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August 17, 2021

Met today on Tuesday for the first time. Day was changed from Thursday to accommodate our fireman who had a conflict on Thursday. Joe Kelly led the prayer and Wiley Cutts led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Missed Suzy Dopp who went to Atlanta to pick up a relative from the airport. Arrangement were were made with Jan to put our file cabinet in her storage room out back of the restaurant. Tommy Holliman and Wiley Cutts had met Frank Potts from Aronov to get into Sweet Baby Jane's to get the cabinet and  our American Flag.
Next meeting on September 3, 2021 we will discuss the budget for this year and possibly lowering our dues. Rudy was unable to make the meeting as he has just brought his wife, Ann, home from  a week or so in physical therapy.
Sam Castanga told us of all the difficulties he is having recruiting firemen for his special operations division. It seems that young people do not want to learn the many skills required for that division. They get their thrill from playing video games Fire departments, police departments and sheriffs department are all experiencing recruiting difficulties.
September 7, 2021
Derrick Cunningham called the meeting to order. Tommy Holliman led the prayer and Sam Castanga led the Pledge of Allegiance. Ohers in attendance were Stanley Cooper, Joe Kelly, Wiley Cutts, Gayle Atkinson, Suzy Dopp , and Rudy Ohme   
After looking at the meal costs and dues for national, we decided to change our dues from $50 per month to $35 per month.  The budget for the year was discussed line by line. It had to be reduced drastically due to the fact that we no longer have the bingo money.  Budget was cut from $46,025 to $6047 per year.

Just the facts
Even if teleportation were possible, there is so much data in a human being that teleporting just one person would take 350,000 times longer than the age of the universe.
The US government spends $300,000 a year studying the body language of other countriesí leaders.

September 21, 2021

Tommy Holliman led the prayer and Gayle Atkinson led the pledge of allegiance. Today we voted in two new board members to replace Joe kelly and Wiley Cutts who are members of the board by virtue of their office. The two new board members are Sam Castanga and Stanley Cooper. Our speaker today was Justin Castanga, President of Catholic School. He gave a good overview of the programs at his school. He stated that the student body is very diverse and is representative of the population of Montgoery.

Just the facts
When people sing together in a choir, their heart beats are sychronized.

Mumps are five times as contagious as Ebola

October 19, 2021
Six members met today at Jan's Beach House for lunch. Leading the prayer was Wiley Cutts; leading the Pledge was Tommy Holliman. We discussed the number on the board of directors. We have three and the By-Laws call for four. Suzy Dopp was elected to serve on the board for a term of two (2) years.
Tonight at the city council meeting, Lt. Charles Fowler of the Montgomery Fire Department, was honored as our Exchange Firefighter of the year. Chief  Stanley Cooper presented Lt. Fowler  a plaque after introducing him to the council and audience.

December 7, 2021
Exchange Club of Montgomery met at Janís on Eastern By-Pass. Fentor Northern led the prayer and Joe Kelly led the Pledge of Allegiance. Fentor made a few appropriate words bout Pearl Harbor as today commemorates that day. Later, after the meal, Joe Kelly gave a talk on market research and how he, when working for Hudson-Thompson, went about doing the research. One of the ways was to do exit interviews at the grocery store. Another was to  take tag numbers at rival grocery companies; look up those tags numbers to determine where the shoppers lived.
There were nine in attendance today. The next meeting will be Decembers 21, 2021. If any member thinks this is too Christmas to meet, let our President Cunningham know.

January 29. 2022

Four of or members, five when Maureen Murphy is counted, went to the midwinter conference in Irondale. Derrick Cunningham, Wiley Cutts, Gayle Atkinson and Joe Kelly were in attendance at the conference. Dr. Maureen Murphy presided by Mickey McDonald of the Mobile club to give the invo-cation and Bev Leigh III to lead the Pledge of Allegance. He conference continued with various speakers before we broke for a box lunch at noon. We continue until adjournment at 2:30 p,m.

March 7, 2022

Held a board meeting today before the regular meeting. Wiley Cutts led the Pledge and Tommy Led the Pledge of Allegiance. Treasurer, Joe Kelly gave a treasurer's report. Approval was moved by Wiley Cutts and seconded by Tommy Holliman. Motion was approved unanimously. There was a discussion of merging with the East Montgomery Club. They have only five (5) members. Tommy will talk to Gene Cau about the possibility of merging.

April 18, 2022

THe club met today at Jan's Beach House. Wiley Cutts led the Pledge; Joe Kelly led the prayer. President Cunningham led a discussion of the potential merger with the East Montgomery Club. Gen Cau will be invited to our next meeting along with any other of the East Club's members he wants to bring. As of today, Sheriff Cunningham, Gayle and I are going to the district converntion at Guntersville State Park.

May 2, 2021

Before the gneeral meeting, the board met to produce a slate of officers which the membership voted in later in the meeting. THose present were Joe Kelly, Wiley Cutts, Gayle Atkinson, Suzy Dopp and    and Sam Castanza.