The Midlothian Rotary Club received an outlook from their new president Kevin Blankenship for his term.

Blankenship opened his first meeting as president by recognizing club members who have maintained 100 percent attendance for the past year. Members Kyle Ballard, Michael Van Amburgh, Gordon DeLoach and past president John Piper received Rotary pens.

Blankenship noted that attendance increased for the last year and said he hoped attendance would continue to increase. However he tempered that statement, noting that attendance at Rotary activities and service events is sometimes more important than at the weekly meetings.

“Weekly attendance is not what ultimately drives our organizations, but I would emphasize that attendance at our Rotary activities and service events are sometimes more important than our meetings here (at the civic center),” Blankenship said.

After listing off the new additions of board members and new members serving as president-elect, treasurer and secretary, Blankenship touched on the club's committees over Meals-on-Wheels, the flag program which has grown to 395 flags and Southern Star Christmas committee.

“We also want to add a website manager to update our website with current events and activities,” he said.

The club discussed upcoming activities and planning for events such as the Southern Star Christmas. Before adjourning Blankenship said he would like the club to discuss purchasing new T-shirts for members to wear at events and identify them as Rotary members.


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