Richard Hyde, eClub 1
Cathy Polachek, Denora PA
Dr. Rod Ellison, guest of Ted Bystrowski
President Kennedy (!) announced that Peter Scott was undergoing planned surgery, and would be out for perhaps a month.
Joice Beatty commented on “lack of cooperation” with the Sergeant-at-Arms. Rotarians were sternly reminded not to forget their assigned tasks. She made yet another plea for prizes for the "raffle."
President Kennedy reminded us of the Teachers’ Barbecue at Crane Park next Tuesday. There will be a service award to a teacher who has demonstrated "Service Above Self." Confidential details not disclosed here!
President Kennedy announced the September 11 visit of District Governor Michael Juric. The DG will attend the Board meeting, the luncheon, and a reception at 5:30 at Rianda House.
President Kennedy advised that we will partner with the Chamber of Commerce to assist in acquiring new Christmas decorations for Main Street. More to come.
Judd Howell announced the annual fundraiser for Sunrise Horse Rescue on August 18, at 5:00 p.m., at Blossom Creek Farm, 3547 Highway 128, Calistoga.
Suzan Sculatti sought housing in San Francisco for a Rotary exchange student (her daughter). Any contact would be appreciated. The need is immediate.
Discussion Interlude (“Attendance”)
President Kennedy sought discussion on strategies to improve attendance. Declining luncheon attendance is an issue not just with us, but also with Rotary Clubs generally. President Kennedy stressed that members should not rely on their leadership, but need to step up themselves, even in small ways. She invited comment. Rob Andreae noted that in the past “movers and shakers” (the Mayor, the City Manager, the Police Chief, others) were Rotarians. This was less so today, suggesting that we need to reach out. Steve Yost noted the absence of many members at today’s luncheon. Ted Bystrowski would like assistance in developing a list of persons that the Club should target. Carol Sobczak noted that we should be calling members not in regular luncheon attendance (“it could work”). Cindy Warren pointed out that once Ted’s list was developed, then Rotarians with relationships to listed persons should be called upon to call them. President Kennedy noted that in past years members were expected to have 100% attendance at meetings, that this expectation was no longer being met, that the Club’s leadership needed help, and she would work on developing a plan.
Induction of New Rotarian and Conferral of Blue Badge
Rotarian Alston Hayne inducted Dr. Rod Ellison into Rotary. It was especially rewarding to hear him note that he was born in St. Helena. He has recently relocated his dental practice from Yakima, Washington, to St. Helena.
Rotarian Alston Hayne also conferred the Blue Badge on Judd Howell. Congratulations to both!