2017-01-04, Kristi Granados, Morningstar Lighthouse Food Pantry

Pres. Elect Lya Jordan called the meeting to order at 12:10. Dinus Briggs gave the invocation. This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. John Pickett led the members in singing “Auld Lang Syne.” Lya read the list of birthdays for January and the wedding anniversaries and club anniversaries. We then took time to meet and greet each other. We had six guests of Rotarians and one visiting Rotarian.  

Happy Bucks were received from several members. Jay Jordan was grateful for holiday visit of his children’s families and 4 dogs (the dogs were the only ones who obeyed Jay’s commands). John Hernandez was just “glad to be here.” Bill Harty had a positive report on his sister’s health. John Pickett enjoyed his time in Hawaii. Mel Parish learned that his knee makes a popping sound when twisted. “It’s gone for now,” said Mel. Barry got to fly a new airplane. Bobby Rankin was thankful for all the people that have taking care of him and Margie.

Announcements:  There will be a board meeting next week.  On Feb 21st, a special event for Polio Plus will take place at the LC Convention Center.  

The Program—Lighthouse Pantry

Kristi Granados introduced herself as the speaker.  She distributed fliers on the UMC outreach program for helping the needy.  Known as the Lighthouse Pantry, it operates to provide food, clothing and other items for people in need. Volunteers receive and distribute goods to the poor.

They get donations of food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, books, and clothing.  These items are then distributed to folks who stand in line outside the church building.  The goal is to give away everything they have in stock. Each week leftovers are given to other appropriate agencies in town.

The items are distributed on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. The program employs a bag approach.  Recipients pay $5 for a large cloth bag which they can fill up with available items each visit.  The recipients only pay once for the bag, as it is used on subsequent visits. 

A USDA semi-truck helps provides many items for distribution.  If the truck has an especially large load to leave at the church, storage becomes a problem.  Frozen items will be stored in freezers and other item will be shelved at the church. The Lighthouse also helps with a homebound senior meals program. Once a month, volunteers deliver ready-to-eat meals. The overall budget ($6000) for the Lighthouse comes from both USDA monies and from cash donations from local people in town.  

After the Program

Patty gave the “can report” noting that we gathered $103 for St. Luke’s Health Center. She also noted that the jackpot was up to $358. Lya Jordan had the winning ticket, but failed to pull the joker from the deck of playing cards.  Thus, the pot grows. We ended the meeting with the 4-way test.

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Guests of Rotarians



Bruce Davis

Bobby Rankin

Leonor Soria

Paul Comeau

Kelly Kennedy

Sherry Franzoy

Teresa Griffith

Dan Jones

Kim O'Connell

Richelle Ponder

Wendy Clarke

Rynni Henderson

Visiting Rotarians


Home Club

Dan Jones


Student Guests



Caleb Conaway




Date Club




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