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  1. 1. Winter Weekly Reader Volume 52, Issue 114, January 23, 2014 UPCOMING MEETINGS January 23 “Plano ISD Teacher of the Year Award” Karla Oliver January 30 General Rick Lynch “Adapt or Die” Williams, a Paul Harris Fellow investigating the Club for membership. many of you will admit to having caught that reference?) to summon the February 6 Jamee Jolly “Texas House of Representatives District 66 Primary Election Candidate Forum” (Joint Forum with Plano Chamber of Commerce) February 13 Alex Johnson “Four Way Test Contest” February 20 Earnest Burke “Annual Black History Celebration Program. (Meeting adjourns @ 1:30).” JANUARY BIRTHDAYS Hammel, David Little, Pamela Via, Jo Anderson, Jim Solomon, Yoram McWhorter, David Aris, Jerry Showalter, L.B. Millender, Sherman Brodhead, John Feigenbaum, Alan Kilmer, Bev D had another program lined up for this day, but at the last minute, it fell through, and Earnest Burke pulled his fat from the fire by taking charge in just the manner that David had told us he wanted done: presentations by members. President Kirk plunked his magic twanger (be honest: how The Plano Rotary Club www.PlanoRotary.com Jan 01 Jan 04 Jan 05 Jan 08 Jan 08 Jan 15 Jan 17 Jan 17 Jan 19 Jan 20 Jan 21 Jan 24 Club’s attention at 12:18, calling upon DG Ean Sullivan for the Invocation and Rick Horne (unassisted by an AWOL Scary Bob [Randy was substitute photographer]) for the Pledge. Bev Kilmer was credited with Greeting. Calling Rick Maucieri as substitute sergeantat-arms, Kirk fined him $5 over his hesitation about announcing the presence of Dennis Luellen (Frisco Rotary). Rick protested, “How do you spell the difference between Dennis and Denise?” Bert Kraft was here again from Metro, presumably as a spy to confirm the rumor that Plano Rotary wants to buy Metro. Earl Simpkins welcomed Linda James, and Herb Hoxie introduced Ed Rick’s victim for Inside the Rotarian Studio was DG 1st Lady Jan Sullivan. Jan grew up in Tiffen, OH, (Seneca’s County Seat) taking, as her 1st job, maintaining the Buffet line in her family’s restaurant. She attended New Columbian High School where she was a “band geek, choir geek, and intramural geek.” Larry Cummings was her 1st date, and, yes, Ean knows about him. Ean wasn’t even her 2nd, that honor went to Ted Brockney. Favorite movie: Parent Trap, “a chick flick.” Her dream vacation is a beach on Hawaii. College: University of Kentucky. Masters: Divinity at SMU. Rick wanted to know if she could marry folk. “Yes, but not divorce. But I can bury you.” His response: “You just did.” She’d take Ean to the proverbial desert island because “he’s handy and creative.” Her Dad would accompany them. Greatest achievement: her two children. Joined Rotary in 2000, and her greatest memory was meeting a doctor from Indonesia at the Bangkok Convention. Kirk honored Sara Akers for one year in Rotary. Chris Parr and Kelly Palmer (12), John Ernst (13), Olin Jaye (20), and Mark Geller (38). He acknowledged Birthday checks from Pam Little, Dave McWhorter, and Nancy Humphrey who continued on page 2
  2. 2. swore hers was for double her age. Birthday greetings went out to LB the Radiant and Sherman Millender, and Jerry Aris. Jamee Jolly announced that there’d be a Candidates’ Forum here on February 6th. Dennis Luellen invited us to Plano’s Chilly Chili Cookoff with Silent Auction at Rutledge’s Party Barn on January 26th. Kirk announced that several fellow Rotarians arrived at Memorial Elementary to judge the Science Fair, but only Sainted Editor showed up in a lab coat. Kirk had taken his Girl Scout cookies to Memorial to avoid temptation. He also proselytized for our completion of the Club questionnaire on line to raise our participation level from the current 50% to Randy’s target 93%. He acknowledged Camille Ussery for her yeoman work organizing our Angel Tree project. He thanked her on behalf of the Club which gave her a round of applause. Dave McWhorter had promised his shortest introduction to date of speaker, Earnest Burke, “Mr. Wonderful.” Not surprisingly, Earnest’s theme was (I have a) dreams. He spoke of a Rotarian flying back from Malaysia in 1979 dreaming of initiating a Rotarian project that would change the world. And we’re “this close” to achieving his dream, the genocide of the Poliomyelitis virus. He talked to a local pediatrician who passed the request on to vaccine researchers Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin, who had the ear of the World Health Organization. “Dreams have strange effects upon many people. Some feel dreams and some don’t dream as much as they used to.” What Dr. King dreamed was that the world would “be better if we were all good to one another.” (Indeed that message has been extent for over 2 millenia.) In particular, it would be improved if we each internalized King’s notion that “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” No one thought in 1979 that we’d all be toting tiny cell phones that would become our standard of