Meeting Recap, 6/16/2015

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Happy Tuesday, Rotarians.

Need to Know:

  1. Our next board meeting is on Thursday, June 25th at noon at DD Hamilton. All are welcome.
  2. Our Rotary calendar year ends on June 30th. If you want to make a donation to the Rotary Foundation for this calendar year, please get your donation to Jenny Gardner this week. You can also make donations to the Rotary Foundation online at
  3. Scott Jones is working on committee assignments for our next Rotary year. He sent a separate e-mail earlier last week about it. If you would like to sign up for or change committees, please contact Scott.
  4. Our speaker on June 23rd will be Stephanie Jarkins from Kumon Math & Reading Center. There will be no meeting on June 30th (5th Tuesday). If you have suggestions for speakers in July, please contact Scott Jones.
  5. Our Niangua Interact Club needs hangers for its Clothes Pantry. So if you have any extra hangers you can part with, please bring them to one of our weekly meetings or make other arrangements with Leslie Thomas.
  6. Go ahead and put this on your calendar now: our 3rd Annual Romance Raffle will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Meeting Recap

It was great to have Bill and Neva Schroeder back with us today. Sam Rost also visited our meeting.

Congrats to Scott Jones’ son Christopher on winning the “Courage Award” at this year’s SW MO Prep Awards. He was able to get his picture made with legendary QB Joe Montana.

We had an amazing time at our Installation Banquet last Tuesday. Donnie Crawford’s farm is beautiful and we had great weather for the event. And great food! Special thanks go out to Adam Blanch for organizing the terrific event and thanks to everyone who brought food and other stuff. I think everyone brought 5x as much stuff as they signed up for.

Since my term is soon over, I want to thank my Executive Board (Don Stockton, Scott Jones, Amy Wilkerson, Jenny Gardner and Adam Blanch). It has been a privilege serving with you this year. Thanks for all of your hard work.

We have been fortunate to have three new members join the club this year – Misty Troyer, Michelle Cologna and Jason Hogan. Jason came to us from the Hannibal Rotary Club, and Misty and Michelle were new to Rotary. Thank you to Amy Wilkerson (Misty) and Janie Sartin (Michelle) for sponsoring new members this year. Let’s all try to follow their good example.

As a service organization, we all know that everyone has to do his or her part to make this organization a success. But we also know that there are always a few people who do more than their fair share of the work. Some folks just go the extra mile when there are things that need doing. I want to recognize four of those people:

Leslie Thomas: Do you know those two Interact Clubs (Marshfield and Niangua) that our club sponsors? Well, Leslie is the reason. Leslie worked incredibly hard this year at getting the two clubs started, attending Interact meetings, making a dozen trips in the van for the Rare Breed bowling event, helping with Interact service projects, etc. We could not have asked for a better New Generations Committee Chair.

Amy Wilkerson and Teresa Housholder: Both of these ladies did an incredible amount of work on our club’s Don’t Meth With Us project. They took time away from their jobs to drive to all the elementary schools in the county (plus some in Greene Co.) to do anti-drug presentations to more than 1000 kids in our area. They did an amazing job of holding the attention of large groups of 5th graders, and that ain’t easy, folks. Teresa also organized our Easter Egg Hunt this year and Amy organized the concessions at the event to raise money for the Don’t Meth With Us Project.

Don Stockton: I don’t think many of you know how much time and effort Don put into our Romance Raffle to make it a success. No one from our club put more time in on the Romance Raffle. No one even came close. Not only that but Don also put a ton of time in this year on the Heritage Trailways and Rotary Park improvements.

Many thanks from a grateful club to our super volunteers!

Our speakers today were Anne Foster and Jean Benzen regarding TLC Student Funds. TLC is a resource for teachers and school counselors for funds for food, clothing, schools supplies, fees, etc. for needy kids in the Marshfield School District. In the past, when teachers would see a kid with inadequate clothing or hygiene items, or whose parents didn’t have money for a field trip or class party, that teacher would often cover those expenses out of his or her own pocket. TLC provides funds for those types of items. TLC has taken over the HS backpack food program and over the past year has provided funds for clothing (mostly underwear and socks), school supplies, prom dresses, music fees and cleaning kits for kids that would otherwise not be able to participate in band, year book expenses, and many other things. If you would like to help TLC, please call 859-0989 or 859-5260 or send a donation to TLC Student Funds, PO Box 132, Marshfield MO 65706.

Final Thoughts

I didn’t have any ideas for quotes or videos to go with the presentation today, but here is an excellent off-topic quote:

“Inside every cynical person there is a disappointed idealist.”

George Carlin (1937-2008)
Yours in Rotary Service,

Kristin Grace Krebs

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