Current Membership: 57 Members
Hello Everyone –
Wow – what a weekend we had!  I truly hope that many of our members will be able to attend this week’s meeting.  We have a lot to share and be proud of -
First off, I want to mention that we heard from John Benedict’s father-in-law last week about a Rotary project in Cali, Columbia that provides musical instruments and instruction to underprivileged children.  The Cali Rotary Club has worked with Rotary Clubs in California to start the project.  The project’s objective is to provide children with an alternative to crime and drugs; and teach them discipline while helping to develop  self-esteem and pride.  The project has been very successful.  The Cali Rotary Club is now looking for funding to help construct a building in which to provide musical instruction and concerts.  We can discuss if we would like to support this project at our Club Assembly on September 16th
Bike ‘N Fly:  By all accounts of the people attending, bikers, families, pilots, airport personnel and Rotarians organizing the event, it was a tremendous success!  Again, the weather was perfect – thank you Pastor Van for whatever influence you had!  I truly want to acknowledge Richard Stanley and John Benedict for all their hard work in organizing this event.  The day of the event, they worked non-stop from 6:30AM until 6:30PM, as did Buddy Atwood, Mark DeCelle and Louann Harvey.  Louann also did a herculean effort in organizing both the advertising and the Cow Plop Drop.  Dave Isby did a tremendous job of booking the music and MCing for a good portion of the day.  Mark DeCelle shared his hidden MC talents with us for the remainder of the day.  Alan Glackman was, and is, unflappable in handling the money that is coming at him from all sides – the bike race, parking, face painting, bounce house, cow plop, etc.  I don’t want to steal any thunder from Richard, John or Louann, so I will let them report on the tentative numbers at this week’s meeting.  I would just like to thank all the Rotarians that helped sell tickets, obtain advertising, install fencing and signs the day before the event, helped with the traffic and water stops for the bikers, stood in that hot sun for the greater part of the day parking cars, manned the Rotary tent, the face painting/balloon making tent or the bounce house, organized the volunteers, sold tickets, arranged for needed supplies, ran errands the day of the event, or performed any task that I am not even aware of – all who provided their time.  Thank you, thank you! 
We have had a very labor intensive spring and summer with the selling of raffle tickets, Truck Day, the Drive for Scholarships and the Bike ‘N Fly.  All of these events are tremendously worthwhile.  They raise the needed funds for the operation of our Rotary Club and for our scholarship program.  In addition, they provide us with the opportunity to get our name into the community and make more and more people of aware of who we are, and what we do in our world.  We should be very proud of what we have accomplished.       
People’s Pantry: This week's item is CEREAL.
And now from the Rotary Foundation –
PolioPlus is Rotary’s priority program which supports global efforts to eradicate polio.  It was launched in 1985, with the help of Dr. Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine, as a worldwide program to protect children from the cruel and fatal consequences of polio.  In 1988, the World Health Assembly challenged the world to eradicate polio, and since that time, Rotary’s efforts, along with partner agencies, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations’ Children’s Fund, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and governments around the world have achieved a 99 percent reduction in the number of polio cases worldwide.  By the time the world is certified polio-free, our contributions will make Rotary the largest non-governmental financial contributor to the global polio eradication effort.
Best regards,
Susan Smith