District Gov. Stewart Buchanan celebrated his birthday with us this morning. Stewart joined District Gov. Elect Stephen Zabor and our own Dick Kiplinger in awarding the Paul Harris fellowship to Rob Kammer, Paul Psota and Bob Schmieler. Andy Motz received a Paul Harris plus, while Bob also received a Harry Fuehrer Fellowship. Those guys were not able to attend last week’s banquest, in which other Paul Harris and Harry Fuehrer Fellows were announced.
Four Way Test. By the way, you can view Joy's speech at the District 6630 finals, at Beechwood High School, here.
In sympathy. Jeanine Hammack's mother, Angela Fornelli, passed on earlier this month. Our condolences go out to Jeanine and her family.
Dress up. Not down, on June 17. Members of the late Marc Amato's family will join us at our June 17 meeting to accept an honorary Paul Harris Fellowship. In light of this special ceremony, please ignore solicitations to wear tee shirts and shorts in honor of our speaker and fellow Rotarian County Councilman Mike Gallagher. Mike also is encouraged to break tradition and put on a jacket.
Prudential Cares. As part of the companies program to recognize employees who do community service, Prudential awarded Jerry Balint and Guy James $250 each toward the Strongsville Rotary Foundation.
Board meeting. At last Wednesday’s meeting of our Board of Directors, a donation of $280 to the Strongsville VFW Post was approved for that organization’s golf outing. A donation of $250 to the Strongsville fireworks display was approved.
Membership. Our club has 152 members with the recent resignations of two members and the addition of Bob Gillingham and Scott Lockhart. Brian Kiplinger noted that the club is holding a membership recruitment contest. If you bring in a new member before the end of Jerry’s regime, your name will be included in a drawing to win Indians tickets donated by Jerry. Those new members will be indicted at the June 24 meeting. As always, when you bring in a new member, the club kicks in $100 toward your Paul Harris Fellowship.
Joplin. The board approved a donation of $2,000 to assist the victims of the tornado that destroyed Joplin, Mo. In addition, the club will pass the hat – or the cardboard box – for additional support. At the June 10 meeting, $782 was collected from attendees. In addition, all of the cash collected by the Three Stooges was donated – for a total of $933 collected.
The relief efforts in Joplin are being organized by the city’s Rotary Foundation, which is overseen by the city’s two Rotary clubs. In a recent email, Logan Stanley, president of the Joplin Rotary, said that the city has been overwhelmed with volunteers. “However, we will be identifying some specific projects that we will need help with completing,” Logan said. “We will keep you posted to let you know how Rotarians can help rebuild Joplin.”
The Rotary Club of Joplin's website: http://www.joplinrotary.org.
Birthdays. The club celebrated the following birthdays and club anniversaries.
Ciesick, Robert, Jun 02
Croft, Sandra, Jun 30
Dzurilla, Joseph, Jun 25
Finkler, Matthew, Jun 03
Gay, Ashley, Jun 02
James, Guy, Jun 21
Kammer, Rob, Jun 08
Knight, Lena, Jun 24
Mack, Richard, Jun 10
Meister, Laurie, Jun 14
Motz, Andrew, Jun 18
Nintcheff, Peter, Jun 22
Richards, Paul, Jun 09
Rogers III, George, Jun 27
Schmieler, Bob, Jun 14
Taylor, Elaine, Jun 17
Taylor, L. Kenneth, Jun 17
Whelan, Marybeth, Jun 02
Zubek, Anthony, Jun 29
Bond, Edward, 18 years, Jun 18
Hollingsworth, Chuck. 5 years, Jun 30
James, Bart 2 years, Jun 26
James, Guy 2 years, Jun 26
McGhee, Boyce Michael, 5 years, Jun 30
Sage, Dan, 1 years, Jun 25
Surak, Matt, 7 years , Jun 18
Turnbull, John, 2 years, Jun 26
Wirtanen-Siloy, Laurel, 1 years, Jun 25
Zivcsak, Ron, 16 years. Jun 01
Lena Knight was the winner of the traditional Olympia birthday gift certificate drawing.
Well, well. District Gov. Elect Stephen Zabor addressed the club about his recent trip, along with Rotarians from a handful of Midwestern states, to Nigeria, where they provided assistance in a variety of areas, focusing on clean water projects. Nigeria, he noted, is the world’s fifth largest exporter of oil and has a population of 152 million. The lack of clean drinking water is a major factor in the nation’s high child mortality rate. Rotary’s Reach Out to Africa program was started in 2007-2008, when Wilfred Wilkinson was president of Rotary International.
For information about the Reach out to Africa program, visit http://www.reachouttoafrica.org/goalsandscope.html.
Words of Wisdom.
Two little kids are in a hospital, lying on stretchers next to each other outside the operating room.
The first kid leans over and asks, "What are you in here for?"
The second kid says, "I'm in here to get my tonsils out and I'm a little nervous."
The first kid says, "You've got nothing to worry about. I had that done when I was four. They put you to sleep, and when you wake up they give you lots of Jell-O and ice cream. It's a breeze."
The second kid then asks, "What are you here for?"
The first kid says, "A circumcision."
"Whoa!" the second kid replies. "Good luck, buddy. I had that done when I was born. Couldn't walk for a year."
“The argument from intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.” - Ayn Rand
“While the state exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no state. – Vladmir Lenin