The regular meeting of the Macomb Lions Club was held on November 15, 2012. Members gathered in the meeting room at Pondera Steak House on East Jackson Street with those members in attendance as shown on the Attendance Record and Guest Register. Transcribed below what happened at the meeting:
Attendance: Guests 00
Lead in the Pledge of Allegiance – Secretary Schoonover
Prayer – Lion Lueck
Guests – None
Program - Provost Kenneth Hawkinson, WIU Dr. Hawkinson talked about himself and his background. He came to WIU from Chicago as an undergrad. Funded his education by using an ROTC Scholarship after getting out of community college. He did a bachelors and Masters both at WIU and got his PhD at SIU-C. Served in the Peace Corps and then came to WIU in 1988.
Challenges facing WIU –
Budget – The state currently owes WIU $31 million. For FY 13. Budgets have already been reduced over the past few years. We are currently doing OK at being fiscally responsible. Working hard @ keeping enrollment up, but hard when costs are going up and aid is down. The gap is widening.
WIU recently started the WIU Commitment Scholarship that is awarded automatically based on ACT.
The recession has been so long that more students are starting at community colleges rather than 4 year institutions. We are working with Spoon River College so not only do their credits pass to us, but our pass to them so a student can get an associate degree. There are increased mandates from the State. WIU has started a mentorship program to increase retention.
Looking to the future, they are waiting for funds to be released to start construction on the Performing Arts Center. They hope this will be Spring 2013. The President has given more money for campus beautification and they are also looking at a visitors center.
1. Recap of Zone Meeting
2. Lion Lueck – Boys and Girls talked about the results of the Peace Poster Contest. Emily Hance got 1st and Natalie Neve got 2nd.
3. Lion Lueck – McDonough County Extension Office sponsor a Youth Leadership Group and Lion Lowell spoke to them about Lions.
4. Lion Bowen finalized arrangements for the Soup & More project.
5. Lion Dewitt said that 50 -70 coupons had been turned in at BWWs for our fund raiser.
6. Lion Westen stated that there would only be one meeting in December and that would be the Christmas Party on the 20th. Bring a food item to donate to the Salvation Army Food Pantry.
7. President Jan said the net from the Rose sale was around $1,650
8. President Jan stated we had received an award for being number 1 in our District for Candy Days in 2011.
9. President Jan also taked about Books for Boots Program. Collecting books for soldiers and their families.
Tail Twister Sweepstakes – $2.50 – Won by Lion Schoonover. Given back to the Admin. Fund.