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  Ripples - November 23, 1999

Volume 84, Number 21 – November 23, 1999

Yuko Fukuchi, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from Nagoya, JAPAN, Yuko Fukuchi will be the speaker. Yuko is working on a Masters degree in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, CRISTA KECK is the Head of that Department. Her Host Counselor is STEVE MOTT. Yuko will be introduced by GORDY YOUNG, Co-Chair, Ambassadorial Scholars Committee.

MEETING FUNCTIONS: Money Collectors - HOWARD DIESSLIN, 11:15 to 11:45, and ANNETTE VALENTINE, 11:45 to 12:15; Greeter - GENE HILLS; Invocation - CRAIG IRVINE; Music - BOB GRIFFITHS; and Indiana Business College and/or Ivy Tech State College guests - ELAINE CUE, Chair, Vocational Projects Committee.

CLUB CONCERNS: Prior to the invocation today, President GENE COURTANEY (President GENE), requested members to keep ELEANOR WILEY, spouse of JAY, and LINDA EWING, spouse of KEN, in their thoughts and prayers.

BUTCH HANCOCK (“Leader” picture) is the most recent Butch Hancock Rotarian to be recognized by the “Lafayette Leader” in the series of articles about ‘Lafayette Leaders’, by Lillian Price. Congratulations BUTCH on your recognition for “Service Above Self’ in the Greater Lafayette community.

SHAWN and PATTI KELLY are the proud parents of a new son, Ian Patrick (how’s that for a good Irish name), born on Friday, November 19, 1999, Home Hospital; he weighted nine pounds and two ounces. Congratulations to SHAWN and PATTI on the birth of Ian Patrick.

ERNIE POLAND has a new address and telephone: 424 Westview Circle, West Lafayette 47906-1674 - telephone 463-9149.

JERRY WEST was omitted from the October 100% Club; JERRY has 76 months of continuous attendance as of October 1999.

JEAN JACKSON e-mailed to indicated that Tugkan Tuglular, former Ambassadorial Scholar, is now Dr. Tugkan Tuglular.


- GLEE CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING (Committee), BOB VERPLANK, Chair, next Tuesday, November 30th, after the regular Club meeting in the Tailgate Lounge, University Inn Conference Center and Suites. Committee members are listed on the back of “Ripples.”

- SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING - Today, JERRY MC CARTHY, Chair, announced the start of the Salvation Army “Bell Ringer Campaign.” JERRY will have a sign-up chart at Rotary until “Bell Ringing” on Saturday, December 18, 1999. There are 12 locations (West Lafayette - K-MART; MARSH; OSCO; and WAL-MART, and Lafayette - JC PENNEY; K-MART; KOHLS; LS AYRES; MARSH SUPERSTORE; SAM’S CLUB; TARGET; and WAL-MART) with four time slots (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 12 - 2 p.m.; 2 - 4 p.m.; and 4 - 6 p.m.); this translates into 96 Rotarians, spouses, children, friends, and/or acquaintances to fill these “ringing times.” 1999 BELL RINGER CAMPAIGN ENVELOPES (Special Envelopes) for individual contributions are enclosed with “Ripples” this week, mailed in bulk mail envelopes. Those Rotarians who receive “Ripples” via the Rotary website, currently there are 85, have been sent the Special Envelopes in a separate mailing.

- MEMBERSHIP CARDS: Membership cards are enclosed with this week’s “Ripples.” And, for the 85 Rotarians who receive “Ripples” via the Rotary website, your membership cards will be in the special mailing with the Salvation Army Special Envelopes.

- COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS COMMITTEE (LEW RUNNELS, Chair) PROJECT: Volunteer help is needed for the YWCA Women Domestic Violence Center’s annual holiday project, Christmas wrap, load, and deliver items. The following is the volunteer need schedule: (1) Thursday, December 9th - 9 - 11 a.m. - six to eight volunteers to wrap packages; (2) Thursday, December 16th - 9 - 11 a.m. - six to eight volunteers to load packages into boxes; (3) Saturday, December 18th - 1 - 4 p.m. - ; and Sunday, December 19th - 1 - 4 p.m. - three volunteers with pickups/SUVs and drivers for each, to deliver boxes. There will be a sign-up sheet(s) at Rotary next Tuesday, November 30th.

