January 15th, 2020

Welcome to 3rd week of January, 2020.

Thanks so much to Jeanine Kleimo for the program about the Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing last week. Very informative and I believe it helped our members grasp some of the difficulties the homeless among us have to deal with. I also believe we have an opportunity for a small club service project by volunteering to help feed the men at DIMH sometime in the coming months. Please let me know your thoughts.

We’ve finally broken through the communications logjam between RI, the District 7630 RYLA coordinators, the DHS Interact Club and Dover Colonial Rotary. Earlier this week, we found that RI now has our DHS Interact Club properly registered; I received and forwarded the RYLA registration paperwork to the two Interact delegates from Dover High; and the delegates have received their first information packet from RYLA. This year’s RYLA conference will be in O.C., MD the weekend of February 14th.

The Dover Running Festival is scheduled for June 10, 2020. Please put this date on your calendar and make your plans around serving that day. We’ve begun our publicity this week and have already gotten feedback from the public. I’ll ask that all club members participate as fully as possible please. Mike Petit de Mange will be the committee chair this year as incoming Colonial Rotary president this year. Please don’t hesitate to say ‘yes’ when he asks for your help.

One of the most important parts of Rotary is high quality programming during our weekly meetings. I’ve publicized our need for your assistance with our weekly programming several times recently. I’ve asked all members to take responsibility for finding a program for our future meetings… and, as of this week, only one member has stepped up. We need programs each week, and if there are no volunteers, the only alternative I see is to assign dates that members will be responsible for. I don’t want to do that, but it’s just around the corner. Please sign up for one or two program dates now.

I received an invitation from the Newark Rotary Club to support their 6th annual Beef and Beer fund-raiser on Saturday, March 28th. Details on the flier on each table at this week’s meeting.

Yours In Rotary Service,
Alex Vaughan – president