–submitted by Mary Borland; photos by Jason Beren
Several new members along with established members, gathered the morning of December 11 for networking and education. Jason Beren led the meeting.
Guest speaker Victoria Gammino, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, presented information about Rotary International Polio Plus and the impressive work that has been done to try to eradicate polio. There is still work to be done internationally, especially in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, so our continued contributions to the Rotary International fund are very much appreciated.
Cheryl Rosen Weston presented information about the Madison Rotary Foundation and how our club is unique in having a Foundation. Many clubs are much smaller than ours and only contribute to the Rotary International Fund. Our dollars, donated to the Madison Rotary Foundation, go right into our local community to fund important causes. Roth Judd followed up Cheryl’s presentation with a wonderful visual chart that helps us all better understand where our monies flow, whether local or international.
Doug Dittmann provided information on the Community Grants Committee. Committee members make personal visits to prospective grant recipients and then share their findings with the rest of the committee to decide on specific funding to be provided. New members are encouraged to consider serving on this committee – you’ll learn a lot!
The next new member meeting is January 28 at 11:15am, prior to Rotary, and a plan will be started to roast President Tim! Don’t miss this one!