National Night Out was proceeding as a real success for Rotary and all the other attendees until…. The rains came!

Tim, Allen, Terri, John and Lin had set up shop along with other service groups and vendors.  We were well on our way to pulling in a bunch of names and email addresses for our December fruit sale.  There was no shortage of people unfamiliar with what Rotary does to listen to our story. 

But Mother Nature had other plans.  Only 20 minutes into the event, the police came around to all the participants and warned every one of the impending thunderstorm.  By the time we packed up and carried everything to our vehicles, big drops were beginning to fall.  Then things opened up and a serious downpour was upon us.  With all that rain and lightning, too, the police made the right call. There was no need to have public risk, even though this was a grand opportunity for Rotary.

The lesson learned here, though, is that there are rewards from attending this type of public gathering.  We should seriously plan to attend any kind of public event in our area, to educate the public on what we do.  If you have ideas for other venues, please bring them to Lin Seyler or Terri Pfennig. 

Our next event is the joint effort, with the Muhlenberg Lions, at Wine and Dine on Saturday.  Help is needed for the set-up on Saturday morning at 7:30 and, of course, at 4:00 to closing (8:00?) for controlling admission and tearing down.

Another most important event is our visit at Blind Hartman’s by the new District Governor, Cindy Hornaman from the Emmaus Club.  There will be a business meeting with Cindy, ADG Bob Hobaugh, Officers, directors and Chairs at 5:00 on Tuesday, August 14 prior to our regular meeting.  Please plan on attending.  You will find Cindy has a lot in mind for Rotary, and having fun while we do it.