarians so that we stand in our community as a symbol of those willing to freely put service above self and make this, our community, and the world a better place to live." 


President Holly recognized 14 dedicated Marriott staff with holiday bonus checks from the Club. 
George Babcock and Randy Dittmar were recently hospitalized and are recovering at home. Two Get Well cards were signed by everyone at the meeting and sent.  
Holly welcomed newest board member Lorraine Beck who is replacing Caroline Rumowicz.  
Kris David reported good news on polio. Cases are down from 180 last year to five this year. Cases were in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  
Kris also reported that Rotarians have set up a Go Fund Me page to help with disaster relief in Mayfield, Kentucky. Contact Kris for more information if you can help.
Legends for Literacy  
Financial update from figures provided by Susan Kearney Kaplan: Sponsorships $59,000, live auction $11,400, countdown and raffle $12,629, tickets $300. With some outstanding receipts the tentative net is $60,000. Awesome, especially in such a challenging year!  
Rotary After Dark 
Liz Messier reported there will be a game night at Rob’s home on January 13, $10 per person includes pizza, wine and beer. More info will follow.  
Good Works Committee 
Mary Brewster thanked Club members for their generous donations of warm clothing for children served by RI Family Service. She also reported on successful Pen Pal sign ups for Kizarian School students. 
She challenged Rotary men to sign up, as there are an equal number of boys and girls right now and there are five women volunteers to every one man. The monthly letters are coordinated by Inspiring Minds and teachers. Send Mary an email if you are interested.  
Little Library
Wendy Marcus can still use more books.  
Nominating Committee Report 
Chair Cap Willey thanked committee members Bryan Cook, Steve Hug, Anthony Hollingshead, Don Saracen, Walter Cotter, Kris David and Margaret Kane for their work on this committee.
The 2022-23 officer slate includes: Steve Hug, president; Pete Brock, 1st Vice President; Cap Willey, 2nd Vice President; Mary Brewster, secretary; Luis Lourenco, treasurer and Peter Loescher, assistant treasurer. 
Nominations for board members (5 out of 10 will be chosen) are: Bob Morse, Kim Dumpson, Lisa Hill, Michaela Hermann, Jim Gilcreast, Bill Applegate, Sharon Garland, Rob Brewster, Bob Murphy and Maxine Cohen. Ballots will be mailed to members in the near future.   

Happy Bucks 

  • Margaret Kane started with her mother’s favorite story of why we have an angel on top of Christmas trees.  
  • Suzanne Cannon $10 because she’s blessed to be at the meeting  
  • Kris Davis $5 for her son coming home for a month and her mother’s 95th birthday 
  • Bill Applegate $5 for each member of his English family who will be here for a holiday visit 
  • Jim Gilcreast happy and proud to be at the Army/ Navy game  
  • Walter Adamowicz $5 for seeing Kathy Kelly at the meeting and $15 for his daughter’s recovery from Covid  
  • Anthony Hollingshead $10 for the terrific job Holly is doing for the Club, he’s happy to be a member since 2007 and he wishes everyone a better 2022. 
  • Wendy Marcus for Sarah and other Marriott staff, best wishes to  Randy Dittmar and George Babcock for a good recovery.


The meeting finished with  Dennis L. Bouchard accompanied by Frank DelFusco performing Holiday Music and other tunes.
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