WVRC. With Pres Elect PETER MORE, on
Yes, it was a taste of what is to come, with Prexy TED sojourning elsewhere.
As expected, the future looks bright indeed! PP HOWIE HENKES started us off with
the Pledge, followed by that well-known combo of LENNY FRIEDMAN and GREGG
ELLIOTT as we rendered Roll Out The Barrel. (and here, a news report some may
not have observed, particularly if you left early) - DID YOU KNOW that LENNY
saves the song sheets? Yes, I saw him collecting them - and I thought it only
proper that I should report this behavior, in my never-ceasing effort to present
the whole truth, etc.… Alas, I did not have my recorder on when MYRON TAYLOR
gave the Invocation, but it was a beaut! Makes you wonder if he has done this
sort of thing before.
Our Speaker, Maurice 'Mike' Inman
also our visiting Rotarian - he belongs to the Beverly Hills Club. Presiding
PETER made the excellent suggestion that PP JIM DOWNIE deliver the wireless mike
to our other guests, and PP STEVE SCHERER introduced Charlie Morgan, who is Of
Counsel to Mike Inman's law firm. LENNY FRIEDMAN was next, with his "Flawless
Gem, Sunny " - adding that she had her 80th BD just last week! And yes, there
WAS another guest, as I attempted to point out a bit later in the proceedings -
HENRIETTA LIAN was with Harold, but the mike arrived a bit late for him to be
announced. (I knew he was there because Harold was seated at the next table,
facing me, and I figured if he HAD been introduced and I missed it, that would
indeed be cause for me to worry).
PP GEORGE DEA was called forward by PETER. We were reminded that the middle
initial of our immediate PP was L - and we were asked what that L stood for. Turns
out that GEORGE'S middle name is LUN-SHEK and Oriental culture defines the last
name as the family name, while the middle name (Lun) refers to his generation.
After this explanation, PP GEORGE asked PP STEVE DAY to come forward to receive
the District Award for our average contribution to the Rotary Foundation of over
$100 per year. PP STEVE used this opportunity to plug this year's Foundation
Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, November 2nd at the new Cathedral
downtown. Please return your raffle ticket stubs to PP STEVE - he has over 30
PP HOWIE HENKES introduced our newest Member, Rev. CLAIR MITCHELL, who is the
new Associate Minister at that well-known local Methodist institution on
Wilshire Blvd. PP
HOWIE hastened to assure us that, while PP DOUG DESCH has sponsored CLAIR,
DOUG'S leaving town the next day was not related! Seizing the opportunity to
inflate the Club coffers, Presiding PETER called PP JIM DOWNIE on the carpet, to
explain his new set of wheels. PP JIM allowed as how he had always liked the
electrical transmission of the BMW, and his new vehicle is named Adolph. He was
so impressed with this transmission that he had to cover it with something, so
he bought the whole car. Presiding PETER assessed PP JIM fifty clams - but then
added another one hundred and fifty to cover the rest of the car. An aside here
- our thanks to Guin and PP RON LYSTER for arranging the wonderful swimming
party at the home of Sally and PP HOMER NEWMAN - 16 of our Japanese exchange
students attended, and it was a great event.
August birthdays were next covered, starting with KACY ROZELLE who arrived on
the lst, in Basking Ridge, NJ. On the 4th, along came RALPH SMITH, from
Brockton, MA. BRUCE ROLF, hailing from McPherson KS. arrived on this very day.
the 8th - which of course DOUBLES his birthday fine, that being the rule of law
by which we continue to operate. Next up was YOE, on the 11th in lovely Los
Angeles. (And not to put too fine a point on this reminder, there is still time
for all who cannot resist providing me a BD present to get them to 780 Malcolm
by that day…). JACK HARRIS claims the 13th (same as my wife, JOY) and also
hails from LA. The 3rd LA'er in August is DAN PRICE, on the 16th. Next day,
the 17th, PP DOUG DESCH, from Grand Junction, CO, while CHARLES MAGNUSON arrived
on the 19th in Seattle. PP ROY BELOSIC hails from Miami Beach, on the 23rd, and
Resident Saint VIRGINIA GANDY claims Piedmont, MO the next day. Lompoc (note
POKE, not pock) which is in lovely central California, claims credit for LENORE
MULRYAN on the 25th - same date as MARK BLOCK, who hails from Passaic, NJ.
