The day started off with some last minute searching for a meeting location. While all of use were acutely aware of Veteran’s Day, none of us expected Sertoma Arts Center to be closed. That’s just what we found out though. Luckily, club member Scott Tarkenton arrived at Sertoma an hour earlier than usual for a Casino Night committee meeting. He and Ed Smallwood were able to get a backup location for the meeting at Milton’s Pizza and Pasta on Six Forks Rd. The next hurdle was getting the word out to our members and others, many of whom would likely have closed up their email by that time. The speaker for the day, Barry Phillips was not carrying a cell phone. District Governor-Elect Rusine Sinclair was planning to visit us as well. In the end, most everyone was notified and arrived at Milton’s in time. Ed Smallwood gave a hearty brag on the willingness of Milton’s to come through at the last minute. The club thanks you.

Barry Phillips talked about The Rotary Foundation process. Where the money goes, what they do with it and how much gets to the charities we support. He provided an insightful handout with the data from our District and Club. See below. Each year Rotarians are encouraged to contribute to our Annual Fund which is used to fund projects, scholarships and grants.  Individual donations to the Annual Fund (AF) are collected by The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and totaled for each Rotary Year. The accumulated funds from all Rotary Clubs are invested for 3 years – with the revenue used to offset TRF administration costs. In the fourth year, 50% of D7710’s AF contributions, known as District Designated Funds (DDF), are available to our district. The other 50% is held in a World Fund which is used to match commitments made by Rotary Clubs to fund Global Grants (GG), which can range from $30,000 to $400,000.

Long-time member Warner Hall and his wife Ellen were honored by The Rotary Foundation as Arch Klumph Society members. Special pins were presented to them by Barry Phillips and PDG (and club member) Matthew Kane.