BETH CALDWELL'S REPORT
But before we get to that, new member KEN KILPO led the
Pledge. The Battle Hymn of the Republic followed, with
perhaps a minor confusion of what key our two pianists were
on - PP JIM DOWNIE and JACK HARRIS shared the ivories, and
poor LENNY FRIEDMAN tried manfully to hold things together.
Perhaps there is something to be said for prior practice,
but who knows? HENRIETTA LIAM then challenged us to repeat
the Four Way Test, and let's hope that our literacy rate is
better than our memories. Anyway, it was a valiant effort,
HENRIETTA, and perhaps shows that we need a bit of brushing
up on this most basic Rotary creed.
Prez STEVE then enriched out ever-hungry coffers. First,
he asked PP ERIC LOBERG if anything unusual had happened to
him recently, and ERIC, thinking maybe recently meant the
year 2000, said no. Upon further questioning, he allowed as
how they had an electrical fire at his office LAST YEAR,
which pretty much put the office out of business. Somehow
this misfortune cost him a hundred clams. RON KLEPETAR was
next, being nicked fifty bucks for missing a meeting or two.
And alas, PP MIKE NEWMAN lost his Presidential Rotary Pin,
which replacement cost $200, but Prez STEVE added $l00.00
for MIKE being so careless.
Newest member ATHENA JACKSON was recognized, along with
Prez STEVE'S guest, Garry Pace, who is in financial
consulting. And, giving credit where credit is due, you
should be aware that PETER MORE has provided a new
directional microphone for our use, which will certainly
make it easier to hear those who speak from the podium. YOE
attempted to raffle off a pair of Dodger tickets for the
benefit of WVRC, and, seeing MIKE O'CONNELL waving
frantically, happily presented them to MIKE - without,
however, having received a previously-agreed-upon price.
MIKE contended that he was not signaling that he wanted the
tickets, but was only waving to LEO TSENG, and afterward
returned the tickets. However, just to show that most
stories have a happy ending, YOE next presented the tickets
to Kevin, our always-reliable parking person, who was
delighted to have them!
There were six birthdays in September, starting with PP
HOWARD SISKEL, followed by DON PARSON, PP JIM DOWNIE, ED
JACKSON, DICK LITTLESTONE, and SLOSS VIAU. It should be
mentioned that SLOSS was, earlier, perfectly willing to
introduce our visiting Rotarians - but there weren't none.
GEORGE DEA reminded us that next Thursday our District
Assembly will be held at Riviera, starting at 6 p.m.
PP BOB WESSLING confessed that he was, once again, going
to the rescue of his beloved DePauw Tigers, who are in the
midst of a three-game losing streak. Last year, on a
similar mission of mercy, BOB so inspired them that they won
their next game - we don't know how much this takes out of
BOB, but such results are certainly worth whatever price is
exacted, and we wait with almost-baited breath for the
result of this latest rescue effort. PP STEVE DAY asked a
bunch of us to stand, and we were then held up as sterling
examples of Rotary support, since those standing had already
reserved places at the Foundation Celebration Dinner on
October 28th. There is a special raffle, with only 500
tickets, with the winner receiving a new 2001 P/T cruiser -
it's worth the gamble, and PP RON LYSTER has the tickets,
There were many, many, many announcements of upcoming
events, some of which might even have been of interest,
except there are too many of the damn things.
I'll mention a few, under protest:
This Sunday, 2:30 at the Siskels - the PICNIC, and it is
always a fun event.
Oct 3rd, District Rotary Task Force, Holiday Inn - Prez
Oct 24th, Yearling Breakfast, reserve with HARLAN LEWIS.
And for the AUXILIARY, their next meeting will be Wednesday,
Oct 11th, at the home of Shirley and PETER MORE - 11:30,
program by the LENNY FRIEDMAN family.
We then enjoyed eleven and a half minutes (so stated by
Prez STEVE) of down time - which YOE always covets, since
writing this bulletin conflicts with eating, sometimes.
LENORE MULRYAN had the pleasure of introducing Beth
Caldwell, one of our Ambassadorial Scholars, who returned
recently for a year of study in Guadalajara.
She is now pursuing a Masters in Sociology AND a law
degree, which will take a combined four years, and Beth
plans to use this training in social work in East L.A. She
has visited a number of local clubs - and is an inspiration
to all of us.
An overview - there are 1200 Scholars selected every
year, at a cost of 48 million dollars, and she spoke for all
of them in thanking us for this wonderful program. She
chose Mexico for study since she wants to pursue her career
in Los Angeles, which has the second largest
Spanish-speaking population in the world, exceeded only by
Mexico City. She attended the University of Guadalajara.
and from this base, was only 20 minutes away from areas of
great prosperity or blighted areas of extreme poverty.
Mexico has no social safety nets comparable to ours, and
thus it is particularly hard to see the many children who
suffer from this neglect.
Beth told the touching story of a young girl of 15 whom
she met. This girl came to her door, asking if she could
clean her apartment,and Beth remembered from earlier
experience that she could pay her for an interview. Her
subject lived with three brothers and their mother in a
shack alongside the city dump, costing $40 a month in rent -
and to help pay these costs, the girl took whatever menial
jobs she could find, including engaging in prostitution.
The going wage for the poor is two to three dollars for a
ten-hour day - she, for instance, had not eaten meat for
three years, since she couldn't afford it! Even without any
education, she points out that as "long as the politicians
have food, the poor will not be able to break the cycle of
In the Q&A, will Vicente Fox be able to improve
conditions? He wants to replace the police force, and if he
can, that will do away with a great deal of present
corruption. NAFTA has been good for both countries, but
often the sheer physical work that is required is hard on
the worker's health. What are conditions in LA - sometimes
a dozen people live in just two rooms, trying to save money
for their relatives still in Mexico. At the University,
almost everyone spoke some English, but it is not taught as
broadly as it could be. In Mexico, jobs are always needed,
and good counseling would be most helpful to students. As
she concluded, DICK LITTLESTONE rose to point out that her
report on her studies in Guadalajara was the best he had
seen in 28 years!
She truly is an outstanding young woman, and we are
fortunate thatshe is working within Rotary.
Thought for the Day - Saying the proper thing and
stopping is the definition of eloquence!