|May 15, 2017|
Sweet Bites for Better Sight
Speaker: Jeannine Peterson, Executive Director Hamilton Health Center
Topic: The New Vision Clinic
The 2nd Annual Harrisburg Baking Championship (Sweet Bites for Better Sight) is at the Harrisburg Hilton. Lunch and program begins at noon with dessert tasting at 12:30. Winners will be announced and door prizes drawn at 1:30.
Greeter: Larry Bashore
Invocation: Chuck Wingate
Club Singing: Heather Hu
Pianist: Norma Swain
Publications: Andy Rebuck
Jeannine Peterson, will give the Club an update on the future permanent vision screening center at Hamilton Health Center for local students. This spring fundraiser proceeds will be earmarked for our efforts to help establish a permanent vision screening center for local students. Your help is needed! Do you know anyone who would like to attend our club meeting and sample some delicious treats? If so, please contact Linda and ask your friends to purchase them! Will YOU stay after our club meeting and enjoy sampling desserts? Event Tickets for Rotarians are $20 and non-Rotarians are $40.
12:00 Rotary Club Weekly Meeting, Lunch and Speaker
12:30 Tasting and Judging (Ticket Required)
1:30 Baking Championship Winner and Door Prize Announcements
NEWS AND NOTES:
1. Please retrieve your Roster information sheet from the badge board, update, sign up for 2017-18 committees and return to Linda.
• Is your attendance low and you are really busy at the office? Think about doing a make-up online. https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/
• SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:
• CONTRIBUTIONS DUE:
1. Rotary International Foundation $100
• Have you listed your Rotary Service in your LinkedIn profile?
• Follow Rotary Club of Harrisburg Facebook page (and Like us) and www.hbgrotary.org for speaker/meeting updates
• DID YOU KNOW? Contributions to The Harrisburg Rotary Foundation for memorials, birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays are always appreciated. The recipient receives an appropriate acknowledgment from the Rotary Club of Harrisburg and the contribution is also acknowledged in The Rotary Roundup. Donations are tax-deductible.
• SAVE THE DATE:
1.Sweet Bites for Better Sight May 15! Tickets available at Rotary meetings.
2. Teacher Impact Awards May 22.
1. The May 2017 Governors Newsletter can viewed. Go to rotary7390.org. Across the top are all the tabs, run your cursor over “District Newsletter” and a drop down box will put out and click on the newsletter.
3. Join Rotary District 7390 for a group installation of the 2017/18 District Leadership and Club Presidents! Be there to root for District Governor Una and President Sam!
When: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Where: FNB Field, Home of the Harrisburg Senators, Upper Deck/Giant Pavilion, City Island, Harrisburg
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Rotary Picnic (All You Can Eat)
7:00 Harrisburg Senators vs. Reading Fighting Phils
The bases are loaded with 43 incoming presidents ready for a grand slam of a year. Incoming District Governor, Una Martone, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before game play. Then, watch the game or enjoy fellowship and networking with fellow Rotarians and new friends. It will be a great night for ROTARY at the ballpark and we’re swinging for the fences.
Cost: $30 per adult (Over age 12) • $12 per child (12 and under) • Free—Children age 3 and under
Note: Parking is $4 per car, however, you can park FREE on Thursday thanks to Community Aid. Bring a bag full of clothes to donate and park for FREE. Donations will be accepted at City Island as you are parking.
Register Today!! - http://rotary7390.org/event/district-governors-installation/#sthash.5Je2E7bG.dpuf
Last meeting 5/8/17 by Karen Paris
Miss Norma, you always have the nicest selection of music for us to enjoy – TUVM! President Steve- Pronto-Feinour called us to order at precisely 12:15 P.M. Wil Everhart gave a thoughtful invocation with a little humor, saying that this beautiful Spring Day is God’s way of saying “I’m sorry for March”. Marsha Banks led us in a rousing version of “America the Beautiful” and Pres Steve promptly turned us loose for our regular meet and greet. Next Kirk Hallett and Joyce Libby introduced their guests, Deb and Ann.
