Over the usual Rotary lunch last Friday, the Rotarians feasted their senses and mind on the unusually spectacular performance of scenes from the Wizard of Oz by the players of the Shakespeare League of Pasadena. Ten charming and vivacious players—eight female and two male—vivified the entire ballroom. Dressed in lovely costumes, they sang “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead;” “Merry Old Land of Oz” and “If Only I Had a Brain.” They danced to the music “Off to See the Wizard.”
The Shakespeare League of Pasadena was established in 1929 as a Junior Division of the Shakespeare Club, said Candy Campbell, one of the lead players. The Shakespeare Club is the oldest women’s club in southern California with a history of 120 years. Both the Club and the League are non-profit with strong philanthropic commitment to community service mirroring the developments, lifestyle and events of the San Gabriel Valley over the years.
The League produces an annual benefit including a Gala, Silent Auction and a full-scale musical production to support local charities, according to Mary Ellen, another lead player. This year the benefit will benefit the Susan B. Komen Foundation and the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House because of the former’s mission to find a cure for breast cancer and the latter’s endeavor to create “a home away from home” for families of seriously ill children being treated at nearby hospitals. This year the musical production is the Wizard of Oz because “this beautiful classic transcends generations and gives us all a message—Small or big, brainless or not, together we can make dreams come true.” So says Mary.
The Wizard is coming to town. The Wizard of Oz will be performed at the Ambassador Auditorium on March 6th and 7th, 2009.
The R.I. Board met 3-7 November and made a number of decisions which will be found in the official minutes of the meeting when they are published in the near future. In the meantime, here are a few decisions that might be of immediate interest. The R.I. Board:
Granted an exception to Rotary Code of Policies section 33.010.4. and authorizes the inclusion of the Rotary emblem and the words “Rotary International” on the sides of the 2009 Rose Parade float.
Approved the 2010 RI Convention to be held in Montreal, Canada, at the Bell Centre and the Palais des Congrès on 20–23 June 2010; and approved the dates for the 2011 R.I. Convention in New Orleans on 22–25 May 2011 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Agreed to recognize the proposed Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes; but, did not agree to recognize the proposed Sport for Development and Peace Rotarian Action Group.
The Rotary Clubs of Kerikeri and Arcadia, California, have joined forces to sponsor a grant from Rotary International for a Carving Centre at Motuti Marae, resting place of Bishop Pompallier. The project is designed to develop a vocational training centre to reinvigorate the carving heritage of the Maori people. As oral history, arts such as weaving and ta moko, and the physical record of carving in three mediums -greenstone, bone and wood -form key elements of Maori culture and history, the Carving Centre is expected to be a major focal point for northern Hokianga communities and traditions.
As part of the International Rotary Foundation grant, the Rotary Club of Kerikeri is acting as the host country sponsoring club, and also providing direct support at the Marae with working parties and materials for refurbishing the Marae’s barn for use as the Carving Centre.
Ms. Jean Kapea, project co-ordinator at the Marae, welcomed DG 9910 Neil & Trish Reid, AGD Keith Day, visiting PDG 1040 Ken Robertshaw from the UK, Dr. Brad Miller of Arcadia Rotary Club and Mrs. Lian Brott, President of Rotary Club of Kerikeri, and other Rotarians from the clubs in the area, to the dedication ceremony at the Marae Saturday 8th November.
Visitors march in procession to the caller at the entrance to the meeting house
She commented that the recent progress made possible by Rotary’s assistance “was like a dream come true.” Ms. Kapea also noted that for several years the marae has been diligently pursuing development opportunities in Cultural tourism, with the proposed CarvingSchool becoming a focal point.
Kerikeri Rotary President Lian Brott said that the Motuti Marae project “represents the heart of Rotary in action: participating in community service and development in our own backyard, as well as fostering international cooperation.” Special thanks were extended to New Zealand-born Dr. Miller, who initiated Rotary involvement and who is the driving force behind securing continued international support.
Rotarian visitors pause at the Meeting House entrance for a photo-op.
Dong Chang underestimated his years in Rotary by a year (he guessed 21 years) and ended up paying a buck for every year he’s ACTUALLY been in Rotary -$22.
Tom Crosby was fined $15 for kissing a scarecrow. It turns out the scarecrow was actually his wife Virginia in costume for her performance in The Wizard of Oz. And all this time we thought Tom was the one without the brain…
Ernie Jensen was charged $50 for promoting his business in the invocation. Finemaster John Fee almost showed leniency because he had never seen a shameless plug thrown into a prayer. Nonetheless, Ernie wasn’t so lucky and will be throwing down fifty greenback for his “greenvocation”.
In many Rotary clubs, particularly in Judeo-Christian nations, it is customary to open weekly meetings with an appropriate invocation or blessing.Usually such invocations are offered without reference to specific religious denominations or faiths.
Rotary policy recognizes that throughout the world Rotarians represent many religious beliefs, ideas and creeds.The religious beliefs of each member are fully respected, and nothing in Rotary is intended to prevent each individual from being faithful to such convictions.
At international assemblies and conventions, it is traditional for a silent invocation to be given.In respect for all religious beliefs and in the spirit of tolerance for a wide variety of personal faiths, all persons are invited to seek divine guidance and peace “each in his own way.” It is an inspiring experience to join with thousands of Rotarians in an international “silent prayer” or act of personal devotion.Usually all Rotary International board and committee meetings begin with a few moments of silent meditation.In this period of silence, Rotary demonstrates respect for the beliefs of all members who represent the religions of the world.
Since each Rotary club is autonomous, the practice of presenting a prayer or invocation at club meetings is left entirely to the traditions and customs of the individual club, with the understanding that these meeting rituals always be conducted in a manner which will respect the religious convictions and faiths of all members and visitors.