June 19, 2017 – Meeting Bulletin
President Dave opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance and 4 way test.  Ken Gass sang the Star Spangled Banner and Dave Zimmer gave the invocation.  Thanks went out to Alicia Green for selling lunch tickets and Regan Gilshire for selling raffle tickets.  Our greeter was Mark Cooper.  Vic Pooler acted as our sheriff, collecting generous donations from our members.
Please pay your dues if you have not already!
Mark Anderson (June 24th).  
Bob Kenning (and wife Shirley) 6/22/46
Chris Winans (and husband Dan) 6/21/75
Pat Grady (and wife Nancy) 6/21/85
2-Minute Update:
Regan Gilshire gave an excellent two minute update on the Rotary Convention. The highlight of the Convention was an appearance by Bill Gates who warmly reaffirmed his commitment to eradicating polio.  The world went from 350,000 cases in 1988 to 5 cases last year.  $1.2 Billion (with a B) was pledged at the presentation to the Convention.
Regan Gilshire (she's tireless!) also ran our raffle drawing.  To nobody's surprise, Chris Winans won the daily pot.  Way to go Chris!  Nobody drew the 8 of diamonds, though, and the big pot lives.
We had several important announcements.  First and foremost, President Dave awarded Bryan Frank the "Spirit of Rotary" award from the Club.  This is indeed a high honor and recognizes all of the energy and commitment that Bryan has poured into the Birmingham Rotary Club.  Congratulations Bryan!
  • A reminder was given that our year end President's party is at John Westerheide's home on June 22nd.  
  • Our next Hope Warming Center meal will be served on August 1st.  See Bill Roy for details.
  • Michael Williams announced that Orchard Children Services is having its annual Bike Day and asked members of the Club for their support.
Joe Valentine introduced our speaker, Ingrid Tighe, Director of the Birmingham Shopping District.  She highlighted all of the events that Birmingham in involved with to make the area so attractive, including the Farmer's Market, Free Movie Night, Day on the Town and Restaurant Week.  She also told us about the Birmingham Magazine, seasonal beautification initiatives (think Christmas lights), and business development efforts.  Finally, she excited the Club with the many opportunities for Birmingham Rotary to work with the Birmingham Shopping District to benefit the local community, and to work with and partner with like-minded merchants.  Good food for thought!
After singing Smiles, our meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted,
John Mucha