February 10, 2020
President Scott Williams rang the bell and called the meeting to order. Brittany Burnett gave the pledge and invocation. Thanks to our Inside challenger Steve Munn. and outside challenger MAI Risk Advisors together we raised $274.20. This week’s inside challenger is Mark Bowen and outside challenger is the Better Choices Group, LLC. Brett Montroy introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians. Jerry Rogers introduced our Interact students. Richard Rogers gave the Sunshine Report.
Signature Fundraiser Raffle Update
This is our last week before the big raffle, and we need everyone’s help reaching our goal of 500 tickets. As of today, we have sold 381 tickets and have 119 left to sell to reach our commitment of 500 tickets. President Scott thanked and recognized the second half of the club members who have sold 3 or more tickets by presenting them a pin. He reminded the club that the top five ticket sellers will be awarded 1000 Paul Harris Fellow points and the second top five will be awarded 500 points each. The raffle event will be held at Mercedes Benz of Augusta on Friday, February 14th from 5:00 – 7:00pm. This event will be held in place of our traditional Valentine’s Day social, and it is open to all members and a guest as well as any individuals who purchased raffle tickets. There will be valet parking, hors d’oeuvres, a bar, and Dr. Bowman will be providing free heart screenings. Official invitations will be emailed this week.
- Our February Meeting Schedule:
- February 14th – Raffle Event – 5-7 at Mercedes-Benz of Augusta
- February 17th – Presidents Day – No Meeting
- February 24th – Normal Meeting - Speech Contest, Interact Youth Day
- Because the February calendar is full, club officer elections will be on the March agenda.
- President Scott recognized Mark Gilliam with his Paul Harris Fellow plus 3 and plus 4 pins.
- The Hull Fund Committee will meet immediately following adjournment.
Anna Reeves introduced our guest speaker, club member, Dr. Faye Hargrove. Faye’s company, Better Choices LLC, provides executive coaching, training, and consulting services to businesses of all sizes. Faye spoke to the group today about Mental Health First Aid and the need to be prepared to provide assistance when someone is encountering a mental episode.
Faye is a certified Mental Health First Aid provider and encouraged anyone interested in pursuing the training to reach out to her. She also provided us with some eye opening statistics including the fact that 1 in 5 people suffer from some type of mental illness. Of those, nearly 50% never seek help and most will live with it for 10 years before getting help.
The two most common mental health illnesses are depression and anxiety. Faye explained that the easiest way to describe mental illness is anything that interferes with your ability to live, love, laugh, or learn. The goal of her presentation today is to help us identify, understand, and respond when someone is struggling with a mental health issue.
Being able to administer mental health first aid is critical to helping an individual get the assistance they need. Currently, there is a shortage of mental health professionals and patients are sometimes delayed 6 months on a waiting list to see a professional. In the meantime, they are going about their daily lives at home, school, or work.
Anyone wanting more information on becoming a mental health first aid provider or information on resources available to assist those with mental health problems can reach out to Faye or go to her website betterchoices.guru.
At the conclusion of the program, President Scott led us in reciting the four-way test and then adjourned the meeting.
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Rotary schedule of meeting dates and speakers
Member Proposal Form
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Bulletins - Weekly bulletins from 2014-current
Inside Challenger: Mark Bowen
Outside Challenger: Better Choices Group, LLC
Remember to include our GRSP student: William Baeronholdt
Cell Number : 706-550-2331
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