Summary of Board of Directors Meeting
September 19, 2018
By Downs Herold
The Board of Directors Meeting was held Wednesday, September 19, at the United Way Building.
The Club’s active membership on August 31 was 292 Active Members plus six Honorary members and six Inactive Emeriti. The Club’s attendance for August’s five meetings was 36%. The average attendance was 82 members plus 9 others. Our engagement ratio was 52%. On August 31, the Operating Fund Balance was $64,760.48. The Club’s Endowment Investment market value was $2,153,238.
Letter of resignation were accepted from Bob Buckler with regret. Chuck Olson’s rewuest was approved for Inactive Emeritus status. It was voted unanimously to accept the nominations of Irem Yoruk, Brendan Chard, Reed Vander Slik, and Barb Mulay as Members-Elect to be inducted in the October 2018 New Member Class. Rob Stagell is transferring from Battle Creek and Naren Bhatia membership is being reinstated. John White reported progress in the transferring club records to a new Cloud-based software program and is seeking volunteers as early adopters.
Past President John announced the Nominating Committee’s officer nominations for 2019-2020. They are: Secretary: Barbara Eichmuller, Treasurer: Mark Ouimet, Sgt. at Arms: David Williams, Directors: 2 yr terms, Tom Millard, Arthur Williams, and Peg Talburtt, 3yr term, Norma Sarkar, and VP/President-Elect : Joanne Pierson. John also presented the Annual Report for his presidential term, 2017-18. It is available on-line and in printed editions. John is also forming committees for both the Distinguished Service Award and the Humanitarian Service Award Committees and is seeking nominations for potential award nominees from members as well as community representatives.
The Committee seeking a replacement for Club Administrator, John White and Controller David Keosaian, was approved to proceed with discussions with an individual with experience as both an executive director and Rotarian of another club with compensation close to what we are now paying.
Reports from Directors included: 1) Leadership changes in the STRIVE Program. 2) Golf and Tennis Outing preliminary results in the $46K range. 3) The revivals of Rotaract, Interact, Reading and Math Tutors and Jr. Rotarian Programs with the start of a new academic year. 4) Progress in adding new features to the Website. 4) Planning an after hours social hour to honor new members on their October 10th Induction Day. 5) A training day for MI Vets day and the scheduling of the 2018 Stories of Service Program to be held in Hill Aud on November 5.
A trial plan for member retailers to offer products for sale at luncheon meetings where all profits go to the Club’s Endowment Fund was approved as was a World Polio Day “purple Pinkie” PolioPlus fund-raiser to be held at the October 24th luncheon meeting.