Pullman Rotary Club Board Meeting Minutes – May 17, 2011 5:30pm
Present: Kurt Weigel, Tom Gooch, John Brewer, Mick Nazerali, Mary Hoffman, Mike Leinweber, Keith Nelson
Treasurer’s Report – Tom Gooch
We presently have $12,649 in our America West checking account. There is a pending deposit to be made for $500. Payments to be made relating to the Spaghetti feed total $725, broken down $364 for food, $339 reimbursements for auction items purchased by the club for resale, and $22 for advertising. We have $1,200 in the Bank of Whitman account, with $700 to $750 to be paid to the Rotary Foundation, for Polio eradication.
Community Service Committee – All
Kurt described a charity called We Care Solar (an acronym for “Women’s Emergency Communication and Reliable Electricity”) which provides “Solar Suitcases” to provide electricity for powering lights, medical equipment, and cellphone battery chargers for rural villages where maternal medical care is inadequate. Kurt provided a handout to the Board further explaining this charitable organization. Kurt personally contributed $500 to this entity and asked the Board to contribute an equal amount from the club. Tom moved and John seconded a motion to donate $500 toward We Care Solar. Upon a vote of the Board members present, the motion carried.
Mike Leinweber briefly explained the YMCA summer program, and suggested that we participate in the Y’s summer youth scholarship program. Mick moved that we donate $500 toward the Y summer program scholarship program. Kurt seconded and the motion carried.
We discussed the Mississippi flooding, and John Brewer mentioned that Rotary may set up a program to provide relief rather than use either the Shelter Box and/or the Red Cross. John made a motion to contribute to a Shelter Box, and offered to contribute $500 to be matched by the club. Tom so moved, Mick seconded, and the motion carried.
Membership Development Committee – Kurt
In Chud’s absence, Kurt handed out the new membership packets that have been created by the committee. The Board reviewed this packet and suggested adding that each member will be expected to donate $25 per quarter to the Paul Harris fund. Also suggested was adding some historical information about our club to the packet. John Brewer suggested that he and Pat Caraher will work together to add this information to the new member packet. Kurt passed around a list containing the names of potential new members for the Board members to contact and solicit for membership. Mick suggested this list also be passed around at the regular club meeting tomorrow.
Future potential fundraising activities – Mary led a discussion of other fundraising activities to be considered, in addition to our Spaghetti Feed.
Lentil festival wine sales – we hope to partner with the Chamber of Commerce to sell wine in their beer garden. Licensing and insurance through the Chamber, wine from Merry Cellars and Wawawai Canyon wineries. There was a discussion about sources of wine. Merry Cellars offers us their wine at cost, and has a “cask-method” of distribution whereby we only have to pay for the wine we sell out of the cask. Kurt will follow up with Merry Cellars and Wawawai Canyon and the Chamber and report back to the board.
Bike ride – Mary will investigate possibilities, and report back to the board.
Also discussed were a Fun Run, Pumpkin Festival, and the New Year’s Eve Gala.
The Board also discussed WSU Baseball Coach Donnie Marbut’s offer of involving team members in a community service project. We will ask if they would be willing to help with the fun run and/or bike ride.
Public Relations committee – Kurt
Kurt mentioned that Kathleen Warren has been busy posting photos on our club’s Facebook page. There was a general discussion about Facebook, and it is agreed that it is extensively used by the younger generation, so we should continue to use this as a PR resource.
Rotarian of the Year – All
Although this has not been done in the past, the Board discussed this as a method of recognizing the contributions Dennis McConnell has made to our club. The motion was made and seconded to so designate Dennis. The presentation will be made at the July 6 club meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 6:30 pm