Pullman Rotary Club Board Meeting Minutes 01/18/2011
Present: Chud Wendle, Dennis McConnell, Tom Gooch, Sandra Ristow, Debi Dockins, Lou Ann Heroff, Linda Hartford, John Brewer, Kurt Weigel
Tom Gooch reported that we have about $4000 in the checkbook. There are still some people who have not yet paid for their tickets to the New Years Eve Gala. Most at the meeting agreed that the New Years Eve Gala was well organized and that the event was a success.
Individual committees then reported their activities to date:
Chud Wendle reported for the Membership committee. Their meetings will be at 4 PM on a Thursday. The venue is yet undecided. There was a discussion about inactive members. Max Moore has resigned. Josh Paparazzo has resigned. Three members are now inactive: Laurie Smith, Kaylani Merrill, and Katie Peet-Walker. The board unanimously agreed to accept Chandima Bandaranayaka, who has been very active in Rotaract, as a full member in our club. John Brewer volunteered to be Chandi's mentor. Chandi's classification talk will be in March or might replace one of our speakers at an earlier time. Thus far, Evie Wight has not attended a second meeting and we are unsure whether she will accept membership.
Lou Ann Heroff reported for the Community Service community. The committee has decided that their committee meeting will be held before or after the regular club meeting on Wednesday. Two more persons have been added to this committee: Kurt Weigel and Harmon Rogers.
Lou Ann reported that Kathleen Warren is in charge of the Irv Field Grand Project. A discussion was held regarding whether the request for proposals had been widely promulgated, since the deadline for applications is February 1. Kathleen will contact the Pullman Childcare Association to submit a proposal. Kurt asked if anyone had contacted some of the other local charities such as the Community Action Center, food banks, etc. Debi Dockins and Linda Hartford agreed to do so.
There was a discussion regarding the revival of the spaghetti dinner fundraiser. There was a sentiment expressed by Linda Hartford and John Brewer that we need to revive the spirit of community service and get back to the simpler forms of community service. Debi Dockins and Karen Davis have agreed to be co-chairs of this event, which will tentatively be held on the Saturday before the Blooms Day race, which is April 30th. Linda will check with Lincoln Middle School to see whether it is possible to hold the event there. Kurt, Debi, and Linda will check on past press releases. Glenn Johnson has already volunteered to review the venues for publicity. John Brewer will proofread all signs and stories about the event.
Since the Community Service committee has two subcommittees, Kurt Weigel volunteered to prepare a list of goals and a tentative budget so that the committee may review it and the club may discuss it. The budget will be the basis for funding our activities for the coming year.
Dennis McConnell reported for the Club Service Committee. Dennis said that he wanted to promote visibility for the club. First of all, he intends to make sure that the names of the weekly speakers appear on the web in a timely manner. He also wants to mention the birthdays of various members. Mike Leinweber has volunteered to lead the Fellowship subcommittee. Gary Hyde will upload pictures to the web. Dennis plans to continue to see that there is an agenda at every members place at the table. He also will continue to use the laptop to show pictures of members and past activities as a subtle reminder for all of us. Dennis attends the Pullman Chamber of Commerce meetings and represents Kiwanis there, so he said he could also represent Rotary. He also reported that the British group friendship exchange visit is on track for September. We are planning to involve the Moscow Club in the activities and ask them to participate in planning the itinerary.
Debi Dockins gave the report for the New Generation Service Committee. She said that she had perused the Rotary International Site and there many opportunities for us in the area of fostering the development of young people including RYLA, Rotaract, and Interact. There was a discussion of reviving the student of the month program. It was noted that the Vocational Scholarships (2 per year at $500 each) have been a very important program for area students who were not planning to go to college, but who were going to pursue a trade.
Debi also said the Public Relations Committee plans to meet on Thursdays after work at Merry Cellars winery. Kathleen Warren, Karen Davis, and Kurt Weigel will serve on the committee, and Glenn Johnson and John Brewer volunteered to proofread any press releases, posters, and other publications before they are published.
The meeting adjourned at 6:30 PM.