A Very Busy, but Potentially Fruitful Fall Awaits Us
Because of all the planning that has been recently done by your board the months of September, October, and November will be busy, but also potentially very bountiful.
To kick things off from Sunday September 11th until Monday September 19th Rotary, in conjunction with Kiwanis, Optimist, and Lions will be collecting items for the Salvation Army, the Harvest Table, and the Brookings Food Pantry.  The drop off point for donations will be a Century 21 truck in the parking lot of Brookings Radio.  A list of desired donations can be found elsewhere in the COG.
It has been brought to our attention by members of this club that Feeding Brookings (located at Ascension Lutheran) has seen the numbers in need of food assistance nearly quadruple this year.  At our weekly meetings for the month of October we will be collecting money for Feeding Brookings.  Larry Fjeldos has generously agreed to match your donations to Feeding Brookings $1 for $1 up to $1,000.  Larry, thank you not only for your generosity but also your example!
On the evening of Sunday November 13th this club will be holding a fundraiser to raise money for the purpose of procuring medical supplies for Ukraine via the Barlad Romania Rotary Club.  We have already received a generous $10,000 gift from a friend our club to help kick off this project.  More details will surely follow in the October COG, however based upon the proposed menu and speakers you will not want to miss this event.  Mark this evening on your calendar and stay tuned for more details!
That’s three fundraisers for three worthwhile projects, two local and one global, in three months! The harvest has the potential to be plentiful, but will the workers also be plentiful? I challenge you to step up and either donate your time and / or your resources to these projects.
Let’s not forget the District Convention in Sioux City from September 23-24.  The LeMars club has put a great program with great speakers to educate and excite you about Rotary.  I for one am looking forward to hearing their keynote speaker, former Navy SEAL Boyd Renner.
Lastly, Mylo has arranged a great line up of speakers for September. If you are a Jackrabbit fan you won’t want to miss single a meeting in September.  And if you know any Jackrabbit fans what better way to introduce them to Rotary than bringing them to a meeting this September!
Service above self, Erich Olson