A Busy Week
Tuesday evening we attended the Lincoln News Messenger Best of the Best party.  We were awarded a certificate for being the best service club in Lincoln, continuing our long-time crown for winning this award.  A big THANK YOU to our members and friends who voted for us. And thanks to those members, friends and sponsors who continue to support the charitable work we do in Lincoln.  This award shows that the community appreciates what we do.
Our Thursday meeting was a Club Assembly. He started the meeting by introducing Brian Gladden (not Gladding as in McBean!) who is our Assistant District 5180 Governor.  Brian said he is here to help us if need be. Ed then led the 4-Way Test, with a very long-winded introduction!  Dan then brought Vic Freeman forward to talk about why he was passionate about our Rotary Club.  Time and time again, Vic loves the reliability of our members and the friendship of coming to the meetings. And, he enjoys wearing his Rotary hat where ever he travels as this allows him to meet many Rotarians. Vic also does a great job in running our weekly drawing. 
A high point of the meeting was the induction of new member Darrell Scott.  Darrell and his wife Linda live in Sun City Lincoln Hills.  Darrell was previous a member of the Novato Rotary Club where he was president in 1990-91 and was an Assistant District Governor in 1991-92.  After living in Arizona for a number of years, he moved here and sought us out. In his previous life, he was in the USAF and was President of Vindar Aviation.  Welcome aboard Darrell.  All members: make sure and say hello to Darrell.
Instead of having an outside speaker, President Dan presented his vision to increase the value of our club experience to our members with a chalk talk via Powerpoint.  To accomplish this, he stressed:
  • Get EVERY Member actively involved in doing a job in our club (e.g. on a committee - time for members to step up!). Happy Rotarians are engaged Rotarians.
  • Get more members in involved in decision making by communicating often and effectively. Being engaged in what we do will also help.
  • Teach Rotary values and the value proposition; this is what makes Rotarians Rotarians.
Dan started out with a nice picture of a worm on a leaf, asking if the club would become a Tomato Bug or a beautiful butterfly.  And in the end, he predicted the latter!   Click the link below for Dan's slides. 
Saturday, our Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student, Mateo (aka Matt), arrived safely at the Sacramento airport and was greeted by members of our Interact/Key club, Kris Wyatt and Dan Johnson and his host family the Wainio's. Welcome Matt to the USA!  
In addition 7 members (and two friends) showed up at the Salt Mine to distribute Food to the needy folks in Lincoln.   Service above Self.  Thank you to those who showed up for this community service event. 
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      Best of the Best 
        Meeting Pictures
          Salt Mine Food Distribution    
           Arrival of Mateo - Our RYE Student            
 Click for Meeting Slides