President Tony Camilleri’s Year End Presentation on June 30, 2014
“Report on Rotary Year 2013-14”
Well its hard to believe my year as Club President is over, its seems like it was just last week that I became president of the Club.  When I was first told that I was going to be President I was in shock how was I going to handle it?  I never really understood what the board actually did.  Well I found out in a hurry how much the entire board does.  I would like to personally thank Cheryl, Pam, Jerome, Chasity, Rick, Dave, Ken, Jim and Angelica for all their outstanding support and commitment to making this club the best in District 6600.  I would also like to thank the entire club for giving me the opportunity to be president of your club.
Now the question your all asking is what did the club really do this past year, I think you will all be surprised at how much we accomplished this past year.  I will now go over a summarized list of what was accomplished:
Club Membership Committee under the leadership of President-Elect Cheryl Cotter.
  1. Committee updated and utilized recruitment list with 26 potential recruits.We recruited 5 new members.1 is in the application process, 11 are still in recruitment phase and 9 declined due to busy schedules.
  2. Each new member went through Rotary orientation, a mentor was assigned, became a greeter at lunch meeting and served on a committee.
  3. Conducted membership satisfaction survey in August 2013, implemented appropriate action to retain general membership.Designated June 9th, 2014 meeting as “Family Recognition” day.
  4. However the Club lost 9 members due to various reasons: work, health, retirement, personal, relocation and deceased as of to date.
  5. We started the year 68 members.Current membership at June 30th, 2014 we have 62 active members and 1 honorary member.
Club Public Relations Committee under the leadership of President-Elect Cheryl Cotter.
  1. Our Club had a Rotary Float at the War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration Parade in August 2013.We gave away 1,000 Rotary Frisbees.
  2. Increased coverage by the News Messenger on Rotary float, MESA donations, Rotary Literacy Program kick off, Rotary Young Ambassador Recognition, Shelter Boxes to the Philippines, and Rotary Person of the Year Award, MESA Bike Tour, and students of the month.
  3. Our Club was also recognized in the District 6600 Newsletter and official website for Chili cook-off, MESA donations, and Rotary Literacy Program.
  4. Both STRIVE program and Rotary Literacy Program were featured in Fremont City Schools District Newsletter and Fremont Ross High School ACE/STRIVE Newsletter.
  5. Easter Egg Hunt for School of Hope was featured in the Hayes Center/The Statement Newsletter.
  6. For Local Community, we invited officers of other service organizations in Fremont for a lunch meeting last August, and participated in the annual Service Club Olympics.
  7. This committee ensured that the Club gets the needed exposure by encouraging Rotarians to wear club t-shirts and Rotary lapel pin at club events/projects, labeled books used in Rotary Literacy Program and donation to libraries.
Social Committee under the leadership of Rotarian Pam Hoesman.
  1. It has became a tradition in our Club that lunch meeting will be replaced by social evening event on 5th Monday of the month.
  2. We had Hotdogs at Walsh Park in July.
  3. Had the 3rd Chili Cook Off at Camp Fire in September.Congratulations to joint winners Rina Oxley and Michelle Beck.
  4. Annual Holiday Party was held at Fremont Country Club with great fellowship especially during the White Elephant Gift Exchange carried out by both Past Presidents Tom Hoffman and Ralph Oxley.
  5. Had Pizza at the Depot in March.
  6. Last social event was Cook out at Peninsular Farm when the Club hosted the MESA Bike Tour riders.Wonderful turn out.
Program Committee under the leadership of Past President Bob Woolf and Rotarian Angelica Rinehart.
  1. In this Rotary year, 47 weekly lunch meetings were scheduled excluding public holiday that falls on Monday.
  2. Cancellation of 2 meetings due to snow emergency.5 social events.15 programs were related to club and Rotary.The balance of 25 was in general topics.
  3. Club arranged a special program to celebrate Veterans Day Nov 11th, which happened to fall on a Monday.We asked every Rotarian to submit names of Veteran in their families so that we could read their names and recognize them at the lunch meeting.
  4. At the OSU vs UM Board Game Day lunch meeting, the Club gave out a $50 gas card to the Best Dressed – congrats to Rotarian Laurie Sistrunk.
Vocational Awareness & Programs Committee under the leadership of Past President Denny Newman.
  1. Arranged Rotarians and local business owners to speak about their respective vocation during October, which is the Rotary Vocational Service Month.
  2. Organized the 2nd Rotary Person of the Year Award assisted by Rotarian Randy Wurts.The recipient was Randy Holbrook and he received a proclamation from the City of Fremont on April 14, 2014.
