Meeting Recap, 7/19/2016

Posted By Scott Jones

Happy Tuesday, Rotarians.

Need to Know:

  1. We need volunteers to work the kitchen at the Webster County Fair this Friday night, and volunteers to help Debbie Wiese sell raffle tickets on all nights of the fair. Please contact Debbie (818-4370) if you can help man the ticket booth for part of the fair. Please sign up on the club website, or contact Amy Wilkerson, if you can help in the kitchen on Friday.
  2. ATV Raffle Tickets are now available for purchase and for members to sell. Tickets are $10.00 each. Please contact Debbie Wiese to check out tickets. Ticket sales are slow so sell, sell, sell. Ticket money/stubs and/or unsold tickets need to be turned in to Debbie or Jason McKnight by this Friday!!!
  3. Upcoming speakers: On July 26th, Jim Mayes’ grandson Nathaniel will be here to discuss his experience at RYLA.
  4. The next board meeting is Thursday, August 11th at noon at Southern Missouri Bank. All members are welcome.
  5. If you signed up to attend Rotary Night at the Springfield Cardinals, please turn in your money to Amy or Jason McKnight ASAP.
  6. There are five Tuesdays in August. There will be a 5th Tuesday event on August 30th, which is still TBD. Please keep that evening open on your calendar.
  7. Because Sheila’s will be hosting a large party, on September 13th our regular Tuesday meeting will be held at Smokey J’s. Our District Governor will be attendance, so your attendance will be appreciated.
  8. Our Rotary District 6080 conference will be at the Hilton Convention Center in Branson on October 21-23.
  9. Breanna Harris from Jordan Valley Health has filed an application for membership in our club. The board has granted preliminary approval, so the two-week comment period begins today. If you have any questions or concerns about Ms. Harris’ qualifications for membership, please contact Amy, or another board member.

Meeting Recap

Our guest this week: Robert Sefrit, the new minister at Marshfield United Methodist Church.

The board has approved a $1,000.00 donation to Marshfield Schools’ backpack program from Color Run proceeds.

Since the photos from our first presentation didn’t turn out, we did a “second take” on our check presentation to the city of $10,100.00 for the Rotary Park playground project.

Our speaker this week was Mayor Robert Williams. Mayor Williams spoke in detail about the two ballot issues on which city residents will be voting on August 2nd. The first is the vehicle sales tax. Right now, the state imposes a sales tax when a person purchases a vehicle outside of Missouri. Except where communities approve continuation of the tax by ballot issue, the state will discontinue the tax. In this ballot issue, there is not a new tax imposed, merely a continuation of an already existing sales tax – the status quo is maintained. If the ballot issue is not approved, this particular source of revenue will end. There will also be an incentive to shop for a car out of state.

The second ballot issue is the transportation issue. The city has long been trying to get a second I-44 interchange. Two new interchanges would be better than one, so the city would like to prepare and put together viable plans for both, so that if MoDot funds are available, MoDot can proceed with one or, ideally, two new interchanges. In order to have a viable plan, the city will need a design from an engineering firm, and funding if MoDot requires any matching funds. If the city is not ready when MoDot has funds available, MoDot will take the project money elsewhere. Approval of the transportation ballot issue would allow the city to issue bonds for transportation.

Final Thoughts

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Sometimes I post videos that tie into the week’s speaker or a timely event. This is not one of those times:

Marshfield Rotary Club: Raising the bar through leadership, giving and education.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Kristin Grace Krebs

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