Posted by Darlene Palmer

Hello fellow Rotarians,

I am pleased to report that we had an excellent turn-out for our first Club Assembly last Thursday. If you were unable to attend, some of the highlights are as follows:

Treasurer: Curtis reported that we currently have just over $20,000 in the bank account but that we still must pay our $5,000 district dues and the second half of our RI dues. We also have the $5,000 set aside for international. Our only other income for the whole year will come from the net revenue from Vive Le Vin.

Club Service: Louise reported that she is currently reviewing our current Constitution and By-Laws and comparing them to the revised ones that RI has sent to clubs. She will be bringing forward proposed changes to the board at their next meeting and then to the club for approval. Reports from chairs under Club Service are as follows: Newsletter – Becky asked that members send her any info/pics or ideas they have that she could put in the newsletter. Please send them to her on the Sunday as that is when she preps the newsletter ( Public Relations – Sandi has had to step down as PR Chair, so Louise is looking for someone to fill that position. Sending media releases and the monthly column for Northern Life are the responsibilities. Membership – Luann has been working with a small task force to look at the various levels of membership that many clubs now have. She will have her report ready within a couple of weeks. Program – Jeff was unavailable but Louise reported that he has speakers booked until January. If anyone has ideas for a speaker please get in touch with Jeff at Fellowship – Trina told the group that the club Christmas party will be at Darlene’s home. It is a dinner evening beginning at 7 pm and it is BYOB. DATE CHANGE The party will now be held on Saturday, December 2nd.

Community Service: Vive Le Vin – Trina/Sue reported that Vive Le Vin planning is going very well with great prizes and a fun event planned. The ticket sales however are about two weeks behind last years' sales. She encouraged members to get their table/tickets sold and turn in the money so that we will have a better idea of numbers for the event. Please remember that this is our ONLY fundraiser and we must ensure its success. Fill a Crib – Shannon said the forms for Fill a Crib are ready and if anyone wants one to connect with her. Salvation Army Bill Ringing – Cathy Coe has offered to organize that project for December. Rotary Park – Gary Choy wanted everyone to know that the BBQ at the chalet was awesome.

Foundation: Beau sent his thanks to everyone who participated in buying ponchos as well as special thanks to all those who came out to walk in the torrential downpour. He also sent thanks to Trina for organizing the BBQ at Rotary Park. We raised over $1,500 for polio.

New Generations: Maureen reported that she is attending the Rotary exchange student dinner at the Motley Kitchen on November 8th if anyone would like to go with her. She is also looking into Interact clubs in high schools. Darlene informed the club that she and Steve Doni will be meeting with the President of the Young Professionals Association to see if there are synergies between the two organizations.

International: Sonia’s committee will be meeting on November 27th to work on an international grant application to match the $5,000 from the Fielding family.

Sergeant-at-Arms: Mick was pleased to announce that the fund from Happy Bucks has grown steadily since its inception and is pacing to achieve $400. Per quarter. (Can you tell he is a sales guy!)

My sincere thanks to everyone for their engagement not only on committees but within the club as a whole. The Sudbury Sunrisers have a proud 25-year history and we are all a part of that.

NOTICE: November 16th – First meeting at the Lexington Hotel

November 23rd – Meeting to be held at the YMCA for YMCA Peace Week.

Yours in Rotary,