Pres. Ho called the meeting to order, and thanked the attendees for braving the cold and snowy roads to make it to the meeting. The song, My Country tis of Thee, was led by maestro Charlie Huffman, with accompaniment by one C. Bolte at the keyboard. After the Pledge, Henrik Andersen gave a thoughtful invocation that included bits of wisdom from his Danish heritage.
P. Ho reminded us that there will be a strategic planning session at his office on Jan. 28, at which members of all of our boards will meet, along with any other members that would like to attend. Also he said that beginning at the club meeting next week there will be a "50/50 raffle", with proceeds going to the Rotary Foundation (the beneficiary will change each month.)
Club member Michelle Biondo thanked the Club members for their support of the recent event at the Seton Center.
Tony Andersen reported that this year's bell ringing raised over $6,000 for the Salvation Army, and thanked all the Club members who participated.
Former Pres. Chuck Eddy reminded us that we will have the opportunity to attend a performance of "The Fabulous Lipitones" at the New Theatre Restaurant on Feb. 9. Check with Mandy or the Club website to register and for details.
Mandy thanked Larry Hill for organizing the runners for the Bagel run.
Former Pres. Jerry Cooke introduced our speakers for the day, Sister Andrea Kantner and Michael Straughn from the Franciscan Mission Warehouse. Their topic was "The Power of One, Addressing Fundamental Needs Worldwide."
Sister Kantner told the story of her mission work beginning in 1977 when she helped to open a mission in the Amazon Rain Forest in Brazil until today, when the Franciscan Mission Warehouse is sending shipping containers of medical and other needed supplies to missions all over the world.
Michael Straughn recently joined the Franciscan Mission Warehouse after a career with the Habitat for Humanity. His mission is to help the sisters market the services of the Franciscan Mission Warehouse and realize their potential to provide dignity and medical support for people around the world. His dream? Someday facilities like this one will be working in every metropolitan center of the U.S.
Their story is an amazing testimony to the things that can be accomplished when a person is filled with a vision and the determination to make that vision a reality. For more information about the work of the Franciscan Mission Warehouse, see their website: franciscanmissionwarehouse.org.