President Charlotte Gates opened the meeting with a reflection focusing upon the lessons we have learned throughout the corona virus pandemic.  Charlotte expressed gratitude for Rotary and the opportunity to commit to service beyond oneself.  Thirty-two participants joined the weekly meeting through ZOOM. 
 
 Announcements made:
Bill Grantham reminded everyone of his invitation to his home on Tuesday, June 2 at 9:00a.m.  Come in your work clothes to help Bill load the moving POD.
Roxana Rico announced the school year successfully closed with an eighth grade promotion ceremony – all through ZOOM.  Currently plans are underway for determining how and when the new school year will open. 
Phil Silvers attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of Lubecker Bucht in northern Germany on the Baltic Sea.  They are a club of 35 members, of which five are women.  Phil was asked to describe Valle Verde Club projects.  They were very impressed, particularly with our youth service, and extended their gratitude to our Club members for the inspiration we provide to them.   Phil previously worked with this Club which had shipped hundreds of hand-made baby blankets to a maternity hospital in Bethlehem. 
Jim Rusk reminded members that after the Board meeting on Monday June 1, the Foundation Board will meet. 
President Charlotte announced that the church will not be available for resumption of our meetings in July.   Potential new sites are under consideration.
The Rotary International theme for June is Rotary Fellowship.  Consistent with this theme, Valle Verde Club programs planned for the month will be an update on June 4 by Chuck Wunder on Covid 19.   On June 4 as well, JP Pilger will talk about Rotary cycling fellowship.  On June 11, Nicole Raymond will address the Club through our monthly series “Getting to Know You”. 
 
 
Weekly Program:
Member Mo Fry presentation was entitled “Remembering those who serve our Nation”.  Her presentation in its entirety follows. 
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  First known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official Federal holiday in 1971.  Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.  Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
In recent months we’ve all come to appreciate and admire the sacrifices made by the new heroes among us.  Those who have joined in the battle against the corona virus, which has shattered and disrupted the lives of so many. They are our friends and neighbors working in our local communities.  They are doctors, nurses, scientists, grocery store workers, truck drivers, police, firefighters, EMTs, mail carriers, food bank workers, and care givers.  They are people and professionals that have stepped-up, sometimes working around the clock to try to keep our lives as normal as possible. 
What they have in common with the military warriors that we celebrate traditionally on Memorial Day is the courage and commitment they have displayed and their willingness to answer the national call regardless of their personal safety.  A clear addition to the definition of an American hero. 
As an individual, a citizen a community member, a member of an organization like Rotary, I ask that we honor not only the sacrifices of our Military, but also those new American heroes who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe and see us through this pandemic.
A brief video was shown and Mo concluded with a prayer. 
God of life, we give thanks for the love and bravery of all who answer, in many different ways, the call of our Nation in times of conflict and trouble.  We think of those that went, and never came home, and those who returned wounded in body or in spirit.  We think of all their commitment, their sense of duty, their willingness to risk all, and we honor them.  We also pause to celebrate and honor those from this Rotary community who have passed since last year.
                                                            Andi Grantham
                                                            Max Perry
                                                            Dick Roberts