The Rotary Club of Mobile
July 14, 2016
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Robby McClure, club president at 12:15 PM. An invocation was offered by Chip Hale and Tom Martenstein led the group in song accompanied by Bill Oppenheimer. Tom Martenstein then introduced visiting Rotarians and members’ guests.
New Member: Jeb Shell introduced Tom Nelson of Hargrove Engineers + Constructors as our newest Rotarian.
Program: Passing of the Gavel
More than two dozen past presidents of the Rotary Club were recognized as they passed the gavel from the oldest living president (Bartee Greer 1964-65) to our newest. The gavel was finally placed in the hands of Les Greer as a record number of Greer family members looked on.
Robby McClure then reminisced on a year spent “making good things happen thanks to good leaders and leadership.” He noted that the club is fiscally sound and this is in great part due to the impressive number of new members who joined over the last twelve months.
Les Greer then discussed his plans for the coming Rotary year. He praised the organization’s efforts in eradicating polio worldwide – from over 350,000 cases down to just 26. He announced that he is forming an Advisory Committee to be composed of past presidents and said he hopes to use their insights to make the club even better. Les said his goal is to increase membership to 300 – a 5% net increase. He reminded the members that our enthusiasm in Rotary is contagious.
Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 12:55 PM.