Bulletin 01 29 15 - The Rotary Club of Blacksburg

THIS WEEK’s PROGRAM & NEWS: January 29, 2015
Rotary Club of Blacksburg, Club #5753
P.O. Box 770 Blacksburg, VA 24063 / Jamie Dunn, President
www.rotaryblacksburg.org / Facebook: www.facebook.com/RotaryBlacksburg
Four Way Test: Of the things we think, say or do...Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
PROGRAMS & EVENTS: January is Rotary Awareness Month
Jan 29, PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS, congratulations!
Books: Paul Harris Class of 2015: Smithsonian Train: the Definitive Visual History
Feb 5, Molly Pugh and John Eustis, New River Land Trust
Feb 7, RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute at the Inn at VT)
Feb 12, Lisa Bleakley, The Crooked Road
Mar 13-15, 2015 - Rotary District 7570 Conference Centennial Celebration!
TODAY’S PROGRAM: The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have
contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then
the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to
Ambassadorial Scholarships.
The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F.
Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for
a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions
made in 1957.
Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul
Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the
piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a
certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion.
Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul
Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in
honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow.
At the International Assembly in 1979, RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one
non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, responded by making a donation in
the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a
joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including President Jimmy Carter, Russian
President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas
The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006. Currently there are 1,460,787 Paul
Harris Fellows worldwide.
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FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES COMMITTEE: Our committee now has three documents accessible to
the club through our website. These are great resource documents. www.blacksburgrotary.org
 Montgomery County waste and recycling location and policies
 Montgomery County Regional Solid Waste Authority information
 Radford and Pulaski County recycling information
FROM CHRISTINE SMITH, DISTRICT CONFERENCE CHAIR: District Conference is March 13-15. Our District
Governor, Vivian Crymble sent you an email with the details on how to register and all the events. Our club will
pay the registration fee for first time members who are going as Day Trippers. That means attending on
Saturday. District Conference Details are at our Conference Website:
FROM PAULA ALSTON, ASSISTANT GOVERNOR: Last week’s donation for Polio Plus totaled $302.00. You are
awesome! Thank you!! I’m still taking donations if you would like to give.
FROM MARQUITA HILL, POLIO PLUS: Please don’t miss a wonderful following story at
https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/member-news/news-features/man-iron-lung-discovers-rotary There you
will see Paul R. Alexander, J.D. He has been in an iron lung since he contracted polio as a 6-year old child in the
late 1950s. However, Paul partially escaped the lung when, as a young man, he taught himself to breathe on his
own for up to eight hours at a time. Thereafter, he earned a bachelor’s and, later a law degree.
And see a 4-minute YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQrW_CpEpK0 of Dr. Alexander
becoming a member (Rotary E-Club 5810) this past year. Up until then Paul had not known of Rotary’s
involvement in polio eradication. And for a somewhat longer article on Paul’s life at
FROM CHAD YEATTS, MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: During the months of January and February we would like to
step up our new member recruitment efforts. There are 5 classifications that the Classification Committee has
identified as unrepresented or under-represented in our Club. They are:
-Health Care Providers, Dentist and Physician
-Groceries, Retailing
-Law Enforcement
-Landscape Maintenance
During the months of January and February, the Club is offering the following incentives to invite someone from
the above groups to our club.
-Free lunch for the guest
-Free make-up for the member
-A Starbucks gift card to the member
BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH: Send a birthday wish to your fellow Rotarian.
John Skelton
Tommy McDearis
Hap Bonham / Joe Jones
Henry Johnson
Christy Brown
03 Jan
05 Jan
06 Jan
07 Jan
08 Jan
Jim McAlister
David Goodyear
Stephen Cole
Diane Boone
Bill Foster
11 Jan
13 Jan
14 Jan
19 Jan
31 Jan
DO YOU NEED A CLUB MAKE-UP? Spend just a ½ hour online at the Rotary eClubOne Web site learning about Rotary programs and
activities around the globe fill out the makeup form and you’re there. This link is available on our club website,
www.blacksburgrotary.org. Or, make up at an area club. Rotary International District 7570 (WWW.ROTARY7570.ORG) covers Western
Virginia and Northeastern Tennessee.
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