Ever wonder what in the world Fidalgo Island Rotary members do at the Club meetings held at the early hour of the morning 7am?  Here's a summary of the November 1st meeting to give you an idea of what goes on.
The meeting started off with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the thought for the day.  Steve Rutz held us in suspense as he took a picture of the group.
What in the world was this picture for?  Then he shared the quote: 
          Life is like a CAMERA
          Focus on what is important
          Capture the good times
          Develop from the negatives
          And if things down work out
          Take another shot  
Then we welcomed our newest Rotarian to the club, Ann Giboney.
Jan Vigre, Foundation Chair, recognized Susan Guterbock with her 6th Paul Harris recognition with a special pin.  
Yes, we had a great breakfast made by our member volunteers and engaging happy/sads shared by our members.  This was followed by our guest speaker, Debbie Marshall, Founder and President of Heart of Hope.
"Heart of Hope Ministries International (HHMI) started in January of 1991. Debbie Marshall and Chuck Fox, her father, traveled to Romania to adopt a child for Debbie and her husband Dan. They immediately recognized there was far more to do than the adoption of one child. The dire needs of the children and entire families tore their hearts open. Debbie was successful in adopting, but that was only the beginning of what now has been a twenty-one year journey.  Through the decade of the 90s, HHMI focused on the critical needs of the thousands of children in government placement centers through the distribution of food, medicine, and clothing. In addition, HHMI facilitated dental, therapy, optometry as well as construction and renovation teams. HHMI established a spitirual ministry program led by Romanian nationals to address the spiritual needs of children in placement centers and impoverished rural communities."   This year they have also focused on helping Ukrainian refugees.  Click on Heart of Hope to learn more.
We ended the meeting with the raffle and inspiration for the day from our President, Kandy Dubuque.
Sounds like a FUN and interesting meeting, doesn't it?  Well they all are.  So join us by Zoom or come in person to our next Tuesday 7am meeting.