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|Between The Gongs for 12-29-10|
by Mark Daniels
Between the Gongs for Wednesday, December 29, 2010
By Mark "Scoop" Daniels
I blame myself. We have been eating like kings the last several weeks while our contract with Arrowhead for 2011 was pending and after last week's lunch, I turned in that contract. The result was steak tartar on a bun today and the ever ubiquitous Tots.
Speaking of Tots, we had multiple Tots. The Tots were covered by the crowd pleasing, song inspiring Tater Tots as well as the grandsons of Bill Reeves and Frank Kohout, Henry and Carson. Sarah Lowrie (spouse of Ed) also joined us but I can't tie her into tots in any way.
President Pringle, who had noticed his approval ratings slipping in the past few months, did the only prudent thing a true leader would do. He took last week off to have cosmetic nose work done. He muttered something about wanting his bust to look appropriate when his presidential library gets built. Welcome back Jeff and might we add that the Sandra Bullock nose goes well with the new Botox cheek injections.
Fresh off his triumphant seating engagement at Christmas Inn, Mark Lathrop's luck continued in today's raffle although the 1 in 52 odds got the better of him and the entire $16 pot will get rolled into next week's drawing (kind of like Mega Millions). Ania Dwyer, fresh off her triumphant giving of life to her son, was back amongst us so Michal, our Polish exchange student, will have his fellow Pole to tell us what that favorite dish was that he tried to describe to us a few weeks back.
We got great news on our recent Christmas Inn event. Our grand prize winner of the cash raffle donated $500 back to the club and PDG Dave Waring, who bought a barbecue for $450, is getting a matching grant from his employer, Merrill Lynch for $450 to give to us to use for End Polio Now. Along these same lines, anyone wanting to contribute to our Fund in Need can do so for this year's tax planning or next year's. We need about $700 to get to the $10,000 mark. Finally, $5,000 in funds previously donated to our Uganda project by our club and others have been returned to our Service Fund since we do not have any pressing opportunity to use the funds in Uganda.
You can take the signs out of your yards now. We held the Rotary Elections for 2011-2012. While it is possible that we did not follow our By-Laws completely, we did elect the following officers for 2011-2012:
President : Angela Adkins
Vice President: Mark Smith
Secretary: Sheri Billing
Treasurer: Mark Daniels
President Elect: Joe Cuttone
The other Board positions will be voted upon very soon as soon as election officials can verify a pulse for the candidates. President Elect Cuttone promised to model his leadership style after one of his benevolent countrymen, some guy name Mussolini.
Charles was in charge of fines and he noted Mr. Lyon's 12-28 birthday, Tom Poulos' perfect attendance, and Jeff Wheeler's wife's birthday. He also pointed out that John Dimas joined the club 12-31-01 (although I remember him already being in the club in 1995 when I joined), Joe Cuttone celebrated his 22nd year in the club (even though he has 25 years of perfect attendance) and Tom Powell hit the 40 year mark for membership.
Our program was President Jeff "Proboscis" Pringle giving us a glimpse at the upcoming March 5-12 trip to the Dominican Republic. Jeff showed us pictures of his trip two years ago to Constanza (insert your own Seinfeld joke here) to help Kids Alive which is exactly what we will be doing this spring. Next week's program will go into greater detail. The cost will be about $1,300 per person and all are welcome. The Wheaton College Roteract kids will be going down to help on the project and mix the cocktails.
Our meeting concluded with a reminder that we need to be mindful of our guests at our meetings when we share our wit. Clearly, a lot of us are not going to stay members of this club if we revert to the staid ways of other clubs which shall go nameless and I assume that if you bring a guest, you prep them on the give and take that occurs at our meetings. Let's just be respectful of our speakers and realize that the people in the room want to hear what the speaker has to say, not necessarily what we think is hilarious. I am not saying that I am perfect, I will let others keep doing that for me.
|Between the Gongs, January 5,2011|
by Roger Tully
week's lunch marked the Club's first meeting since a new code of conduct
was unofficially suggested at last week's meeting.
nervous anticipation throughout the room as we assembled before the flag
and began this new chapter in civilized Wheaton Rotary History,
ironically, on the same day in history as the following events;
-"Anything Goes" closes at Beaumont Theater New York City after 804 performances
-Max speedometer reading mandated at 85 MPH
-L.A. Court orders Clayton Moore to stop wearing Lone Ranger mask
-All political parties forbidden in Bangladesh
-Communists form North China People's Republic
-Federal judge upholds detention of Japanese-Americans
-New York City law requires all "pool" rooms to change name to "billiards" and finally,
orders extermination of the mentally ill, a decree which wipes out
two-thirds of the membership in Germany's Rotary Clubs. It seems that
the fun, frivolity. and spirit of the Christmas Season have provoked
subsequent countermeasures for generations.
