Dinger Fines: Wayne Bradshaw handled dinger fines today at a buck each. Well, we had a bunch of these so here goes: Nancy Campbell because her son and family are moving back to LA from beautiful North Carolina; Rick Mendoza’s grandson graduated from design school; Wayne Bradshaw –yes, one and the same—for 22 years of blissful marriage, his daughter’s 21st birthday, and son Hunter’s upcoming graduation from RUHS; Allen Peters, donned out in a Kings jersey, bragged again about their stupendous Stanley Cup victory AND that his son, a hockey player with the Kings junior program, turned down a hockey scholarship to attend UCI in Irvine; Bill Workman bragged that his son played hockey for USC and attended both the Kings victory game a few nights ago and the Anaheim Ducks victory a few years back; Pearl Davis promoted the Reading-by-Nine program; Capt. Marcello Goncalves and his wife celebrated their 38th anniversary; Brynn Dietz acknowledged that he is now officially engaged to Casey Polich following her acceptance of his proposal of marriage.
And then there was Scott Fellows who not only stood to brag but also promptly marched to the podium to make his pronouncement. Scott read an ode to science fiction writer Ray Bradbury who passed away here in LA recently. Turns out Bradbury was a guest lecturer in one of Scott’s American Lit classes four decades ago at UCLA. As readers probably know, as a sci-fi writer Bradbury wrote about aliens from time to time and speculated on whether we would ever find them or visa versa. “Unlikely” and “probably never” wrote the great man, prompting Rotary Fellows to speculate on whether he would ever encounter alien. Scott noted that he personally has concluded, “The stories of alien sightings, encounters or abductions are nonsense or hallucinations.” Well, with one exception: “When I engage in conversations with fellow Rotarians at the Bad Boys Table, I’m not sure that aliens haven’t landed here.” To which, if asked, the Bad Boys would say amen! (Ed’s note: Just think, all that for a fine of a buck!)
Luncheon Speaker: So Al Wise of Manhattan Toyota told us that the next four best-sellers worldwide after the Toyota Corolla are the Ford F-Series at 25 million, VW Golf at 24 million, VW Beetle at 21.5 million and Ford Model T at 16.5 million. Wise, a former pastor, concluded with these thoughts that underlie the Toyota philosophy: always be faithful, studious and creative, bring your home life to work and remember to be grateful.
Next week our speakers will be Bob Shafer and Lisa Van Ingen Pope of the Torrance South Bay YMCA.
Raffle: Nice try Wayne, but you only got the consolation prize of $10. The kitty is now up to $50.
Quoting H. Brown, whoever that is, Prez Steve concluded this week’s luncheon with this quote: “May our adversities make us strong. May our victories make us wise. May our actions make us proud.”