Dec. 16, 21


Minutes of the December 16, 2021 Meeting

The Rotary Club of Mobile




GREETING    The meeting was called to order by Elizabeth Stevens at 12:15 PM.



INVOCATION     Claire McCarron offered the invocation. Tommy Blankenship led the song, Pledge of Allegiance and introduced the meeting guests.




  1. Bestor Ward, IV introduced by Bestor Ward III
  2. Margie Calhoun introduced by Elizabeth Stevens




*** Elizabeth thanked eight members of the club for gifts to the Scholarship Fund at our local Rotary                       Children’s Foundation

*** Member Bdays:  Dec 19 Tommy Blankenship, Angela Dunn, Aimee Risser, Dec. 20 Joey Betbeze and Dec. 21 Russ Ford



PROGRAM             David Rogers, Vice President of Economic Development Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. Introduced by Michael Kintz




David serves at the Vice President of Economic Development at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. He joined the economic development department in January 2015. David’s department is the lead economic development agency for the City of Mobile and Mobile County. Under his role, David oversees the day-to-day operations of the department that consist of industrial recruitment, international trade, foreign direct investment, workforce development, talent attraction, and existing industry relations. Prior to his role as Vice President, David served as the Senior Project Manager and Project Manager where he managed lead generation, project recruitment activity, and industrial site development for the Mobile area. Some of David’s recent projects to announce in Mobile include the Walmart Imported Distribution Center, the expansion of the Airbus and Bombardier Final Assembly Line expansion, and the reinvestment of AM/NS Calvert. David serves on the Board of Directors for the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission, USA Center for Real Estate and Economic Development, and the South Alabama Workforce Development Council, where he currently serves as Chairman. David was born and raised in Mobile and attended the University of Southern Mississippi. He has completed the University of Alabama Economic Honors Program and Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute.




SPEAKER CERTIFICATE            President Stevens thanked Mr Rogers for his presentation and noted that, in his honor, a donation had been made by the club to the History Museum of Mobile that will provide transportation and admission to eight classes at Title I schools in the area.


Elizabeth Stevens shared some club membership statistics with the attendees. We have 76% male and 24% female, the largest age group is those aged 50-69 and 53% are over the age of 60. 24% of our members have been in the club for 26+ years and 45% have been members for 6-25 years. We have welcomed fourteen new members since July. Unfortunately, two members passed away during that time.


Elizabeth noted that the club is in good financial condition and that Kate Carver is available to answer specific questions.


Claire McCarron was called on the make the report of the nominating committee. The Club received no individual nominations and pursuant the the Bylaws of the Club, each of the nominees submitted by the nominating committee is therefore elected.


NEXT WEEK             NO MEETING the next two weeks


The meeting adjourned at 12:59 PM.