On Tuesday June 25, 2019, we recognized the end of the current Rotary year and the start of the new. We thanked outgoing President Deb Shangraw by making a donation of $100 to Veterans Housing Service in her name. Deb has been a long-time advocate in this area.  In addition, incoming President Mike Foley presented presented her Past President name badge.
After unveiling the theme banner for the 2019-202 Rotary year, Mike provided an overview of the new Board and Committees.  He is still seeking a Community Service Chair, as well as a Membership Chair. Carlo Giraulo will remain our Sergeant-at-Arms.
Board Meetings will be held bi-monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, although we may hold brief ad-hoc meetings as needed. The first board meeting of the new year will be August 13, 2019 at 10AM in the WRVC Conference Room.   Club Assemblies will be held each month on the 3rd Tuesday, with the exception of Aug (moved to Aug 27 due to DG visit), Sept (no meeting due to Golf Tournament), February, and April (no meetings due to school vacations).  This will provide more opportunities for the various committees to meet.   We will still have a few Rotary Night’s out for Lobster Bake, Christmas Party and for those months where there are 5 Tuesdays in a month.  Watch the Scribbler or visit our website for the schedule.
Mike noted the need to increase our annual dues from $190 to $220 to help cover increased dues to RI and to our District, as well cover rising club expenses.  He has also proposed that dues for new members be $120 annually for the first two years of membership. The hope is to encourage new members and reduce any financial barrier to joining our club. In addition, we will be considering how to structure and offer Corporate Memberships.  This is a concept taking hold across Rotary and may provide an opportunity to attract and retain new members as well as sponsorships. 
A new an exciting opportunity is the Member Donation Matching Program.  During the current Rotary year, the club will match a single donation of $50 to a charity of a member’s choosing.  For a new member, the club will match $100 after 6 months of membership.  Proof of donation must be provided.
The final budget for the year will be approved at the August Board meeting.  Look for details at the August 27th Club Assembly.