Posted by Elizabeth Rusnak on Feb 14, 2017
Meeting Date: Monday, February 13, 2017
The meeting was called to order by Club president, Scott Becker at 6:28 p.m.  The flag salute was led by Dave DeBois.  Front desk: Terri Ebert and Isabella Forcino.
Inspirational Moment: Ernie Norehad shared his thoughts about nature.
Introduction of Visitors:
Student of the Month: Isabella Forcino of Juanita High School
Other Visitors: Darren Varnado (guest of our speaker), and Michael Soike (photographer of our speaker).
Club Announcements:
  1. Patti Smith announced that Jim Hart’s daughter has closed Jim’s insurance office (as he is retired and resides at Madison House). Jim’s daughter has an office full of furniture and cubicles that are available. Please stop by their office if you’re interested.
  2. James Nevers announced that it is scholarship time and will need Rotarians to volunteer to interview candidates. Stay tuned for more info.
  3. Amy Mutal is working with Dave DeBois to organize a Hockey Night social function for February.  Stay tuned for more info.
  4. Rick Walter announced he needs volunteers to be on his Duck Dash committee. Summerfest is the weekend of August 11, 12, 13, and the Duck Dash Race will be held Sunday the 13th. Please contact Rick directly if you want to be on his committee.
  5. Ben Premack announced that Saturday’s work party at Rotary First Harvest was successful (oats and pasta were packed). The RFH Work parties occur every 2nd Saturday of each month, and anyone can attend.
  6. Scott Becker announced the Board meeting will be held February 15th at Rich Bergdahl’s office. Light dinner starts at 5:30 and the meeting starts at 6:00 pm.

    Program Speaker: Cindi Bright, The Bright Group,
    Program Topic: Diversity in the workplace.
     About the program: Jason Overleese introduced Cindi Bright of The Bright Group. The company is a service-based organization that works with other businesses. They will assess an organization, help them create necessary infrastructure, assess the organization's talent and capability, enhance leadership capabilities, conduct strategic planning sessions, provide team-building, conduct business process improvement for efficiencies and provide change management support. The company has been in operation for 2-years. As owner of the company, Cindi Bright has spent 30-years in the human resource industry for several national companies. Her full profile can be found at:
    The focus of tonight’s discussion was how diversity in business has a substantial impact to a company’s bottom line. Cindi cited examples of how Hollywood, financial institutions and cosmetic companies have recognized the power and impact of diversity by implementing diversity into their advertising campaigns, all purporting to having a positive impact to the bottom line. Cindi quoted “In order for things to change around me, they have to change within me.” This is the thought process that launches her ecosystem, or five components to diversity progress: culture, perspective, leadership, equity and talent. Success can be accomplished by leveraging the capabilities and diversity of your team, despite that some members may not seem completely qualified. She used her son’s height as example; despite his 5’11” stature, he’s is a key player for Stanford’s basketball team. He was able to achieve this position by leveraging his talent of speed and shooting.  Cindi recommended Malcolm Gladwell’s book “The Outliers” to expand more on using resources and implementing diversity. Our club was engaged with Cindi’s presentation and she welcomed questions and discussion.
    The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.
    Submitted by Scribe:
    Elizabeth Rusnak