communications. “Someone had to dream that.” Dr. King’s dream was that one wouldn’t “be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” He carried on nonviolent reaction to prejudice after the model of Mahatma Gandhi, whose philosophy was to use the very force of attacks to condemn the attacker. It was used by Dr. King to achieve what he wished for the United States. “Traveling extensively around the country, I’ve seen ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,’ and, yes, I’ve seen the movie too.” Communicating with one another opens doors, so “when I’m President,” “We’ll have toga parties?” interjected one harasser. No, a President Burke “will get that done.” Plano has “dynamically embraced” Martin Luther King. Then Mayor Florence Shapiro walked in the first Plano MLK Parade in 1985, commenting to a chatty Earnest that this was “the best event the City has ever taken upon itself to do.” Earnest thought he was having one of the best days he’d had since he moved to Plano, and this was before Earl Simpkins told him he’d been chatting up the Mayor all the while. So he takes pride in chairing the event this year, planning the (last) weekend with activities outlined in the flyers on our tables. It begins with the 17 th Candlelight Vigil organized by Plano Community Forum. Ever safety conscious, they will be flameless candles. To promote the Power Leadership Breakfast, he enlisted the aid of Cary Israel, whose Collin College will host the event “because classes don’t resume until Tuesday.” Cary noted that, as last year, the Collin students have made a documentary movie, hoping again for the accolade: Best Student Video in the nation. The event will draw every elected official from Collin County and its major cities. Cary won’t be giving them talking points because he wants them to “think on their feet,” and, being “younger than 35,” he expects that they can. He believes the College is right to host it because “there’s a tremendous amount of prejudice on campus,” a stunning no-holds-barred admission. And, as always, it will be stark raving free. Sunday sees the All Community Choir performing at the 1st United Methodist Church. And (this) Thursday, PISD will host a program in Williams High Auditorium which Myrtle instructed Earnest to present in exactly these words: “Tell them all that I expect to see them there!” So she’s given us our marching orders. John Ernst asked, “How long is the award-winning video?” and was told “12 minutes.” Well, he continued, “Why not show it here?” “We did. You were absent when we screened it.” “OK,” he concluded, “I’ll have a private showing,” actually in the privacy of his computer. Lynette will send him the YouTube link.
  3. 3. Plano Rotary Club Board of Directors 2013-2014 Earnest, a TI employee when he arrived here in Plano’s “bedroom community,” wanted to thank the City for all the opportunities it has given him to get things done. “I feel very good about it!” Kirk presented him with the “coveted Rotary Clock,” and launched into diatribe about the opportunities for advertising offered by the Weekly Reader’s back page. Randy Wright made his perennial offer to auction off the ad space. Tino introduced his late-arriving duo of guests from Venezuela, Rotarian Janet Lopez and her daughter, Diance Romen. Janet arose to make a banner presentation in Spanish, which Tino apparently didn’t dare to translate. Then Diance thanked us in English for our banner, and there were hugs all around for President Kirk, who immediately announced his departure for Venezuela. But, as his flight hadn’t yet been called, he had time to lead us in the Four-Way Test and Bell us out at 12:59. Ó Guests & Visiting Rotarians Guest Guest Of Ed Williams Linda James Diance Romen Herb Hoxie Earl Simpkins Tino Frujillo AWARDS: 2013 Citizen of the Year Dr. Myrtle Hightower Visiting Rotarian Home Club Dennis Luellen Bert Kraft Janet Lopez Frisco Metro Venezuela Huffines Auto Dealerships Huffines Auto Dealerships ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 5810 Presents HUMANITY IN MOTION -REVEALED A Masked Ball Hilton Anatole Hotel February 22, 2014 President Kirk Bell President Elect Earnest Burke Secretary Karla Oliver Treasurer Ben Criste Past President Lynn Schwartz Sergeant at Arms Nathan Barbera Membership Chair Pam Little Membership Vice Chair Jayson Killough Service Chair Larry Bisno Service Vice Chair David Bowman Public Relationship Chair Mary Jo Dean Public Relationship Vice Chair Camille Ussery Club Admin Chair David McWhorter Club Admin Vice Chair John Parker Foundation Chair Gary Basham Foundation Vice Chair Alan Feigenbaum New Generation Chair Rick Horne At Large Robert Epstein Lori Roberts Susan Shuler Bill Wray Bob Pikna Kyle Walters Alex Johnson Business Secretary Lynette Pieper Bulletin Editor Chris Parr Bulletin Photographer Robert Epstein Bulletin Designer Marsha Pigg Alphagraphics Printing by Alphagraphics Park & Coit The Plano Rotary Club PO BOX 864316 Plano, TX 75086
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