President Lisa McCurdy opened her first meeting as President at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Lisa McCurdy led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Secretary Catherine Pociask called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Day then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
 
President Lisa McCurdy provided brief opening remarks, noting that today is the 106th anniversary of the Club’s founding. She emphasized the Club’s priority to attract new, diverse, and civic-minded members.  In addition, her plans for the Club include reaching out to college and young professionals to increase membership in the Interact and Rotaract programs, and to encourage Interact members to graduate to Rotaract. The Club intends to be one of the first to respond to Rotary International’s call to add additional Interact and Rotaract Clubs and plans to add one of each in the coming year. President McCurdy reported that the Club is in good financial condition, and extended congratulations to the new officers and board members.
 
Committee Reports
 
Embassy Committee. David Klaus reported that the Embassy Committee is attempting to recruit at least one ambassador to speak at the Club each quarter. He encouraged members with Embassy connections to reach out and invited members to join the Committee.
 
Community Engagement Committee. Jessica Stewart reported that this new committee is engaged in a number of community initiatives and is hoping to put on a monthly community engagement project.
 
Rotary International Foundation. Nancy Riker thanked all the contributors to the foundation.
 
World Press Photo.  Robert Meins reported that he is again involved in planning next year’s World Press Photo exhibition, following a successful exhibition this year which attracted 6,000 visitors. Among the speakers next year will be the photographer of the year from Venezuela.
 
International Services Committee. Mimi Kanda and May O’Brien reported on the Committee’s successful partnerships with clubs abroad, success in leveraging funds, and receipt of additional funds unspent from several major grants. They emphasized that Rotary member proponents of grants working with clubs abroad assume significant responsibilities. The next application deadline for grants is September 1, 2018.
 
Fellowship Committee. Mary Goldsmith solicited the membership present by a show of hands for interest in a variety of social and fellowship events.
 
Yoga and Peace Ambassadors. Bela Murthy reported on the International Yoga and Peace initiatives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and indicated that he is working on a Yoga program scheduled for the first week in August.
 
President Lisa McCurdy adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30p.m.