Posted by Gayle E Demko on Aug 27, 2018
Club Meeting August 27, 2018
Opening and Welcome:  President Dick Kisiel opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  A moment of silence and reflection was observed and the opening song was not performed.
Members Present: Dale Baker, Joe Blake, Gayle Demko, Jed Dery, Natalie Donais, Gail Handley, Greg Heineman, Heidi Huhn Partain, Richard Kisiel, Jon Kozloski, Luis Lee, Bob Lowell, Cat Morrow, Jack Muska, Ken Pascoe, Roger Pratt, and Nancy Viggiano.  (15/34….44%).
Guests: Linda Stevenson, Bob Lowell’s wife.
Announcements: President Kisiel made several announcements:
-Chicken BBQ SOTG; Ken passed out 10 tickets to each Rotary member reminding all that the presale money is the key to a successful fundraiser.  A volunteer sign up sheet will be emailed to members; all are asked to attend Sunday AM to help in the box assembly and tent prep.
-Lobster and steak member dinner scheduled for Oct 16 @ Fox Hollow Gun Club.  Details to follow.
-Dick then asks the membership with help in identifying a project that would significantly benefit the town, Rotary could chair this project acting as the project manager and work with other town groups to really make a difference.  Proposed were creating a map of Suffield and incorporating a walking/driving tour with kiosk; additional Mapleton Hall assistance; with a request to the members to bring additional ideas to the table.
PROGRAM: Bob Lowell presented Crazy Horse Memorial and its story/history.  With the first lap of Bob and Linda’s adventures touring the States, they found this memorial to be the most remarkable and emotional site so far and shared their experience and knowledge of this special place. 
Crazy Horse Memorial is located in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills. The Mountain is 6,532 ft and ranks 27th highest mountain in South Dakota. It is made of pegmatite granite and was chosen by Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski & Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear for the Crazy Horse Memorial.  Crazy Horse had lead the defeat of General Custer at Battle of Little Big Horn where, in 1875, after the U.S. Army blatantly ignored treaty provisions and invaded the sacred Black Hills, many formerly cooperative Sioux and Cheyenne abandoned their reservations to join Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse in Montana and fought to preserve their culture and lands.
The sculpture, Korczak Ziolkowski from New Hartford, was asked to carve this tribute and described his preliminary introduction to the project, “Standing Bear explained that the Indian has a concept of honoring their great heroes that’s totally different from the white man’s. It was difficult for me to understand at first…The Indian uses the direct approach. He says: that man was my ancestor, and he was a great man, so we should honor him-I would not lie or cheat because I am his blood”  He also noted “By carving Crazy Horse, if I can give back to the Indian some of his pride and create a means to keep alive his culture and heritage, my life will have been worthwhile.”  Work began in 1948 and Korczak left full instructions on the carving procedure.  Today his wife, children and grandchildren continue his work; the arm and then horse’s head are the next to emerge from the rock. To date the memorial face has been completed.1991
The Mission of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation is to protect and preserve the culture, tradition and living heritage of the North American Indians. The Foundation demonstrates its commitment to this endeavor by following these objectives:
  • < >Continuing the progress on the world’s largest sculptural undertaking by carving a Memorial of Lakota leader Crazy Horse;
  • Providing educational and cultural programming to encourage harmony and reconciliation among all people and nations;
  • Acting as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts and crafts through the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®;Establishing and
  • operating the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®, and when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.
The Crazy Horse Memorial website features webcams capturing real time progress of this memorial.  This effort is wholly funded by donations, no government funding is accepted; there
is no projected end date at present.  The work on both the monument and the museum continues; the University and Medical Center is also planned for this site and the community college opened this year for its initial session.  Thanks to Bob and Linda for bringing this history to life for us!  
Blue Ticket Winners: Blue ticket winner was Dale Baker; with sides won by Natalie Donais and Linda Stevenson.
Queen of Hearts:  Nancy Viggiano held the winning red ticket but did not pull the Queen. Total winning pot now stands at $565+.
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Greg Heineman was celebrated by a dessert topped with a candle and a 25₵ ”Happy Dollar” donation.
Adjournment: Richard Kisiel closed the meeting and the worst rendition of “God Bless America” to date was then sung.
Next week’s meeting (Aug 28) – Ms. Danel Eitel- To outline the Suffield Girl Scouts of America
outs Members and Activities