You have to shake your head at the feats of some people. I’ve known people who have run double Ironman triathlons.  I never asked why or “wouldn’t one suffice?” My uncle went to the North Pole with Admiral Byrd. Obviously he had to as he was in the military, but he was the kind of guy who would have gone if the Admiral had simply asked. Some people live to achieve.
 
Ray Caldwell is a person who just didn’t have a stop button. He was traded by the Yankees to the Cleveland Indians and made his first start as a pitcher against the Philadelphia Athletics on August 24, 1919. The Indians were up 2-1 in the ninth inning with two outs when a sudden storm brought lightning strikes, one of which hit the railing of the stadium. The surge apparently traveled through the ground to the pitcher’s mound and knocked Caldwell out for almost five full minutes. Some in the crowd assumed he was dead. He came to, shook off the grogginess and finished the game, pitching to one more batter who grounded out. Ray Caldwell was struck by lightning, shook it off and the finished the game!  Who does this?  Was he originally from Krypton?
 
Rotarians cannot bounce back from lightning strikes, nor leap tall buildings in any number of strides, but can do super-heroic deeds. Feeding the hungry, providing educational materials for those without, providing clean water for disease-riddled children and eradicating polio are examples of heroic work. Our achievements in cleft-palate work is world famous and is changing lives as we speak. In our county alone our sister clubs are making major differences. Lightning IS our match, but not hunger or disease, illiteracy or gross need that we can alleviate.

We are the Ray Caldwells’ of the Rotary World.
 
Don’t forget the SERVICE DAY DOUBLEHEADER: MEAL MAKING AT FORSYTH/’HOOCH CLEAN-UP ON SEPTEMBER 4 (Render is in charge of the river clean-up and Robert is in charge of the meal making work).
 
 
Michael McCullar