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Board Minutes 3/25/21

Sandra Otter from the Sonoma club has asked us to contribute to their international project, clean water in Nepal. The board supports contributing $500 to $1000 with matching funds from the GB Rotary Foundation. Someone from Sonoma will present the information to the club in April.

Jerry Herbage has tentatively agreed to come on as president for 2022-2023 as he may be retired by then. Tim will continue to be on record as president for the next year.

Bryan is getting applications for Bike the Rogue and is concerned about a lack of club participation. The board feels that with summer coming and the ability to meet outside, members will return. Mary suggested that other organizations like SAR might like to help.

Scholarship applications are due. The committee is Karlie, Mary and Jeremy. There are more applicants this year but that shouldn’t be a problem as the club has spent very little of its budget.

Board minutes 2/10/21

Minutes were approved.

Old Business

January outdoor cleanup will be rescheduled in March.

As of this date the outdoor playground, Kids’ Castle, is still not open so the club can refurbish at a time that is good for us.

Our next club meeting will be at Buffington Park, weather permitting.

New Business

The BoC (Court Boice) has declared 2021 to be the Year of the Veterans. Dave Bassett reported another club is making a banner to honor veterans and proposed the club help fund a banner for Curry County. Bryan reminded us that ODOT would not allow it on state land and certainly not for a year. It was suggested that Main Street is a better fit. Bryan and Denise felt that funds should be spent on helping the needier residents.

The physics teacher at GBHS has invited community leaders and interested adults to help judge (similar to Shark Tank) a class project. It is a 2 part project ( a rocket delivery system) looking for “investors”. Tim will send out information on both the veterans’ banner project and the physics project.

Scholarship applications from seniors are due March 19. Because the club has been unable to do any fundraising there isn’t as much money as we have had in the past. The committee, along with Tim and Jeremy, have updated the application. There has been discussion around whether to eliminate requiring the GPA but continue with the resume. The board will discuss the distribution of scholarship money at the March meeting.

Tim reported positive feedback for the club social, a Zoom happy hour.

The next board meeting is March 10 at 6pm.

Board Minutes 1/12/21

Present were Tim, Jeremy, Bryan, Jerry, Mary and Denise
Minutes were approved.

Old Business
Finding a president-elect is a messy situation according to Jeremy. Due to complications from Covid, it’s hard to get people to participate in Zoom meetings. This puts the burden on the president. It was decided that we continue to meet via Zoom but change the purpose of each meeting. The first and 3rd Wednesday will be regular meetings, the 2nd Wednesday of the month is the board meeting and the 4th/5th Wednesdays will be 6pm socials. With no president-elect, past presidents will assume the role once a month.
When it becomes possible to meet in person, the club needs to determine a venue. The community center is an option and the Soroptimist building is a possibility but Leslie Keating Smith will need to take it up with her board as they may decide to close the building.
The club received the $500 District grant for the literacy project.
Mary informed us that High on Health has been postponed indefinitely.

We were informed that a club member’s family is in need of financial help. This is a major problem in Curry County and the board feels that we need to look at a broader plan for community service. Tim will contact Elder Care and we will work with other organizations to identify the needy and under served population.

January 31 will be a club project day, weather permitting.

Board Minutes 1/12/21

Present were Tim, Jeremy, Bryan, Jerry, Mary and Denise
Minutes were approved.

Old Business
Finding a president-elect is a messy situation according to Jeremy. Due to complications from Covid, it’s hard to get people to participate in Zoom meetings. This puts the burden on the president. It was decided that we continue to meet via Zoom but change the purpose of each meeting. The first and 3rd Wednesday will be regular meetings, the 2nd Wednesday of the month is the board meeting and the 4th/5th Wednesdays will be 6pm socials. With no president-elect, past presidents will assume the role once a month.
When it becomes possible to meet in person, the club needs to determine a venue. The community center is an option and the Soroptimist building is a possibility but Leslie Keating Smith will need to take it up with her board as they may decide to close the building.
The club received the $500 District grant for the literacy project.
Mary informed us that High on Health has been postponed indefinitely.