Peggy Grove took the podium next in support of the Rotary Foundation(s). She explained the difference between our Club’s foundation and the RI Foundation, in that the local foundation is focused on making this community a better place and the RI Foundation is focused on helping others throughout the world. Peggy urged all to read the May issue of the “Rotarian”, as it has many touching stories about RI Foundation-funded projects throughout the world. Peggy explained why she has so generously supports causes such as the Peace Garden, dental and water projects, swans on Italian Lake and Youth Exchange Programs and how they make a difference in lives. Finally, she urged all to donate to both the RI Foundation and our Club Foundation.
The Peace Garden planting will be done on Saturday from 9-11 AM. There is a goal to plant 1000 flowers. Call Linda if you can “dig in” and don’t forget your hand spade and gloves!
John Sutliff Coordinated the presentation of Student and Teacher awards. From Sci-Tech, student Cintia Vazquez and teacher Kylie Heath received the award and from Steelton-Highspire student Sam Kidane and teacher Tanya Sepela were honored.When Sam told us he was going to attend HACC, a man at the back of the room started clapping wildly and smiling! Who is he and does he really do downhill skiing???
An announcement about the District Conference was made. 300 People from 3 Districts attended; the winner of our club’s Four Way Essay Contest did extremely well when presenting.
Are you ready for dessert??? Well, get out your $20 bill and make sure you don’t miss next week’s meeting. Your $20 will gain you admission to some of the best desserts in Harrisburg and also help the Vision Project. Come hungry; the event follows next week’s meeting.
Brad was our honorary auctioneer (but after his results I think he should consider a second career as such!). He was “honored” to auction two of Betty H’s great lemon cakes. The bidding was loud and long as Brad managed to eke out $400 TWICE for each of Betty’s cakes. Betty, if you changed your profession and managed to do this with 4 lemon cakes a day, you’d make (gross) $400,000 a year and still get all your weekends free! Brad, you did a great job for a great cause!
Our speaker for the day was Larry Goodson, Professor of Middle East Studies at the US Army War College in Carlisle. His topic was not coverable in his time on the podium, but he made a great run for the money, spelling out “10 Things We Should All Know about the Middle East.” We need to have him back as he was packed with information that he shared with us. His ten points were:
Demographic Growth vs. Economic Limitations
Young Countries vs. Ancient Dogma
Extremist Islam vs. Abrahamic Monotheisms
Democratic Aspirations vs. Traditional Authoritarianism
Great Power Competition vs. Arena of Conflict
Population growth in the Middle East has been 400% since 1950 and 50% of the people are under 25 years of age. This has led to urban growth, limited water and food and immigrations. Economic limitations include the problem that there are very few products on the International Market from the area other than oil/gas production (which is only a pumping process). There is high corruption and a public sector economy only. Therefore, a lot of youth are entering a job market that has no jobs (especially low-skill jobs). This has tended to lead to unrest.
His second point is that this area of the world (a desert which stretches from Northern Africa all the way to parts of India) is a young area. WWI ended the Ottoman Empire and made promises to both Jews and Arabs. The 1960’s brought independence of sorts, but almost all countries are ruled by families. However, the region is the Cradle of Civilization, the oldest in the world. Everyone knows everyone else by virtue of their identity group.
Extremist Islamism is represented by the violent interpretation of Muslim within both some of the 1.6 Billion Sunni and Shiite Muslims. The 1960’s culture war produced this extremism, not to mention the clash with the Holy Land and Abrahamic Monotheism for Christians, Jews, and Muslems who believe in one Divinity.
Democratic aspirations were part of the “Arab Spring” which we interpreted as “we want democracy” but really meant “we want democracy, jobs, and no corruption”. As a result, governments fell and the War in Syria started.
The Middle East, as the “in-between area” (Europe/Asia) is also one center of Great Power Competition among the US, Russia, China, India and Germany. There have been 86 conflicts (coups, civil wars, inter-state wars and hybrid wars) there since the end of WWI. That area of the world has the highest per capita military spending.
Our speaker summarized by saying that he thinks we are facing a Great War – a war of Identity that will grow out of the Syrian Civil War. His sense is that we can’t avoid it, we can’t alter it, and we can’t win it. Worse is coming from the Middle East and he feels his job of preventing such has not been successful.
Don’t forget Sweet Bites for Better Sight and RMB (Rotary Means Business) on Thursday at Visaggios.
2016-2017 Club Officers