Moorhead Rotarians turned out in force for Tuesday’s meeting, despite the lingering effects of 9 inches of new snow. It was widely agreed that the flood that was once in doubt is no longer doubtful; it’s on. President Kay Parries welcomed visitors and thanked Rotarians for their make-ups.

A ‘Taste’ of whImageat’s coming up

Kay shared a variety of news about the club, starting with an update on progress toward planting our Peace Pole. This year’s Taste of Moorhead date has been set for Thursday, June 13. She emphasized that more help is needed. She also reviewed the club’s “visioning” plans.

Dealing with the unexpected

Following up on Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, Sergeant at Arms Teresa Joppa shared practical lessons on coping with the risk of terrorism: Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Report conspicuous or strange behavior or things that seem out of place. Don’t accept packages from strangers or leave luggage unattended. Locate emergency exits and, in case of the unthinkable, be prepared to temporarily do without ATMs, Internet and cell service and gasoline.

Fines were levied for failure to wear Rotary pins, failing to make a snowman Monday or have a snowball fight with your neighbor, having that neighbor plow your driveway, or not playing a musical instrument either professionally or for fun.

Nashville conductor took roundabout path

Rotarian of the Day Sam Wai introduced Kelly Corcoran, the fifth and final candidate competing for the conductorship of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. She told us that her


young daughters, hearing she was flying to Fargo, requested that she build a snowman from the rare (to them) snow — and offered to send carrots fImageor the nose in her suitcase.
Like several of the candidates who’ve spoken to our club, Kelly didn’t grow up with the classics. Daughter of a peace officer in Massachusetts, she was surrounded by popular hits but never heard classical or orchestral music.
She was introduced to the musical world when she played the lead role in “Annie.” Singing in the chorus at Tanglewood, she met world-renounced conductors and found herself fascinated by their skill, dedication and personalities.
When she began training to lead an orchestra, her teacher reassured her: “Stop worrying, start learning, and eventually you will get there.”
Now conductor of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, she says, “As a conductor, you do more than just wave you arms. You encourage your musicians and bring out their best, allowing them to bring suggestions while maintaining your vision. It’s a collaborate effort with your team.”

Losing cards and a growing pay-outImage

Lynne Kovash got to draw a card for the club raffle — but got the $5 consolation prize rather than half the pot, which totaled $1,044. It will be bigger next week. Stay tuned!