Dear Rotarians and Friends,
We kicked off the Thanksgiving Holiday week with our annual participation at the Lakewood Charitable Assistance food distribution this past weekend. Friday evening we packaged and sorted three hundred loaves of bread donated by the Breadsmith in Lakewood.  We accumulate the bread over the entire year for distribution and the big push is always Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We store bread in freezers that the Club purchased years back.  Saturday morning the food is packaged up and delivered to families in need throughout Lakewood.  We had help from Bill Minnich, Jean Vahue, Bill Gaydos, Dave Schaeffer and the Harris family Friday evening.  Saturday we had Jim Rowe, Jim Penning, Dave Bruedigan, and Jim & Marty Harris. LCAC had us vastly outnumbered on both days with a record turnout.  That will not be the case for the Christmas weekend when help drops way off, so please plan to help on this project.
Our Lakewood HS Interact students are working hard to attain their goal of $2000.00 for the purchase of two Shelter Boxes.  This last week Wednesday, they raised $241.00, proceeds from the dine at Chipolte event. So far they have accumulated about $1600.00 and they are still working to hit their goal. A big “Thank You” goes out to Marty Harris and Kirsten Senger, both of whom are dedicated to these young people and the Interact Club.
This Wednesday would be a great day to bring to our meeting your latest offerings for our February Auction Fund Raiser.  With the Holidays upon us, I understand your time is shared with many other activities and pressures, so make this easy and get this completed sooner than later.  Please remember your individual efforts will support all of the things we do as a Club in the up-coming year.
This week our speaker is Bob Buck who operates Peppers Restaurant in Lakewood. The following week our guest will speak to us on his journey to recover from PTSD and his experience in the Marine Corps.  You don’t want to miss a meeting.  We always enjoy good camaraderie, good food, good speakers and all of this for a good cause.  I hope to see you Wednesday.