|October 30, 2017|
Speaker: David Lai, Ph.D., Specialist On North Korea U.S. Army War College
Topic: "WHAT IN THE WORLD SHOULD WE DO ABOUT NORTH KOREA?"
This is truly one of the hottest topics of the day here and in the world. Dr. David Lai is a highly informed expert on "every thing North Korea". What are his opinions regarding it as a real, direct threat to the United States? What does he think should or could be done? To what extent are we trapped in a "zone of fear"? What really is it with North Korea? Bring your questions to ask after he speaks. BTW.....he is a "terrific speaker"!
Greeter and Good News Reporter: Larry Bashore
Invocation: Dick Stewart
Pianist: Norma Swain
Club Singing: Douglas Pieper
New Member Introductions: Andy Rebuck
St/T of the Quarter - Ski
Publications: Mike Jaeger
Dr. David Lai joined the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College in July of 2008. Before assuming this position, Dr. Lai was on the faculty of the U.S. Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL.
Born and grew up in China, Lai witnessed China’s “Cultural Revolution,” its economic reform, and the changes in China’s foreign relations, the most important of all, U.S.-China relations. He earned his bachelor’s degree in China and his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado. His teaching and research interests cover international relations theory, war and peace studies, comparative foreign and security policy, U.S.-China and U.S.-Asian relations, Chinese strategic thinking and operational art. Dr Lai has been to most of the East and Southeast Asian nations. In recent years, Dr. Lai has also visited India and many European nations. These visits and academic engagements keep Dr. Lai in close touch with the regional as well as global perspectives on U.S.-China, U.S.-China-Asia, and U.S.-China-Europe relations.
Dr. Lai’s recent publications are “How to Learn to Live with a Nuclear North Korea,” Foreign Policy, 9 August 2017 and “Between Business and War: A Vital Choice for the United States and China,” Strategic Studies Institute, 29 March 2017. He is an author and editor of 10 books and numerous foreign and security policy articles. Dr. Lai is also the home host of the most enduring annual conference in the United States on the study of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.
NEWS AND NOTES:
• Congratulations to Allisha Proper and her husband Tyler on the birth of their son Carson Tyler Proper born on July 15th . Welcome back to Rotary Allisha.
• Congratulations to Peggy Grove on the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania.
• The Hanson Award Committee welcomes nominations in writing for the next Robert Hanson Rotary Excellence Awardee. Please see Linda for the form and submit to the Rotary office by December 1.
• The Nominating Committee (which consists of the past five Rotary Presidents, plus current President and President-elect) is accepting nominations for the following positions: VP, Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms and Board. Please submit your nominations to Linda at the Rotary office by December 12.
ROTARY CLUB OF HARRISBURG BYLAWS ARTICLE II Election of Directors and Officers Sec. 1. Qualifications. To be eligible for election to serve as Vice President, President-elect, and, thereafter, as President, a nominee must be a Member of the club for at least five (5) years, must have served as a Director for at least one (1) year, must have maintained an average of attendance of at least fifty (50%) percent in the preceding two (2) years prior to the election, and must have served as a committee chair, co-chair, or active committee member, for at least three (3) years. To be eligible to serve as a Director, Treasurer, Secretary, and Sergeant-at-Arms, a nominee must have been a Member of the Club for at least two years. All of the stated time requirements shall be measured as of the date the nominated and elected member will take office. The Robert D. Hanson Rotary Excellence Awardee shall be deemed qualified to serve as a Director.
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1. The weekly 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.
2. Nov 14 - The Rotary Club of Harrisburg Keystone will host a RMB (Rotary Means Business) networking event on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron Street in Harrisburg, starting with registration at 6:15 pm and ending at 8:00 pm. Attending the event will cost nothing, and you buy your own drinks. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Attend and make great connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of Rotary.
