February 2023
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President's Message
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Spring will be here before we know it – time to get planning!
Over the last few (cold) months, we’ve had a lot of discussion about where our club is headed. Some positive, some concerning – all constructive. Here are a few summary points from my perspective, and a few suggestions to help us enter spring on a solid footing:
  • Roles are muddied: Totally accurate. We switch leadership positions each summer, and it’s tough to remember who does what, why, and when.
  • We need more hands: Also true. Maintaining our ongoing projects—can/bottle collection and the Little Free Food Pantry—often falls on the same few members over and over. That makes it tough to plan new initiatives.
  • Everyone has great ideas: I love the creativity of this group! When new ideas pop up, share them with the club—and bring a plan for how to staff and sustain the project.
  • Meetings are sparsely attended: This one worries me most. We’ve had some technology and Zoom challenges, and we’re working on a long-term solution. But I keep wondering, is it the weather keeping people away? The day/time? Do I smell weird? Things that keep me up at night…
  • People are operating in silos: As a small club, this is a big concern. We’re all in this together, and we can only help with projects when everyone is on the same page about roles, responsibilities, deadlines, etc.
To answer these concerns, we need to have a few tough conversations. Here are the first few steps we’re taking to get that ball rolling:
  • Creating a vision board of roles, responsibilities, and duties (Jen and Mariah)
  • Planning for club-owned tech ideas (Erin)
  • Ongoing updates about Rotary Youth programs (Shari and John)
  • Anonymous survey regarding meeting time, day, and technology (Mariah)
Keep sharing your ideas. Keep coming to meetings. And tell me if I smell bad—we all want to make the world a better place, and that’s why we joined Rotary. Let’s keep those good vibes going strong into spring.
Upcoming Events
Speaker: Brad Reiners
Shores Event Center
Feb 08, 2023
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Free CPR Training - Marion
Marion Fire Department
Feb 18, 2023
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Service Project: Freezer Meals
Schultz Home
Feb 22, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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January Club Projects
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Rotary Rush
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