Host father, Kevin Keller, introduced his house guest since Thanksgiving of last year – Sebastian, from Columbia and a senior at AHS. Sebastian showed a Powerpoint slide program of his home country and residence. He will remain with the Keller’s until his return this coming July.
He said that he and his family live in Ibague, Columbia where the population is around 400,000 and about 3 ½ hours from the capital by automobile. He showed a photo of his country’s flag consisting of 3 colors stacked horizontally with yellow at the top signifying gold in the country, Blue next signifying water (Pacific and Caribbean), and red on the bottom denoting the blood that has been shed battling the Spaniards to secure the freedoms they now enjoy.
Columbia, Sebastian said, was very close to the Equator and his home town was almost in the middle of the country. Columbia is bordered by Panama, Venezuela and Brazil on the east. Columbia is a republic made up of 32 “states” working independently of each other. Their government is much like America in that it has an administrative, legislative and judiciary branches. Their president is Juan Manuel Santos who, Sebastian said, was not doing that good a job and was surprised when he was reelected in 2014 after serving a 4-year term.
Columbia, he said, is a country that has the most holidays. Celebrations, parties and parades are commonplace and occur every month. Some last an entire week. Dance is also very popular among residents. Soccer is a very popular sport in his country. Food, he said, was very cheap and delicious.
Sebastian concluded his presentation by saying that corruption within Columbia’s government was occurring. Over 800 governors are under investigation. And, drug trafficking was also a huge problem there.
Purity – Purity needs to find work over the next several months this summer during her break at SHU so if you know of someone hiring please contact Patty Clark. Purity loves working with children, Thanks.
RI Foundation – Remember - $2,400 has been raised toward a goal of $6,583. If you have not already, please contribute to this worthy cause which allows our club to apply for district grants. If we get within $1,000 of the goal, a donor has come forward and said they will contribute that amount! If you have not already, please contribute before the middle of June so we can get the money to the District.
Rotary Scholarships – AG Mary reported that our club presented 2 scholarships at last Sunday’s ceremony at Adrian College. A total of 389 scholarships ($500,000+) were given out to deserving students that afternoon! Karis Blaker, recipient of our 4-Way Test $1,000 scholarship, wrote a nice note to us thanking us for selecting her. She will be attending the u of M this fall. Taylor received the $1,000 Robert Brady Scholarship and will be attending SHU this fall. The club wishes to thank Mary and Tanya White for their hard work on the interview and selection process. Couldn’t have done it without you!
Strokes For Students golf outing was held on Monday, May 16th. Even though it was cold start to the day, everyone had a great time except Kathy Williams who may have thrown a hip out! What she wouldn’t do for this club. Pres Rod said Rotary did not win however.
REMEMBER: DisCon 2016 - First timers interested in attending this year’s DisCon (June 23-26 in Kalamazoo) should know that subsidies are available through our club ($250) as well as the District ($150). Please contact any club officer if you are interested. Rod mentioned again that our club will host a hospitality suite at the conference. We need volunteers!
Onion Sales – If you did not hand in your money, please do so by next meeting.
DG Wayne Titus’ Volunteer Hour Collection Worksheet – DG Wayne still wants each of us to track hours, both Rotarian-related and non-Rotarian-related that we give of ourselves in service to others. They should include direct hours worked as well as planning and development time. We will be surveying members again about June 1.
Adaptive Wheelchair for ERaceStigma - Please visit: gofundme.com/j7wpedmkThe club donated $500 toward a new wheelchair for this race.
Rotarian of the Year Applications – Forms are still available from Rod or Chuck. Please complete one and nominate a deserving member to receive this award which will be announced at our Changeover Dinner on June 30.
Exchange Student - Here is a photo taken at the AM Club yesterday. Kevin Keller and his exchange student, Sebastian, who has been staying with him and his wife, Deb, spoke to the club.
DATES TO REMEMBER
May 20 – Fluency Friends Open House – AG Mary reminded members of the breakfast at the Michener School Library from 9am-10am to celebrate our accomplishments this year. All FF will be joined by the children that read to them – over 60 in all!! Mary also reminded volunteers to be sure and complete the survey. The club again made a donation of $1,200 to purchase books for the library they started at the school. All children who participated will keep 3 books from the library they can take home with them this summer and read and keep!
May 21 – 3rd Day Farm Project Worker Bee – President Rod once again urged as many members as possible to attend this event from 10am-12noon at the field just west of Bethany Assembly of God. A sign-up sheet was passed around. Prez Rod guarantees sunny weather!
May 22 – EraceStigma 5k Run – Nate made an announcement for Greg Adams, chair of this weekend’s event and updated members on the event. Those Rotarians who have volunteered to help at the Kid’s Dash that morning need to be at the site by 8:30 that day. They need to be at the Farmer’s Market on Toledo Street. Greg would like a few more volunteers. The Dash is not expected to take long at all. Overall, there should be 350-400 runners in both races! Great job, Greg!! Please contact him at 734-679-5295 if you can help.
June 2 – Club Assembly – we will announcing the results of the Membership Satisfaction Survey along with completing the remaining year’s volunteer hours for DG Wayne’s project. Don’t miss it.
June 18 - Devil’s Lake Arts Festival - Brent announced that plans are underway and to mark your calendars to help volunteer. A sign-up sheet will be passed around next week. The event goes from 10am – 10pm that day.
June 23 – 26 - District Conference – See flyer below for details.
June 28 – Meet the Governor Night – Let’s have a huge turnout from our club on a bus headed for the Harrow, Canada Rotary Club to kickoff Sue Goldsen’s year as District Governor. More about this later.
June 30 - Our Annual Changeover Dinner will be a joint one with members of the Adrian AM Club and is scheduled for Thursday, June 30 from 5:30 to 8:0pm at the home of Noon Club Rotarian Rhonda Gage and hubby, Bob. The address is 8838 Clare Court, Onsted (north side of Loch Erin.) Bring your spouse or significant other. You may be called to bring a dessert since the main meal will be catered. NO MEETING THAT AFTERNOON!
Weekly Programs - 2016
May May 28 - Mark Murray and Mike Olsaver on ARF and RI Foundations
June 2 - Club Assembly - Membership Satisfaction Survey results
June 9 - Kathye Herrera, “What Does Tech Fab Do?”
June 16 -
June 23 -
June 30 - CHANGEOVER DINNER (NO MEETING)
July 7 - Club Assembly
July 14 -
July 21 - Carrie Hartley – Boys & Girls Club
July 28 -
The Rotarian Magazine - A great way to keep up on the latest happenings around the Rotary world!
GUESTS:Anna Mortimer, guest of Nate Smith; Burke Castleburry, guest of Sue Lewis; Catherine Souchock, guest of Sandy Keener.