Membership Newsletter September 20, 2023

A Change of Schedule

We have an important guest as a presenter this week, Colin Walsh from WTC. He will be presenting to our guests from Georgia in October; WTC is hosting us for several of our presentations and is a great partner in this project. Colin may also bring another one or two people who will be participating in the Open World Program.
I start with this information because we also need to have an important club discussion regarding the incident at Moon Toons. The board is meeting on Tuesday morning, and my expectation is that we will have a proposal to discuss at the club meeting on Wednesday morning. I also understand that there is a need for more information about what occurred and probably just time to process this together before the group as a whole can consider whether to approve any recommendation from the board.
That is a lot to cover in 60 minutes. Add to that our discomfort with discussing the Moon Tunes topic in the presence of our guests, and it becomes necessary to modify our usual pattern. So here’s the plan:
We are going to need to keep our normal business meeting super short. I am going to suggest we skip announcements and the rooter until the very end and only do them if we have time.
By 7:45, Shari Lafreddi will be introducing our guests, and they will have until 8:15 for their presentation. At 8:15, there will be a hard stop, and they will be thanked and depart. At that point, board members and I will present our information and open the floor for (brief) discussion before a vote to move forward.
If members feel they have not had sufficient time or have more questions, then as a group, we will need to decide how to proceed.
I did not feel it would be fair to Shari or Colin to try and postpone his visit, which was complicated to schedule. He would not be able to return until after the visit by the Open World delegates, and then it would not have the same importance. We need to prepare/educate ourselves in order to be good hosts!
See you all on Wednesday.
8th Annual iFeed
iFeed is also coming up, with Part 1 occurring on Saturday, November 4, from 8 a.m. to noon at Logan High School. This is a project of the 7 area Interact clubs.
 Part 1 of the event will pack 80,000 highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice meals that will be shipped overseas via the Kids Against Hunger organization. Thirty teams (450+ volunteers) will pack for four total hours. Part 2 is a MEGA food drive spanning the Coulee Region and beyond. VVR is sponsoring one team on Nov. 4.
District Governor Visit
Next Wednesday, September 27, we will have a very special guest: District Governor Michele McGrath. Michele is an inspired speaker and an energetic presence. She represents us to the larger Rotary community and has been very supportive of our Open World project. Be sure to make this meeting and give her a warm VVR welcome.
DG Michele McGrath
Mobile Meals Signup
Our week delivering meals starts on Monday, September 18. If you plan to help, check the signup now and grab your spot!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Russell Callahan
September 6
Tom Sahlstrom
September 7
John Lyche
September 12
Mark Etrheim
Dorie Etrheim
September 30
Join Date
Nancy Schmidt
September 1, 1993
30 years
Tom Sahlstrom
September 1, 1994
29 years
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