Thursday, September 30, 2010

MEETING PROGRAM SEPTEMBER 30, 2010


The speaker at the September 30th meeting was Madison County (Illinois) Sheriff Bob Hertz. Give a listen below as he talks about the “hotel” that he manages and it’s 250 “happy guests”. Here’s a hint-it’s NOT Zagat rated!


       

                       
   
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YOU BE THE JUDGE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Second-graders who can't tie shoes or zip jackets. Four-year-olds in Pull-Ups diapers. Five-year-olds in strollers. Teens and preteens befuddled by can openers and ice-cube trays. College kids who've never done laundry, taken a bus alone or addressed an envelope. (More after the break)

RYLA ALUMNA BRING TEENS TOGETHER

Annica Benning was shocked. “There was nothing green,” recalls the 16-year-old Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) alumna. Benning was standing just a few hours from her upscale suburb in Arizona, USA.
“It was an eye-opening experience,” she says of the barbed-wire fences and dilapidated houses on the Havasupai Indian Reservation.(More after the break)

CLOWN CAR PACKING

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Least stressful large metro areas
Scores range from -7.95 (least stress) to 9.03 (most stress)
Note: Based on demographic data from the 50 largest metro areas. Factors include crime, health and unemployment. Sources:Portfolio.com and bizjournals

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PEOPLE BEING PEOPLE

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) -- A handcuffed woman was accused of swiping a Port Arthur police car and leading officers on a chase at speeds topping 100 mph. Police Chief Mark Blanton told KFDM-TV that nobody was injured in Friday's chase involving a woman arrested on a trespassing charge at the Port Arthur campus of Lamar State College.
Blanton said a witness told police that the woman managed to slide open the prisoner screen that separates the front and rear areas of the patrol car, crawling from the rear seat into the driver's seat. The officer was outside the running vehicle, completing his investigation.
The chase lasted about 10 miles on Highway 69 until the patrol car's tires were shredded by spike strips thrown on the road by other officers.

FISHER PRICE RECALL

WASHINGTON—Federal product safety regulators have recalled about 10 million Fisher Price products, including about seven million Trikes tricycles that could cause genital bleeding if a child strikes, sits or falls on a protruding plastic ignition key. (More after the break)

TODAY IN HISTORY

SEPTEMBER 30
1935:Porgy and Bess, George Gershwin’s opera about African American life in Charleston, S.C., premieres at the Colonial Theater in Boston before moving on to Broadway.

1791: The Magic Flute, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and set to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, premieres in Vienna. Mozart conducts the orchestra on opening night, barely two months before his death at the age of 35.

1955: Actor James Dean, then a rising star in Hollywood and an enduring symbol of cool, dies in a car accident when his Porsche Spyder is involved in a head-on collision near Paso Robles, Calif. He was 24 years old.

REFLECTIONS FROM AN OLD FARMER

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.”
 

“Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.”

“A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.”


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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

IT'S TIME FOR LUNCH

YOUTH EXCHANGE CREATE LIFELONG BONDS

Antonio Herrera gets emotional every time he is reunited with Past RI Vice President Jerry Hall, his host for a Rotary Youth Exchange in 1980.
Herrera, then 16, came from Chile to stay with the Hall family in Reno, Nevada, USA. He says he will never forget how Hall spent a couple of hours every day after school helping him read books that his teacher had assigned.(More after the break)


IT'S IRONIC

DO YOU REMEMBER?

Ankara Amusement ParkImage via Wikipedia As we prepare for the upcoming 50th anniversary of The Flintstones, we’ve been thinking about the profound influence of this classic cartoon, which first introduced the idea of an animated sitcom to the viewing public. (More after the break)


TODAY IN HISTORY

SEPTEMBER 29

1916: The New York Times publishes a front-page story proclaiming oil magnate John D. Rockefeller a billionaire—America’s first.

1982: Seven people die in the Chicago area after taking Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide. Although the “Tylenol Killer” is never found, the incident prompts drug manufacturers to seal their products in tamper-proof packaging.

WHO SAID THAT?






