Take care of your employees, and they will take care of you. That was the overriding message from the Rotary Club of Brandon's weekly guest speaker, Robin Orosz this past week. It was a great message from the employment attorney with the law firm of Florin Roebig P.A.  She explained that Employment Law is complicated because it is a combination of both Federal and State law. It can be very expensive because all states have a fee provision meaning an individual can have a small monetary settlement, but potentially pay out huge attorney fees to the prevailing party.  She advised to always be aware of any issues that arise and get the advice of an attorney because knowledge is power. Robin also advised to take prompt and remedial action in any discrimination situation and advised against trying to solve FLMA or Discrimination complaints on your own.
Along with Robin, the club was privileged to have District 6890's District Governor Elect, Winnie Marvel who came to meet with our own President Elect, Dave Brown to make sure he is ready to carry the baton beginning in July. We all know Dave is going to have an awesome year! DGE Winnie is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club , a graduate of Plant High School and is a longtime resident of Tampa. The club wishes her the best of success as she embarks on this huge leadership responsibility.
Sergeant At Arms Fred Schwabe took a ton of Happy Dollars, highlighted by Larry Fassett explaining why he had a muzzle on his leg instead of his mouth, a complete breakdown of old school vs new school using Cade Rivard as his example of how to take care of the elders in the club, and at some point we thought Larry channelled his inner Fred Schwabe and the infamous Kentucky Derby story. Roger finally broke in to give the club some huge news - David Sigler was donating $10,000 towards the Rotary Event Center!! Way to go, Dave, and THANK YOU so much for your generosity and leadership! John Sellers had a happy $5.00 for the Clemson win and also in honor of Roger who made it possible for his son to secure tickets to the game.  Finally, Jeff Campbell had two happy dollars- first his son just got engaged and second, they just had their second grandchild.
The club got an update on the Rotary Event Center from Roger who said the work day went well, and the small group accomplished all they needed to get done. He was appreciative for the Rotarians that showed up. Painting will be next on the agenda for the service project. Dave West has already donated all the paint.
President Chuck announced that the District is accepting applications for S4TL . Applicants need to be a high school junior going into their senior year next year. Golf Tournament Chairman Troy Dimsdale gave an update on the upcoming Thursday, January 19th Golf Tourney at Buckhorn saying that we have 14 plus teams confirmed. Need more players and need hole sponsors.
Joe Campoamor gave the club an update on Wild Game dinner where he announced that we have already had $32K in presales.  Less than 50 VIP tickets are remaining, so all there is left to do is Sell! Sell! Sell! Sell!
The meeting ended much how it began with Larry Fassett the center of attention. Larry had the winning ticket of the 50/50 drawing, but Larry ended up pulling the two of diamonds and left with nothing for his troubles. The pot grows to over $360 for next week's potential winner.