3, 2002 - Now Hear This!
USC-UCLA is coming up - the date is Friday noon, Nov 22nd, at the new Our
Lady of the Angels Cathedral, At this joint meeting with LA 5, both
coaches will be there, plus the UCLA Cheerleaders and some players. It's
great fun (I've been there before, so I'm a live witness) and we can bus
down together from WW Methodist parking lot. SALLY BRANT can take your
reservation - don't miss the bus, OK?
PP STEVE DAY was our conscripted Pledge leader. He tried to distance
himself from the pending fine for PP MIKE NEWMAN, who was the listed leader.
STEVE claimed he was protected under Executive Privilege or some such sham,
but there was a ground swell of support for transferring the fine to STEVE,
anyway. YOE isn't sure how this finally came out. LENNY FRIEDMAN and PP JIM
DOWNIE did the honors with America, and this duo proves that we CAN, indeed,
sing OK! RALPH SMITH came forward with the Invocation, entitled "Attitude".
It's often the only thing we can change in our circumstances - and it pays
ELLIOTT TURNER was pleased to point out that we had no Rotary interlopers,
but there WERE several guests. PP RON LYSTER was there with his better half,
Guin, and LILLIAN KLIEWER brought along Joe DiRobbio. Joe is moving here
from Orange County, and this was his second visit - keep up the good work,
LILLIAN. I had a Special Guest, Dick Crouch, and this was his FIRST visit -
hard to believe when he already knows half the club! (I asked all the
members of that Methodist outfit on Wilshire to stand up, for Dick's
benefit, since he is also a member there.) PETER MORE was with Shirley, and
he announced that they are going to Brisbane.
JACK HARRIS was asked by Prexy TED if he had a better view of life. JACK
contended that he is in the doldrums all the time, but TED persisted,
pointing out that JACK had some eye surgery, which has greatly improved his
vision. This cost one hundred big ones, and JACK said, "Let me think about
it" - while not certain, YOE suspects that such a reply will not get him off
the hook. JACK, sad to say, there just ain't no free lunch anywhere. PP DAVE
WHITEHEAD snitched on former member BILL FLOOMFIELD JR, allowing as how BILL
had a hole-in-one at the 105 yard 15th hole at LACC. Specifically, according
to DAVE, BILL pulled out his driver (!), the ball bounced once, and dropped
into the hole. It soon became apparent that some fine was to be levied, and
KACY ROZELLE, one of the foursome, allowed as how BILL hadn't spent much at
the bar afterward, so he probably had some cash left over. Several numbers
were suggested, among them 40, for the number of years BILL has been playing
golf, and GEORGE COX suggested factoring in the 105-yard distance. DAVE
then allowed as how BILL had probably played the hole 400 times, and this
seemed to generate a lot of support, somehow. Someone in the audience
suggested 500, and there was another idea to make it 600 - but there was
almost unanimous consent from the assembled membership, so $400 bucks it is.
YOE has had discussions with BILL JR indicating that he still gets our
Windmill, so let's hope this fine in absentia doesn't keep him away from
PP STEVE DAY again came forward, having recovered from his close brush with
that possible fine for leading the Pledge. H reminded us that we still need
to be buying, and turning in to him, the raffle tickets which were
distributed earlier. Last year we sold $7800 of them, and so far this year
we are at $5500 - so we need to at least match last year, OK? The Foundation
Celebration (Paul Harris Dinner) is set - also at the Cathedral-
For Saturday November 2nd - a month away, and you can participate in the
without attending the event. But STEVE needs to get those stubs
back, pronto! STEVE then asked CLAIR MITCHELL and CASY ROZELLE to come
forward. CLAIR has been honored by our Resident Angel, VIRGINIA GANDY, who
has presented him with a Paul Harris Fellowship. CASY went and paid for his
own, which brought up RO SHAW and HENRY TSENG. Some time ago, HENRY had
made a donation to Rotary International in RO's name, and it finally wended
it way through the bureaucracy so that she was,
today, presented with her
Paul Harris Fellowship. That gives us three new Paul Harris Fellows -
Congratulations to each of you!
SUSAN ALLEN, who is in charge of incoming Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars,
introduced Uriko Suzuki. Uriko is in her second year at UCLA, proceeding
towards her Masters degree in Public Health. Note that she already has her
MD and Ph.D. degrees! She thanked us for the opportunity of being a Rotary
Scholar (and I'm sure you know that this is a better scholarship than a Fullbright, for example).
