Rotarians, welcome to the new Rotary Year!
Our Board of Directors this year will include Kirk as
President-Elect, Greg as President Nominee, Brian as Treasurer,
Bob as Secretary, Joe as Rotary Foundation as well as Vocational
Service, Paul as Media Chair, Rev. Dave as Head
Sergeant-At-Arms, Dan as Youth Services Chair, Pat as
Membership, and leading our newly formed Lodi Rotary Foundation
Board, Phil Lenser. Volunteering, and delegating, members of
Phil’s Board will continue to be the Immediate-Past President,
current President, and President-Elect. Brian will handle the
treasury and Bob will serve as Secretary. Additional Board
members will be Dan, Mr. Fry, Paul, and Joe.
We continue with our Shrimp Fest we began last year, and a new
fundraiser this year will be a Sporting Clay Shoot. These will
be chaired by Pat and Mark, respectively, in January and May.
Please support these efforts as these events will provide our
funding for Rotary Service.
Speaking of which, we have many projects in the works. First of
all, our own Jeni Elson will be heading back to Ethiopia to the
Ebeneezer Children’s Home with a fist-full of Rotary dollars,
and a box or two of shoes and clothing for the children. Thanks
to the Board for approving club funds, and to the members who
ponied up additional cash from their own pockets. These are
children with big needs and it is wonderful that we have the
opportunity to send the basic things they need with Jeni on her
trip. We wish her safe travel and return!
In August, we will be filling our first “Rotary Gift Boxes for
Lodi Shut-Ins”. These small boxes will be filled with any and
all goodies you can beg, buy or otherwise provide. Each box
will contain 4-6 items as a Labor Day gift to Lodi Shut-Ins, and
will be delivered by Loel Center with their newly re-instated
Meals on Wheels program. If any Rotarians would like to ride
along on the delivery, any and all are welcome to go. These
boxes will be filled with small things; for example, granola
bars, applesauce packets, pens, note tablets, candy, cookies,
hand sanitizers, small lotion bottles, etc. Please donate some
of these things either from your workplace, your stash or
pocket, or volunteer to shop for them with club funds. Each box
will cost no more than $2.50. We expect to fill between 60-70
boxes for this upcoming Holiday. We will fill them directly
before and directly after our usual club meeting in late August.
Other events in the works…..in September, a real celebration at
Woodbridge Golf Club honoring Jerry Fry’s 50 years of
Perfect Attendance in Lodi Rotary, an Area One Project to
prepare 20,000 dehydrated meals for Kids Against Hunger, and we
hope to fill a table with our members at the 180 Teen Center
event August 26 at Wine & Roses (just need 6 more!)
Have a great August. Do well. More importantly, do good. Serve