In the announcements last week we learned about the new Holy Cow award when Donna Wilson presented the first award to Mike Wicks for his efforts in bringing the new directory to publication. Also enjoyed the birthday recognition by Charlie Ballou for Mark Wright, Taylor Barnes, Larry Alberson, Don Kellerman, and Sam Mason. Mike Wicks returned to the podium to tell us how important the Taste for Giving sponsorships are to our total fund raising and to provide assistance in our approaching other Alexandrians asking them to become a sponsor. President Sharon Meisel told us that Cirque du Soleil has given us two tickets to their Aug. 29th show VOLTA that we are raffling off with funds coming to Polio Plus. Virginia state senator Adam Ebbin was last week’s speaker who told us about many of the programs he is supporting throughout his 30 District such as advancing gun safety, equality, and voting rights. He also described some of the major efforts relating to the arrival of Amazon’s headquarters – affordable housing, STEM education, housing issues, and transportation concerns. A very interesting speech.