Mike Skehan & Dan Evans - Arnett-Clarian
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From Tom and Denise Schmidt:
We have been in Zambia for 11 days, preached 6 times, lead 14 hours of leadership conference in two days last Friday and Saturday in Lusaka, have visited many schools, colleges, hospitals in the past week and two orphanages today. It is amazing the need here in Zambia, but it is also wonderful how the Zambians are trying to face the difficulties of their day...AIDS, poverty, etc. Lots more to do. We arrived on National election day, Sept. 28 and experienced some political unrest close to our host family, our host family is Dr. David and Naomi Sibalwa, David is Department Head of the Adult Education of the University of Zambia. Been to U of Z and found it interesting as materials and provisions are adequate but seemingly antiquated.
People here are a blessing. We have been privileged to spend time in Livingstone, Choma, Zimba, Jembo, Pemba and Lusaka.
Will return on Friday, Oct. 13. Look forward to our next visit to Lafayette and to be able to share some of the stories and experiences of Zambia.
How Singing came to Rotary,
Almost everyone who is a member of a Rotary club for more than a year knows that Rotary member No. 5, Chicago printer Harry Ruggles, brought singing to Rotary meetings. What almost no one knows is why, and most don't know how important it was to the life of Rotary.
Harry Ruggles was a very moral man. He detested off-color language, malicious innuendo and classless humor. He argued in club meetings for clean language. Little more than a year after Rotary had been formed, at an evening meeting in 1906, the guest speaker began a story. Having heard it before, Harry also had heard the off-color ending, and felt it was inappropriate for the club, so he jumped up in the middle of the joke and yelled, "Come on boys, let's sing!" He then led the club in the singing of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart."
This was not only the first time that members had ever sung in Rotary, but apparently, also the first time that a group of businessmen ever sang at a business meeting, anywhere. By his surprising actions at this evening meeting, Harry demonstrated that demeaning activities and off- color stories were not welcome at Rotary gatherings. "It was reported at the time that the would- be speaker was embarrassed and sore," and so Harry Ruggles apologized, but the club backed him up. Right then and there, it was decided that all subsequent Rotary meetings should be conducted so that any woman could attend without being embarrassed. This has been the unwritten rule ever since, just as the tradition of singing has endured.
Dirty words were not the only controversy in the early days of Rotary. Oren Arnold, in The Golden Strand, revealed, "The time came, repeatedly, when Paul Harris was faced with failure; for one reason or another -- or for no real reason -- the club often was at the point of disbanding. On such critical occasions Harry stepped up front and shouted, 'Come on, fellows, let's sing!'
Was it the magic of Harry Ruggles and his music that worked? Was it his infectious enthusiasm for singing? Or, just maybe, some of the reasons for its use had more to do with easing barriers between men, and ending acrimonious discussions than a need for choral music.
History has proven that it was, and is, good magic for clubs anywhere, for families anywhere, for groups of people anywhere. Arnold continues, "After all, clubs are simply families; when they move in divergent paths, group singing often is the best way to reassemble them. Harry Ruggles knew that, hence the parent unit and the whole service club movement is indebted to him."

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