Rotary District 7770 Governor Ed Duryea and assistant District Governor Jimmy Gibbes the Club’s featured guests for our August 17, 2012 meeting. Duryea gave an inspiring talk on what Rotary has meant in his life. He also presented Paul Harris Fellow awards to a number of our club members. Finally, he presented Club Treasurer Doug Neal with a pin for being the Club’s nominee for the District Four Way Test award.
The featured speaker for our August 10th meeting was City Councilman Moe Baddourah, who spoke to the Club about his first few months on city counsel and the challenges and opportunities facing the city. Here Moe answers a question from Past Assistant District Governor/Past President Lou Nolan.
The great Football Picture Board Project also continued– Are you off the sidelines yet?
And a special thanks to our excellent Sergeant-at-Arms Jill Michels– You never get a second chance to make a good first impression– Jill does this week after week for us. Thank you!
State Senator John Courson, Senate President Pro Tem, spoke to the Club on upcoming legislation at the meeting held July 20, 2012. After his formal remarks the Senator answered questions from Club members.
In this meeting the Club also presented a $4000 donation to the veterans assistance group Hidden Wounds. Pictured–Club president Bill Latham presents the check to Hidden Wounds representative and American Hero Sgt. Steven Diaz, USMC Ret.
A special treat surprise visit by former members and Club Presidents Hunter Clarkson and Manny Gaetan. Alumnist Andy Leaphart also visited. Andy created the first website for the Club.
Dr. Barrie Kirk, Vice President of Corporate and Continuing Education and Economic Development at Midlands Technical College, and Mr. Tom Ledbetter, Associate Vice President and Executive Director of the MTC Enterprise Campus spoke to the Club at our regularly scheduled meeting on Friday July 13, 2012. They discussed the jobs gap and the talent gap– that is the gap between what is needed in the service area verses the available talent. The main “take away” was that credentialed jobs made possible by technical school training such as that available at Midlands Technical College are high paying jobs that will be in high demand in the foreseeable future. We should encourage our youth to consider the opportunities provided by a technical school education.