President Scott Chabot called the Mount Clemens Rotary Club to order at 12:15 p.m.
Tom Welsh led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem and Mary Bednar led the club in “The Four-Way Test.” Vita Simmons gave the benediction.
The day’s menu featured breaded pork, bowtie pasta with vegetables, broccoli and cauliflower, tossed salad and cake slices.
*** President Scott noted that the annual budget was approved at last night’s club board meeting.
*** Everyone is invited to the Rotary Park Rededication on Wednesday, July 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event cost is $20. RSVP Sam Wireman at email@example.com or purchase tickets online at: http://legacy.cmpl.org/larry/rotary/. Currently 60 people are signed up.
*** Members are also encouraged to attend the District Governor’s picnic in Kensington Park.
*** Our August 4 meeting will be held at the Macomb YMCA.
GUESTS & VISITORS
Tom Welsh welcomed guest Sue Paynter and noted that his and another phone were missing!
Speaking of things that were missing, Sam Wireman recognized birthdays and anniversaries with virtual flowers. Of note, a virtual black flower was requested by Nancy Dedenbach for hubby Ron.
BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES, FLOWERS & MUSIC
Kim Jarvis was slighted by Gary Felts who reassigned the music selection duties to Christine LaTour. Selections included “Edelweiss” and “Vive Le Rotary.”
Vita Simmons reminded Rotarians of the park rededication event.
President Scott reminded Rotarians to bring lottery tickets, gift cards and bottles of wine for this September’s fundraiser.
Tom Davies was in charge of recognition. Tom Welsh, Christine LaTour, Nancy’s granddaughter Luca, Ken Steele, and Ellen Lysik all paid $3 for their “missing” phones that Tom happened to “FINE-d.” Vita Simmons paid $2 plus a bonus of $2 for “everything.” Gary Felts paid $2 for taking a walker on his cruise so that he could be first in line at the buffet plus $2 for getting new glasses that he was having trouble using to see. Sam Wireman paid $4 because while flowers can be virtual, fines cannot. Doug Norris and Sue Paynter have been in Canada for 10 weeks and were asked to split a $5 fine. Kim Jarvis and Louise Rallis were talking about McLaren Macomb’s golf outing with 288 golfers on August 8 and paid $3 each for being “tricked” into an advertisement. Ed Mastry bought a round of wine for Kathy Best and Stephanie Mirabile and bought a round of fines for $3.
SPEAKER President Scott introduced speaker and new club member Vita Simmons. Vita suffered a head injury at age 8 which shaped her drive to work hard in school and to be ambitious in her career pursuits. Although she is just 23 years old, she has already opened her own State Farm insurance agency and then moved on to bigger ambitions with her own brokerage firm, Vita Simmons Insurance, which started in 2021. She believes in helping to educate her clients to empower them to take control of their insurance needs. She offers a no-strings attached evaluation to potential clients and offers business and personal insurance from multiple carriers. She noted she was married too young (age 18) and then when she parted with her husband had 18 tango lessons left at Argentine Tango, so she has continued to dance on! Her hobbies also include jigsaw puzzles. She found our previous website via a Google search and believes that Rotary closely aligns with her personal values and ethics for running her business. She was asked several questions about pet insurance.
More information is available at: https://www.vitasimmons.com/