Clubs and Organizations: Sunrise Rotary visits the Jacksonville Area Museum

President Lisa Kluge called the August 12 meeting of the Jacksonville Noon Rotary Club to order at noon at Hamilton’s house.

We continued with a reflection from Jan Ryan, followed by the pledge of allegiance and the singing of a verse from “America.”

Lisa thanked today’s volunteers, Phyllis Lape, Lynne Sheaff, Karen Walker, Alberta Robinson, Daphne Spradlin, Cathy Jo Littleton-Wahl and Craig Albers.

She hosted McKenna Servis and Jessica Dye. We greeted them with a welcome song.

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• The PolioPlus jars are on the tables. Thanks for contributing.

• August 14: A few more ferris wheel volunteers are needed.

• August 18: Oktoberfest committee meeting, 5:15 pm in the bedroom.

• August 20: Skin Cancer Screening Program, 9 am to noon at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital. Contact Lynne Sheaff for more details or to volunteer.

• August 24: Jacksonville Area Museum volunteer opportunity; a sign-up sheet is circulating.

• August 27: Neighborhood improvement project, location to be determined.

• September 9: JHS Concessions. Need help at ticket office and main concession site. The sign-up sheet will be circulating next week.

• September 17: Oktoberfest! The sign-up sheet will be circulating next week.

• Oktoberfest tickets were distributed by Ginny Fanning.

Oktoberfest co-chairs Kevin Heitz and Tammy Holaway provided updates on the progress of the various committees. Lori Hartz will have the sign-up sheet available next week.

The reconnaissance was led by Craig Albers.

Rotations were given by Colleen Cooksey (several!!), Barbara Farley, Cathy Jo and Shawn McCombs.

Cathy Jo introduced Sydney Hembrough, Griffen Martin and Carter Naeve, who spoke about their experiences at last week’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program.

Ginny Fanning introduces McKenna Servis, director of the Jacksonville Area Museum. McKenna gave an excellent presentation on the history, goals and future of the museum.

Keith Lape shot unsuccessfully for the 50-50 pot.

The meeting closed at 1 p.m. with the four-way test.

— Submitted by Lynne Sheaff

Jacksonville Sunrise Rotary Club

On a pleasant Tuesday morning after overnight rain, 10 Rotarians and a guest gathered at the Jacksonville area museum.

After eagerly perusing the exhibits (and the excellent freebies at the reception), everyone gathered (with chairs drawn from around the museum) on the covered porch.

In attendance were President Linda Meece and her husband John; former President Jane Becker; Britain Nickel; Pat Pennell; Sarah Robinson; Don Pigg; Sonie Smith; Cindy Boehlke; Ella Scaggs and Sarah Edmiston.

President Linda verbally rang the August 16 meeting at 7:15 a.m. With no American flag available, the club turned toward the rising sun, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance toward Washington, D.C., followed by Jane leading the recitation of the four-pronged test. Pat gave the invocation.

Donations were made to the Polio Jar and, to motivate members, Don shared the news that polio was recently detected in sewer water in New York. Rotations were done by Ella, Cindy and Don. Then Pat included everyone with Recognitions, though a few of the newspaper clippings were tenuous at best. Linda thanked Sarah Robinson and Jane for putting together the materials in record time for a grant through Rotary District 6460.

Linda announced that there will be a baby shower for Brittany at the September 13 meeting. This sparked many questions for Brittany and memories of the club’s past baby showers.

Cindy handed out Dutch Mills bulb order forms. A motion was put forward to use this as a fundraiser and it passed. Don reminded the members that the Salvation Army bought the old Production Press building (in view of our meeting point).

Don also reminded members of upcoming programs. Next week, the club will meet at the new Morgan County Health Department building. Later this month, the new director of the Jacksonville Public Library and a representative from Pathway Services will make presentations at club meetings.

Chair Linda “ringed” the meeting to close at 7:50 a.m.

— Submitted by Sarah Edmiston