Spoke Newsletter – 12/29/2016

Spoke Newsletter – 12/29/2016

We started the program hearing from Logan Watts about his recently completed six month acting stint in Utah. In appropriate fashion he handed off the program to a writer / producer who has worked with Logan many times, our own Wayne Scott. Wayne helped us get in the Christmas mood leading us in carols, each one set up by the story of its creator and the context in which it was composed. Also sprinkled in were stories about the holiday season. Done in true Wayne Scott fashion; informative, sentimental, classy. Wayne also received his blue badge, not a moment too soon and only about six years in the making.

Likely not up to the standards of the talent we enjoyed last week, but never the less, we will showcase other talent from our club today. So as not to steal the thunder, the basic plot is own President Jan reminiscing about her year as our leader, about 50 years from now. Buckle up kids.

Dr. Tammy Scott will discuss the roles of canines and veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

It was great hearing from Logan Watts, son of Ray Watts, about his success on the stage. Another budding performer is Sophia Tucker, daughter of Zack Tucker, who like Logan has performed many times for Wayne Scott and his Lifehouse Theater.

Chief Jeff Frazer had to be the bearer of bad news that our club did not raise the most of any civic club when it came to our assistance of the Salvation Army. This moment of sadness quickly changed when Mario Reyes, on behalf of the Salvation Army, let us know we might not have been the largest check, but we do have the largest hearts. Or something like that.

Larry Wormser and Cal Boothby, though way of President Jan, let us know that now is a good time to make good on those pledges and fines imposed in 2016, especially if you want the charitable donation in this year. Good to know this as rumor has it this current board is going to revoke the Rotary Pledge and Fine Line of Credit in 2017. Don’t worry fellow deadbeats, banker Julie Cummings is going to fix this for us.

As we near the end of 2016 I’ve been taking some time to review what is happening during this year of 2016/17 and would like to share some exciting news with you.

1. At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary was harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. (Behind the scenes of Rotary’s virtual reality film about a polio survivor, a specially outfitted camera captures a 360-view of a classroom in India.)

2.CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention, water and sanitation, and maternal and child health. The ranking also recognized Rotary’s role in the effort to eradicate polio. Last month, The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

3. In 2016-17, The Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of helping Rotary members change lives and improve communities all over the world. It feels so amazing to be a part of something so much bigger and if you would like to learn more, you can purchase the book “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years.”, at shop.rotary.org. These are just a few of the things we can be very proud of as Rotarians – to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. To view additional exciting Rotary Happenings please visit www.rotary.org/myrotary. See you in 2017!

Editor – Neal Warner

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