Rotary Happenings: Classification talks highlights Rotary members
Sanibel-Captiva Rotarians hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and know that many of us have so many things to be thankful for and ever mindful of just how very fortunate we have been in life. Being part of Rotary gives us the opportunity to give back and serve others in meaningful ways supporting projects that concentrate on real problems.
Sanibel-Captiva Rotary is thankful for our members; each one bringing to our club a unique personal and professional experience dossier rounding out the club’s knowledge base for constructive thinking on Rotary’s six areas of focus promote peace; fight disease; provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; save mothers and children; support education, and grow local economies.
About once a month now a segment of our club meeting is devoted to learning about member’s experiences and highlights during their professional career. Two more recent Rotary classification talks came from Roger Grogman – marketing and logistics and John Danner clergy.
Roger’s professional experience 7-11 Corporate, ConAgra, Sam’s Club, McLane Company, Berkshire Hathawayoh, my40 years of experience! His career in marketing and logistics started right after receiving his MBA from the University of Texas and into the corporate office of 7-11. A company from humble beginnings in 1927 as milk/bread/ and egg ice-dock location to Tote’m convenience stores and then in the 1950s to 7-11 open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
Roger’s concentration was on product development/marketing and the most efficient and effective way to place a product into the hands of the customer-get new customers, identify the average buy of customers, and increase transaction size. Roger talked about the introduction of new products to the convenience stories, stopping by for milk or bread, why not an ice-cold fountain drink or maybe a hot cup of coffee? Large cups hold more, why not a 32oz. BIG GLUP? How about a fresh made sandwich? Market research told the company customers were ready for these things and lots more, this played out very well for 7-11 and Roger.
Companies are ever growing, and the key is to differentiate yourself and push for the best. Repeat customer drive business and drive new ideas.
When Roger was with ConAgra a health-conscious public was on the rise and a health-conscious food-group leader went all out with research and development of Healthy Choice products. When the American Heart Association endorsed Healthy Choice, the brand took off.
Sam’s Club and Walmart, well we all know what’s happening here, but distribution of goods was a challenge logistics. How to get the product from source to sell quickly and efficiently while being cost-effective. The number of stores were expanding quickly, and distribution needs were different for each location. To save time and money came the development of a three-compartment truck which held fresh, refrigerated, and frozen food products for delivery. Pay-off for company stock replenished faster, products sold put money in the bank before bills came due.
Roger had so much more to say, but column space is limited, and we had one more speaker, John Danner, Senior Pastor at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.
Unfortunately for John, we also, didn’t have as much time as necessary for his presentation. Ordained in 1980, John has degrees from Bradford College, the University of Maine, Bangor Theological Seminary and Boston University. After receiving a his doctor in divinity, John was ready to teach church history and divinity studies at college level. Although that was his intended career path, John’s path led him elsewhere to take his first position as a church pastor in Gloversville, NY and continues today 40 years later as senior pastor of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ Sanibel. He was smitten from the very beginning, falling in love with his church families; four churches in 40 years. Loving the interaction and personal connections with his congregates, guiding their spiritual well-being, helping them in their time of need and celebrating with them in happy times. As a senior pastor he is a bit of a generalist at the churchsermons, lectures, spiritual advisor, hospital visits, budgets, building care, meetings, meetings, and more meetings. Every day is different and brings with it its own challenges and rewards. John likes to put focus on interfaith connections bringing together religious leaders of all faiths to provide a fundamental understanding of each other and an understanding of how different faiths usually hold the same values at the core.
John highlighted one of his most vivid and trying time as a pastor of a church. Only one day on the job, Sept. 10, 2001, at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, Westport, CT; Westport is a bedroom-commuter community of New York City.
Sept. 11, 2001Attack on Americathe World Trade Center, NY, Pentagon, Washington D.C., plane highjacked over Pennsylvania headed toward Washington, D.C Westport residents were impacted, Saugatuck congregates were impacted. TV reporters and newspapers wanted statements from community leaders. As the pastor now of a prominent church in Westport he was asked to join a group of community leaders trying to provide comfort, caring, and sympathy to Westport residents from all over America and the globe. Particularly hard for John performing funeral services for three members of the Westport community recognizing this overwhelming world-staged tragedy and celebrating the lives of those lost that day. John will never forget this experience.
Sanibel-Captiva Rotary meets at 7 a.m., Friday mornings at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. Guests are welcomed.