December 2nd Meeting Notes
Posted by Mike Isler on Nov 11, 2016
- The holiday party is in one week - December 9th - at Tartan Fields. See the invite in your email and R.S.V.P
-Susan Robenalt spoke about the shopping and gift wrapping that members of our club are doing on December 3rd. With donations from our members. we have adopted families through the Salvation Army and Syntero.
- No meetings December 23rd and 30th due to the holidays.
- Sarah Richardson reminded everyone to review and respond to the Blarney Bash Sponsorship request (see emails from Sarah).
- Bruce Andrews reminded us that Salvation Army Bell Ringing begins this weekend. Please remember your shifts! Thank You, Bruce, for reminding us all of the importance of proper, constant ringing of the bell, maintaining a clear "vortex" surrounding the kettle for maximum donations, and being overall exemplary "Ringmen" and "Bell Buddies".
Our speaker this week was Kamal Boulos, owner of the very popular Refectory Restaurant and Bistro. Kamal provided us with a fascinating glimpse into the approach and values that have elevated The Refectory to elite status in the 40 years that he has been its leader.
Rather than discussing the details of great food preparation, menu choices, ambiance, etc, Kamal talked about the values and leadership principles that propel his success. Relentless focus on increasing knowledge and applying that knowledge is one of his keys to success. Another key is aligned values across all of the restaurant staff; for example, focusing equally on the quality of experience of every diner and not focusing more on those who happen to be spending more. Another key to success that aligns closely to our Rotary values is the focus on giving to the community. The Refectory - even in tough economic times - has continually increased their community involvement. In particular, they are taking a comprehensive approach to supporting the Arts community in Central Ohio.
Kamal graciously offered an opportunity for our club members to attend an upcoming Music Series dinner event with a waiver of the $20 cover charge. Email email@example.com to participate.