Fellow Rotarians,
 
It's hard to believe we are now entering the final month of the 2014-2015 Rotary year.   I've been so impressed over the past 11 months with how responsive and selfless you are when it comes to getting things done for the benefit of our club and those we serve.  At our meeting on June 18, I will officially "pass the gavel" to incoming President Betty Stevens.  Normally this would occur during the last weekly meeting in June, however I will be out of town on the 25th. We will all benefit from having Betty lead us for an extra week!  Someone suggested, upon learning of my early departure as club president,  if it were this easy I should have left town sooner!  In addition to being responsive and selfless, some of you are observant as well.
 
The time to renew your Rotary membership is now!   The board of directors will meet June 11 to finalize our membership roster for the 2015-2016 Rotary year.   It is critical that we have your payment for membership renewal before then. Thank you to all of you who have already paid by check, online or by credit/debit card.  Thanks to Chris Nolte who has been at the meetings processing credit card payments.  Chris will be available again this week if you wish to pay at the meeting.  If you wish to pay online, please click on this link:https://mkt.com/Manhattan-Rotary
 
Once again, our club will be participating in and contributing to the Juneteenth Celebration in Manhattan.  This year's event will be held on Saturday June 20th.  We will participate in the parade as well as hand out ice cream.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dave Denning or Jeff Geuther.  
 
It is with great sadness I share with you the news regarding the death of Rotarian Mo Hosni's wife, Fakhry.  Mrs. Hosni fought a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life service this Thursday, June 4 from 3-5pm at All Faith Chapel.  Please keep Mo and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
 
This is week our program will be Blake Kaus speaking to us about the Guardian Angels.  I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch.
 
Scott Emley