Thursday Rotary Meetings at
United Methodist Church in Marion, IL
Every Thursday at 12 noon,  65 to 95 Rotarians meet in the basement of the United Methodist Church at 208 West Main Street in Marion, IL for lunch. The United Methodist Womens Club of the church has been preparing our lunches for almost 80 of the 82 years our club has been formed. The meals are varied, according to the cook that is on duty each Thursday and can be fried chicken, meatloaf, ham loaf, pasta, roast beef, ham, turkey, or polish sausage.  When we complete our meals, we have a short business meeting where we honor our members who 
have birthdays and/or annivesaries, and then our program host introduces his/her guest speaker. The program last no longer than 30-35 minutes and are generally informative and educational. In many cases, the program speaker announces a breaking-news item that appears the next day in the local newspaper. We are very fortunate to have as members several excellent public relations people and members of the press. Our membership is from every walk of business
in the Marion area and includes bankers, accountants, consultants, funeral home directors, insurance agents, pastors, manufacturing reps, managers representing all types of businesses, and real estate brokers. There are other occupations represented not listed. Any mention by any member of his/hers occupation in any comment or speech is promptly followed by a $1.00 fine from our sergeant-at-arms. We also pass among us the "yellow" polio-plus can which we deposit the "change" in our pockets. Polio-plus is the 
Rotary Internationa program to eradicate polio from the wold in the next five to ten years. If any member is caught without wearing their name badge, another $1.00 fine is assessed by our Sergeant-at-arms. We have a lot of fun and the relationships we form at our weekly meetings last a life-time. Membership is open to all occupations and gender and is by invitation only. Each new member is sponsored by a Rotarian and are voted on by the club membership.