Summary of the November 20 Board of Directors Meeting

The Board of Director’s Meeting was held on Wednesday, November 20 at the United Way Building. Club membership on October 31 was 288 Active members, plus six Honorary members and five Inactive Emeriti. Attendance for the month’s five meetings was 30%. Average attendance at each meeting was 87 members plus six others. Our Engagement Ratio for the month was 63%. On October 31, the Operating Fund Balance was $74,254. The Club’s Endowment Investment market value was $2,198,843.

Club Service announced the annual Social Committee’s Wine, Women and Song event will be on January 23 at the Kerrytown Concert House. Mark your calendars and reserve your place for this very popular event!

Club Outreach reported that the Membership Committee announced the Spring 2020 new member class will be inducted on March 11 with applications due to the Membership Committee no later than February 11. The Satellite Club continues to meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Pretzel Bell from 6 – 7 pm. On Tuesday, December 3 there will be a Holiday Dinner then regular Satellite meetings will resume in January. All RCAA members are invited to attend. The Peace in the Streets Conference in October was well attended. Interactive presentations and panel discussions over both days focused on attaining peace and reducing violence in communities. Key topics included gun violence, human trafficking, human rights, restorative justice practices, immigration, indigenous rights, domestic and gender violence, neighborhood solutions and other crucial topics involving collective community engagement.

Public Image reported that job descriptions for the Harpoon have been compiled and five members have volunteered to act as weekly meeting reporters on a rotating basis. The Public Relations Committee is waiting for a decision by the City of Ann Arbor legal department regarding placement of Rotary symbol signs along main entrances to the City.

Youth Development highlights include the well-attended Rotaract Charter Dinner November 12 where Rotarians and Rotaractors were able to get to know other. Muskegon Michigan, by far, had the most Rotaractors at the University of Michigan. Rotaractors and Interactors will participate in preparing and serving food at the Shelter Association on November 24.

Youth Achievement reported that Rotary Readers and Tutors have experienced an increase in the need for Tutors. Interested members should contact Jim Egerdal at to volunteer for this year’s program. Being a tutor does not take a lot of time or involve any outside work – it is an easy and fun way to be involved and help students struggling to keep up with their studies. The STRIVE Committee met on November 13.

Community Service announced that the Co-Chairs of the 2020 GTO are Charlie Koopmann and Greg Stejskal. The event will be held on Tuesday, September 8 at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center on N. Territorial. The Veterans Initiative Hiring event on November 5 was a spectacular success. This year, 71 Vets participated, and 14 job interviews were scheduled. It is estimated that since 2015, more than $2 million has been earned by the Vets through this program.