President's Message
Ashley Dress
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Last week, a colleague of mine said during a work meeting that after last Thursday, December 31st, we would all have perfect 2020 vision, which I really appreciated, not just for the humor but for a bit of a positive spin on a year that we'd all like to leave in the past. Having lived through it, though, we can now look back and take stock of what we accomplished, what challenges we overcame and what we would like to do better moving forward. 
As far as our Club is concerned, I'm very proud of the contributions we still continued to make to community organizations despite everything, including donations to the food shelf, delivering milk to families at school and all of the awesome things that Interact has managed to do in a few short months with completely new student leadership! 
We were able to quickly pivot (one of many words of the year) to online meetings and consider how to make them more meaningful. We've had interesting speakers from across the country that we would never have been able to hear from, and we also tried some online and in-person socials that were really fun. Turns out, Rotary is a pretty fun drinking crowd!
As we consider this year, I think, as a group, we're more willing to try some new things. We should strive to include a technology component into our future meetings, even when we are back to in-person ones. For those people who need to be at work or away, it's been great to still be able to connect via Zoom. I think we discovered that changing our meeting structure was not so scary, and actually, that doing something a little different may help us to gain new members. 
One thing that I hope never changes, however, is the giving spirit of this group or of Rotary International. I am always amazed at how much a group of volunteers, many of whom have full-time jobs, can accomplish. 
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2021! 
Yours in Rotary,
Ashley Dress

Thank you to Naomi for January programs and Dan for January invocations!

February Programs: Nancy 

February Invocations: Tom 

Jan 08, 2021
St. Claire Health Mission Rotary Mobile Medical Unit
Jan 15, 2021
Pet cremation business
Jan 22, 2021
The owner of Just Stitch It will share stories about her reupholstery business.
Jan 29, 2021
As a group, we will discuss the business of all committees.
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District 6250 Grant Management Seminars
The promise of a new year includes opportunity for service in our local communities and around the world. As People of Action, Rotary Clubs who are planning projects for the new Rotary year that include applying for District Grants and Global Grants are required to complete the Grant Management Seminar each year to maintain eligibility. Anyone from your Club can attend one of the three Grant Management Seminars in 2021. Virtual sessions will be held on:
Saturday, January 16: 9 a.m. – Noon (Registration Open)
Wednesday, March 17: 530 – 8:30 p.m. (Registration Open)
Thursday, April 22: 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Register at the District 6250 website using this link:
"Service Above Self"
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