September 19, 2016
President Jennifer Pennington rang the bell and called the meeting to order.
Mike Cash gave the pledge and invocation.
“Rotary Moment”: President Jennifer reported that the Rotary Club of Negombo in Sri Lanka distributed 10 Body Mass Index (BMI) Machines worth $3000 to 10 Health Department Offices. These machines will help these Doctors and health Officers to easily calculate the BMI value of Children and adults and instruct them on their health, nutrition and physical condition. The Machines were donated by Rotary Club of Uji Japan, after an agreement between the two Clubs. Rotarians, Doctors and staff of health department offices celebrated the donation at a ceremony earlier this year.
AK Gulati welcomed our guests and visiting Rotarians.
CART: Thanks to our inside challenger, Neita Mulherin, and the outside challenger, Mattress Outlet of Aiken, the club raised 713.12 for CART at our last meeting. This week the inside challenger is Dustin Young and the outside challenger is MAI Risk Advisors.
Richard Rogers gave our Sunshine Report.
Football Follies: Chris Bird announced 45 participants in week 3 and we had a four-way tie for 1st with 9 winners picked. The tie-breaker points scored was 69 from the Ohio State v Oklahoma game. Jim Becton had 9 wins and guessed 35 points. Ray Walters guessed 38 points and David Hudson guessed 50 points. That leaves Paul Wade taking the Week 3 prize with 9 winners and a guess of 63 points. Congratulations Paul. This week's prize is two tickets to the Border Bash.
- Rosters are available at the front desk.
- Dustin Young announced that the Literacy Committee is looking for high interest books to give to the literacy center. Drop off your book donations in the back of the room.
- A fund raiser breakfast for the Greater Augusta Partnership for Literacy (GAPL) will be held from 8:00 – 10:00 on September 24th at Fatz Café. Tickets are $10.00, 6 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Tom Clark gave a “Heavyweight Champion” introduction of our guest speaker, Kim Elle, Executive Director of the Augusta Warrior Project. Kim discussed the mission of AWP which is to help soldiers connect with valuable resources such as benefits, housing, and education.
She explained the difference between Augusta Warrior Project and the Wounded Warrior Project which creates a tremendous amount of confusion in the local area. AWP is not affiliated with WWP. AWP has been in existence for 10 years and provides services and support to anyone who has served our country. The WWP serves those who served after 9/11/01.
The biggest need for AWP, aside from increasing their identity, is fundraising. A very small percentage of their funds are provided through federal housing grants, but the majority is provided through fundraising and private donors.
The AWP recently relocated their offices to downtown Augusta in order to be a part of the growing community, but they also maintain an office at Fort Gordon in order to serve soldiers who are getting close to being discharged. During 2015, the AWP helped over 2700 Warriors obtain their education, housing, employment, and VA benefits.
Following the presentation, President Jennifer led us in reciting the four way test and then adjourned the meeting.
Next meeting September 26, 2016 and the speakers will be three of our own. We will hear from John Whitwell, Jeff Partl, and Brenda Durant as they share memories from their lives.
Inside Challenger: Dustin Young
Outside Challenger: MAI Advisors
Incredible Insider Donation-Neita Mulherin
Augusta Warrior Project
Augusta West Rotary
Steve Farmer 9-19-16 Rotary Board of Dir. Mtg.
Darryl Leech 9-19-16 On Line Make Up
Ray Walters 9-12-16 West Augusta Rotary