Arv Petersons brought Hans Hott, our inbound exchange student from Brazil to the meeting. On behalf of the Club this past Sunday, I attended a meeting of the 16 inbound exchange students. This was a great opportunity to hear about the backgrounds of the students and their goals for the future. Hans will be addressing our Club at a future meeting.
Dale Doerhoff brought two guests from the Missouri Humanities Council, Dr. William “Steve” Belko, Executive Director, and Erin Whitson. Dr. Belko announced that the Missouri Humanities Council has agreed to fund $2,600 to pay for a display of our Immigrant Statue scale model at the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site in Jefferson City. This is a significant accomplishment and step forward as we work towards funding a full sized statue. As you recall, the statue is a model of the mid-19th century immigrant family (dressed as German/Westphalians) as they arrived at the Missouri River landing in Jefferson City. The display will acknowledge our Club’s sponsorship of the statue and the funding support of the Humanities Council. Thanks to the Missouri Humanities Council and to Dale for your continued leadership on the Immigrant Statue project.
Thanks to Christine Ellinger for filling in to update the Club website (on a temporary basis). It will be helpful to have someone volunteer to assist with/coordinate Public Image (taking photos at Club meetings; notifying the media of upcoming speakers/meeting/projects; coordinating with District and Rotary International on Club events; periodically update the Club website; etc.). Most of the information dissemination can be conducted electronically, so timeframes are flexible. Please let me know if you are willing to assist.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Sign up for lunch at Big Brothers and Big Sisters. On Monday, September 17th, we will be meeting at 424 Stadium Blvd, Jefferson City, MO 65101 to learn more about Big Brothers and Big Sisters. If you did not sign the sign-up sheet, please let me know if you plan to attend so we can arrange for lunch.
Julie Allen will assist in coordinating the Shining Star students. Thank you Julie.
Alice Bartlett and Sharon Keating requested assistance (signup sheets available) in driving the Helias and Jefferson City High School students to the Club meetings. PLEASE help by signing up to pick up students at the applicable school and return them to the same school.
SPEAKER Our speaker for the August 27th meeting was Cynthia Quetsch, Executive Director, Jefferson City Housing Authority. The Housing Authority owns or manages 997 units of housing for low income families, the elderly and the disabled. The Housing Authority also serves as the Land Clearance Redevelopment Agency for the City, and in that role, is working on the East Capitol Avenue Redevelopment. Ms. Quetsch reviewed the Housing Authority responsibilities and goals, as well as provided an update on the revitalization efforts of East Capitol Avenue. Ms. Quetsch noted that the Housing Authority would be initiating the next phase in the of redevelopment of East Capitol Avenue, which will involve focusing on some additional East Capital Avenue properties.
ROTARY THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK Steve Newman pointed out in the most recent edition of The Rotarian Magazine, there is an article by RI Director–elect Stephanie Urchick about Charles Keller. Mr. Keller was RI president from 1987-88. Mr. Keller recently passed away. Steve noted that Mr. Keller was the last Rotary International President to visit our Club. I would encourage you to read the article to better understand and appreciate the positive impact an individual can have on local and international challenges. Mr. Keller certainly personified the ideals of Rotary. In addition to reading the referenced article about Mr. Keller, I would encourage you to read other articles in The Rotarian Magazine, to better appreciate some of the accomplishments Rotary Clubs are achieving internationally. BE THE INSPIRATION!
If you do not receive The Rotarian Magazine, please let me know, the magazine subscription is part of your dues.