President’s Letter – February 8, 2018

President’s Letter – February 8, 2018

Maritime stories always seem to draw us and we had a great turnout for our program, “The Boatmaker,” but more on that in a moment.
We had a change-up for the Sargent-at-Arms duty with Michael Baker taking over for the month of February.  He has a little surprise for us this Friday, you won’t want to miss.  Michael also gave the invocation.  Kathleen re-wrote song lyrics for us, but with an AV glitch we had to bumble along instead of sing.  Our usual chorus did the Pledge of Allegiance and we were off and running.
After a last-call for donations to our fundraiser for The American Red Cross and Direct Relief, we skipped over announcements, fines and president’s time to get right to our program.  Jim Carberry gave an eloquent introduction for Ken Minor, aka “The Boatmaker.”  This unassuming retired architect shared his very personal story recounting his journey building his 30’ sloop, “Morning Star.”  The documentary movie we watched was absolutely beautiful, from still pictures to interview video and a lovely musical track.  The detail of the documentary paid to the detail of he boat itself was astonishing.  No boat-store fittings allowed here!  The idea of casting bronze fittings and achieving the fit-and-finish of this craft was a lofty goal to achieve.  Our question and answer period rounded out a truly special presentation.
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Let’s take a moment to comment on club governance.  President-Elect Mike Bieza won’t be with us this Friday.  Why?  He will be attending P.E.T.S. in Los Angeles.  This is the President-Elect training that all incoming presidents must attend.  Mike will spend three days amongst 500-600 PEs, District and Zone Rotarians learning about RI’s support for club leadership and areas of focus.  Plus, he can buy Rotary-logoed anything!  We’ll give him some time next week to share a few details.
Our program this week will be Mr. Paul Chappel speaking on his work developing a new peace paradigm.  Mr. Chappel is a West Point Graduate, served in Iraq and is exploring concepts that define and pursue peace in humanity.  This sounds like a very intellectual topic that is sure to leave us pondering.  Curious? See you Friday!
Michael Gardner
President 2017-18
 

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