Tuesday, September 28, 2010

DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME

WHAT IS YOUR CLUB KNOW FOR?

The Rotary Club of Greater Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA, holds an auction every year, raising money for scholarships to local universities and for The Rotary Foundation. For the past 20 years, the auction has been the activity that defines the club in the community.(More after the break)


LET'S NOT FORGET OUR FAVORITE ASST. DISTRICT GOV-"UNCLE LEONARD"

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America's most stressful areas
Scores range from -7.95 (least stress) to 9.03 (most stress)
  • Detroit-9.03
  • Los Angeles-5.9
  • Cleveland-5.15
  • Riverside, Ca.-5.11
  • St. Louis-4.74
  • New York City-4.73
  • New Orleans-4.62
(note-Based on demographic data from the 50 largest metro areas. Factors included crime, health, unemployment. Sources: Portfolio.com and bizjournals.)

DOLLAR STORE DEALS

There are two kinds of shoppers: Those who swear by so-called "dollar stores" (retail outlets where everything costs one buck—or close to it) and those who swear about them. (More after the break)

TODAY IN HISTORY

SEPTEMBER 28
1974:Weeks after moving into the White House, first lady Betty Ford undergoes a radical mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland, focusing national attention on breast cancer awareness.

1066: William the Conqueror, duke of Normandy, lands on the southeast coast of England, beginning the Norman conquest of England. William will defeat King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings on Oct. 14, ending hundreds of years of Anglo-Saxon rule.

1928: Alexander Fleming notices a mold growing in his laboratory; he later names the antibiotic substance it secretes “penicillin.”

TUNE IN TONIGHT

Ken Burns, Documentary filmmakerImage via Wikipedia
BASEBALL: THE TENTH INNING
PBS, 8 p.m. ET (check local listings)
PREMIERE: After almost 30 years of film making for PBS, Ken Burns and company embark on their first official sequel – and it’s deserving to be thought about in the same way as its predecessors, though the subjects of its study may not always be able to say the same.
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Monday, September 27, 2010

DO YOU REMEMBER

It was 30 years ago Friday, on September 24, 1980, that the world of rock and roll lost perhaps its finest and most influential drummer of all time, John Bonham. Known for his rock-solid grooves, blinding speed, and innovative rhythms, Bonham’s death sent a shock wave through the music world and brought an end to one of the most successful rock bands of all time, Led Zeppelin. (More after the break)

TELL ME MORE





DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME

TODAY IN HISTORY

SEPTEMBER 27
1930:Golfer Bobby Jones beats Gene Homans to win the U.S. Amateur Championship, completing the first Grand Slam in golf history by winning four major tournaments in one year. He had already clinched the 1930 U.S Open, British Open and British Amateur.

1954: The Tonight Show, with host Steve Allen, airs nationwide for the first time on NBC.

1964: The Warren Commission concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, as did Jack Ruby, the nightclub owner who shot Oswald two days later in the Dallas police headquarters.

AND I QUOTE

"I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult."-E. B. White

Sunday, September 26, 2010

WINDOW HANDLE MISSING? I CAN FIX THAT

SMILE

Marvin was in his usual place in the morning sitting at the table, reading the paper after breakfast. He came across an article about a beautiful actress that was about to marry a football player who was known primarily for his lack of IQ and common sense.

He turned to his wife with a look of question on his face. “I’ll never understand why the biggest jerks get the most attractive wives.”

His wife replies, “Why thank you, dear!”.

AND I QUOTE

"I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places."
Henny Youngman

WENDELL WON THE "GOODIE SATCHEL", BRAD AND RHONDA WON NADA





TODAY IN HISTORY

SEPTEMBER 26
1960:Republican nominee Richard M. Nixon and Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy participate in the first televised debate between presidential candidates at a CBS studio in Chicago.

1950: Gen. Douglas MacArthur announces that United Nations forces have recaptured the South Korean capital, Seoul, from the occupying North Koreans.

1957: The Leonard Bernstein-composed musical West Side Story, a gritty reinterpretation of Romeo and Juliet set in New York, opens at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre.

IT'S IRONIC