At the sound of the bell, President Bob noted that this was his 38th
meeting as our leader. The crowd, sensing the beginning of a lame duck
smell in the air, continued to socialize until Sergeant-At-Arms Lenehen
roared out "Quiet!" His authoritative voice must have intimidated
Lenore Mulryan so much that we could barely hear her leading the pledge.
Maestro Jack Harris and PP Jim (the fingers) Downie felt patriotic enough
to lead us in singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic. PDG Bill Goodwyn's
invocation pointed out to us that we are never too young, or too old,
or too limited to accomplish things. It's not when you do it, it's what
you do that counts!
Sandy Sanderson introduced Rotarian Ed Brody, a contractor from the
Beverly Hills Club. Dan Price introduced his guest, Sante Moramarco
of Palm Springs who, in turn, brought two guests from Italy. Other guests
included the President and Vice President of the West Hollywood Rotary
Club, Neal Zaslavsky and Todd Gurvis, respectively. Todd, we can't thank
you enough for inviting a Hollywood celebrity and Academy Award nominee,
Robert Forster, as our noon speaker today.
Forster's storytelling from real life experiences provides us his theme
on how to deal with life each and every day and his advice on how to
deal with certain situations. His recurring theme seems to be if you
deliver excellence in anything that you do, you will get a reward by
learning self-respect and respect for others and satisfaction. Advice,
for example, on cheering yourself up when things aren't going well is
to follow his 3-Step Program which is (1) having a good attitude, learning
to accept all things; (2) deliver your excellence in whatever you are
asked to do; and (3) lastly, never quit. It's not over till it's over.
His advice to his son regarding sex is to learn how to take "NO"
from a woman gracefully, and sex is a gift from a woman and you must
give back your best. He also talked about the techniques that Marlon
Brando uses to intimidate studio executives (You can get respect two
ways: one with a hammer or the other with love.) Working with John Huston
taught him that if you want to be excellent in what you do, you've got
to learn it yourself and to not depend on others.
Just as interesting in listening to his stories is his interaction
with the audience. Robert does not use microphone to amplify his voice,
uses the entire stage, and lets the audience pick the situations they
want to hear about from a printed menu. It shows different categories
of topics such as A-List, Actor's Corner, Parenting, Performance Piece,
and Grab Bag. Under each category is a bunch of situations with tempting
titles such as "JFK Conspiracy," "9 Out of 10 Women,"
and "Whistling Boy." It is from these chosen situations that
he begins to deliver his message.
Robert Forster, thank you for using your finely honed craft to tell
us your stories and lessons in life. It truly was an uplifting and enjoyable