On Wednesday mornring, October 11, 2017 President Jim Juliano led the club in the invocation and pledge.Visitor introduction of guest Rotarian Sandy Harter( Pelican Bay Club). Sandy discussed ongoing Hurricane Irma relief efforts by Rotary clubs in our district being coordinated bySandy Hempstead at District 6960. A brief Hallowine planning update followed.
Jim then introduced guest speaker, Cecilia St. Arnold, the Executve Director of Blessings in a Backpack. Cecilia presented an update of Blessings in a Backpack efforts to provide elementary school children in Collier County who are on Federal Free and Reduced lunch programs, with a pre-pack of food to take home every Friday.She gave updated statistics on how the number of elementary school children in the program since Hurricane Irma has increased from 3,200 to 4,000 in Collier County alone. 16 elementary schools in Collier/Lee Counties are in the program. The total potential for providing these meals in Collier County is 31,000 children. Blessings in a Backpack coordinates efforts in Collier County with Meals of Hope and other organizations to increase their services in the aftermath of Irma.
Cecilia committed to provide at least 15 college students to volunteer at Hallowine 2017. Her volunteers will man participant venue locations to stamp passports and assist in the many raffle prize ticket sales during the evening. They will arrive early on the day of the event and be assigned locations and given brief training on their duties. The Club is grateful to Ceeilia and Blessings in a BackPack for providing this support.
She then led the Club in the Four Way Test to conclude the meeting.
Mark your calendars, unless otherwise stated, all our meetings are at the Hyatt House Naples.
Thurs. Evening October 19, 6:00PM: Club Assembly - Final planning session for Halllowine 2017
Wed Evening October 25,6:00PM- 9:00PM: Halliwine 2017 event Mercato
Thurs Evening October 26,2017 6:00PM - Digital Operating Systems for Small and Medium Size Business - Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.
Wed Morning November 1,7:30 AM : Collier County Leadership - JR Philp