Her Counselor is NEVIN SANKAN, and Uriko has had
opportunities to meet many people in Los Angeles - this alone has enriched
her life. She is another fine example of the wonderful young people that
Rotary helps in this area of International Service. Uriko was presented
with several gifts from WVRC, among them a nice shoulder bag, which will be
well used, I'm sure. And SUSAN, thank you for your continuing interest and
support of these wonderful young people. Prexy TED gave us news about PDG
ANDY ANDERSON, who had an angiogram last Monday, after which he received
four stints. ANDY will once again be able to drive, starting tomorrow, and
it will be great to have him back with us, hale and hearty. MYRON TAYLOR'S
excellent Four Way Test book was send to RI President Bhichai Rattakul, and
MYRON has received a personal letter of thanks from President Rattakul. He
hopes to meet MYRON when he speaks at our club in January - that's pretty
impressive, and well deserved, MYRON.
Our annual picnic at the SISKELS was a big success. There was lots of
activity - volleyball, water balloon juggling, golf - and the swimming pool
was almost overflowing with kids. Suzanne Siskel was able to be present,
passing through LA from her post with the Ford Foundation in Indonesia. And
we mustn't forget the food - excellent, as always. Eloise and HOWARD
SISKEL, you two are the greatest hosts, and we thank you for once again
hosting this very special event. I should mention that we have had three
recent resignations - CHIN ONG, PAUL SORRELL, and CATHY REZOS - each of whom
found business pressures that made their membership impossible. We're
sorry to lose you all - and you know you are welcome back, anytime.
PETER MORE, wearing one of his several hats (this time as co-chair of
Programs for this quarter) introduced our speaker, Jonathan Day, who is
Regional Director of the Americas for
Tourism Queensland. Jonathan has
served in every aspect of tourist promotion during his 15-year sojourn in
the U.S., lives in LA with his wife and two kids, and has his MA from the
Anderson School at UCLA. His appearance was particular timely for us, since
the 2003 RI International Convention will be in Brisbane, Australia, from
June 1st to the 4th. His first words to us were, "G Day", that being the
usual greeting from Down Under.
The State of Queensland is 3 l/2 times the size of Texas - and Australia
itself is about the same size as the U.S. The early part of June is the
beginning of winter there, and it is an excellent time to visit. The
weather will be similar to our own winter, (opposite seasons in the Southern
Hemisphere, remember) and they also get a lot of sunshine, just as we do
here in California. Queensland is north of Sydney, and my own recollection
of Brisbane, its capital, is that I enjoyed some wonderful soft-shell crabs
there. Besides gourmet dining, Brisbane features include opportunities to
cuddle a koala, hand-feeding kangaroos and dolphins, discovering Aboriginal
history at nearby Stradbroke Island - and the ladies should know that
shopping at the Queen Street Mall is fabulous. Did we mention that the
Australian dollar is just a bit over half of our dollar? Bargains abound!
The Gold Coast, to the north of Brisbane, has a great variety of activities.
The Great Barrier Reef is just an hour and a half from the coast, and is
justly world-famous for its snorkeling and water-related activities. You
can tour underwater with your own biologist guide, fish for marlin, swim
with the dolphins at Sea World - and back on the mainland, play some golf -
the list goes on. Surfer's Paradise is the largest city in this area.
The other major section is called the Sunshine Coast, and it has the best of
scenery. Within a single weekend, you can visit some charming mountain-top
craft villages, check out some secluded white sand beaches (here's your
chance to go topless…), visit coastal national parks and discover rivers
full of fishing boats. But the real feature of Australia is its wonderful
people - they may be the friendliest hosts in the world. They will greet
you with "Mate" at the restaurants and pubs, there are walking trails to
experience, lots of wildlife to be seen - truly, the state of Queensland is
a great place to experience.
Q&A - I confess that I couldn't resist asking Jonathan if they speak English
there. They do have some special words, G Day being obvious, Mate meaning
friend, Cozzie is a swimsuit, and no worries translates to no problem.
JIM COLLINS cautioned us all that he didn't think we should be exposed to
all those topless bathing beaches. JIM, I guess we all have to decide these
important matters on our own…My last note explains what a Moreton Bay Bug is
- it's a delicious edible crustacean. And those of us who have been there
are witnesses - Australia really is a wonderful place to visit and explore.
YOE, Ernie Wolfe