Anyway, I was so
proud to be a Rotarian today, in awe over the fact that we made it all
the way through the invocation, before reverting immediately to our old
irreverent ways, when the Lath offered up some public criticism of the
prayer's lack of relevance to the Lath. It was great of the Lath to
volunteer to take a spot on the sign-up sheet and handle a future
invocation. Well, it looked like the Lath's handwriting on the sign up sheet...........
guests were, The Young Henry Kuntzer, Margery Schrubbe, and Vic and
Leslie Trautwein from "Kids Alive". Chuck Mattingly, from "Furry
Critters, Dead" provided a Yin to The Trautwein's Yang
a good week to miss if you are trying to lose Holiday weight, as the
lunch was a huge plate of spaghetti topped with breaded chicken and a
desert tray so tempting, it would have made Kirstie Alley draw the
blinds and wallow in self-loathing for days ......The garlic bread was a
surprise change from the standard dinner roll, very nice.
*The Boy Scout Cabin project at Northside Park will start soon....I have that on Scouts Honor.
needs drivers in addition to Bob Lyon. Cheryl is looking for someone
besides Ed Lowrie to step up to the plate here, it's only an hour.....
*Russ is old, as another Birthday and his unmuted ringtone of the "All Dive!" submarine signal horn proved (twice)
celebrated 13 years in Rotary, even though he has been on the Christmas
Inn Committee for 18 years. Note to Finemaster, trade your .75 readers
in for something stronger.
* Bob Lyon has been with Rotary for 6 years
has been a Rotarian for 20 years, 51 weeks, 1 day ,12 hours, and 27
minutes, at the time of this writing. According to Gordie, it is
actually a full 21 years, but I am just going by what the Finemaster
with the outdated prescription readers announced.
Cheryl has completed her last treatment. Way to go!!
Loren Hetrick is volunteering at HSP
On to our Speaker.
Trautwein is a serious and sincere speaker, and a passionately
committed missionary. After listening intently to his entire
presentation, I seriously doubt, as may have been obliquely suggested
last week, that his Jesus is less tolerant of the human condition than
the average Rotarian's Jesus. No matter, he gave a very nice if not
moving presentation, and is someone who is really making a difference
with his remaining daylight. Vic has an engineering degree from
Dartmouth and a PhD from Stanford if I remember correctly, and was very
successful in business before entering his "second career" at Kids
The Kids Alive program operates primarily in the
Dominican Republic. It serves roughly 1200 children in 9 towns,
providing food, immunizations, education, refuge, and most importantly,
hope. Among the facts shared by Vic is that the D.R. ranks last in
Latin American Educational standards, wresting the title away from Los
Angeles County, California. However, the graduates of the Kids Alive
educational system are often the most qualified to fill teaching
positions when they finish the program.
Much like Gordon's work
in Peru, Kids Alive looks to rescue the young and forgotten and provide
them with a way out and a way up.
Vic strongly encouraged us to
come and work with his program in the D.R., adding that hardly anyone
ever contracts Typhoid Fever, Malaria, or any other deadly diseases, and
the most danger which you would ever likely face there would be
loudly-patterned tourist shirts and rabble-rousing members of the various local civic organizations.
In other news, the board will convene at St. Carmela's The Confessor, to discuss replacing the raffle basket with a swear jar.
Oh, the humanity!
|Wheaton Rotary Supports the Big Red One Batallion |
by Loiacono, Erica
Wheaton Rotary donates $500 towards drive.
In April of 2008, the City of Wheaton adopted some new honorary citizens when Mayor Michael Gresk proclaimed Wheaton’s permanent adoption of “BIG RED” – the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army, also known as the Vanguards. Wheaton has had a special relationship with these soldiers since 2006, when Wheaton’s Community Relations Commission initially adopted the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment for a two-year period to give the soldiers a “home.” The commission has served as a liaison between the Battalion and the City so residents can show their support for the soldiers.
This holiday season, the Community Relations Commission would like to renew the City’s commitment and support for the soldiers by sending all 835 soldiers a care package in December to let them know we care for them. During the holiday season, as our Wheaton community celebrates with their family, we remember the sacrifice of our “BIG RED” soldiers who are serving our country so that we can safely celebrate.
Care packages will contain Uno cards (which are great for soldiers and their families once they return home), iTunes gift cards ($10 denominations), Tic Tacs, packages of star mints, powdered individual drink packets, packs of gum, and beef jerky (individually wrapped). Items will be bundled in a special custom T-shirt with the seal of the City of Wheaton and “Wheaton Loves the Vanguards” on the front.
The Community Relations Ccommission is looking for: corporate T-shirt sponsors who can have their company name/logo listed on the back of the T-shirts. Community members or groups who would like to donate items to the care packages can drop off items at City Hall, the Wheaton Library, or contact Desiray Young at 630-653-7579 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations must be accepted by Dec. 2, 2012.