Posted by rpjr on Mar 29, 2018
One of the great things about Rotary is the opportunity to grow, as well as enjoying doing some good in the world.  Thursday's meeting gave two members to come to bat, Dave Weiner (left) subbing for Pres. Jim Thomson, and Bob Paddock, an owner of the Daily Herald, subbing as the program, speaking about the changes in news organizations these days.  Both were pretty much performing spur-of-the-moment...and most all of the club stayed through the meeting !  Both Bob and Dave enjoyed the experience and appreciated it.
Maybe most of the meeting's success was actually due to members sharing their Happy Fines, as always in support of our charitable efforts.  For club announcements, deadline for Vocational Scholoarships (4/6), New/(and current) Member event at Eddies (4/4), Happiness announcements from members, and our "Major League" Fine Master's quiz, click More.  Announcements included the reminder about upcoming conference and fellowship at the wisconsin resort, one of our newer member being expecting, heartfelt appreciation for the help from one member to another, and upcoming opportunities for service.
Our Speaker...guess who this Rotarian was – Attended Arlington High School, didn’t play baseball but was a gymnast.  He says “was” because at his age he’s not as agile as back then.  Occasionally he has inky fingers, though he’s just as likely to have eye and hand strain from being a “digital guy” these days.
Our substitute and spur-of-the-moment speaker was Bob Paddock, Jr. speaking about the challenges of local journalism and the newspaper business these days.  He told of the transitions, creative efforts, and diversification which the Daily Herald Media Group has accomplished to endeavor to continue to produce good local journalism.  If you're willing supply a cup of coffee, Bob will be glad to talk about what he calls "the exciting world of journalism these days".
Club Announcements and Happy Fines (to fund our charities):
  • Remember, there's a great opportunity to mix Family/Significant-Other fun with Rotary Learning and Meeting Rotarians from other clubs -- the District Conference at Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center, in nearby Sheboygan details, click here.
  • New members are encouraged to do two things at once  – do some service by preparing Care Packages for Timothy Ministry and get to know fellow club members at the upcoming membership event at Eddies’ here in town (food and beverages), Wednesday April 4, 6:30 p.m..  A Timothy rep. will give a brief talk about the organization.  Contact Joe Musolino for more information ( 630-244-9573 or )
  • Glen Garlich told us of an opportunity to save/add to the canopy of trees in the area.  The Metropolitan Sanitary District will be making bare-root saplings available free of charge.  For the brochure explaining the need and the project, see below.
  • Also, deadline extended to 4/6 for Vocational Scholarship applications will be accepted for one week.  Our Rotary district will be offering several scholarships of $1,500 to attend trade or 2-4 year colleges in vocational training or certificate programs.  For info and the application, click here for the application on the Dist. website (look at lower left list of downloads), or contact Maggie  These days especially it’s great that such resources are available.
  • Rich Morton said three, $1000 scholarships will be granted for attending 2-4 year colleges or technical schools.  High school seniors can apply.  This will be the fourth year such scholarships have been in memory of Rich’s father, Dr. Joseph Morton.  The scholarship application for is on our website, click here.
Also Happy were:
  • Luis Ramirez-Alonso was very happy hearing of his upcoming appointment as a VP of Human Relations.  He’s especially pleased that he’ll be able to still live here in A.H.  We’re happy too, Luis, for you and we hope/trust you’ll be able to still be a part of the club!
  • Ron Crawford, happy to report he and others had a good service trip to Guatemala, told us there will be announcements soon about several trips to Guatemala next year.  With the earlier notice, you can better make plans to join one of them.  Ask Ron how the team was able from here to make the likes of rakes and really big shaving gear available!
  • Millie Palmer was happy to express sincere appreciation to Matt Bennett (Glueckert Funeral Home) in helping the family so much in dealing with the death of her mom.
  • Maggie Albertson very happily announced she and her husband are expecting !  Congrats!
  • Rich Morton was proud and happy that his son Drew had successfully completed his first of several actuarial exams. 
  • David Weiner happily celebrated both his son’s wedding and his parents 70th wedding anniversary.
  • Mark Tauber is happy about baseball. 
Master of Happiness, this month’s Fine Master, Bill Kmiecik, gave us a seasonal quiz – about baseball!  See if you know who the Rotarian is or was –
  1.  A star football player in high school and college, whose real name was Leslie Lynch King, Jr.  He was also a U.S. Representative for 25 years and was from Grand Rapids ?
  2. From Dayton Ohio, a Rotarian who had a great interest in bicycles (and is credited with designing a self-oiling wheel hub)?
  3. A Rotarian and long-time White Sox fan and linguist…Neil Young dedicated a song to him?
  4. This Rotarian loves football and the tango, worked among other things as a bouncer , and is a member of the Buenos Aires Rotary Club?
  5. A professional baseball player, team owner, and the longest-term manager…this Rotarian had a stadium renamed after him?
  6. Enjoyed physics, was an Eagle Scout, made a very famous golf shot which was filmed, this Rotarian was a Representative from Ohio?
1. President Gerald Ford; 2. Orville Wright; 3. Richard J. Daily, Sr.; 4. Pope Francis; 5. Connie Mack.
[As a result of Mack's striving to have his players become better people as well as baseball players, he created a Code of Conduct following the 1916 season
  • I will always play the game to the best of my ability.
  • I will always play to win, but if I lose, I will not look for an excuse to detract from my opponent's victory.
  • I will never take an unfair advantage in order to win.
  • I will always abide by the rules of the game—on the diamond as well as in my daily life.
  • I will always conduct myself as a true sportsman—on and off the playing field.
  • I will always strive for the good of the entire team rather than for my own glory.
  • I will never gloat in victory or pity myself in defeat.
  • I will do my utmost to keep myself clean—physically, mentally, and morally.
  • I will always judge a teammate or an opponent as an individual and never on the basis of race or religion.]