Rotary Club of New Bedford, MA - Weekly GAM
GAM...A nautical term describing the exchange of news between vessels departing from and returning to their ports...
Pres. DEavid was AWOL, but Pres-Elect Kathy was on hand tp oversee the well-attended Salvation Army toy store work project. After a lunch of pizza and cake, Rotarians went to work unpacking hundreds of toys, games, backpacks and clothing articles, helping to convert the gym into a fabulous toy store and virtual Santa's workshop in preparation for the arrival of needy parents with their shopping lists in just a few days.
Photographer Shilah was there to capture the event on film (that's probably inaccurate), and member prospect Bill Raus also chipped in on this important annual community service project.
The month of December is a busy one. NEXT WEEK, Dec. 15th, our meeting will include wrapping of gifts for the children of Bridge House, and members are invited to accompany Santa Claus as he brings those gifts to the Bridge House right after our meeting closes. Folks who have participated in this event in previous years, say it is a wonderful heart-warming experience.
THE FOLLOWING WEEK, December 22nd, we will hold our annual election of officers and directors for Kathy's Rotary year of 2011-2012. This is a meeting that every Club member should make a very sincere effort to attend.
THE WEEK AFTER THAT - Dec. 29th, will be our annual Yankee Swap gift exchange, and will also provide an opportunity for reticent Rotarians to share their New Year's resolutions, if they wish.
Odds & Ends
New member candidates Bill Raus and George Costello were approved for membership at Monday's Board of Directors meeting, and thus are so posted.
Treasurer Nancy reports that preliminary financial accounting looks like the Jazz Fest will produce a net profit of about $800.00. The Breakfast With Santa will show a hefty net of around $2,200.00. The Jazz event this year was unfortunately up a gainst a great deal of similar competition that weekend; the breakfast event benefitted greatly from generously donated food (thanks to David), toys (thanks to Geneva) and just plain hard work by many others including Jen and Marc.
BATTLE OF THE BELLS financial data yet to be reported. While the Rotary bell-ringers were uncharacteristically few this year, the results are expected to be quite good thanks part to Lisa, Linda M, Toni - her daughter and friend' Carole - and her helpers, and OBR, all of whom extended their shifts to three hours. Paula F. extends her thanks to all who participated.
"Johnny, where to you think God is this morning?" asked the Sunday School teacher. "In our bathroom", was the reply. "What on earth makes you say that?" asked the amazed teacher. "Cause just before I left I heard pa say 'My Lord', how long are you going to be in there!"