- SPECIAL NOTICE: With the objective of more effectively serving both the Greater Lafayette community and the Purdue Musical Organizations (PMO), an executive committee of the Club, with enthusiastic agreement by PMO, announced sponsorship of an annual “Community Fund Raising Event.” This announces the first such event of the new millennium, Saturday, April 8, 2000, to benefit the Long Center Restoration. All PMO musical groups will perform in what is shaping up as truly a “Night to Remember.” Rotarians DON GENTRY; OSCAR HOPKINS; DAVE LUHMAN; BETTY NELSON; BETTY SUDDARTH; DAN TEDER; and BOB VERPLANK have already volunteered to be on this committee, Co-Chaired by JIM HANKS and BOB GRIFFITHS. There is need for other Rotarians; in fact, JIM and BOB invite any who would like to work on this committee to see or telephone them within the next week. No actual work until after the PMO Christmas Show, but want to include the names of the full committee in the new “Ripples” letterhead to be printed in late December.

MAKE UPS: GERARD BENNER, Rensselaer; MARGERY ISMAIL (two aboard the “Legend of the Seas”); BILL HATFIELD, Lebanon; LARRY LANE, Otterbein; and SUSAN SMITH (two times at Daybreak).

VISITORS: SYLVIA KOSMAN, spouse of MIKE, and JUNE WILLIAMSON, spouse of MAURI; Major Robert Meyer (Greater Lafayette), guest of the Club and hosted by JERRY MC CARTHY (Major Meyer is Commander, Salvation Army); David Bathe (Greater Lafayette), guest of BETTY DOVERSBERGER (David is Dean of Instruction, Ivy Tech); Francis Pritscher (Greater Lafayette), guest of BILL PAPE (Francis is an independent Mortgage Broker and former Attica-Williamsport Rotarian); and Jack Hatcher (Greater Lafayette), guest of MIKE SANDERS (Jack is Assistant Professor of Management, Purdue).

MC CUTCHEON HIGH SCHOOL GUESTS: Sarah Clark and Caleb Sheets, guests of the Club and hosted/introduced by DICK GRIPE. DICK presented certificates of recognition and President GENE presented a “Rotary Travel Mug” (4-Way Test on it) to Sarah and Caleb and led the Club in reciting the 4-Way Test.

Kiwanian President, Camilla Lawson, first introduced Major Meyer, Major Meyer Commander, Salvation Army (SA), regarding ministry of the SA and the value of dollars raised by the Rotary/Kiwanian Bell Ringing effort to the Greater Lafayette community. He also noted that the “SA kettles” are an 80-year old tradition and now operates in approximately 75 countries.

Camilla then introduced MAURI WILLIAMSON who made a most interesting presentation about Thanksgiving and other somewhat related matters. MAURI noted that: Thanksgiving is a genuine holiday and not like others which are celebrated to promote a specific agenda, i.e., Labor Day, Arbor Day, Valentine Day, Ag Day, etc. Celebrated first in 1621, lasted three days, by the 56 survivors of the first winter and 91 Indians; Washington declared it a national holiday in 1789; Lincoln, 1862, declared Thanksgiving would be celebrated on the last Thursday of November; Roosevelt later moved it to the next to last Thursday; and in 1941 it was moved back to the last Thursday.

COLLECTORS: HOWARD DIESSLIN and ANNETTE VALENTINE; Invocation by Kiwanian Pert Parker; Singing led by Kiwanian Roy Johnson with Kiwanian Jeris Eikenberry playing the piano; and Free Meals Drawing - DICK BARTHOLOMEW and DON GEORGE.

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