President's Message
Ashley Dress
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Our speaker at last week's regular meeting was Pam Hunsaker from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. If you weren't there and haven't had a chance to look at the materials about the program, I encourage you to do so, but basically, the Library sends free books to registered children each month until they turn 5. Our Club and any partners that we find to support our endeavor will pay for the cost of shipping the books to the kids' homes. I don't think there's any arguing with the power of providing children and their families with the gift of reading and the set of lifelong skills that reading supports. Our Happy Dollars portion of the meeting, which took place after the program, was filled with stories about members' experiences with books and reading, both their own and their children's. It was very heartwarming, and seemed to be a project that all present members could get behind. I'm excited to move forward on this!
In other club news, we were awarded $1000 for our membership grant application from the District 6250 Membership Committee. We have a three-pronged approach, which includes creating a video highlighting the good work that the group does, creating a volunteer portal for the community to find out more about volunteer opportunities available around the area and partnering with an organization to host a volunteer fair where we can speak more about who we are. The Membership Committee will be meeting soon to create next steps for this! Like this on the District 6250 Facebook page if you can. There is a great picture of some of our club members!
Finally, please mark your calendars for Thursday, March 4th from 5:30-7:30! We will be joined by past District Governors Dean Ryerson and Bill Hoel to help us in creating a strategic plan for our club. You can feel free to eat and drink, and they assure us that it is a fun process! We will not be having a regular club meeting on Friday, March 5th. 
Also, Tom Danielson left a Rotary album at Joe Hammell's during the last get-together there. If someone picked it up, could you let Tom know? smiley
Yours in Rotary,
Ashley Dress

Thank you to Nancy for February programs and Tom for invocations!

March Programs: Dan 

March Invocations: Volunteer Needed! 

Feb 12, 2021
The newly-elected city council member for Caledonia will speak about her vision for the community.
Feb 19, 2021
The Senior Associate Principle for Kohn, Pedersen and Fox will talk about the Hudson Yards Project.
Feb 26, 2021
Habitat for Humanity project in Spring Grove and her architectural research in Norway.
Mar 04, 2021 5:30 PM
They will help us to create a strategic plan for our group during this (fun!) two-hour work session.
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