We were informed that a club member’s family is in need of financial help. This is a major problem in Curry County and the board feels that we need to look at a broader plan for community service. Tim will contact Elder Care and we will work with other organizations to identify the needy and under served population.

January 31 will be a club project day, weather permitting.





Board Minutes 12/08/20

The November minutes were approved.

Old Business

The discussion of the Holiday Bottle Auction involved how to make it virtual. Since alcohol is involved the Board decided that a virtual auction was probably not possible so we decided to ask the members to make a donation to the club by December 31.

The $500 Express grant is due January 1st. Three options were discussed: a literacy project, Rotary brand recognition and a membership drive. Ideas for branding included social media posts, website updates, banners and signage. Monetary incentives, as a way to bring in new members, was discussed and nixed. The literacy project would bring books to students K-3 by way of a book fair with online ordering. Jeremy can work with Scholastic toward that goal. The Board voted to go with the literacy project.

Several members have not paid dues so Denise will send an email notifying them that they have until the close of business on December 28.

We still have no one stepping up to be president.

New Business

A club project of asking for laptops for students was proposed. Club members were asked to donate laptops no longer used as long as they can be upgraded to Windows 10. Tim said they can be dropped off at his office and IT will refurbish.

Jerry asked for a work party to help clean up the high school track.

There will be no meetings on December 13 or 30.

Board Minutes 11/10/20

Present: Bryan, Tim, Denise, Mary and Jerry

Minutes were approved.

Old Business:

The Turkey Trot is scheduled for Nov. 28. Posters are ready and Tara has asked for about 8 people to help. The question was asked about holiday meals at the Fairgrounds. Traditionally, the Club has donated $500 for the Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Mary checked into it and there has been no information yet as to what the Fairgrounds will do.

New business:

Several suggestions for future club programs were suggested: Tamie Kaufman, Mayor-Elect; Jim Kolen, update on taxes; Gini Williams, hospital update; Michele Fritch, foster families and Jen Stansell, fire updates.

Future meeting venues: Community Center, Soroptimists (Tim will contact Leslie Smith) and OSU.

Several names were put forth as potential club members. Beth Barker Hidalgo and ___ (someone from the fire service).

Bryan mentioned the need for creative fundraising ideas as we are unable to use our traditional events.

The Club received a letter of recognition for our contributions to Polio Plus.

As yet there are no candidates for President-Elect. It was suggested that past presidents offer to share the role as has happened in the past.

The next board meeting is December 8, 2020

Board minutes 10/13/20

Meeting was called to order and minutes approved.

Old Business: Karlie Wright and Jerry Herbage were elected to the board.

New Business: Tim presented his proposed budget for review. Most changes were due to Covid 19 restrictions. There is $52,000 in the budget- $25,000 in a CD and $27,000 in the checking account.

Income from Rotary Steps was changed from $1500 to $500.

Expenses from raffle, guest lunches and tax prep: $0; HoH scholarships to $1000.

The budget will be presented to the club on October 21.

Tim would like to see the club do more Rotary branding with $500 from the District Governor’s Express Grant. Examples are polo/t-shirts or new member packets.

Tim has put together a club event calendar and welcomes suggestions. One was helping with the community garden.

Other new business is an offer to give a grant to the Homeless Coalition which is hoping to buy a house. Bryan and Jerry want to see an in-depth plan for how they deal with zoning issues, mortgage payments, etc. Carl King made it clear that approval is conditional on the Coalition having everything in order and no money would change hands until a purchase and sale agreement is in.

The next board meeting is November 10.

Board Minutes 08/11/20

Present were Becky, Hazel, Tim, Mary, Sandra, Bryan, Jeremy and Denise

Old Business: All grants (wifi hotspots and the Kids’ Castle) were approved by the District.

