Rotary Club of Webster

Meeting of 1/26/2017

 
THE SPOKE
ROTARY’S MOST WIDELY READ NEWSLETTER
This Edition For January 26, 2017
Present: Brian, Terry, Dolly M., Bob, John, Herb, Bill, Don, Donna, Tom, Ray, Dennis, Kathy, Ross, Robyn
Flag: Brian                               Prayer: Ross
Locale: Penfield Country Club; Menu: Salad, Chicken French, Potato Crusted Tilapia, Grilled Prime Rib (coffee extra)
WELCOME BACK !
Hey, it’s good to be back, a quick “Howdieee” to my longtime friends in Webster Rotary and our new found friends who, lately arrived, unfortunately missed out on the Grantland Rice, Henry Clune, Graham McNamee, Heywood Hale Broun style of prose that formerly emanated from the lithe and supple fingers that played across the keys of my Remington Electric Typewriter (with the spool of white eraser tape) which until of late have sat with dust cover on my highly polished oak desk in my office here high atop the Hawley Office Building in downtown Village of Webster, New York.  From my vantage point in my paneled office with the ceiling to floor windows I can look out over the sea of houses dotting the landscape, formerly farm land that was covered with apple and peach trees; the blue revolving light situated on the cupola that rests on the roof of this building shines its beacon over the snow covered ground and out over Lake Ontario where it bounces off the sheen of the tranquil waters like a skimming pebble and can easily be seen by our Canadian neighbors to the North.  During World War II this office was occupied by Secret Service members and the blue light was used to send messages to their counterparts in Canada when tracking foreign agents seeking to cross the lake to gain entry into the United States, acting as saboteurs, to damage our factories and cause disruption to the war effort.  Before it became a blue light, it was a white searchlight that was used to spot smugglers from Canada who used small type powered boats to dump kegs of whiskey and rum overboard into the shallow waters of the lake just offshore of Oklahoma Beach in Webster.  The smugglers usually would hightail it back to Canada unless intercepted by the Coast Guard or Sheriff’s Patrol but the kegs of booze would be confiscated and stored in warehouses in Charlotte where it was found, later, that most of it was used at political rallies.
When it was agreed that Joe Corona would henceforth take on the painstaking mission of composing our weekly SPOKE, I quietly retired into the shadows and, except for rare occasions, relegated my Remington to the dustbin of history, never saying a fond farewell to my faithful readers across the globe (the basis for our masthead); so now, permit me this opportunity to saddle up Ol’ Mossback, and ride off into the sunset as I bid you all a good bye knowing that as we tip one last glass at the Last Chance Saloon, you will have had the pleasurable reading of this missive (and that is undoubtedly why it’s not written anymore!).
As any good cowpoke would do when it was time to turn the reins over to the newer tenderfoot, I tip my Stetson a mite to Joe not only a sayin’ what a good job he’s a doin’ but I’m surely wishin’ him well.  Thank you, Joseph.
President Brian called for a moment of silent prayer as our way of commemorating the life of Henry Kujawa, friend of Rotary, and, friend to all; Henry, referred to, fondly, as Saint Henry is the husband of Dolly Kujawa and attended countless meetings where he was always the good sport.  A mild mannered man, friend to all who knew him, spent his working years as an educator, his military years as a Navy Aviator and his political years as a Webster Town Board member and Town Supervisor; how he ever had the time to be a father to seven children, God only knows and that is why he is a saint.  (Ross included Henry in his prayer this evening).
The memorial service for Henry Kujawa will be held on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at 7pm at the United Methodist Church located at 169 East Main Street in the Village of Webster.
ADOPT A PLATOON:  Dennis mentioned an article about a local helicopter detachment that is being deployed to Afghanistan; following up on the article, Dennis proposed that we consider adopting this unit under our ADOPT A PLATOON designation just as we have been doing with forces from Fort Drum.  The club voted to go forth with this proposal, watch for further developments.
TIMEFRAME FOR UPCOMING MEETINGS:
  1.  FEB. 2ND  AT BRIAN’S HOUSE, 200 JUDSON ST., CORNER COBB ST. IN THE VILLAGE; 6:30 PM, A WORK SESSION MAKING LITTLE LIBRARIES; BRING YOUR ELECTRIC SCREWDRIVER OR DRILL ONLY TOOLS NEEDED, BRIAN HAS ALL OTHER TOOLS.  DESSERTS NEEDED, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO BRING.
  2. FEB 9TH AT WEBSTER PUBLIC LIBRARY; DECISION AS TO WHAT TO EAT WILL BE MADE AT FEB 2ND MEETING.
  3. FEB 16TH  AT PENFIELD COUNTRY CLUB, JACKSON ROAD; VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY AND MEETING - $25 PER PERSON – BRING YOUR VALENTINE.
  4. FEB 23RD  AT PENFIELD COUNTRY CLUB
NOTE: JOE, WOULD IT POSSIBLE TO MAKE A MONTHLY CALENDAR POSTED IN THE NEWSLETTER WITH PERTINENT DATES?
PP ROBYN ANNOUNCED, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE ORIGINAL GOLF DATE SLATED TO HELD AT EAGLEVALE HAS BEEN SCUTTLED FOR REASONS LEFT UNSAID HERE.  THE ORIGINAL DATE WAS TO BE JUNE 21ST, BUT NOW A NEW DATE IS UNKNOWN UNTIL ENOUGH GOLFERS SIGN UP FOR HER TOURNAMENT.  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO CONTACT OTHER GOLF CLUBS TO FIND OUT PARTICULARS; SO FAR HERB WILL CONTACT BROOKWOOD, TERRY/LIMA AND JOHN/WEBSTER.
ROTARY BIKE RIDE: MAY 13TH; A MULTI-MILED EVENT; 53 MILES, 26 MILES, OTHER CATEGORIES, IN CONJUNCTION WITH WEBSTER PARKS AND RECREATION AND FRIENDS OF WEBSTER TRAILS; MORE ON THIS LATER FROM ROBYN.
DISCUSSION ON MAKING A BUSINESS CARD FOR THE CLUB.
MORE DATES:
  1. APRIL 29, ADOPT A HIGHWAY
  2. MAY 5, CHARITIES DINNER
  3. MAY 13, BIKE RIDE
  4. MAY 20 DISTRICT CONFERENCE IN ERIE, PA.
 
50/50 TICKET HELD BY DOLLY MAGUIRE DID NOT DRAW THE ACE OF SPADES.
 
$HAPPY: TOM, JUST HAPPY; ROSS, HIDDEN FIGURES MOVIE; ROBYN, NO SURGERY ON HER FOOT; KATHY, FOR HER 8TH GRADE SCIENCE TEACHER – HENRY KUJAWA; JOHN, FOR HENRY AND HIS DAUGHTER ADOPTING A DOG; HERB, $6 – ONE FOR EACH GOAL HIS GRANDSON SCORED IN A HOCKEY TOURNAMENT; BRIAN, FOR DOLLY MAGUIRE AND JOHN DOERNER JOINING OUR CLUB; DENNIS, FOR DOLLY; BOB, FOR LEAVING EARLY; TERRY, FOR HENRY, GOOD NECK X-RAY, PISTOL PERMIT; DOLLY M, FOR HENRY AND DOLLY; BILL, FOR HENRY; DON, FOR HENRY; DONNA, FOR BEING HERE.
$HAPPY TOTAL: $55
 
KATHY AND ROBYN SEE ADDITIONAL E-MAIL, THANK YOU.
YOURS IN ROTARY, BILL RUOFF (RIDING OFF IN THE SUNSET, CURTAIN FALLS)
 
 
 
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