Steve Solomon and
  Foundation Giving
Very full house at our meeting today.  Thanks to all who came.  Our President Elect Dan Johnson did miracles in keeping the meeting under control given a requested 45 minutes by our speaker.  
Joann was proud to announce her 33rd Anniversary of marriage to Mike.  We had about 5 guests at the meeting, including new Lincoln Police Chief Doug Lee.  In lieu of Happy Bucks, Dan provided a bottle of great wine to auction off; thank you to new member Paul Parks for making the contribution.
A high point of the meeting was induction of new member Bryan Ludwig, accompanied by his significant other Erin Kelly.  Welcome to the club Bryan.  (Last week we inducted two new members Mitchell Satz and Paul Parks but unfortunately no pictures.  Welcome Mitchell and Paul.)
Our speaker for the day, Steve Solomon, was an Interact Club member, Rotary Scholar and is an honorary Rotarian with two clubs in Illinois.  While earning his Master of Science in Nonprofit Management he was recruited to The Rotary Foundation as an Annual Giving Officer.  He is privileged to work with Rotarians in 23 districts in the western region of North America to raise money for The Rotary Foundation. He gave a talk that clearly showed his passion for Rotary.
As a Rotary Scholar, Steve went to South Africa, where he met So. African president Walter Sisulu.  He has since formed friendships with Archbishop Desmond TuTu and Jane Goodall, to name a few of the dignitaries he has known.  He stated many times in his talk " ... Thank You Rotary and to you all for changing my life and making this all possible.  I have the BEST job in the world.  I get to work with some of the coolest people on earth- YOU."
Before the meeting, Steve also met with some of the Club Board members and described the workings of the Foundation and the resources available.  See  
Consider donating to the Rotary Foundation to support the good things done worldwide.  Ask our Foundation Chair about Rotary Direct. `
Don't forget, Taste of Italy is Friday.  
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