Board Meeting Notes for the October 17, 2018 Meeting

Summary of the Board of Director’s Meeting
October 17, 2018

The Board of Director’s Meeting was held Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Weber’s Inn.  President Greg started the by introducing honored guests District Governor Jane McManus and her husband Mike McManus along with Assistant District Governor Anne Nauts.

The Club’s membership on September 30 was 290 Active Members plus six Honorary members and seven Inactive Emeriti. The Board approved Inactive Emeritus status to Barbara Bryant, John Debbink and Reno Maccardini. Attendance for the month’s four meetings was 43%. Average attendance at each meeting was 91 members plus eleven others. Our engagement ratio for the month was 59%. On September 30 the Operating Fund Balance was $85,745.61. The Club’s Endowment Investment market value was $2,148,709.14.

The Club Administrator reported that weekly meeting attendance has picked up after the Labor Day holiday and John will begin training incoming Executive Director, Lori Walters at the end of October.

Past President John Ackenhusen announced that a Selection Committee, including two persons outside of RCAA, has been established for the Robert S. Northrup Distinguished Service Award. Members are encouraged to solicit nominations for the award and send them to John A.

Reports from Directors included:  1) Public Image Committee recommending to the Board that a new committee be created to oversee fundraising for advertisements and sponsorships for the Club. The proposal was tabled until the next Board meeting. They also recommend that a Club video policy needs to be developed. 2) Club Outreach reported the IHPC met and discussed what funds have been committed for 2018-2019 and updates were received on the Bumpeh Chiefdom project. Membership Committee has inducted four new members Brendan Chard, Barb Mulay, Beth Nissen and Irem Yoruk. In addition, Ron Slagell is a transfer from Battle Creek and Naren Bhatia has reinstated his membership. The Peace Committee has decided to support the Association of Native Americans at Yale for a speaker at their 25thAnniversary of Indigenous People’s Day PowWow. The committee also set aside a like amount for the Native American Student Organization at U of M to help sponsor an event at the PowWow for Mother Earth held annually in Ann Arbor. 3) Club Service reported that the New Member Reception/Happy Hour held at the Session Room had 30+ members in attendance. Al Storey worked with Weber’s to improve the arrangement of the weekly meeting room. 4) Youth Achievement reported the STRIVE Committee met in October. There is also discussion with the UM Rotaract Club about possible mentoring of STRIVE students by Rotaractors. 5) Community Service reported that the Community Allocations Committee RFP for the next grant cycle will go out in January. 6) Centennial Committee reports that the Universal Access Playground has been a great success judging from the use that it gets almost year around.

District Governor Jane McManus responded to concerns about the RI Every Rotarian Every Year requirement and how it is essentially eliminating some clubs from participating in Club projects because they are not eligible for matching funds. Jane also addressed concerns about the lack of diversity at the upper levels of RI governance.