Coordinating Committee Meeting Minutes
November 12, 2001
1. The meeting commenced at 5:30 pm at AAL Headquarters. Attending were
Bill Harke, Rick Sawotka, Ray Durkee, Nancy Johnshoy, Jerry Otteson, Bill
Hale, Lisa Weiner, Donna Kidder, Chuck Lewis, Harry Spiegelberg, Jeff Knezel,
and Eric Paulsen, District WCS Chair (by telephone).
2. The purpose of this meeting was limited to discussion of the future
scope of this Project. Jeff Knezel outlined factors affecting the continuation
of the Project. Factors mentioned were the political and economic instability
in Zimbabwe and Malawi, shortage of matching grant funding from RI Foundation,
competition for District funding of WCS projects, and the need for developing
new leadership for the project.
3. Eric Paulsen stated that both he and the District remain supportive
of the project. However, he noted the difficulty in maintaining enthusiasm
about the project in clubs outside of Appleton, because most clubs did not
have any active involvement. Eric was enthusiastic about the possibility
of SAMP sending medical supplies to Russia as part of the District "To Russia
With Love" initiative. Eric suggested and will schedule a meeting with the
present DG and DG elects to discuss the project's needs and ideas for greater
involvement by other clubs in the District.
4. Other ideas developed at the meeting included:
a.Continue the recent practice of sending supplies to needy locations other
than southern Africa
b.Meet with Downtown Appleton WCS Committee to discuss partnering opportunities
c.Search for other non-Rotarian partners that would provide funding sources
d.Re-invigorate the project through activities such as promotional drives
for blankets, toys, etc.
e.Investigate expansion to other Districts
f.Invite other clubs in District to identify a specific country/city to
which one-time shipments of supplies would be made with each club being involved
in collection and possibly packing supplies.
g.Develop a succession plan for new leadership to emerge (segregate administrative
responsibilities to lessen the time commitment)
5. Jeff Knezel will follow up on items 3, 4b, and 4c and report at the
next meeting. The next meeting will be Monday, January 14, 2002 at the Appleton
6. The meeting adjourned at approximately 7 pm.
Jeff Knezel, Co-chairperson