The good: I was asked, invited to make a guest appearance on the radio talk show, Rotary Radio.
The Bad: I have been asked to be a guest before, even shown up at the station, to find out a Yankees game has preempted my guest appearance.
The Ugly: I arrive today, no Yankees preemption, feeling cool, calm and collected, despite not knowing what we are going to talk about. I get comfy, arrange the mic and I am then told my headphones do not have an adapter, without which they are useless.
So it’s kind of like a one way radio show. I can’t hear the callers and can’t see or hear the producer. Thank goodness the radio host carried the show.
In Krasnadar, Russia: Disaster Relief – ShelterBox from Rotary International
Rotary at work:
Thousands of homes in the area have been shown completely submerged on Russian TV. Further reports say that at least 171 people have lost their lives, many being asleep at the time of the disaster.
1,000 families (3,500 people) are considered to be the worst affected by the floods, according to the assessment conducted by the Russian Red Cross.
Information from local Rotarians report:
400 houses are completely destroyed and a further 11,000 homes are damaged. They will not be rebuilt quickly. In response to a direct request for 150 ShelterBoxes and 50 tents, ShelterBox is deploying a Response Team to conduct a final assessment and oversee distribution.
Maybe you’ve seen a need in your own community and wondered how you could help. Maybe you want to use your professional skills to help others — or even learn new skills. Maybe you’re seeking connections with other service-minded professionals in your community or abroad.
The resolution commended Rotary International for its efforts to rid the world of the disease and highlighted the organization’s role in successfully eradicating polio from India in January.
The Rotary Club of Providence is raising money for continued polio eradication efforts on July 22, 2012 at the second annual Polo for Polio event in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. We’ll be partying with the ponies at an international polo game. $20. Kids free.
Watching Catch Me If You Can, with Leonardo DiCaprio.
It starts off with a Rotary Club meeting!
Then, a few days later the president of the New Rochelle Rotary Club stops by William Abagnale’s (DiCaprio) home for a nooner with his mother. While at the Abagnale home, and presumably fooling around on the couch in the living room, the club president loses his Rotary President’s Pin. DiCaprio finds the pin on the couch.
It’s a gold and diamond pin (read: very expensive) that every club president wears and passes on to the next president.
So, I started, quietly and slowly making bold changes. Then, I spoke boldly and L O U D L Y about transformative changes Rotary clubs must implement to remain vital and strong. The body language of the audience was bad, very bad. But, hell, just continue, I thought to myself. Then my voice started to quiver, just a little. That’s when I realized I was unusually nervous. My audience, with arms folded against their chests and no smiles at humorous phrases simply looked at me while I suggested controversial change. Then I sat down.