The Rotary Club of
Leominster
 
Chartered 1925
Meeting Minutes 05/13/2019
HOUSEKEEPING
  • Charlie called the meeting to order, Johnnie lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Rennie lead us in the prayer and collected the happy and sad fines. 
  • Lisa won the raffle, but no Joker was pulled. Maybe next week! Be there to win.
  • The calendar raffle winner was David Moquin, sold by John T.
  • Membership updates - Frank has been reaching out to people who do not regularly attend our lunchtime meetings: 
    • Nicky Peters has resigned 
    • Louise may need to take a leave of absence since she has a Monday conflict. Charlie will contact her.
 
GENERAL TOPICS
  • This was a FORUM meeting with no speaker
  • Charlie and Frank are going to attend the Quarterly District meeting in Framingham on May 14
  • Charlie showed a couple of the new membership videos - including the Rotary image and "club image" videos. These were very well-done and entertaining! They are meant to peak potential members' interest and they really hit the mark.
  • Christine is attending the RYLA meeting Wednesday 5/15 in Concord.
  • We will be creating a new official club logo. Charlie will take point in creating the new logo, Rennie will provide pics of the Johnny Appleseed statue, and Johnnie will help with the project in any way required.
  • The annual Summer Stroll is scheduled for June 8th 3-7 pm. This is coming up quickly and we are working to pull together club participation in this event. It would be great visibility for the club. Volunteers are needed to gather up all items such as tables and tents, and stuff the penny-candy give-away bags. We need several people to attend the event and manage the booth.
  • The Envirothon is Friday 5/17 at Sholan Farms, and we have a few club members who will attend to help out as needed.
  • Ruby, Christine, John T and Charlie will attend the CLI (Community Leadership Institute) evening event on May 23rd at 5 pm at Oak Hill Country Club 
  • Charlie added Club goals to Clubrunner, and will present them next week
  • Charlie elaborated on a fundraiser opportunity, an art auction lead by Jen Stacey. One possibility is a wine tasting, where 35% of the sales goes to the Club. It was suggested to check with the Leominster Art Association to be sure we weren't creating a conflict there if we proceed. 
  • Frank reviewed the new Membership Letter proposal. A new possible option is a Service Membership, for people or small businesses who cannot attend meetings regularly. Discussion around this topic included: should we limit the number of Service Members? Are at least the annual meetings mandatory (project reviews, installation of officers)? How do we ensure Service Members are kept up-to-date with projects?
  • Also, consider if we should change the volunteer requirements from 16 hours, to 3 projects instead. Do we require 100% participation in our signature event, the Johnny Appleseed Festival? Things to think about.
ACTION ITEMS
  • Claire will list Club Projects and send to Julie to create a spreadsheet. This will give a good indication of where members can get involved.
  • Christine, Ruby, Johnnie, and Julie, as new members, will meet to discuss and capture why they joined, what is expected from being a member, how to promote the club, etc.Image result for get involved
Upcoming Events
Evironthon
Sholan Farms
May 17, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Summer Stroll
Jun 08, 2019
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 
Starburst
Doyle Field
Jun 15, 2019
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Speakers
May 20, 2019
UMass Hospital Cancer Walk and Run
May 27, 2019
Memorial Day
Jun 03, 2019 12:00 AM
Rotary Leadership Institute
Jun 10, 2019 12:00 PM
Jun 17, 2019 12:00 PM
Ourglass Life Coaching
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PROJECT UPDATES
Current Project - Flower Boxes
  • Christine sent letters to potential sponsors
  • Frank has inventoried the boxes
  • 2 boxes had outdated signs that need to be updated to the new look for consistency
  • Still looking for new sponsors
  • COMPLETE PROJECT BY MEMORIAL DAY!
 
Upcoming Project - Starburst Fair
  • Fair Date June 15, 2019
  • John Tata has been ordering glow sticks and flags - will this continue?
  • Looking for an update at our next meeting
Rotary Fun Fact
 
ROTARY'S WHEEL EMBLEM
A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver who drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization and Movement." Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads. Finally, in 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. Thus, in 1923, the present gear wheel, with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted by the "Rotary International Association." A group of engineers advised that the geared wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a "keyway" in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in 1923 the keyway was added and the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.
Russell Hampton
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