We held our monthly Club Assembly this week, items discussed were:
1. Financial Position - Club Treasurer Tammy Bonifield informed us that our current financial position is strong. We have funds available to meet our current level of spending, and grant-giving while maintaining a prudent reserve to carry over into our next fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2022.
2. Giving Committee - Chair Larry Stephens reported on (3) grant requests that were approved by the committee, and the Board of Directors; a). Giving Songs, b). Volunteers of America, c). St. Mary Outreach. Club members present unanimously voted to approve the grants. It was also discussed that the Giving Committee will review past worthy recipients of grants to make a giving request to those still in need of monies but will have not been scheduled to present to the club.
3. Tammy also mentioned that reservation for our Rotary District Conference are being accepted now. It will be held on Mackinaw Island on May 12-15. Participants will be guests at the Grand Hotel.
4. Bob Carris reported that we have approved monies for the RYLA online convention.
5. President Mike Ladwig mentioned a new Livonia Service Corp that is comprised of volunteers to help Livonia residents in need of snow removal, light household repairs, or yard work.
6. Mike also commented on the Rotary District 6400 mid-year Presidents Council. He informed the group that the general attitude was positive, and the presidents had a “let us solve the problems instead of complaining about how hard the problems are” attitude.
7. Mike spoke on one of Rotary’s goals for 2021-2022 year is to work on Diversity and Inclusion. With that in mind, he announced that our club has purchased a sponsorship table at the Chamber of Commerce Civility Project luncheon to be held on April 12th. Members can sign up to attend on Signup Genius. If our 8 tickets go quickly, we will purchase another table at a reduced fee. We made this event open to Interact students. However, due to scheduling difficulties, they cannot commit so far in advance. Therefore, they will need to purchase their tickets, and we will reimburse them after they attend the event.
8. District Governor-Elect Traci Sincock, signed in via zoom to join in on our discussion of Sleep in Heavenly Peace project. This is a project similar to “Kids Coalition Against Hunger” where service clubs and others join in constructing beds for the the most vulnerable in our community. Traci added that a few Canadian Rotary Clubs are taking part in this project. I asked for volunteers to project manage this effort and report back on their findings. Past President Greg Greene and new member John Clay agreed to help in this.