At Thursday’s Rotary meeting, Kelly Pyle introduced David Port as the program. David is the Director of Service & Outreach for Southeastern Illinois College. One of his main jobs is to connect with businesses to see what courses they need employees to have. David emphasized that the courses should help the employee and the business. He went thru the numerous courses that are currently being offered to hopefully help the businesses in this area. He also works with the alumni and foundation. He noted some Southeastern tidbits as follows. He noted that the college has the 4th lowest tuition in the State. It is also the 3rd year in a row that Southeastern has shown an increase in degrees. He noted that 4,000 are enrolled at Southeastern this fall and their will be a like number in the spring. The student to instructor ratio is 16-1 and 80% of the students have scholarships. However, he said that on the downside, Southeastern will probably lose 41% of its funding with what is going on with the state. David answered several questions from the Rotarians.
In club business, Rotarians will be ringing the bell this Saturday for the Salvation Army. Come support Rotary in this endeavor. Sherri Logan won the 50/50 drawing and did pick the pink ball to take home the prize. Lyn Stephens named Kelly Pyle the phantom. Andy Williams and Little Giant served fried chicken with all the fixing’s for the Rotarians. The club is meeting at the First United Methodist Church. Anyone wishing to get involved is encouraged to come help Rotary with the many local projects and charities that are supported.