Posted by Joel Etra on Feb 14, 2018
 
 
Presiding:  Pres. Kathleen
 
 
Invocation:  Joel
 
 
Fellowship: Nancy on Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day
 
 
Birthdays:
It’s Mike Cooney's birthday today, woo-hoo
 
 
Rotary Anniversaries
Joel celebrates 23 years this week
 
Rotarians with Guests
  • Andrew brought Michelle Hinton
  • Jenn Granger with Chris Gauthier and Stacey Taylor from the Dime Bank
  • Bill Champagne introduced Samuel Smit
 
 
Visiting Rotarians:
None
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • Next weeks speaker will be Beth   Pritchard from Easter Seals.
  • Rodney is looking for a location to store the coats for next year’s coat drive.
  • The Happy Dollars Fund is available to help people in need.
  • Club members are encouraged to email Mary Richardson or Kevin Wickless with the name and contact info of proposed  speakers. Mary or Kevin are supposed to follow up directly with all proposed speakers. Unfortunately, pursuits in the past have resulted in stalking complaints and some speakers have obtained orders of protection.
  • Diversity Day 2018 will be September 17 (Rain date: Sept 24) and there will be a Peace Pole commemoration on September 21. The first planning meeting will take place on March 12 at the Savings Institute at 2 o’clock.
  • The 4 Way Test Speech semi-finals are March 10  and 21 at Slater.
  • at NFA.
  • The District Assembly and 4-Way Test finals will be April 7  at the 4-Points Sheraton in Meridan
  • RYLA is May 11-14 at Camp Hazen
  • Culture for Coats, a bourbon and spirit tasting will be held April 30 at Three Rivers at 5:30
  • The Presidential project is up to $403.
  • The No-show Gala has topped $5000 and keeps on rolling on. Make your contributions and encourage your friends to do the same.
 
 
Proposed New Members:
 
The Board of Directors has tentatively approved Michelle Hinton for membership. If any current Rotarian knows of a reason why the candidate should not become a member, an objection stating the reason must be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors within fourteen (14) days of the date of this posting. E-mail to the President or Secretary may be used. If no objections are filed within that time, the candidate shall be considered elected to membership and a date for formal induction set.
 
The Board of Directors has tentatively approved  Christian Tynan for membership. If any current Rotarian knows of a reason why the candidate should not become a member, an objection stating the reason must be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors within fourteen (14) days of the date of this posting. E-mail to the President or Secretary may be used. If no objections are filed within that time, the candidate shall be considered elected to membership and a date for formal induction set.
 
The Board of Directors has tentatively approved  John Mancini for membership. If any current Rotarian knows of a reason why the candidate should not become a member, an objection stating the reason must be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors within fourteen (14) days of the date of this posting. E-mail to the President or Secretary may be used. If no objections are filed within that time, the candidate shall be considered elected to membership and a date for formal induction set.
 
The Board of Directors has tentatively approved  Marie Osborne for membership. If any current Rotarian knows of a reason why the candidate should not become a member, an objection stating the reason must be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors within fourteen (14) days of the date of this posting. E-mail to the President or Secretary may be used. If no objections are filed within that time, the candidate shall be considered elected to membership and a date for formal induction set.
 
These four new members represent a 15% increase in our total membership.
 
Happy Dollars:  with Jenn G Who was having so much fun watching the otter in her lake that she almost didn’t go to work the other day. Her husband sent her a picture but it was really one that he took off the Internet.
 
 
Bonnie had a happy dollar for Mike Cooney‘s birthday and 23 very happy dollars for Joel Etra‘s rotary Anniversary.
 
 
Bill enjoyed today’s lunch and thanked the students for preparing and serving it. He wants to come back for lunch at NFA every week. He and Patrice enjoyed seeing the movie Loving Vincent at the Norwich Arts. He is pleased to note that there is a free movie series at NFA. Even the popcorn is free.
Mike
 
 
Michelle Hinton had the flu but she is feeling better. She appreciates being part of Rotary. She recalls being active in the Interact club at Ledyard high School. She even won a scholarship.
 
 
Pres. Kathleen wished Mike a happy birthday, congratulated Michelle, and thanked NFA for hosting us today.
 
 
Avianna  graciously expressed her love and appreciation for her fellow Interactors and the members of the Norwich Rotary.
 
 
Andrew thanked the Interact club for doing such a good job today.
 
 
Mike Cooney did not have such a good birthday week. It started off with the passing of his grandmother. The good news was that she did live to 98. Matt called her "My honey." In further developments, everyone in his house is sick this week. Last night Mike had a surprise birthday dinner. It was a surprise mostly because it was not yet his birthday.
 
 
Auction:  Not today
 
Lottery: with Nobody
 
Program: Aviana and the Interact club spoke about their planned projects. They are in need of a storage unit for books they are collecting.
 
res. Kathleen and our Interactors led us in the Four-Way Test to close our meeting.