Members of the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club welcomed the club’s new cabinet members in their positions at their most recent meeting.
The first order of business for Andy Anderson, president of the club, was to make sure they had the chance to celebrate the Fourth of July together. Choruses of “America the Beautiful” filled the room, which had been decorated with American flags.
The second piece of business was to set goals and make plans for the upcoming year.
“We want everyone to find something to do,” Anderson said.
He stressed the importance of all members of the club getting involved and helping with the causes that the club supports throughout the community.
Anderson introduced the phrase “engage Rotary, change lives,” which was printed on a banner hanging from the speaker’s podium as a reminder to be involved with the club.
To highlight some of the impact the club has had, he read a letter written by fellow Rotarian Bob Anderson, who volunteers his time as a pilot for the club’s Angel Flight program.
Angel Flight provides free transportation to people dealing with health problems who need to seek medical treatment too far away for them to drive themselves. In the letter, Bob shared comments from the mother of a patient who had passed away from his illness. This mother said that, though he was going through a dark time in his life, seeing the lights from above the Nashville skyline and the sunrise as he traveled to his treatments gave him joy in his last days.
Anderson said the club’s fundraising efforts help pay for things like fueling planes for the Angel Flight program and supporting other organizations throughout the community.
“What I’m saying is that, when you engage Rotary, you change lives,” Anderson said.
Other members of the club’s new cabinet then took time to share what they envisioned for the upcoming year.
Paul Moyle, who will be coordinating the club’s community service efforts, shared ways the club members might volunteer over the course of the next year.
After stressing the importance of helping the community, Moyle asked club members to consider how they might use their unique skills to help those around them. For example, the tornadoes that hit the area in 2011 and 2012 gave people like construction workers and doctors extra opportunities to help those who needed their services.
Other cabinet members discussed club-specific things like increasing their online presence, making plans for future meetings and increasing the diversity of the club’s membership.
The Rotary Club year runs from July through June. In late June, the club held a private dinner where multiple members received awards and the new cabinet began its year of leadership.
For more information about the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club, visit www.bradleysunriserotary .com.