The Fashion Show. Rotary’s annual golf tournament meant that the women were setting up the silent auction items while the golfers were out on the greens. Past President Lou Mirviss had an idea, let’s do something for the ladies meaning the spouses and female Rotarians who didn’t golf. Lou’s idea was to have a fashion show and we put our heads together and decided to put on a fashion show combined with a luncheon. It became the annual “girlfriends” event. Sandy de la Cuesta chaired the events and Carol Carr organized and moderated the fashion shows featuring Doncaster designer clothing. Make-up and hair styling was donated by Cherisse’s Hair Salon and Day Spa.
Persistence pays off. So does a committed wife who knows her husband. Twenty-eight years ago, David de la Cuesta’s customer, Gary Newquist (yes, Danny’s father) saw something special in David and knew that Rotary needed him. Despite going to a Rotary Club of Morgan Hill lunch with Gary (at the Golden Oak), David felt it just wasn’t for him. So over the next two years, he did his best to avoid Gary and the topic of Rotary. Except when he spoke with his wife, Sandy. You see, Sandy saw the same special quality in David that Gary had seen. Over the next two years, David tried his best to avoid the subject of Rotary with Gary and going to another Rotary lunch. One day, however, Gary came by David’s printing shop but when David tried to escape out the back door, Sandy blocked the door closed with her car and the rest is history! David returned to another Rotary lunch and saw that the dynamics had changed. Maybe it was because women were now joining Rotary? Whatever the reason, it was a good change and sparked a great interest in David.
A few months after David joined Rotary, Ron Mackley started a scholarship committee in our Club and got David involved. Originally, our Club gave scholarship money to the Morgan Hill Unified School District which selected the recipients and disbursed the money; so basically all that the Club did was write checks.
My wife Elena and I have always had a moderate interest in visiting India, but never a strong enough interest to plan a trip.
For the past 24 years a group of guys from around the nation meet up for a four day golf marathon. We converge on Scottsdale Arizona, golf two rounds a day, eat heartily, and laugh loudly. It is one of my favorite times of the year, when all I have to worry about is sunscreen and making three foot putts.
Life has a funny way of always balancing out. On a recent Saturday night as I was checking in with my family before I headed out to dinner I was told our family dog of 12 years had taken a sudden turn for the worse. Sad, but not totally unexpected news. Within twelve hours of coming home late Sunday night, I had the chance to say goodbye, shed many tears, bury a member of our family, and head off to the office without having slept.
My daughter was very sad and depressed heading to school and is still dealing with the changes at our home. As we talked about life going on, and focusing on all the joyous memories, I thought about a joke among Rotary President Elects. Their first goal is not to break their club.
Just like life, Rotary goes on. As a board, we focus on yearly projects and goals, as chair of events we focus on our event’s day. In reality, the strength of Rotary is that we go on, day after day, year after year, and have done so for over 100 years! Sometimes we get caught up in what is going on NOW, or in the immediate future. Try not to lose sight of the big picture, and always remember those joyous times; because life goes on.