President Jim Stapleton opened the meeting on August 13, at 12:30 p.m. in our Exchange Club Ellie Royal Conference Room. Each Member wore a mask and was “socially” seated spaced 6′ apart from another member. The food line was managed by staff who “delivered” food separately to each member. Also, thanks to Ken Carroll as he delivered the invocation to thank God for our blessings as is always our custom and belief! Over 25 members were in attendance.
EXCHANGE CLUB MEETING 8/6/2020
President Jim Stapleton welcomed nineteen members to the restart of weekly meetings for 2020. He related his Covid-19 story of negative test results before he went to the hospital with symptoms and a positive test for COVID antibodies.
After losing 22 lbs. and being very sick, he is making a comeback and taking the reins of leadership.
The meetings will be carried out with full safety precautions, including being served on paper plates, eating utensils wrapped in plastic, hand sanitizer, and masks.
The attempt to handle the New Officer elections by email was approved by only 15 responses.
The results will be revisited at a later date with an opportunity for nominations from the floor or other confirmation of the list of new officers.
BLOOD DRIVE REPORT
Al Jacobson reported that 200 people gave blood on the recent drive date. A count of 168 useful pints was donated for this successful event. Volunteers are needed to assist Red Cross with the safe and most sanitary facility as possible for the gift of life donations.
A chair was draped as a memorial to Earl Tapley who recently passed away.
Jonathan Daniell presented current information concerning the Fair and the impact of the pandemic on the community.
Dominic Vivona, the father of the Amusements of America Midway Company that plays our Fair each year has passed away. It is a great loss to his family and the carnival business as a multigenerational operation that is an icon of the whole industry and a long-standing leader in the field.
The Fair date may stay on schedule and remains as one of three shows for the Amusements of America group calendar. But, many fairs and shows have been canceled and decisions about our fair could come in the future. Jonathan is keeping up with the state fair in Perry for other indicators and standards that all fairs would have to conform to perform as scheduled. A Rodeo is a scheduled event for our facilities.
The US Military is using a portion of the grounds for a training operation that has no direct community activity.
Jonathan noted the McKinney Center after 13 weeks as a free testing location is moving that operation to Pierce County. There are other testing alternatives to include rapid testing by doctors and through public health facilities. The hospital is full and patients are being diverted to other locations which are a difficult choice since most area locations are diverting also. Jonathan also informed us of a change in the length of time for quarantine from 14 days to 10 days.
Thanks, Jonathan Daniell for being a great resource for our club and our community!
President Stapleton encouraged each member to reach out to at least one other member and to invite them to return to the weekly meetings.
Let’s get this thing going again!