(notes provided by the retired and relaxed Allan Penwell)
Please welcome to our club a new Rotarian, Brian Bradshaw, who is sponsored by Gary Olsen. Brian is an engineer, and his wife is a micro-biologist working for a start-up company in San Francisco. Brian said this was a great opportunity for her, but it’s a commuter marriage with an end-date (the commute, not the marriage). We’re glad to have you on board, Brian!
March 1: Monticello Rotary Club’s 90th Anniversary Dinner and Auction Celebration. Tickets are $20 per person for the event. For tickets, buy direct from Monticello members Kelly Crawford, email@example.com or Shelly Crawford-Stock, firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 1: We have a great volunteer opportunity on Saturday March 1st at Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It’s Read Across America which our club has continually supported. We will be looking for up to 12 total volunteers to read to kids. It’s only 30 minutes. Bring your own book or use one there. Contact Phillip Holthaus for more information.
March 6th: Don’t forget bowling and don’t forget your checkbook for our annual night of bowling in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Champaign County Bowl for Kids’ Sake. The event will take place starting at 7 p.m. at Western Bowl in Champaign, and all are invited (non-players encouraged to attend and heckle). Practice session is Thursday, March 5th at Old Orchard Lanes at 4:30 p.m.
March 12: All Area Clubs Rotary Meeting – 109th Anniversary of Rotary, organized by Champaign West. Noon at Round Barn Center.
March 13: The regular CUSR meeting is canceled on this day.
Our speaker on Thursday was Patrick MacKay who is a managing director of 004 Technologies USA which is a mobile app development shop. Patrick is also a member of Champaign West Rotary. The company sponsors workshops as well as development of IOS and Android apps.
Here are a few amazing statistics:
*There are 143 million people in the U.S. who use smartphones.
*About 50% use Androids and 41% use Apples. The remaining 9% is divided between Microsoft, Blackberry, and Nokia.
*There were 143 million smartphones sold worldwide in 2013.
*There were 300 million tablets sold last year.
*Ninety percent of smartphone users keep their phones within three feet for 24/7.
*The smartphone is the Swiss Army knife of media.
*Are intimate, interactive, and immediate.
*Provide unrivaled access to the customer.
*Support the seller’s brand.
*Are proactive in changing consumer behavior.
Visit www.004usa.com to contact Brian or learn more about his services and products.
|Feb 27th||Mar 6th||Mar 13th||Mar 20th|
|Introductions||Gary Olsen||Scott Paceley||No Regular||Robb Patton|
|Invocation||Oktay Baran||Eric Batsie||Meeting this||Keith Brandau|
|Greeters||Gary Olsen||Scott Paceley||Week. Go To||Robb Patton|
|Kris Young||Harold Adams||Round Barn on Weds||Curt Anderson|
|Song Leader||Jen Shelby||Lou Simpson||3/12/14 instead||Jeff Van Buren|
February 27th – Dr. Irfan Ahmad will discuss the history of Islam, the local Muslim community, and the Avicenna Community Health Center
March 6th – Rotarian Lin Warfel will discuss 21st century farming and his newly released book of poetry
Wednesday, March 12th – All Club meeting at the Round Barn Conference Center
March 20th – Jim Dey, Opinions Editors at the News-Gazette
March 27 – Bruce Hannon, President and Director of the Land Conservation Foundation