Rotary Club of Kent meeting minutes
ROTAREMINDER for April14, 2020
Meeting Opening: After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Bill Childers provided the Invocation.
President Roger announced that Zoom has improved their security, but he still gets requests from phone numbers he doesn't know asking to join the meeting. He read off several of these. He asked that you text him with your identification information if you were one of them.
He then said there are three new members waiting for induction into Rotary. The Board will decide if they should be inducted virtually and given access to our meetings. Asad Khan asked if after this crisis is over, if these new members could be introduced to the Club in the traditional way at a meeting. Roger thought that was a good idea.
President Roger has been contacted by Hal DuBois about Kent Rotary partnering with the DuBois family foundation in acquiring PPE for local hospitals. Larry Lohman said Rotary International is encouraging clubs to do something in support of the COVID-19 emergency and that these efforts could be submitted to RI for match grants up to $10,000. Roger said he talked to Shawn Gordon at UH Portage Medical Center and learned that the Geauga Rotary Club is already working on something. President Roger thought perhaps we could partner with that club. Bill Childers said the United Way of Portage County has set up a COVID-19 Fund and is making grants where the need is greatest. Carol Crimi, President of the Kent Rotary Foundation, said the Foundation is ready to respond to the need and requests. More information about these opportunities will be provided in the Rotary Update.
Last week's speaker Michelle Hartman asked what we would most miss when downtown Kent is again open for business. President Roger said the Community Heart & Soul is doing a similar survey. More information on this will be in the Rotary Update.
President Roger informed the members that Laing Kennedy has asked to step aside as the next Program Chair because of a couple situations he needs to take care of currently. The Board has asked, and David Myers has willingly accepted to take over the Program Chair position. Members will need to vote to make the change official. David was thanked and congratulated for stepping up in this leadership role. Laing said he would be supportive and help David as much as he could.
Program: Todd Kamenash then presented Rotary Trivia Day. He presented 20 questions with multiple choice options for answers. Here are the questions with the correct answers.
1. How much did the 2019 Rotary Auction raise after expenses? $39,135
2. Who is the first African American professional NHL player? Willie O'Ree
3. Ancient Romans used this substance to dye their hair. Bird poop
4. How many U.S. States border the Gulf of Mexico? 5
5. This author wrote Out of My League: A Rookie's Survival in the Bigs and The Bullpen Gospels: A Non-Prospect's Pursuit of the Major Leagues and the Meaning of Life. Dirk Hayhurst.
6. Who was the first woman to serve in the U.S. Cabinet? Frances Perkins
7. A person who suffers from "ophidiophobia" is scared of what? Snakes
8. How many hours of community service did Rotarians perform in 2018? 1,736 hours
9. How much money is currently in the Rotary [Foundation] endowment? $360,000
10. When you are "pandiculating," what are you doing? Stretching in the morning
11. A person who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony is called an "EGOT." The most recent EGOT was: John Legend, Tim Price and Andrew Lloyd Weber (all 3 achieved this distinction in the same year)
12. What is a lemniscate? Symbol for infinity
13. How many grant dollars did the Rotary Foundation give to the community in 2019? $39,000
14. Who was the only U.S. President to serve non-consecutive terms?  Grover Cleveland
15. What is a "zarf? The cardboard sleeve that goes over a coffee cup.
16. How many U.S. Presidents served one term (4 years) or less? 10
17. Who is currently 5th in line for Britain's throne? Louis
18. Our Rotary Club is celebrating 100 years. When was the first Rotary Club founded? 1905
19. Who wrote, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go." Theodor Seuss Geisel
20. What does a labeorphilist collect? Beer Bottles
Todd told members to be on the lookout for an upcoming email asking how many hours of community service you performed in 2019. He asked chairs of Rotary events to provide names and hours of member participants as well. The reply should be directed to Todd at He asks that you share the projects you've helped with for Rotary and outside of Rotary.
Response was by Laing Kennedy who said the program was well done, enjoyable and a good change of pace in these troubled times.
Respectfully submitted by Anita Herington