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Port Jefferson

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Cafe Spiga
176 North Country Road
Mt.Sinai, NY  11766
United States of America
(631) 949-5549
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  1. Hand sanitizer:  Michael Scieford
  2. Clorox wipes [generic brand more than o.k.]: Amanda Eckart
  3. Hand lotion: Al Kopcienski
  4. Large print word find books: Tom Donlon
  5. Anti-bacterial hand soap: Pat Sabo, Kathy Taveira
  6. Boxes of tissues with lotion: Jenn Dzvonar
  7. Disinfectant spray like Lysol {generic o.k.]: Sharon Brennan
  8. Magic markers: Dennis Brennan
  9. Crayons: Nancy Uzo
10. Adult coloring books: Nancy Uzo

..PAUL VIGLIANTE, whose birthday was March 5th; DALE KUHN, who celebrated his birthday on March 10th;  TOM DONLON, who had a birthday on March 13th; PAT SABO, whose birthday was March 15th;  MARIANNE DESZCZ, who will add a year to her current age on March 25th; and J. DENNIS BRENNAN, who has a birthday to celebrate on the 29th of March.


*We sadly note here the passing of former Rotarian JIM VON OISTE, attorney and Korean War veteran, on February 9th at age 88.  R.I.P., Jim.


                  ***************MARCH IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH!*********************

" I really don't think I need buns of steel.  I'd be happy with buns of cinnamon."

                           -Ellen Degeneres

Welcome back Jim!
Today was Woodhaven Nursing Home Goods Collection Day.  Thank you donors!
We welcomed as our visiting speaker Neil Baggett, a retired physicist who, in the past, often worked with government agencies, and who now works with and represents the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (TSCW) in Shoreham.  He passed out 2 pages about upcoming events related to the TSCW (which have now been included on our club calendar on this site) and told us that Tesla, whose birthday is in July, came to the US at age 28 in 1884.  Neil proceeded to pepper us with Tesla information that he thought we might not know about this scientific genius.   Tesla was  child prodigy who thought up inventions at an early age.  As an adult, he imagined things first, then tested them, and then wrote down the design information in order to get them patented.  He was, unfortunately, not systematic.  In 6 months in 1888, Tesla put out 40 patented inventions.  Tesla worked briefly at the Edison Machine works in NYC before striking out on his own.  Initially, he found willing partners who helped finance and market his ideas, enabling him to develop a wide range of electrical and mechanical devices.  George Westinghouse hired him for a small amount of money, but when he advised Tesla that his pay had to be cut, Tesla offered to work for free.  Meanwhile, Westinghouse licensed and marketed Tesla's AC induction motors and other mechanical inventions.  Tesla enjoyed demonstrating his creations to wealthy patrons and became noted for his showmanship at public lectures.   In 1893, the Chicago World's Fair was lit with Tesla's AC current lights.  When Tesla visited Niagara Falls, he came up with the idea of using water falls to provide power.  Throughout the 1890s, he pursued his ideas for wireless lighting and worldwide electric power distribution in his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments.  In 1901, he had a cellphone-like instrument in mind for wireless transfer of information.  He made pronouncements about the possibility of wireless communication with his devices; and in his unfinished Wardencliffe Tower project, he worked on an intercontinental wireless communication and power transmitter, but never completed it -or, for that matter, other ideas with which he was experimenting- due to lack of funding.  This was truly a unique, but unappreciated man.  When he moved his labs into the Stanford White-designed Wardencliffe, he worked on many ideas with varying degrees of success, but actually completed only a few in the 1910s-20s.   Some of Tesla's ideas (like his plan for radio transmissions) achieved success under competing scientists' efforts (like Marconi).  Tesla worked with magnets and magnetic forces.  (Today's MRI, which uses magnetic forces, uses T for Tesla as a unit of measure in honor of the scientist.)  His ideas led to the creation of the speedometer, the odometer, and neon lights. At one time rather well-compensated for his inventions, Tesla spent most of his money rather thoughtlessly on luxuries- like his choice of longtime residence in NYC at the Waldorf Astoria.  Eventually, he left behind many unpaid bills.  He  died  a pauper in The City in 1943.  His work fell into obscurity after his death.  When he had to declare bankruptcy, Tesla lost the Wardenclyffe property.  In 1939, it was purchased by Peerless Photo.  Neil spoke a bit about how Tesla, while nearly forgotten in the US,  had always been considered a hero in his birth country, Serbia.  There, he's treated like the Father of his Country.  (Neil passed around a specimen of Serbian money with Tesla's face on it.)  He and Jane Alcorn visited Serbia not long ago to share Tesla information.  In 2012, through the efforts of Friends of Science East (including Jane Alcorn),  a popular cartoon blogger, and a state grant obtained by then- Assemblyman Alessi, enough money was raised to purchase the Wardenclyffe property. The Serbian government has helped, too, with the resurrection of the TSCW, home of the scientist's only surviving laboratory.  The intention is to have this property become the future home of a global center for innovation.  According to Neil, the plans are moving forward well under Alessi's Directorship.  Around $7 million has been raised, but over $20 million is still needed.  The main building has been cleared of asbestos, but there is a lot of mold and water covering the floor.  An architect will be hired soon.  An old house on the property will become a Welcome Center.  Work on the site continues.  Fundraising continues.  Tesla lives again.  Volunteers are welcome to help this project reach its conclusion successfully.  

***The following is a list of donation "assignments" for members' once-a-month donations via the Club to the Open Cupboard:  (*If you don't see your name on this list, select an item from it for your donation.)***NOTE:  This list will be updated as needed:

Black Beans- Bob H., Pat (& brown rice), Yvette

Baby Wipes- Jim, Tom

Canned Fruit- Dennis

Cereal- Jennifer, Paul, Amanda

Oatmeal- Lisa, Sean

Soap- Kathy, Paul

Canned Chicken- Sharon, Michael B.

Jelly- Debbie, Michael

Shampoo- Saranto, Nancy

Conditioner- Nancy

Toilet Paper- Judi

Diapers- John Perkins

Apple Juice- Bill C.

***Check the list for your name and assigned item. (If you are not listed, you may donate any listed item. Corporate members are encouraged to donate individually. If you would like to be listed with a specific item, contact Debbie and specify your item of choice.)

***Bring contributions to Cafe Spiga on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, or give to another Club member who will be attending.

*** If you would like to be reimbursed, bring receipt(s) to the meeting.

                  ***Thanks for your community and Club support!***

Remember: A ttending weekly club meetings allows you to enjoy our club's fellowship and enrich your professional and personal knowledge.  If you miss our club meeting, may we encourage you to expand your Rotary horizons by attending make-up meetings at any of the more than 32,000 Rotary clubs in existence- a practice that guarantees Rotarians a warm welcome in communities around the globe.  For meeting places and times, consult the Club Locator at , the RI Web site. Or- you may make up missed meetings on line by going to the Rotary On Line Makeup Link which is listed on our Website Homepage under "Club Links".  And once you've made up a meeting, please be sure to notify Yvette about it.  Thank you.

Goal:To encourage a lifetime of reading for newborns and their families that have utilized the St.Charles Hospital Maternity Facility, by presenting each mother with a newborn reading packet.

At 8 AM, 5/21, Rotarians, spouses, friends, and 16 members of Port Jeff High's Interact Club and PJ Middle School's Honor Society with their faculty sponsors met on the campus of Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck to prepare the site for the imminent arrival of campers.

Table: Cindy Tischer & Nancy Uzo

Invocation:  Dennis Brennan & Paul Vigliante

Sergeant at Arms:  Bill Curry & Bob Huttemeyer

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