Joanne Knoertzer’s White Christmas was no competition for the happily expectant chatter of Rotarians as we looked forward to the performance of the Huron a capella choir after the business meeting.
Dennis Powers read the gift list of Oren Arnold, late Sunday editor of the Arizona Republic: To your enemy, forgiveness; To an opponent, tolerance; To a friend, your heart; To a customer, service; To all, charity; To every child, a good example; To yourself, respect.
Jim Irwin softened us up with two jokes before he and Tom Strode led us in singing It’s A Great Day to be a Rotarian. After thanking the Members who make the meeting run smoothly, President Greg introduced Visiting Rotarian Christina Ferris, now a Member of the Genesee Valley Club. He directed a special greeting to the Pat Pooley Fan Club – more on that later. Bev Sieford introduced Abbey Edwards, this year’s Rotaract President, who announced that Rotaractors will be spending Spring Break in Honduras and New Orleans. Abbey and the six other Rotaractors who attended then introduced themselves and told us their majors.
Welcoming Guests and announcing the one birthday completed the opening announcements and President Greg turned the podium over to Karen Kerry, who made the presentation of Emeritus status to Pat Pooley. Karen introduced the Pat Pooley Fan Club, which included Rotarians and several guests. The presentation and accompanying photos included all the facts delivered with affection and humor that really describe Pat. You can read the full presentation here.
2019 will announce its arrival to Rotary with the 17th annual Wine, Women and Song concert. Shelley MacMillan told us it has become more than a dress rehearsal to the Women, who now look forward to it as Opening Night. This year 13 singers will perform on Thursday, January 24, at Kerrytown Concert House. Doors open for wine and cheese at 7:30pm with the performance at 8:00pm. Tickets are $25 and available at the meeting or from Shelley: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norma Sarkar took the podium to show us that our numbers are going in the wrong direction! New Members bring fresh perspectives, and therefore new opportunities, to our Club. Plus, we need New Members to keep our projects staffed. Look around at friends, colleagues, exercise partners, seatmates at sports events – all the places you go and faces you see – and bring someone (several someones!) to a Rotary meeting to introduce them to our Club. Membership information and the nomination form are available on our website under the Member Portal. The February 2 deadline for Spring nominations is soft – we welcome interested people as Members Elect without waiting for a formal Induction date. Contact Dan Romanchik with questions.
With that, President Greg turned the microphone over to Rick Ingram, who introduced the Huron a capella choir. We were treated to 25 minutes of beautiful Christmas music, and all left the meeting with happy hearts.