ED JACKSON started us off with the Pledge - as he stated,
"To the greatest country in the world". The song was led by LENNY
FRIEDMAN, accompanied by what Prexy STEVE described as "Dueling Pianists"
in the persons of JJACK HARRIS and PP JIM DOWNIE. It doesn't seem
fair to YOE for our musicians to be so described, since they compliment
each other nicely. However, it might not be out of line to suggest
a bit of a more upbeat tempo next time, OK? LEO TSENG gave the Thought
for the Day, first requesting that we remain standing. LEO then pointed
out that he has heard the Four Way Test used in this slot in various
clubs all over the world, and that's what we did. LEO led, and we
repeated after him -we can all use the reminders this Test provides.
Thank You, LEO!
For a change, we had a visiting Rotarian, Alice March
from Santa Monica. She was introduced by HANK HEUER- and on that subject,
a request by YOE, please. If you are the Introducer, would you give
me the slips from which you read, afterward? Just stop by my table,
and that way I'll get both the names and spelling correct, please.
BILL MICHAEL brought Ann Marie Christian, his Special
Guest, and she is with Best Buddies - they help the developmentally
disabled. TODD GURVIS also had a Special Guest, Alan Brunell, who
is Director of Finance at Multi-Link Technology. The actual Introducer
was PDG ANDY ANDERSON, for which I assume he will get the usual stipend.
Another nearby Club suggested we ask Dan Hammond to our meeting, and
so PP MIKE NEWMAN introduced him, which I mention so you won't think
he just came on all by himself.
. DAVE WHO ?
I hate to give away trade secrets, but the truth is
that whoever is President usually provides me with an outline of the
first half of the program. I mention this because in this particular
instance I had such a 'cheat sheet' which plainly spells out who is
to do what. I quote, "Announcements: Dave Matson". However, apparently
nothing really helps when you are dyslexic or otherwise impaired -
Prexy STEVE persisted in calling for DAVID WATSON - this is the second
week in a row! Shortly thereafter, the true DAVID, surname of MATSON,
appeared, and was informed by several of us at our table that he was
again supposed to be playing basketball in Philadelphia with our Bruins
tonight…Anyway, DAVE had a guest, Missy Servinsky, a former student
of his who is now a Chiropractor. Aside to Prexy STEVE - we aren't
going to let you off the hook on this, MATSON/Watson, so be forewarned…Shirley
More was with PETER, and both JULIE and SID THOMPSON were once again
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Several members briefly mentioned how they earn their
living. First up was MARK BLOCK, who recently made partner at his
law firm, Christenson, Miller, etc. They cover the spectrum of law,
and, as mentioned previously, have perhaps the largest conference
table known to the modern world in their office. PETER MORE is in
the export trade, handling professional and consumer audio products
- his customers are all over the Pacific Rim. This seemingly straightforward
statement was slightly put into question when PETER admitted that
Shirley wants him to expand his customer base into Tahiti. Now YOE,
being inherently suspicious, wonders if a business deductible visit
to Huahini might be an unspoken result. But let's not knock deductible
travel…Last up was DENNIS CORNWELL, ABC Travel in the Village. He
had a pretty good line, pointing out that his first career was one
way only - he was an embalmer- and today he can provide full round-trips…
KEN KILPO accepted our $300.00 check in behalf of the
Westside Food bank. Bruce Rankin, their Director, was called away
unexpectedly, but Ken pointed out that under Bruce's leadership since
1998, their food collection and distribution has grown from one million
pounds annually to over three million pounds today. They distribute
food to over 30,000 families each year - an excellent program, KEN.
PP RON LYSTER reported on the results of a recent poll
he conducted to those of us who are on the Internet. The reaction
to our three sites was favorable, and he urged everyone to expand
their usage, since that's a good way to continue to stay in touch.
PDG ANDY ANDERSON reminded us of the Police Dept. program
called "Read to Me" which will start soon at Fairburn Elementary,
nearby. They need Rotarians to help - check with ANDY or ANN ELKINS
for details (but not this week, he'll be in Hawaii).
March 27th, District Breakfast at LAX Marriott - JIM
March 29th - after our regular lunch, meeting for all Yearlings to
be further oriented into what WVRC does - it's a great story, so please
plan to be there.
April 26th - District Conference in Newport - TED IHNEN
THE SPEAKER -
TODD GURVIS, who is a busy guy, introduced Neil R. Gumenick,
whom he has known for some time. Neil has been admitted to the practice
of Acupuncture since 1979, lives in the Palisades with his wife, and
has three kids, one of whom has already graduated from college. He
is the Founder of "The Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Program".
Neil began by asking for input - what did we want to
hear about? There were several suggestions, mainly concerning sex…
Acupuncture has been practiced in China for 5,000 years - which means
it has stood the test of time. It grew from recognition that there
are both exterior and interior causes of illness, and both causes
must be treated for a successful result. Exterior factors include
wind, cold, heat, humidity, dryness, dampness and fire. Interior factors
are anger, fear, joy or lack of joy, anxiety, grief, and worry. Note
that many things that exist today in our environment were not present
even 100 years ago - chemical injury, radiation, pollution are examples.
And with all the advances in Western medicine, we have more disease
now than we did a hundred years ago!
What is the cause of your problem? Until that is determined,
treatment cannot begin, and in Neil's program, the initial interview
and examination lasts two hours. We are all different, and we are
extensions of nature, which is why Acupuncture can be so helpful.
There are four sure signs that you have a problem -
color of face, body odor, sound of voice, and your emotional state.
Once these appear, treatment should follow.
The needles used are quite thin, and there are 350 different
entry points where they can be inserted. Interestingly enough, your
mental acceptance of the treatment is not necessary - it will work,
with or without your going along. It doesn't matter if you have developed
a problem, or if you were born with it - treatment can still be effective.
In the brief Q&A, one testimonial was given (I missed
who gave it) but they pointed out that a severely sore elbow was cured
in two treatments - which last about an hour each.
How is a cup used - it creates a vacuum, and thus can
suck out the cause of the problem.
S ome of you may remember that former member DR Janine
Krivokapich spoke quite approvingly of the UCLA program of Oriental
Medicine - and Neil does the same things.
Thank you for an enlightening visit. Neil.
Second Thought for the Day (after LEO TSENG, above),
"Love your enemies, for they will tell you your faults" by Benjamin
YOE, Ernie Wolfe
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