Rotary Geography

  • Were you aware that the Rotary Club of Reno, Nevada, is farther west than the Rotary Club of Los Angeles, California?

  • Would you guess that the meetings of the Rotary Club of Portland, Maine, are farther south than those of the clubs in London, England?

  • Can you imagine that the Pensacola, Florida, Rotary Club is west of the Detroit, Michigan, club?

  • It’s a fact that the Cairo, Illinois, Rotary Club is south of Richmond, Virginia.

  • There are 69 Rotary clubs with the word “Tokyo” in their club names.

  • The Rotary Club of Nome, Alaska, lies west of the club in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Santiago, Chile, club is located east of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Rotary geographers will know that virtually every Rotary club meeting in Australia is east of the Hong Kong Rotary Club.

  • What do the Rotary clubs of Quito, Ecuador, Libreville, Gabon, Singapore, and Kampala, Uganda, have in common? You guessed right if you said they all meet approximately on the equator.

There are many interesting relationships and things to learn as you become acquainted with the approximately 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

R. I. Convention Speaker Desmond Tutu

Tutu says, ‘You and I are created for goodness’

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said Rotary’s dedication to peace in the world makes God smile.

During his keynote address Thursday, 18 June, at the Rotary World Peace Symposium, Tutu shared how he envisions God looking down on His creation and crying when He sees all the bad things His children are doing to each other. But, Tutu said, then God looks again and sees Rotary.

“God begins to smile through His tears, and the sun shines through. God says that is exactly why I created them, for goodness,” Tutu said. “You and I are created for goodness. You are helping wipe the tears from God’s eyes.”

Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient from South Africa, was the keynote speaker at the second Rotary World Peace Symposium in Birmingham, England. For two days, attendees will take part in discussion groups to share ideas and strategies for enhancing peace in the world. The event also builds stronger bonds between Rotary World Peace Fellows, Rotarians, and alumni through social events and networking.

Izabela Pereira, a 2005-07 peace fellow from Argentina, said it was not so much what Tutu said, but the way he said it, that impressed her.

“His way of approaching the subject is inspiring, refreshing,” Pereira said. “He carries an immense air of authority that is overwhelming.”

Francisco Benavides, a 2002-04 peace fellow from Mexico, said Tutu speaks with a lot of authority. “I think it is encouraging to see someone like him who has been fighting for peace as long as he has, who still believes there is hope.”

Tutu also addressed terrorism, asserting that labeling groups as terrorists sometimes does more to hinder peace then help it. “One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter,” he said.

“When you negotiate, you are not negotiating with your friends. You are negotiating with your enemy — and often, with the most loathsome enemy,” he said. “You don’t get to pick who represents the enemy.”

Syeda Uddin, a 2002-04 peace fellow from the United States, found Tutu’s candor refreshing.

“It is great he had the courage to say the things he said,” she explained. “Some of the things he said were very controversial. But because of who he is, his words have an impact.”

Program for April 25, 2009

Bob Hundley and two of his cast were introduced by Bob Novell. The subject to be (Behind the Scenes of the L.A Musical). The two actor singers were Kile and Coreen. Bob Hundley is currently the interim producing director of the San Gabriel Valley Musical Theater, and recently produced in concert South Pacific.
Bobs early education was in a military school, as his Mother was in the military and had to be away long periods at a time. When his Mother would return after being away, he would go to his room and play as if he were dead when she came into his room. At one time he was so good at it that sheBob Hundley and two of his cast were introduced by Bob Novell. The subject to be (Behind the Scenes of the L.A Musical). The two actor singers were Kile and Coreen. Bob Hundley is currently the interim producing director of the San Gabriel Valley Musical Theater, and recently produced in concert South Pacific.
was about to call 911, until he stopped her. His early educa-tion plans were to go to medical school at Duke University, but at the last moment he told his Mother that he wanted to be-come an actor instead. He had had some acting experience as he took part in Childrens Thea-ter. His higher education was at the American Academy of the Arts.
Kile with his excellent voice demonstrated what it takes at an audition to be selected as part of the cast for a show. He ex-plained that there may be as many as two to three hundred ap-plicants for a few as twenty positions.
An upcoming event at the San Gabriel Music Theater will be on June 13, 2009 , and it will be “The Big Band Show of 2009”. This will be a swinging evenihg featuring the great music of the 1930’s and 40’s. To give us a taste of the show he had Coreen sing a song for us, and what a beautiful voice. [Art Killian]

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