Vol. 15, No. 40, March 31, 2003

Retreat is HERE!

Brian Evison plugs The Retreat.

After nearly a year in the planning stage, the 15th Annual Club Planning Retreat opens on Friday with a round of golf for the golfers and a round of shopping for the shoppers. Golfers will tee off shortly after noon at the Loomis Trail Golf Course near Semiahmoo. As they work their way north, the energized shopping team will stop at LaConner to try and perk up the economy.

President-elect Brian Evison has lined up an interesting agenda, with a reception at 6:00 p.m., Friday, at the Resort at Semiahmoo. Dinner will follow at 7:00 p.m., with an awards ceremony for golf and shopping at 8:00 and an informative video on the upcoming RI Convention. At 9:00, the annual Fun and Games ritual begins, with a Karaoke content thrown in.

Saturday morning opens with breakfast at 7:00 a.m. At 8:00, the Planning Retreat begins in earnest with an overview of objectives for the next Rotary year. Norm Johnson will discuss fundraising, Kim Shrader, the RI Foundation, and John DeWater, the role of the Assistant Governor – all prior to breakout sessions which will tackle Membership (Jenny Andrews), Rotary’s 100th Anniversary (Norm Johnson), and Prioritized Giving (Cary Kopczynski). A summary of the results of the breakouts will follow. The Retreat officially ends at noon, with a box lunch available as members travel home.

Phil Salvatori announced carpool schedules for the retreat. First group will leave at 9:00 a.m. (that would be golfers), second group leaves at 3:30 p.m. (that would be overnighters), and the third platoon leaves at 5:30 Saturday morning for the run up I-5, in time for breakfast. If you need transportation, call Phil.

Right after Friday’s meeting, the world-class shopping team met to map strategy for their invasion of LaConner. It is hoped they have a few bucks left over for Semiahmoo.

Fifty-three members have pre-registered for the planning retreat. That’s more Rotarians than are members of 36 Rotary Clubs in District 5030. And, that level of participation is what makes the Retreat so vital to the continued good health of the BBRC. Participation, planning, and implementation are the recipe for a sound Rotary Club. See you at the Retreat!


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