The Rushville Rotary Club met Tuesday at the local Elks.

President Debbie Turner called the meeting to order. Pledge to the flag was led by Avy Leissring and prayer for the day was given by Bill Todd.

The Mystery Person was Garry Cooley. He awarded the free meal for the day to President Debbie as she enters her last month as The Big Cheez!

Brags for the day included Debbie Turner for not having to leave at 3 a.m. and work for Rotary at the track in Indianapolis. Markus Strobl for his family’s and Dr. Steve Sickbert's family’s efforts in collecting money on the street corners for Arc. Bill Todd on the wonderful Memorial Day services at the bridge, courthouse lawn, cemetery and cemetery bridge where a dedication was held in memory and honor of Ward Farlow.

Fines for the day were handed out by Sergeant-At-Arms Michele Land to herself for missing Rotary the past couple of weeks and for having missed the first Riverside Park concert (now that's honesty for you, folks!) Theresa Grocox for her pink hat and attire! Kevin Green for getting Jim Thalls' advertisement wrong in the paper (sorry, KG, it's lonely at the top!) Jim Thalls for bragging in the lunch line that he has not golfed since yesterday (life is tough sometimes)! Theresa (I'm pretty in my pink hat) Grocox for drawing mustaches on the Rotary anchors during Rush TV Day (just for the record, Theresa says that she did not do it, she was only caught laughing at those who did, but she is not telling who they were).

With lunch enjoyed and business conducted program chairman Brandon Reynolds presented Mike Pavey, president of the Rushville City Council, member of the Riverside Park Amphitheater committee, Rush County ECDC board member and the 2006 Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year recipient. Pavey spoke about the 2006 Summer Concert Series for Rush County. Pavey updated the club since his last visit over 18 months ago concerning the changes made in the Riverside Park and amphitheater. In 2005, the venue had three concerts; in 2006, they have expanded the schedule to include seven concerts. Their annual budget is $52,000 and they have raised $38,000 in cash with $14,000 of in-kind contributions to make their efforts complete for the year. A booklet showing the concert series, sponsors, historical look at the area and a bio on each act is available at City Hall or at the Chamber of Commerce in Rushville.

Thank you, Brandon and Mike, for this very interesting program!

Upcoming program chairs:

Tuesday: Bill Ward

June 13: Kevin Snyder

June 20: Outgoing President Debbie Turner

June 27: Incoming President Bob Beeler