3. Nov 15 – Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held at the Hershey Lodge from 6 pm-9 pm. Rotarian John Nanni, Polio Survivor, will be the guest speaker. Cost is $65.Use the district website (www.rotary7390.org) to register by Nov. 10
Last meeting by Peter Henninger
President-elect Andy Rebuck called the meeting to order. Steve Schwartz, sporting his Jackie Robinson jersey (I guess we know who he is rooting for in the World Series) led the Club in the Invocation. Karen “Pancake” Paris led the Club in an acapella rendition of America the Beautiful followed by a brief Pancake Breakfast Report. President-elect Rebuck, breaking with tradition, bypassed the Meet & Greet and went straight into announcements. Andy noted that the Pancake Breakfast was a great success, and that Rotary T-shirts were available for $10.00 a piece. Andy noted that Mike Jeager needs a co-chair for Rotoract at Harrisburg University. Andy also noted that today was the last day to donate to the Hurricane Relief Fund and reminded everyone of Peggy Grove’s matching grant. Big ups to Peggy! Joyce Libby, the chair of the Four-Way Test Speech Contest Committee, then took to the mic to introduce the judges Kim Schaller, Wendall Hoover and Deb Weir. Joyce thanked her committee, consisting of Joan Prescott, Toban Rote, Mark A. Totaro, Susan Anthony, and Curt Stutzman. Joyce introduced Mrs. Dunbar, a teacher at Harrisburg High School, and Adam Hosely, a teacher at SciTech who is new to the program this year. Joyce also introduced Principal Lisa Love and Amanda Presley. The seven speakers then took to the mic to present their five (5) to eight (8) minute speeches.
All seven did an excellent job. But in the end the top three were Hoang Le, who, in light of the recent NFL protests and Black Lives Matter movement, addressed mass incarceration of minorities in this country concluding that the solution would be to encourage rehabilitation therapies, job training, with the elimination of the stigma of a criminal record, and increased awareness of societal issues.
The second place speech was given by Justin Davis who spun the sad tail of growing up in Tennessee in a family of five that became four when his father left the family, which resulted in his mother losing her day care business and eventually losing their home and having to take a 13-hour car trip to Philadelphia to live with his aunt, her children and his grandmother. Justin said it was the best decision to move to Philadelphia and that although life isn’t fair always in the end, the fact that he was able to build new and more significant friendships, that his mother was able to go to college, get her degree and get back into the childcare business that she loves, that his older brother was able to play football and turn that into a college scholarship, that his sister getting involved in ROTC, now married with a daughter, led him to the conclusion that his family had been unwittingly applying the four-way test had been applied throughout this entire ordeal.
The winner of the four-way test speech contest, Jackie Celsky, employed the four-way test to assess the fact that she was sexually abused at age five and only recently went to court as it took several attempts before the system believed in her and charged the men who had abused her. Jackie addressed the first prong: Is that the truth? by stating yes it was the truth because in the end it stopped the abuse. Second: Is it fair to all concerned? Jackie acknowledged some problem with this prong, as her interpretation of fair is that everyone wins. In this case, she is not so sure everyone won, in that one of the abusers did go to jail, that she got her self image back, but one of the perpetrators merely received probation. The third prong: Will it build good will and better friendships.? Jackie acknowledges that she hated herself for what had happened but that once she spoke up, she eventually ended up with a better self image. Was it beneficial to all concerned? Jackie interpreted this as a good outcome for all. She said that Yes, for herself it was, for she was no longer being abused. For the perpetrator who received probation, yes, he didn’t receive any jail time. Jackie closed stating that life is not always fair but can be beneficial if we use the four-way test to help solve problems.
An incredible group of young people sharing very personal stories in applying the four-way test. Absolutely amazing and heartwrenching at the same time.
President-elect Rebuck then got back to the mic realizing that this practice run for his upcoming year as President had not gone as smooth as he had planned. AR forgot to recognize Beth Mihmet earlier so that she could present Rotarians with guests. Beth took to the mic and Dan Zalewski introduced Ron James of Your Choice Foundation and Beth introduced Tonia Srouji, the owner of Events by Eye Candy.
For those of you who did not attend, please make it a point when the schedule comes out next year that you put a big star besides this day for this is one meeting during the Rotary year you really don’t want to miss.
See everyone next week!
2017-2018 Club Officers