President's Message
Caryn Adams
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I’ve been going through the responses from your questionnaires and getting to know what you’d like to see our club do and not do this year, and it’s become clear to me that there’s an issue on which we don’t all agree. And it’s not the one you’re thinking. No, not that other issue either. I promise I’ll do more research on the historical role of politics in Rotary, but in the meantime, let’s start with something lighter.
When asked what you most wanted to keep and what you most wanted to jettison, five of you mentioned SINGING (and the split for and against was pretty even). So where does singing in Rotary originate? And why do we sing in Rotary clubs today? Rotary International tells us that the tradition of singing at meetings dates back to 1905 and the “fifth” Rotarian:  Harry Lyman Ruggles, president of the H.L. Ruggles company, printers, of Chicago, Illinois. In addition to producing the first Rotary Club stationery and first printed Rotary emblem, Harry published an unofficial Book of Songs for Rotary use. As singing at meetings caught on, the book became an official publication of Rotary International. (If anyone from the club has a copy of the 1925 “Songs for the Rotary Club,” I’d be interested to see it.)
The story is told (on the Internet, so it must be true) that “little more than a year after Rotary had been formed, at an evening meeting in 1906, the guest speaker began a story. Having heard it before, Harry also had heard the off-color ending, and felt it was inappropriate for the club, so he jumped up in the middle of the joke and yelled, ‘Come on boys, let's sing!’ He then led the club in the singing of 'Let Me Call You Sweetheart'. This was not only the first time that members had ever sung in Rotary, but apparently, also the first time that a group of businessmen ever sang at a business meeting, anywhere.”
As to why we sing today, well, singing is good for the body and soul. According to a Chicago Tribute article from 2018, singing “can help tame stress but also lift the spirits. Singing is a natural antidepressant.” The article concludes, “Singing can boost confidence, improve mental function, help with immune response, and be a form of cardiovascular exercise.”
And maybe there’s something to singing, after all. Harry Lyman Ruggles died in 1959. His obituary relates that Harry died while en route to a joint meeting of the Cathedral City and Palm Springs Rotary clubs in Los Angeles. Harry was 88. He and his widow, Josephine, had been married 55 years. One imagines he joined the heavenly chorus soon after his arrival in the afterlife.
This Week's Program 
Jul 19, 2019
District 5470
District 5470

Today we welcome David Wood to the best Rotary Club in downtown Colorado Springs.  The DG actually HAS to visit EVERY club in the district during his year of tenure. In the case of District 5470, that means David Wood and his wife, Cathy, are going to be traveling all over the southern two thirds of Colorado in the next few months. We get to be one of his very first clubs he visits!

David was raised in Maine and graduated from Maine Maritime Academy and a commission as Ensign in the U. S. Naval Reserve.  He was employed for ten years by Texaco and in 1976 was selected to join the Sabine Pilots Association.  As a Sabine Pilot for 27 years he was responsible for over 2,500 safe vessel transits of the Sabine-Neches Waterway.

Living in Beaumont, Texas for 37 years Dave became very involved in the community. He always focused on youth so umpiring Little League baseball, junior high youth counselor at his church or Boy Scouts were natural avenues of service.  He also served on the Beaumont Housing Authority and chaired a special advisory committee to the Captain of the Port U. S. Coast Guard.   Dave joined the Rotary Club of Beaumont in 1988 and over the years received several distinguished awards.


Following retirement David and Cathy decided to leave Texas and make their vacation home in Salida their residence joining the Salida Rotary Club in 2011.  David is a multi-Paul Harris Fellow, a Paul Harris Society Member and a Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation.

David and Cathy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July of 2018 and have two children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. They enjoy travel, skiing and anything that the great outdoors of Colorado has to offer.

David, welcome to Colorado Springs!

Mobile: 409-781-5655

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Finding love in this hi-tech world in an old fashion way
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End of the Rotary Year
At the last meeting of the Rotary year, outgoing president Alan Gregory
received a president's gavel. Alan also presented the Spirit of Rotary Award
to Dennis Shoemaker and the Leading the Way Award to Ron Rubin.
Meeting Responsibilities
Palmer, Kent
Visitor Check-In
Flores, Holly
Visitor Greeter / Microphone
Liston, Larry
Club Greeter / Microphone
Collette, Jesse
Intro Guests & Visitors (Head Table)
Fernandez, Nesto
Words of Appreciation, Inspiration and Reflection
Buckley, III, John
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Tom Naughton
July 6
Andrew Oyler
July 7
John Cunning
July 11
Annie Valades
July 17
Bob Werschky
July 17
Karen Kantor
July 19
Dixie Herring
July 27
Cass Daley
July 28
Kathleen Saltmarsh-Voss
July 31
Join Date
Judith Casey
July 1, 2006
13 years
Joe Schott
July 4, 2018
1 year
Michael Thomas
July 4, 2018
1 year
Larry Liston
July 6, 1984
35 years
Lynn Boutte
July 7, 2004
15 years
Holly Flores
July 17, 2017
2 years
Ian Glassford
July 18, 2014
5 years
John Yates
July 18, 1975
44 years
Matt Otten
July 28, 2006
13 years
Tom Naughton
July 28, 2008
11 years
Upcoming Events
District Governor Board Reception
Caryn Adam's Home
Jul 19, 2019 6:00 PM
Monthly Board Meeting
Antlers Hotel
Jul 25, 2019
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
In Memory of Craig Whitney
Shove Chapel
Jul 27, 2019 1:00 PM
Whitney Reception
El Paso Club
Jul 27, 2019 2:00 PM
Flight Reveal Event
Pioneer's Museum
Aug 13, 2019
Planet Walk
Sep 07, 2019
12th Annual Flight Gala
Doubletree Hotel
Sep 14, 2019 6:00 PM
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