Dear Members:  Monday’s meeting featured our annual meeting and a great program by Mike Ryan, Tom Sadvary, Dr. Jan Gehler, and Ron McCullagh.  The annual meeting included a mid-year report with (unaudited cash-basis) financial results for the first half-year.  I posted the Mid-Year Report on the Club Web site under Admin>View Club Documents in the spirit of two key objectives I keep in mind, transparency and accountability, as I cited in my induction speech.
The membership, by acclamation, elected the following persons to their respective positions:
Club President-Elect
Garret Olson (by electing Garrett Club President-Elect he will
become Club President in 2013 – 2014)
Club Vice President
Bob Jackson
Club Secretary
Mike Savastio
Club Treasurer
Tim Baughman
Board Members whose term will be July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2014
Bill Bader
Mary Blank
David MacIntyre
Kari Baker did not require a vote as she is president-elect.  The newly elected slate take on their responsibilities July 1, 2012, along with the other approximately 34,117 clubs worldwide, and the induction ceremony is scheduled for June 25.
Generally, Rotary Club presidents, mid-term, start counting down the months until they are relieved from duty but I am just the opposite.  I am enjoying myself serving as your president and you might have to wrench the gavel out of my cold dead hands.  Rotary Club of Scottsdale members are such wonderful, generous, professional, and accomplished people that you are a delight to serve.  We have so much to accomplish in six more months.  I must warn future presidents that I am conducting Rotary Club of Scottsdale business two hours a day every day, but the time is well spent and the results are rewarding.  Thank you all who have sent me e-mails and telephone calls of congratulations on this year’s progress; they lift me up.  In the spirit of Jerry Mills, keep in mind “Come Join Us.”  Let’s increase our presence in the community through stronger membership that also draws in others.
                                                             John Thornton, President
                                                             The Rotary Club of Scottsdale