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  Ripples - April 6, 1999

Volume 83, Number 40 – April 6, 1999

Rotarian MARVIN BLADE, Lafayette District Energy Services Manager, Cinergy PSI, will host a program titled “Holocaust Remembered.” MARVIN will be introduced by JERRY MC CARTHY, Program Coordinator for the month of April.

MEETING FUNCTIONS: Money Collectors - CAROLYN JONES, 11:10 - 11:45, and PAUL ZIEMER, 11:45 - 12:15; Greeter and Music - DONYA LESTER; Invocation - ELAINE CUE; and host of high school (McCutcheon) guests - EARL PARK.

CLUB CONCERNS: Prior to the invocation today, President BOB GRIFFITHS (President Bob) noted that BILL HAYT was back in the hospital and has been for a few days, and requested members to remember BILL, LINDA EWING, spouse of KEN, VIRGIL ST. JOHN, and MARJORIE WALKER, spouse of DICK, in their thoughts and prayers. MARTHELLEN HOGUE, spouse of BOB, had recent successful cataract surgery.


DUES STATEMENTS mailed Thursday, April 1, 1999 and are due by Friday, April 30th -- please make a special effort to pay on time.

DISTRICT 6560 CONFERENCE (Conference), April 30 - May 2, 1999, The Seasons Lodge & Conference Center, Nashville, IN. This is District Governor BILL HATFIELD’s Conference so hopefully several from the Club will attend. GRIFF has registration forms.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: A special meeting for Rotary members and friends interested in hosting a student during the 1999-2000 school year will be held in the parlors of Bethany Presbyterian Church, 3305 Longlois Drive, Lafayette, 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 15, 1999. It is known that the potential exchange student will be a 17-year old Brazilian, Enrico Pinto, whose father, Dr. Cesar Pinto was a visiting professor at Purdue in the late 1970s and early 1980s; Enrico was born in Lafayette. Dr. and Mrs. Pinto have especially requested that their son come to Lafayette because of their wonderful experience at Purdue and with the Greater Lafayette community. Each host family would be responsible for a three-month period. Two families have now volunteered, both living in the Jefferson High School district. We need to have two additional families volunteer by May 1. Please come, if at all possible, and learn more about the International Youth Exchange Program. This is a very important outreach for our Club and we need your help. If you cannot attend the meeting and wish further information, please contact NICK CLARK, Chair, International Youth Exchange Committee at 423-4617 - Office or 296-9943 - Residence.

MEMBERSHIP PROPOSALS: The Membership Education and Information Committee (Committee), JERRY MC CARTHY, Vice Chair, had an Information Meeting today with four candidates in attendance, two expressed interest in becoming members of the Club, they are: James McGlothlin, Associate Professor of Ergonomics, School of Health Sciences, sponsor PAUL ZIEMER, and M. Todd Smith, Sales Representative, U. S. Exchange of IN, sponsor LINA REEVES-KERNER. Upon approval by the Board and Membership Selection and Classification Committee, if no written objections are received within seven days (both have completed their Rotary committee selection sheets) are eligible for introduction on or after Tuesday, April 27, 1999.

GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE (GSE) TEAM (Team) MEMBERS FROM FRANCE were guests of the Club today and introduced by WALLY TYNER, Chair, GSE Committee. Team Leader Rene Crolard made a few remarks on behalf of the Team; President Bob presented each with a gift from the Twin Rocker Handmade Paper Co., Brookston, a place the Team visited; and the Club serenaded them with a rendition of “Back Home Again in Indiana.” Team members are: Rene Crolard, Team Leader; Christele Agraz; Florence Ribera; Geraldine Lievre; and Patrick Boucq. WALLY indicated that some 18 members of Daybreak and our Club combined to do an outstanding job of hosing the Team. GLENN BOWERS substituted, at the last minute, for Alan Garfinkel (Alan fell and broke his ankle) as driver of the 15-passenger van that took the Team to Chicago for the day on Easter Sunday - they left at 9:00 a.m. and it was 11:30 p.m. by the time GLENN delivered the Team members to their host families. The Team is picked up by the Greencastle Rotary Club tomorrow a.m. to continue their visit in District 6560.

REPORT FROM AMBASSADORIAL SCHOLARS COMMITTEE (Committee), KEN EWING and TERRY WEST, Co-Chairs. Two Purdue students were recommended from our Club and Daybreak for the $23,000.00 Ambassadorial Scholarship Awards for the 2000-2001 school year. Applications by Kristina Chibana and Ted Ashworth were forwarded to the District level to compete for two, District-wide scholarships. Kristina is a sophomore in Education who applied to study in JAPAN and Ted is a junior in German who applied to study in GERMANY. Last year the Club’s candidate, Matt Williams, was selected to receive the scholarship, but this year neither applicant was successful at the District level. Our Club and Daybreak cooperated to interview applicants and to select candidates. Committee members are MARY ELLEN BOCK, AL CHISCON, FRITZ COHEN, GORDON COPPOC, DAVID FILMER, MARY HALEY, JUDITH HAMMAN, ELSA JANLE, MARK RUSSELL, WARREN STEVENSON, and GORDY YOUNG.

MARCH 100% CLUB in future “Ripples.”

MAKE UPS: BILL PAPE, Daybreak; TOM SCHMIDT, Hart, MI; and LE ROY SILVA, Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis (two times), and Milwaukee, WI.

VISITING ROTARIANS: Alan Garfinkel, Anne Smith, and Larry Vanderwielen, Daybreak; and Brian Sims, Indianapolis.

VISITORS: Lynne Vanderwielen, spouse of Visiting Rotarian Larry Vanderwielen; Pamina Blum, guest of LORNA MYERS (Pamina is a flutist who will be performing twice in the Greater Lafayette area, Thursday, April 15, 8:00 p.m., Loeb Playhouse, and with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra); and Greg Kapp (Greater Lafayette), guest of JEAN JACKSON (Greg is Director of Corporate and External Support, Krannert).

WEST LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL GUESTS: Karen Levy and Xiau Luo, guests of the Club and hosted/introduced by BARB HANSEN. BARB presented certificates of recognition and President Bob presented “Rotary Travel Mugs” (4-Way Test on them) to Karen and Xiau.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Camille Bencteux, Youth Exchange Student from FRANCE, hosted/introduced by Visiting Rotary, Anne Smith; and Thomas Deinet, Ambassadorial School from Wiesbaden, GERMANY.

KIRK CLARK, Chair, April Birthday Table, announced that Rotarians with birthdays in April contributed $1,520.00 to the Lafayette and International Foundations.

ROTARY FAMILY NEWS: DOUG BRANIGIN (“Leader” picture) became the latest Rotarian featured in the series of articles, Lafayette Leaders, by Lillian Price; a very nice article about DOUG, parents, spouse, MARILYN, and family.

JERRY MC CARTHY introduced Rotarian JIM DWORKIN who made a most interesting Jim Dworkin presentation regarding the high salaries of baseball players. JIM started by showing the average baseball player’s salary in 1970 ($29,303.00), in 1980 ($143,000.00), and in 1998 ($1.4 million). And, then citing an example of Joe DiMaggio’s 1937 salary of $25,000.00 being kept the same for the 1938 season even though he had a fantastic 1937 season. This was due to baseball’s reserve clause which made a player bound to one team in perpetuity, could not change teams. JIM discussed, with example, three things that changed this: (1) Changing the reserve clause; (2) Free agency; and (3) Arbitration.

INVOCATION by KATHY MEEKS; JIM DWORKIN, today’s speaker, provided background on the other verses of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” and then led the Club in a rousing rendition; and Rotary piano by REX KEPLER.

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