The Board of Directors’ Meeting was held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the United Way Building. The Club’s membership on January 31 was 285 Active members, plus six Honorary members and nine Inactive Emeriti. Attendance for the month’s four meetings was 32%. Average attendance at each meeting was 91 members plus 30 others. Our engagement ratio for the month was 59%. Rotarian Gloria Kerry, one of our first female members in 1988, passed away on January 7. On January 31, the Operating Fund Balance was $68,470.23. The Club’s Endowment Investment market value was $2,021,223.91.
Executive Director Lori reported that she and Rosemarie attended the Large Club Conference in Long Beach where she and Rosemarie were able to meet with Executive Directors and President Elects from other large clubs. John White has successfully moved Club membership data into ClubRunner, a membership management platform. Volunteers who signed up for the CRACK Team will be meeting with John later this month to learn more about the features of ClubRunner. CRACK stands for ClubRunner Action Consortium for Knowledge. To join the team contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Public Image reported the following updates have been made to the website this month. Improved the contact, speaker recommendation and member nomination forms. The Committee is also reviewing options for a different calendar format on the website as suggested by the member survey.
- Club Outreach presented on behalf of the Membership Committee twelve candidates for membership. The following nominees were unanimously approved by the Board: Joseph Bellanca, Debra Bolina, Matt Boylan, Linda Carter, Brenda Henning, Judith Lynch-Sauer, Middy Matthews, Ryan Peterson, Emily Plumley, Christian Rinna, Marlena Studer and John White. B. Yawson is a transferee from Ann Arbor North. This New Member class will have 14 new members and two transferees for a total of 16 new members. The Peace Committee contributed $2,000 to the Rotary Peace Leadership Participatory Research Project. Mary Avrakotas will be presenting the Bumpeh Chiefdom project in Sierra Leone to the membership on February 27.
- Club Service reported that the Social Committee’s Spring Fling will be at the Hudson Car Museum in Ypsilanti on Sunday, May 12 and a Rotary Picnic is planned for the UAP at Gallup Park on Sunday June 23.
- Youth Achievement reported that both the Huron and Pioneer Interact Clubs have been busy planning social activities and fundraising projects. The Rotaractors have been collected much needed school supplies to take with them on their upcoming trip to Honduras.
- Youth Development reported that currently there are 23 Rotary Volunteers working as readers and tutors. Due to increased demand from the schools more volunteers are needed.
- Club Service reported that this year’s Rotary Fights Summer Hunger Drive is from March 4-15. Collections will be accepted at the Rotary Shares table on March 6 and March 13. DOGS is planning a spring cleanup at Leslie Science and Nature Center on April 13. Our Club is beginning to form a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley and two workdays have been scheduled, March 30 and April 20. Check out the Harpoon for more details.
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Ingrid Deininger on February 25 and Walt Hancock on February 27.