• Aaron McDermid passed around a photo, requesting members to add captions. The best caption will win immunity from fines for a period of time. Unfortunately, there were not enough captions submitted by the end of the meeting, so the contest will continue.
  • President Matt Ruppert presented Mike Cowan and Jim Erickson with Paul Harris Fellows to express appreciation from the Superstition Mountain Rotary Board for their service to our club and recognizing that their lives demonstrate shared purpose with the objectives and mission of the Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace. For Mike, this is a Paul Harris plus one; for Jim, it is a Paul Harris plus seven.
  • Bill Burrows shared all the news worth hearing, including a new issue in the conflict over abortion, as republicans stated that they will investigate whether Planned Parenthood is selling organs from aborted fetuses. Also, adult coloring books are rivaling for top positions on the best-seller list. Dover Publications have sold more than 3 million copies. If you search Amazon for “adult coloring books,” you won’t find anything like what you were thinking; however, you will find a surprisingly large library of options that claim to provide a creative way to relax and unwind at the end of a long day.
  • Today in history: in 1799, Napoleon’s soldiers, found the Rosetta Stone in Egypt; and in 1964, the Republican National Convention nominated AZ Senator Barry Goldwater for President.
  • At this point, Bill’s cell phone rang loudly, interrupting Bill’s “Thought for the Day” and provoking Aaron to scribble and smirk with anticipation. Bill, however, managed to preempt Aaron’s joy in raising money for the kids by immediately paying his anticipated fine.
  • After the speaker’s presentation, President Matt announced that the $125 “speaker fee” that is normally divided among three local charities, will be donated, instead, to the inspiring work of the Colten Cowell Foundation as they work toward expanding their capabilities to bring respite to the families of terminally ill patients and the children of fallen officers.
  • Dan Govinsky won the drawing and $10 but drew the king of spades.  The pot was worth $91.50 today.