Posted by Art Bukowski
Mack Beers called the meeting to order and led the pledge.
 
Sakura Takano offered thoughts of gratitude and reflection. 
 
Alexis Juett reminded everyone that IM Rotary sessions are coming up on Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. 
 
Ramona Pleva encouraged everyone to SAVE A LIFE, STARVE A VAMPIRE on Oct. 30 at a blood drive at Kirkbride Hall. Too squeamish to donate? You could bake cookies or other snacks to help donors recover CLICK HERE to sign up

Ben Marentette gave an update for the Rotary Charities board. The board is in the middle of its fall grant cycle and plans to decide on a series of grants on Nov. 5. 
 
Pat Parker announced the granting of Paul Harris fellowships to Cliff and Lottie Wagner, longtime caretakers and great stewards of the former Camp Greilick (now GOREC). 
 
Terry Beamsley introduced the speaker, David Bosch. 
 
David is president and CEO of Ann Arbor-based Eversight, a non-profit eye bank working to help bring and restore vision to people with eye damage or illness. With offices in the U.S. and South Korea, Eversight has provided tissue to dozens of locations across the world. The organization is also heavily involved in research for cures for blindness and other eye problems. More than 5,500 donors have provided more than 8,000 tissue samples for patients and for research. 
 
Eversight was not immune to the ravages of the COVID pandemic, as revenue was lost and many non-essential eye procedures were put on hold in the early months. Bosch said the goal was to keep the organization viable and to keep employees safe and employed, with benefits. Those goals were ultimately met after some early bumps in the road, and the organization is charging ahead with its important mission.
 
You can help by spreading the word about Eversight's important work, donating money and/or registering to donate tissue. For more info, visit www.eversightvision.org