June 14, 2018

Minutes of the June 14, 2018, Meeting
The Rotary Club of Mobile

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by John Dukes at 12:15 PM. Sumpter McGowin offered the invocation and Les Greer led the club in song while he played the piano. John Dukes welcomed visiting Rotarians and members’ guests.

Announcements:
• John Dukes announced that the board will meet following next week’s meeting.
• Members are requested to check the current Rotary Roster and get any address or contact corrections to Peg ASAP. Also if you do not have a photograph or your photo is out of date a current image should be sent to Peg as well.
• John said that on Tuesday, June 19th the club will have an afterhours get together at the Cheese Cottage on St. Louis Street. Owner Kristi Barber addressed the club and said she and her staff look forward to seeing us next week and providing hors d’oeuvres.

Program: Amanda Solley: Alabama Contemporary Arts Center

Tom McGehee introduced Amanda Solley who is the Executive Director for the Alabama Contemporary Arts Center located on Cathedral Square. Ms. Solley said that it is the center’s mission to engage the community on social issues in a creative and challenging manner using contemporary art.

The center seeks to reach all age groups – from schools to senior centers and use participatory exhibits letting visitors create art and get their hands dirty. Ms. Solley said they have also brought in performances related to the exhibits on view. As an example she cited the performance of Caribbean dances by students from Dunbar Magnet School in conjunction with the current exhibit featuring Cuban art.

School groups are encouraged and she said that the center works with both the local school system and local universities for meaningful visits. The center will host numerous camp groups during the summer months, she added. The present exhibition on Cuba has been extended through July 1st she said.

John thanked Amanda for her program and presented her with a certificate noting that in her honor a donation has been made to Rotary’s Polio Plus Program.

The meeting adjourned at 12:45 PM.

Tom McGehee