The Carmi Rotary club held a short meeting on Thursday, first discussing the need for new members. To that end, club members offered up several names as potential members. The club will be actively looking for new folks to join, and there will be much more on this subject in the very near future.
Tom Logan informed the club that the Rotary Wheel that was built nearly 30 years ago has had its last day. Earlier in the week, it was discovered that the wooden wheel had finally dry rotted away, and is now beyond repair. Several other ideas were floated for a replacement, and the club will be deciding before Corn Day the best way to proceed.
Pastor Randy Douglass of the First United Methodist Church then took the floor, and told the Rotarians of a very deserving program that is about to begin. Randy told the club that while visiting Lebanon, Tennessee a few weeks ago, he and his wife were discussing the recent police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge. Randy’s wife decided she wanted to show support for the police, and took some donuts to the local police station in Lebanon. Randy stated that he couldn’t believe how appreciative the officers were of this very simple gesture.
With that in mind, the First United Methodist church is starting an “Adopt a Cop” program here in Carmi. Very simply, anyone wishing to be part of this program will be given the name, email address, phone number, and mailing address of a local police; either city, county or state. All that is asked of the the person adopting the cop is to send an email, letter or card from time to time, offering encouragement to these men and women who do so much for our community.
The First United Methodist church will be holding a special Police Appreciation service on Sunday, August 21st to help kick off this program. Anyone wishing to learn more, or to be a part of this goodwill program can attend the service on the 21st, or contact the church for more information.
In club business, Randy Douglass won the 50/50 drawing but did not claim the day’s cash pot, meaning those dollars will be added to next week’s cash prize.
JR Hubele was named the day’s phantom.
The Carmi Rotary club meets every Thursday at noon at the First United Methodist Church in Carmi. Anyone wishing to learn more about this worldwide civic club is more than welcome to attend a meeting or speak with any Carmi Rotarian.