Rotary RIP for December 15, 2015
Guests welcomed – Ken Chapman, Randy and our speaker Joe Millage
We experienced a new table arrangement that seemed to get lively conversation  going that could barely stop as the meeting was called to order. 
Come see what you missed.
President Larry commented  on the success of last week’s Christmas party. 
Coming events: 
Food hamper delivery today
Wednesday December 16th Food Truck Meeting 7pm
Sunday Dec 20th – Bingo
Jan 16- Joanne to attend district seminar - she is apparently on the waiting list
Dec 22 –Gem Munro from Amarok Society to speak to us, followed by some Christmas Cheer J
Dec 29 – no meeting HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Please review you the Rotary Calendar on our website to make sure that you do not miss any commitments.
January meetings being organized by membership committee – be sure to attend Jan 5th – first meeting of 2016!
Ray reported on the Thistle Epistle – digging will be underway in January –local people paid as digs completed
Doug was our Sergeant at Arms- almost missed new member Elizabeth’s birthday, Fred was fined for not highlighting the golf fundraiser in his Treasurer Report at AGM, Hans fined for leaving the Christmas party early, Jeff fined for seeming like a “new” member, Betty gave some happy bucks and a big thank you to her committee who helped with the party, Jeff gave happy buck for another son on the way – just in time for tax season, Narendra gave happy buck for 3 weeks in Texas, Ravi enjoyed his first Raptors game and Ray is still happy with the Green Bay Packer’s 9-4 record. Our guest speaker, Joe Millage, gave happy $30 –one for each member in the room to thank Rotary for all our good works
Finally, we got to the card draw and Joe Murray won the port with only 12 cards left - $579!! Congrats Joe! 
John Dale introduced our guest speaker, Joe Millage, from Participation House which provides housing assistance for adults needing special help.  Joe also has done great work as a high performance coach specializing i Head trauma athletes, Joe is also a Paul Harris fellow and Queen Jubilee medal recipient
Joe spoke about the program “Thank You Durham”.  He highlighted several members in our club who have significant contributions to our community. The program is simple – go to the website and nominate someone.  Worthy recipients will receive certificates of appreciation, and possibly a visit with coffee and cupcakes just to say “Thank you”.
Joe also offered some suggestions for  using our Food Truck event to thank past volunteers such as the Pan Am games volunteers – invite them to come out
Be sure to come to next week’s meeting for some Christmas fellowship – we look forward to seeing you.Image result for Santa Claus