Posted by Erin Nelson on Dec 11, 2018
Annual Meeting is our next meeting, December 19th, and we have a couple of office positions that will be up to the vote and this meeting is a mandatory one for attendance.  The following Board positions are: Club President 2020-21, Club President 2021-22, Club Director position 1 (2019-2021), Club Director position 2 (2019-2021).  If you're interested or have any questions please contact President Kelly.  We are also forming a Club Foundation and will be needing volunteers as trustees, of which they cannot be serving on the Executive Board as Directors at the same time, if you are interested, please contact PE Eric.
 
The Bear Creek Park Playground Rebuild is complete and the ribbon cutting will be held this Saturday at 11:00am and it is going to be great to see this thing all completed after many delays with missing parts.  Amazing community we live in since over 1,100 volunteers participated to help get this project where it is today.  Great job to everyone that volunteered!
 
Toys for Tots is in the final stage and getting ready for the distribution at the Mazda dealership this Saturday.  Volunteers are still needed at this time and please check with Debbie who has been amazing as our liaison with this long running program.  A few of us worked last Saturday sorting the items to the age groups and was amazed at the toys already gathered by then.
 
Poker-4-Polio is set on February 16 at the Woolworth Building.  At this time we are looking to table sponsors and some donation items to give away during the course of the tournament.  The sooner we have the sponsorship the more time we have selling the initial Buy-in tickets.  For more details and sponsorship prices, please contact Scott.
 
Rogue PowerPack Program is up and running at Orchard Hill Elementary School (Phoenix School District).  Sign ups are going around and if you want to volunteer this year, please fill out the background check paperwork for the school district and return to Jennie.  This last weekend the RPP had a great food drive with the help of the Boy Scouts in the food drive that raised over 11,600 food items in one day, amazing :D
  
Visioning Meeting was held on November 10th to help plan our club's growth and areas of focus for the next 5 years.  Details of this event will be covered during our Annual Meeting on December 19th. 
 
Bring A Friend next meeting is planned for January 23 in which we want everyone to bring a guest that you think would be a great fit to our club or to learn more about Rotary.  
 
Speakers are always needed and if you know of someone or an organization that you think would be an interesting speaker for our club, please let Matt know by providing the contact information or by even acting as the liaison.  So please, keep your ears and eyes opened for some great opportunities we have in our area that we have not yet heard or would like an update, like the Holly Theatre for one or the Jackson County Sheriffs Office.
 
Fundraising ideas are being bounced around and looks like we have some good possibilities coming up with the Polar Express partnership, the Raining Cats & Dogs partnership.  We are always open to any ideas to raise funds to support the Rogue Power Pack Program, and other local and international projects.
 
Literacy Program that we normally participate in, the Dictionary Project, we have opted out of this year and are looking for other programs that would be more beneficial to the youth in our area.  The District sends clubs an annual fund for a literacy project and it has increased.  So if anyone has ideas or would like to do another Rotary sanctioned program, please let Kelly know.  So far, Marcella and met with the Rotary Club of Ashland to review their Ashland Reads program and format, and to see more, please visit the Ashland's website.
 
Don't forget that dues are due and everyone should have received their invoice last week and we have many ways available to submit payment.  If you have any questions on your invoice or did not receive one and don't know your standing, please let Kellie know.