Longmont  Rotary Club
November 9,  2021
Longmont Rotary
Service Above Self
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
803 3rd Avenue
Longmont, CO 80501
United States of America
All our meetings are in-person and a buffet meal is provided. Lunch is served at 12pm. The actual meeting starts at 12:30 and ends at 1:30 pm.
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Veterans Day Program: The Star Spangled Banner Flag

With piano accompaniment from Dale Sherrod, the club sang all the official songs of the armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard), along with recognizing those club members with military service or family of a veteran.  Our guest speaker, Mr Dick Kounovsky, from Legion Post 32 was introduced.  Dick shared with us the history of the Star Spangled Banner flag. 

The Star-Spangled Banner's history starts not with Francis Scott Key, but a year earlier with Maj. George Armistead, the commander of Fort McHenry. Knowing that his fort was a likely British target, Armistead told the commander of Baltimore defenses in July 1813 that he needed a flag—a big one. This flag was 30 feet tall and 42 feet long on a flag pole 90 feet high.  He wanted the British to see the flag way out at sea.

On September 13, 1814 British warships sent a downpour of shells and rockets onto Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor, relentlessly pounding the American fort for 25 hours.  

(A week earlier, Francis Scott Key, a 35-year-old American lawyer, had boarded the flagship of the British fleet on the Chesapeake Bay in hopes of persuading the British to release a friend who had recently been arrested. Key was forced to remain on the British vessel during the attack). 

 Key would write about the sky erupting with red glare across the night sky. Cannon fire attempted to travel 2 miles, often bursting in air before reaching the fort. As the hours passed and the smoke was clearing, the dawn's early light on that fateful morning saw victory, giving proof that the US flag was still there. 

In 1931 Congress declared the Star Spangled Banner the national anthem.  The flag is now on display at the Smithsonian.  Dick offered these closing words, “When you go to the Smithsonian and stand before this flag,  know what a privilege it is to witness a piece of American history and understand its significance in your life today. God Bless the United States”. 

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Dave announces upcoming Bell ringing for Salvation Army.  Janet introduces a guest.   
President's Message
Debby Paris
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Hello All,

Thank you for granting me the opportunity to serve as the president of the Rotary club of Longmont for the 2021–2022 Rotary year.

The upcoming year will be one of continuing change as we start the process of returning to the “new normal“ of in-person meetings. The process is going to be a "crawl, walk, run" and I hope everyone will be patient. 
The theme of this rotary year is "Serve to change lives".  It will be wonderful to be able to come up with projects to follow this theme and continue to serve our community locally nationally and internationally.
While we will not be able to have in person RYLA again this year, there will be a one day virtual session. With school being in person, I am looking forward to the Young Rotarian‘s being able to start up again in the fall. Our youth are the future of rotary!
My goal this year is to grow our club by a few members and for everyone to think of younger people in the community who would make great Rotarians.
I look forward to a terrific year.
Yours in Rotary,
Debby Paris
Rotary Club of Longmont
Winter Warmth Coat Drive
Oct 17, 2021 – Nov 20, 2021
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Nov 27, 2021 – Dec 25, 2021
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Crossroads School, An Alternative to Failure
Nov 30, 2021
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When Journalism was Real
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Rotary: Local and Global
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