Meeting Recap, 9/22/2015

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Happy Tuesday, Rotarians.

Need to Know:

  1. Next Tuesday is a 5th Tuesday, so there will be no regular meeting at Sheila’s. Instead we will be having “Pizza in the Park”. We will be meeting at noon on the 29th at Rotary Park to eat pizza and check out all the work done at the recent workday. Brian Drane would like a head count for pizza ordering purposes. If you plan to attend and weren’t at today’s meeting, there will be a sign-up list on the website later this week.
  2. This Thursday (Sept. 24), Niangua Interact will be meeting at 8:15-9:15 AM at Niangua HS to work at their Niangua Clothes Closet. All Rotarians are welcome to come and assist with this project.
  3. Our next board meeting will be at noon on Thursday, September 24th at DD Hamilton. All are welcome. Committee chairs are encouraged to attend.
  4. Upcoming speakers: On October 6, Tayna Sloan will be speaking about identity theft. On October 13th, geologist Mel Troyler will be speaking about geology in the Ozarks.
  5. Thanks to everyone who came to David Parnell’s community event on Wednesday, which was sponsored by the Don’t Meth with Us Committee.
  6. Treasurer Jason McKnight is trying to make paying club dues easier, or at least give payment options for folks who don’t like using checks. You can now pay dues by debit or credit card through Paypal through the link on dues invoices, the club’s website and at meetings (just ask Jason to swipe your card). There is a small convenience charge for using Paypal. You may soon be able to pay for things like pecans and Romance Raffle tickets by our website, too. Keep checking the site for new features. Of course you may always pay by check and cash, too.
  7. If you have any interest in attending Rotary District 6080 conference at Lake of the Ozarks from October 23-25 or are interested in learning more about how to get involved in an international project, please talk to Scott Jones.
  8. Go ahead and put this on your calendar now: our 3rd Annual Romance Raffle will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016.
  9. Go ahead and put this on your calendar now: the Marshfield Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016, with a rain date of March 19th.

Meeting Recap

We were privileged today to have our District Governor Steve Dulle and our Assistant District Governor Rowland Geddie with us.

Steve Dulle was our speaker today. Mr. Dulle oversees the 49 clubs in District 6080. He is an accountant and a member and past president of Columbia South Rotary Club. He spoke about this year’s Rotary theme, “Be a gift to the world,” and spoke about some of the projects that District 6080 has been involved in this year. District 6080 is involved in Camp Wonderland, a camp for disabled individuals, which is located at Lake of the Ozarks. District 6080 conducted a “food fight” to raise money and food for food pantries in the district. Mr. Dulle provided a startling statistic: 1 in 5 Missourians rely on food pantries and similar services for food. District 6080 also sent a team of doctors to the country of Georgia (formerly in the Soviet Union) to train medical professionals in newborn care to reduce Georgia’s extremely high infant mortality rate.

Mr. Dulle provided us with an exciting opportunity for anyone working toward a Paul Harris Fellowship. If you sign up on for “Rotary Direct” and make a credit or debit contribution by June 30,2016 to the Rotary Foundation, Rotary will match dollar for dollar in $100 increments. So a $100 donation becomes $200 toward your Paul Harris Fellowship, $200 becomes $400, etc.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about district projects is encouraged to attend the District 6080 conference at Camden on the Lake on October 23-25. If you are interested in attending, please contact Scott Jones.

Mr. Dulle closed by sharing an inspirational poem by Linda Ellis entitled “The Dash”. Ms. Ellis has the poem on her website:

Final Thoughts

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

Attributed to Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

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

Kristin Grace Krebs

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