Those who were present were questioned, as follows: BRUCE has three great
grandchildren, ages 9,7 and 8 months. LENORE's grandson is Ryan, who is 14, and
he has recently completed a SIX-YEAR circumnavigation of the world by sailing
vessel! MARK was first asked about grandchildren, but having none, did say his
three sons are 2, 6, and 10. I was asked to explain the initials YOE, which I'm
sure everyone knows stand for Ye Olde Editor. DAN was asked what his oldest car
is, and he admitted to owning a 1934 Rolls-Royce - which he admitted he didn't
drive much! CHARLES and his wife Carole have just celebrated their 40th wedding
anniversary, and his two sons are Douglas, an artist, and Gregory, a writer.
With that, we almost launched into the Birthday Song, but Presiding PETER, in a
nice touch, invited SUNNY FRIEDMAN to join the other birthdayers on the dais for
the serenade. After distribution of appropriate presents, we resumed our
SALLY BRANT introduced our Speaker, Mike Inman, who was a last-minute
substitute. Mike graduated from UCLA Magna Cum Laude, then Harvard Law, and
opened his own firm in 1960. From 1981 to 1986 he was General Counsel,
Immigration and Naturalization Service, Dept of Justice in the Reagan
Administration. He supervised over 200 attorneys over the U.S., and they
handled 140K administrative cases per year, plus 1000 District Court and Court
of Appeals cases, AND 16 cases before the Supreme Court - they prevailed in all
1016 cases! So he is well qualified to speak on Immigration Policy today.
Mike is very concerned over the direction of our present Immigration Policy. He
reminded us that the INS is publicly attacked almost daily in the press and TV,
based essentially on their continuing failures since 9/11. He has a report that
almost two MILLION documents are now either lost or have not been delivered,
including 200K change of address forms. Since his own political preference is
known, his criticisms of the present system are all the more telling.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service is supposed to control our borders,
along with the Customs Service. The State Dept controls who enters the U.S.,
how long they can stay, and what they can do while here. As an aside, many U.S.
businesses would have trouble operating without the help of the many immigrants
who are here on special work visas. Last year 110K such visas were issued - 50K
from India alone! So our entire economy is a major beneficiary of these special
visas - yet the current administration seems to be questioning the status of
these very immigrants.
These new policies are set, essentially, by Attorney General Ashcroft. He is of
course a political appointee, but seems to be ignoring many basic legal rights
which we have long upheld - and cherished. Of the 1000 plus detainees arrested
after the 9/11 attack, their names are still not published, for instance. There
are Immigration Courts located in many parts of the country, and the current
head of that operation, which Mike created when he was in office, called him
recently to ask what he should do. Attorney General Ashcroft is telling him how
certain cases should be decided! No longer should there be public trials. No
longer should the accused be allowed to confront witnesses. No Longer should
records of the proceedings be kept. All these obvious violations of the rules of
law are now justified by the perceived needs of National Security.
He gave an example of a plan that was put forward to build a 30 foot high fence
along part of the border with Mexico. This was to be topped with barbed wire,
of course. When the plan was submitted to the Senate, Ted Kennedy asked many
questions. His major concern was that this fence could injure those trying to
climb over it! While the cost of the fence would be much less that what we now
spend on patrolling this section of the border, and would be much more
effective, it was rejected on'humanitarian' grounds. The essential question
Mike was asking us was, what is the tradeoff between protecting our borders from
terrorism Vs eliminating the legal rights of those who may be trying to enter
our country. Not an easy question to answer, right?
Q&A - I asked where these policies come from, and he said from Ashcroft,
although President Bush apparently tolerates them. DONN CONNOR - cost of the
fence (answered above). ELLIOTT TURNER - is it easier to enter through Canada -
the border is porous. DON NELSON - is due process still in effect. Not evenly
GEORGE COX - what happens when the police have an illegal immigrant in custody -
INS is too busy to respond - we don't have time for your small problems. CATHY
REZOS - has the Executive Branch gone too far - lots of rules apply, and such a
hodgepodge creates not only confusion but delay. CLARK MCQUAY - how do Green
Cards work - they are conditional for first two years, then apply for ten.
GREGG ELIOTT - is it true that demanding answers under oath destroys the
information network. No.
You can see we had a lot to ask about.
YOE, Ernie Wolfe