New Business: Main Street has applied for a $3000 grant to upgrade the Bullfrog Skate Park. Board agreed that the amount is not feasible as there are more pressing needs in the community. The application will be brought to the club in case someone wants to donate directly.

As of today there were 7 responses to modified and brought to the club for Tim’s list of citations. Three people intimated they would consider being board members.

Statement regarding diversity and direction will be modified and brought to the club for approval.

“Rotary Steps Together” as a fundraiser will be in September. It can be done individually or as a club event.Aug.

The board will bring to the membership the question of electronic voting. (At the August 26 club meeting, the club voted unanimously to approve.)

Membership: Karlie Wright, Jordan White, Jerry Herbage and Leonard Phillips have agreed tentatively to be on the board.

The next board meeting is Tuesday, September 8 at noon.

Board Minutes 07/14/20

Old Business

High on Health has been cancelled. People who have already donated will be asked whether they want their donations returned or used for health related grants. Tim and the CHF will determine how to split the proceeds.

Bike the Rogue is still on. In lieu of registration fees people will be asked for a donation. Bryan will get the necessary permits.

Approved a donation of $250 to Shelter Box to be matched by the GB Rotary Foundation.

Since the club has not approved a budget, due to lack of a quorum, it was decided to bring to the club a move to amend the bylaws to allow voting electronically.

Voted unanimously not to sponsor the local Boy Scouts.

New Business

Approved the application for sponsorship of the Rogue River Triathlon for $400. It will be used for t-shirts with logos for volunteers.

Approved the District 5110 Grant Proposal of $2000 to refurbish the Kids’ Castle playground.

Tabled the $500 District 5110 Express Grant Proposal.

 A proposal was made to have the club issue a statement urging the community to work together to acknowledge diversity and equitable inclusion in our community. The board feels it is unnecessary and potentially disruptive since the 4 Way Test makes that statement, unless RI makes it official.

The next board meeting is August 11.

Board Minutes 06/09/20

Present via Zoom were Jeremy, Mary, Sandra, Tim, Denise and Becky(?)

We were informed that Dugie Freeman passed away in the morning.

Karlie Wright let us know that an abandoned homeless camp had been found in the park. The city will provide trash bags, etc., but needs manpower. It was decided that Saturday from 9-11 a.m. was a good time.

Becky had not had responses from roughly half the membership regarding dues. Both checks to Wally’s House ($1000) and the food bank ($1200) cleared.

Mary informed us that High on Health is cancelled. There was some discussion about coming up with other auction ideas. The jet boat race is scheduled for May of 2021 and Bryan says there will be no Party in the Park this summer but possibly in September. Bike the Rogue website is up but there are no ads going out. The committee will meet Friday the 12th and discuss keeping it local with no registration fees just donations.

Carl and Tim will meet to discuss grant applications for health care wifi access for people who have no internet. This would allow them to speak with health care professionals.

Tim and Sandra spoke with a representative from the Boy Scouts. They are looking for the club to be a sponsor and have some supervisory role. Cost would be roughly $79 for insurance and training. The general consensus is we need more information, which Tim will get.

July 1st is the first meeting to be held outdoors. The club will welcome Tim as incoming president, recognize Sandra for her year as president and honor Dugie’s memory.

Board Minutes 05/12/20


Present through Zoom were Denise, Bryan, Sandra, Becky, Tim, Hazel, Mary and Jeremy.
Club meetings, until further notice, will be held bi-weekly on Zoom. The speaker for May 13 is Jordan White. Peggy Carlaw from Shelter Box is scheduled for the next meeting.
According to Bryan, Bike the Rogue is being held open.
There has been no follow up from Jackie Antunes at Wally’s House. Carl has spoken to David Barnes about Kids Don’t Float several times but has heard nothing.
Tim announced the GBHS scholarships: 2 students received $1000 each, one received $1500, one got $2000 and a fifth received $3000.
Jeremy has agreed to speak in July.
Because of a donation from Dugie Freeman the club reached 100% participation with RI.