After a few dings, President Ana called on Jim Bullock for a short tribute to the late President Eddie and the invocation. She then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Paul Comeau led us in singing "Let There Be Peace on Earth."
We then went through the meet and greet ritual; as usual we kept running into each other, but we made it. (Two greets are better than none.)
After running in circles trying to get everything organized, President-elect-elect-elect, I mean Secretary Bill Harty with a dong of the bell called the meeting to order. Once we quieted down he led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The invocation which included a special prayer for President Eddie Groth was given by Bill Wheeler. Earl "Wheeler" Phillips selected "Clementine" as our song de jour.
We then sang “Happy Birthday” to the May birthday Rotarians.
President-elect Ana Mangino struck the dinger to get our attention then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Jim Parks gave the invocation. John Pickett used his Poetic License and led us in singing his version of "This Land Is Your Land." President-elect Ana gave us a choice, the scramble or the wave; the wave won, so we did the wave.
Richelle has tickets for the Taste of Las Cruces; pick yours up. Eddie is doing well and welcomes visitors; please call ahead.
Filling in for Pres. Groth, Ana Mangino rang the bell to begin our meeting at 12:07 pm. Ron Salak led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Harry Hansen gave a nice invocation. Paul Comeau led the club in singing “My Country Tis of Thee.” Because of the crowded room, we “waved” hello to one another. Michaela Dolly, from Mayfield High was our student guest. We had seven guests of Rotarians, but no visiting Rotarians.
Standing in for Pres. Groth, Bill Harty rang the bell to begin our meeting at 12:19 pm. After leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance, Bill invited Harry Hansen to the podium for the invocation. As before, Harry prepared a thoughtful and inclusive prayer. Paul Comeau led the club in singing “America the Beautiful.” We then boarded the “greeting train” to say hello to one another. The mystery greeter was Don Moen. Two of our high school student guests were present: Michaela Dolly and Tracie Taylor Turner.
Standing in for Pres. Groth, Ross Ramsey rang the bell to begin our meeting at 12:10pm. After leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance, Ross invited Harry Hansen to the podium for the invocation. He prepared a thoughtful and inclusive prayer. Thanks, Harry. Paul Comeau led the club in singing “Oh! What a Beautiful Morning.” We then boarded the “greeting train” to say hello to one another. Two of our high school student guests were present: Michaela Dolly and Tracie Taylor Turner.
At 12:10 President Eddie called the meeting to order and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Harry Hansen gave the invocation and Paul Comeau led us in singing “April Showers.” President Eddie gave Rotarians and guests the opportunity to trot around the room and greet each other or just to wave and sit down. Everyone just waived and sat down! (right: Eddie Groth and Ted Shelton Solve the World's Problems)
With a big agenda ahead, President Eddie Groth struck the bell a few minutes early and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. He then called up Jim Maxon to give both the invocation and to lead us in song. Jim began by giving us the sad news that one of our members, Darrell Wall, had passed away. He also updated us on Curt Coleman who is now in the Good Samaritan Village Skilled Nursing Unit after being in the hospital for observation after several falls. After a moment of silence for Darrell, Jim proceeded with the invocation. He then gave President Eddie and Vice President Ana Mangino a lesson in baseball throwing in honor of the season starting next week. This followed with a rousing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” President Eddie then asked us to again practice our Royal Wave which also caused a “Howdy All” or two from the members.
President Eddie Groth struck the bell a minute early at 12:09. As always, he led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. President Eddie then called up Jim Maxon to give both the invocation and to lead us in a non-Irish song, “You’re A Grand Old Flag.” Jim also reported that our long-time member Curt Coleman was in the hospital for observation after falling and banging himself up a little. President Eddie then gave us a lesson in the Royal Wave and asked us to try it out on folks at other tables rather than getting up to shake hands.
President Eddie Groth again struck the bell at 12:10 to get the meeting underway. As always, he led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. President Eddie then called up Jim Maxon to give both the invocation and to lead us in more Irish tunes, “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover” and “My Wild Irish Rose.” Fortunately Jim skipped telling a joke this week. President Eddie did suggest we all sign up with Ross Ramsey for group singing lessons after the meeting. Then, rather than getting up and doing the La Posta Two-Step, President Eddie had us wave at each other and shake hands with the folks at our table. Shucks, I needed to grab an ice tea on the route. Those without their Rotary pins were then told to do without a dollar bill as well.