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Club Bulletin - August 2020
Rotary Club of New Albany, IN
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August President's Message:

Greetings:
 
We are one month into the new Rotary year, and I already feel like we have hit the 6-month mark! I am sure many of you can relate to this feeling in the different areas of your life. It has undoubtedly been an interesting ride so far in 2020, but that won’t deter Rotarians. 
 
I have never been more proud of our club and its members. Everyone has stepped up in different ways to help each other and make sure we stay connected in a world that can lack real connection right now.  
 
August is Rotary’s Membership and Extension Month. Membership and Extension is an ongoing part of being a Rotarian, so we do not confine ourselves to making an effort on membership during August only. But what does having more members in the club really mean?
  • Is it to make the club President look good?
  • Is it to beat other clubs by having the most members?
  • Is it to make sure we have the opportunity to dye the hair and shave the beard of a certain Past President?
  • Is it to “Enrich your life by meeting people from different backgrounds?”
The first two are probably the end result of having a strong membership, but not the reason. The third one is probably why some current members "honestly" want to beat our membership goals… Poor Roger Whaley! :-)
 
The fourth reason is a quote from Rotarian Andro Bottse from the Rotary club of Amsterdam-Arena. This is a poignant message about the opportunities within Rotary; this is not just about the international opportunities but also about what exists within our community. New Albany is a richly diverse city with people from many cultures and walks of life who could make great Rotarians.
 
Rotary International has a statement on diversity; Rotary International recognizes the value of diversity within individual clubs. Rotary encourages clubs to assess those in their communities who are eligible for membership, under existing membership guidelines, and endeavor to include the appropriate range of individuals in their clubs. A club that reflects its community with regard to professional and business classification, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity is a club with the key to the future.
 
Remember that Rotarians Open Opportunities when we share Rotary with our acquaintances and colleagues. This month, I have challenged our members to invite someone new to join us as a guest. Together, let's challenge the leaders in our community to serve alongside of us in Rotary fellowship so we can continue to Open Opportunities for others!
 
Be Well,
 
— President Joe


Learn about Joe Glover, 2020/2021 club president, here.
Rotary Club Gives to Floyd Memorial Foundation to Help with COVID Fight

The Rotary Club of New Albany and the Rotary Club’s District 6580 approved $6,000 in grant funding to support the Floyd Memorial Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund. The Fund was established to purchase essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for Baptist Health Floyd staff and patients following the onset of the novel coronavirus in southern Indiana.  Story
Rotarians Around the Globe Help Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads uncertainty and hardship around the world, Rotary members and participants are innovating, caring for those affected, and showing that even at a distance, there are ways to help.  Story
27th ANNUAL ROTARY COMMUNITY TOAST AND BENEFIT BANQUET POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

The Rotary Club of New Albany has decided to postpone the 2020 Rotary Club of New Albany's Community Toast and Benefit Banquet which was originally to be held Nov. 6th at Huber's Orchard, Winery and Vineyards.  This event has had a tremendous financial impact in our community and serves as an annual reminder for our community that there is no higher calling than one of service.

 

The Rotary Club of New Albany selected Dr. Dan Eichenberger (pictured), dedicated community servant, physician, and devoted Hoosier, as its honoree for its annual Rotary Community Toast and Benefit Banquet.

 

"Our annual event is a pillar in the community and something we all look forward to attending each year," said Rotary Club of New Albany President Joe Glover.  "The leadership of our club and toast committee decided that due to COVID-19 we can’t conduct our event to the level that our honoree and his chosen charity deserve. While we are disappointed with this development due to issues surrounding the pandemic, we are looking forward to honoring Dr. Dan Eichenberger with our clubs most distinguished honor next year on Nov. 5, 2021."

 

Organizations or businesses who are interested in sponsoring next year's Rotary Community Toast and Benefit Banquet should contact Club President Joe Glover at joglover@iu.edu for more information.

 

"I want to thank toast committee members, led by Julie Rigrish (Regional Director for Purdue Center for Regional Development & Purdue Engagement),  for all of their tireless work on behalf of our honoree, his chosen charity and our foundation," said Glover. "While this was not the outcome we were hoping for, our toast committee is dedicated to making the 2021 event one of the best Community Toast and Benefit Banquets to date."


Click here to learn about the newest member of the Rotary Club of New Albany, Corenn Lorenzini.  

Recordings of our recent virtual club meetings can be found by visiting rcna.us.
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