Notes from our August 29th Rotary Meeting

AUGUST 29, 2017
Invocation by Nick
Flag Salute by Pete
Joke by Pete
Guests of Rotarians:
Lorraine’s friend…..Peter Starling
Judy’s daughter, Jodie who moved over here from Bakersfield and is now working at The Garden House.
Teri Bayus who has been hired by the City to help with the Lighted Boat Parade.   
Another meeting with Lighted Boat Parade committee is set for next Tuesday, Sept 5ht before Rotary at 11:00.
We can donate to help Houston through our own Rotary Foundation.  Dan brought a check from Linda in the amount of $100.00 as a kick off for our Club’s Hurricane Relief Fund.   We all need to be careful that we donate to an organization where our money is put to the best use….…Rotary is a good place to give any donation.
We will NOT be meeting at the View on September 12th…..We will instead be at the Fire Department, with Chief Knuckles as our speaker.     We need signups to know how many sandwiches to buy at Brickhouse Bbq.  We will also have chips, cookies and drinks.   The cost will be $10.00 like an ordinary meeting.   After eating, we will go across the street to visit the library.  
We are booked for programs through December; if you know someone who would be a good speaker for a meeting, please let Pete or Judy know.
Judy introduced Erica Crawford, Executive Director of the MB Chamber of Commerce.     Their newly revised website will be coming together in October which will prove to be more informative.   They also run the Visitors Center who gives great customer service to visitors in our community.   They also organize and maintain the Main Street Farmers Market.  Erica also encouraged all local business owners to get in touch with her, she’d love to hear people’s concerns, ideas, as well as get to know them.
The Avocado Margarita Festival is a good way to bring money into our local economy.   It is dependent upon Rotary, Morro Bay High School and others working there to make it a successful event.  There ae many more things for the kids this year, making it more family friendly.   The feedback has indicated that the Festival visitors do not stay and spend money all over the area.   There has been a lot of promotion this year to encourage visitors to stay for the whole weekend.   
Taste of the Grove is at the Packing Shed…..good food, chef demo, music, etc.   There will be a schedule handed out all over so everyone will know all that is available. 
Pete introduced Anna who was here to receive a check from our Club in the amount of $250.00 for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.  Kids are really being impacted by their Big Brother or Sister. 
50/50 drawing of $27.00 won by Melissa.
Happy Labor Day.