Community Development & Service Projects Committee under the leadership of Rotarian Doug Beck and Laurie Sistrunk.
  1. Participated in Service Club Olympics in September 2013.
  2. Volunteered working the gates at the 2013 Hayes Presidential Center’s Civil War Encampment in October 2013.
  3. Collected food and money for the Sandusky County food pantry in November 2013.Under the great organization of Rotarian Scott Lang, we achieved 100% participation from members.
  4. 6 Rotarians joined the Sandusky County Park District to collect food and money at the Holiday parade for the food pantry in December 2013.$1,725 and 2 truckloads of food items were delivered to Sandusky County Food Pantry immediately after the parade.
  5. 27 members and guests rang the bell for the Salvation Army in December 2013, and our collection record was $2,498.53.
  6. Adopted 3 families and 1 senior citizen for United Way First Call for Help Community Christmas in December 2013.
  7. 19 members with 1 spouse showed up at the annual Easter Egg Hunt for the School of Hope at the Hayes Presidential Center in April 2014.
  8. Sponsored 2 campers from the School of Hope to Camp Echoing Hills in July 2013.
  9. Through Rec Center, the Club sponsored the Rotary T-Ball League for ages 4-6 in June 2014.
  10. The Big Achievement in our Club this Rotary year was to kick start the Rotary Literacy Program in October 2014.Club was awarded $5,000 grant from Gannett Foundation.We had 38 volunteers signed up 56 reading slots for Kindergarteners, 1st graders and 2nd graders at Atkinson Elementary.Special thank you to Rotarian Jerome Webster, Traci McCaudy, Angelica Rinehart, and Angie Morelock who coordinated the program in this Rotary year.
MESA Committee under the leadership of Rotarian Chasity O’Neill.
  1. This year our Club agreed to be an overnight host for the Rotary Tour for MESA on June 23, 2014.9 Rotarians hosted 16 riders.The Club presented $1,160.00 to MESA.Rotarian Angelica Rinehart was the week rider and on her 7th tour.She was joined by the day riders from our Club: Rotarian Dan Waggoner, Abby Slemmer and Tim Ellenberger.
  2. Our Club coordinated the donations to MESA from ProMedica Memorial Hospital and members in October 2013, February and April 2014.
  3. Rotarian Pam Hoesman has been making baby quilts and sent them off to Honduras through the Swanton Rotary Club since 2011.
Hosting Group Study Exchange Committee under the leadership of Rotarian Chasity O’Neill.
  1. We were the Day Host for the incoming Group Study Exchange team from District 9820 Australia on May 19, 2014.9 Rotarians accompanied the 5 members to White Star Park, Sandusky County Jail and the Home of President Hayes.
World Community Workshop Committee under the leadership of Rotarian Hal Hawk.
  1. Sponsored 2 students from Ross and 1 from SJCC for a 3-day international themed workshop at Defiance College for the World Community Workshop in May 2014.
STRIVE Program Committee under the leadership of Rotarian Jerome Webster and Traci McCaudy.
  1. We made a difference in young people’s lives.This year all 21 STRIVE students are going to college and this is the highest achievement for our Club.
  2. At the end of the school year in May 2014, we provided total scholarships of $2,250 to 4 students in this program.
Students Recognition Committee under the leadership of Rotarian Tim Ellenberger.
  1. Our Club recognized 5 students each month from September 2013 to May 2014: 2 from Ross, 1 each from SJCC, Vanguard and Terra.
  2. At the end of the school year in May 2014, we provided total scholarships of $4,000 to 4 Students of the Year.
Local Service
  1. We started the Pull Tabs Collection last July to bring awareness to the Ronald McDonald’s House Charity.Our club recognized Catie Woolf, who happened to be Past President Bob Woolf’s 8 year old grand-daughter, as Rotary Young Ambassador for what she did – donating her birthday presents to the Children’s Ward at ProMedica Memorial Hospital on October 28, 2013.
  2. This year’s April 28th fell on our Monday weekly lunch meeting.To mark our Club’s 88th anniversary, we sponsored the Liberty Center Homeless Shelter through their “Sponsor A Day” program, which is providing three meals, safe shelter and case management services to assist the residents in becoming self-sufficient and independent members of our community.
International Service
  1. Through members’ generosity -- purchased 2 Shelter boxes sending them to the Philippines in December 2013 .
As you can see, we are a very active club and one that every member should be proud of.  We need to continue to strive to let our community know what we are doing.
Again, I want to personally thank all our club members for all the support you have given me over the past 12 months.  YOU are what made my job, as your President, easy, and what makes our Club successful.  I have been honored to be your Club President for Rotary year 2013-14.