Summary of April 17 Board Meeting

The Board of Director’s Meeting was held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at the United Way Building. The Club’s membership on March 31 was 295 Active members, plus six Honorary members and eight Inactive Emeriti. Attendance for the month’s four meetings was 28%. Average attendance at each meeting was 84 members plus 13 others. Member Howard Cooper passed away on March 7 and Inactive Emeritus John Debbink passed away on March 30. The following twelve New Member Elects were Inducted into Membership in March: Andrea Bare, Joe Bellanca, Debra Bolino, Matt Boylan, Linda Carter, Brenda Henning, Judy Lynch-Sauer, Middy Matthews, Ryan Peterson, Christian Rinna, Marlena Studer and John White. Two Transfer Members also joined the March Class: Aleia MacDonald (Livingston Sunrise) and B. Yawson (Ann Arbor North). On March 31 the Operating Fund Balance was $39,389.33. The Club Endowment Investment portfolio on March 31 was $2,090,047.68.

Director Reports:

Public Image reported position-based emails (i.e., for officers, directors and committee chairs was launched this month. A multi-format calendar plug-in is in the implementation phase.

Club Service reported that Ashish Sarkar will be the Chair of the 2019 Golf and Tennis Outing on September 9. In other news, the Community Allocations Committee received 41 proposals for grants. The following grants are submitted for Board Approval:

Food Gatherers $5,000 Healthy School Pantry Program
Peace Neighborhood Center $4,000 Leadership Development Camp
Sweet Dreamzzz $4,993 R.E.M. Sleep Program
Children’s Literacy Network $5,000 Summer Book Program
Community Music School of Ann Arbor $5,000 Bridge Project (music lessons for at-risk youth)
Community Action Network $5,000 Ready, Set, Tech Project
Ozone House $5,000 Education Project (for homeless kids)
Ann Arbor Symphony $5,000 KinderConcert Program
Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw $5,000 Food Pantry Program
Arbor Hospice $5,000 Pediatric Hospice Program
Family Learning Institute $5,000 Summer academic support program
Student Advocacy Center $5,000 Student Rights Helpline
Dawn Farm $3,007 Youth & adolescent support & treatment
Total allocated $62,000


Club Outreach reported that the new member Six-Week Meeting will be held on May 1. Alex Berry-Santoro has been approved as a New Member Elect. IHPC is considering several projects for the coming year. They include (a) a proposal related to cervical cancer screening and treatment in Peru, (b) a proposal for future funding involving screening for and treatment of human papilloma virus lesions in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, (c) a proposal for the construction of hand powered tricycle wheel chairs using bicycle components for disabled persons in the Republic of Congo, (d) a proposal for the purchase of additional computers for the Haiti Nursing Foundation and (e) a proposal for arranging to ship unused medical supplies from the Blueprints for Pangaea’s University of Southern California branch to beneficiary hospitals in Uganda.

Club Service reported that Karen Gladney is now the Attendance and Greeter Coordinator. The Social Committee is now taking reservations for the Spring Fling at the Hudson Car Museum in Ypsilanti on Sunday, May 12 from 4 – 7 pm. Mark your calendars for a Rotary Picnic at Gallup Park on Sunday, June 23.

Youth Development reported that the Rotaract Club has elected Officers for the 2019-20 academic year. Seven Ann Arbor students attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards on April 12 – 14. Pioneer Interact Club is working on several events including a Trash-a-thon event, a free rice event, visit to the holocaust memorial and a multi-cultural food fair.

Youth Achievement reported that Rotary Readers and Tutors are busy keeping up with the demand from area schools. The annual STRIVE banquet will held as the May 15 regular lunch meeting. The last two groups of Junior Rotarians from Pioneer and Huron will be introduced at the May 22 meeting.

The next Board of Directors meeting will be the Annual Board Retreat on Tuesday, May 14 at the United Way Building from 5 – 9 pm.