Dear Rotarians & Friends,
Our meeting this past Wednesday featured several young women from our Foreign Exchange program.  We heard from Margaret McIllwee who was our outbound student to Germany this past school year.  Maria Drummond, our new inbound student from Brazil, was present as was the Noon Club’s student, Amy, from France.    Every year, these young people offer a glimpse of the future through their mature demeanor and friendly attitude.  I think we can all take some credit and pride in our participation in this worthwhile program.
This next week, Liz Manning, the Director of the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce, will be our guest speaker.  Liz is always informative and will no doubt fill us in on all of the good things happening with businesses in Rocky River.  Our Club is a member of the River Chamber and anyone of us is always welcome at their meetings as a representative of Rotary.  Speaking of guest speakers, our calendar is filling up nicely with a good variety of presenters.  The task of recruiting speakers belongs to us all, so if you know of an interesting topic and presenter, just give them an “Ask” and Jim Rowe will get them on our calendar.  Just around the corner is the Annual Golf Outing which we co-sponsor. Gordy Geiger is our Club contact person and he’s still seeking foursomes, hole sponsors and auction items.  Just send Gordy an email.    
Our yearly Auction Fund Raiser is on our calendar for Friday, February 9, 2018.  It seems like a long way off, but it will be upon us very quickly.  Start thinking about your guests and other invitees.  Begin the task of soliciting auction items and maybe clear out some of your own personal treasures.  Marty Harris is our Chairperson and she will need everyone’s participation to make our event another big success. 
I hope to see you this coming Wednesday morning.