|Notes from 8 Feb 2011
|Editor: Dorfman, Avram
Notes from Feb 8 2011 Meeting
GuestsVisiting Rotarians: None
Guests of Rotarians: None
Polo MagazineSteve Smith announced that Polo Magazine drive is starting. He would like new club members to participate. The first meeting is 7:30am at Atlantic Grille in Middletown. There will be significant changes because matches have become very crowded - this will affect how we can distribute tickets.
Reading to SeniorsCarol passed around a sign-up sheet for people interested in reading to seniors at senior homes. She is trying to assess whether there is enough interest to pursue this as a project. Contact Carol if you missed the meeting and are interested.
Website ChallengeIn order to make sure that we are getting our money's worth out of our website service, we are going to play a couple of games to encourage members to get into the habit of checking our website regularly, and keeping their information in the directory up to date. The two games will be "Don't get caught!" and "Treasure Hunt" (which I called an Easter egg hunt in the meeting).
I will send out the rules shortly, but here is a preview: Every week someone will have a chance to win a free lunch, and we will be having a "reverse race" to get everyone to complete their profile in the directory - to win, all you have to do is not be last!
Club-wide Speaker ProcedureWe are adopting a new procedure for acquiring speakers. This is common in other clubs. The membership has been divided into teams, and each team is assigned a month. The team must produce a complete speaker schedule for their month. The schedule is due bye the first Tuesday of the previous month. Fifth Tuesdays are Million Dollar Meals. Each moth-team is also responsible for the invocation and pledge assignments for the month.
Team assignments are and detailed instructions can be found under Members Only -> Speaker Procedures. Note: The schedules listed there are only proposed. Each team may adjust the proposed schedule for their month as needed.
MiscellaneousCarol received a letter from Star-Kids with picture of the child that we sponsor, which she passed around
Carolann announced a meeting in her office about the exchange program Tuesday (yesterday) evening.
Happy BucksTerri is happy because:
Steve Smith is happy because Bob finally succeeded in getting one of our oldest oustanding debtors to the polo magazine paid in full
- Her daughter Christina and son-in-law will be stationed in Japan, and terri will get to go visit:
- Christina also saw an interview with Bill Gates on eradication of Polio, and afterwards she said to Terri - "I can't believe he didn't say anything about *US*" - thereby proving by her own admission that Christina is in fact "one of us"
Frank Leith is happy:
- to be back, and to have missed all of our miserable weather in exchange for 70 and 80 degrees
- that his photography group has a new exhibit up at Custom House Coffee
Genny Croll is happy:
I am happy because Frank is back, so now we do not have to sing God Bless America at every single meeting.
- because she got a call from Cora Lee Gibbs who says "hi" and that she is doing very well and is going to remain a member.
- for the Packers
Someone (Arne?) is happy for Paul Steinbrenner who is the top broker in Rhode Island
Frank O'Connor is happy:
- that his wife and daughter are back from skiing so that he and his sons will now get to eat real meals
- that one of the PhD programs his daughter is applying to is only $3000/year
- that Carol is conducting the nursing home reading program because he has a new book of nursing home jokes that he'd like to read
RaffleThe drawing winner was Terri, but she only drew the jack of spades.
SpeakerOur speaker was Jack McVicker from the Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN). Jack is the founder and is a current member of the board of directors for ALN. The ALN's mission is to better enable citizens of Newport to be informed about decisions being made by our government, so that the community is capable of being proactive and has the opportunity to prevent problems in the community before they arise. More information can be found on their website, at AllianceForLivableNewport.org.