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ROTARY CLUB OFFridays, 7:15 am
|Immediate PP||Cathie Brumfield|
At our July 16 celebration of the 2019-20 Rotary Year, President Cathie presented Erica Brown with the Rookie of the Year award. Erica joined the club last July, and played an important role in the social media promotion of our event last fall to promote community awareness of the serious issues surrounding human trafficking. The event was quite successful - thanks in part to her great work.
Using phrases like "always ready to help or give a new idea a try" and "good listener ... great advisor," President Cathie recognized Past President Rick Otness as the club's 2019-20 Rotarian of the Year. Rick served last year as Cathie's Presidential Advisor, and is doing the same for President Ardy this year. Congratulations Rick!
When we issued dues invoices late last week, we didn't make an adjustment for meetings missed due to the pandemic. An adjustment is on the way.
We were optimistic that we could resume a "normal" meeting schedule and sent a "normal" invoice. Given the rise in coronavirus cases, we have made the decision to return to Zoom meetings only for August, so we are reissuing the July invoices to account for those three missed meeting opportunities as well as three in-person meetings we anticipated in May and June that didn't happen that way.
Much like your May invoice, where we provided a credit for six cancelled in-person meetings, the revised July invoice will do the same - with a $95 credit off of quarterly dues of $285. This credit will be applied to all non rule of 85 members to compensate them for the reduced meal costs in the second quarter. The net dues for the quarter will be $190. As you can see, we are in a time of uncertainty – and while we hope to resume in-person meetings in September (with a Zoom option), we will be carefully monitoring the pandemic situation and make decisions accordingly.
Should we need to continue on Zoom for longer than anticipated, we will calculate appropriate credits for future bills.
Thanks to those of you who have already paid your July dues. We will reflect this credit on your October dues, unless you prefer to receive a check refund now. If you do want a check, please send an email to our Treasurer, Josh Podczervinski, at email@example.com.
We apologize for any inconvenience and promise we will monitor this carefully going forward. We value each and every one of you and are committed to making your Rotary experience the best that we can.
Please let me know if I may answer any questions on this matter.
Membership Director Darrin Vanderpan wants to build on the great membership year we had last year. Here are three immediate ways you can help:
We are pleased to announce that we are returning to Charlie and Anita Augello's East 48th Street Market for an outdoor, face-to-face Thirsty Thursday celebration on August 20 beginning at 5:30 pm. As before, it's a "bring your own chair and wine glass" event - and you will have the opportunity to order food in advance and buy your beverage of choice from the Market. More details to follow closer to the event.