A RARE CONFESSION
Yes, it's true that YOE missed the beginning on the meeting (never
explain, I'm told). Thus I rely on the printed agenda supplied by
Prexy STEVE, and hereby state that GENE PRINDLE was scheduled to lead
the Pledge, which I assume he did. Next was the song, and while I
arrived as it was going on, all I can be sure of was that the leader
was PP STEVE DAY and accompanist Three-Finger JACK. DAVE MATSON gave
an excellent Invocation - and is it just me, or do you also get the
impression that he has done this sort of thing before? FLOYD DEWHIRST
introduced our Visiting Rotarian, Gerald P. Smith, who, I think, hails
from the China Town Club in New York. SUSAN ALLEN introduced another
Scholar, . And of course GEORGE DEA had a Special Guest, Khin Vohn,
Assistant VP of Union Bank. This apparently caused the bell to toll
for him, Prexy STEVE leading him to admit to the purchase of a new
car. We now learn that such significant events, if reported directly
to the President, qualify for a lesser fine than if the good news
is gleaned from second-hand sources. GEORGE, however, trying vainly
to defend himself, claimed that the car was only a favor from PP STEVE
SCHERER. This piteous plea enabled him to be nicked for just 75 clams
- and someone at our table remarked that that wouldn't even cover
his first maintenance service.
BITS AND PIECES
Prexy STEVE read a letter from DG Reka Shetty of Kerala State in India,
thanking us for our support of their armless artist. MARK BLOCK was
also warmly thanked for hosting the Board Meeting this past Tuesday
evening - but no one seems to know how they clean - or even dust -
the center of that wonderful marble table in the Board Room at MARK'S
firm. ELLIOTT TURNER was called upon to speak in defense of his occupation,
which is Mortgage Ban king. He has helped several of our members with
their mortgages, and as he says, they are all pleased - so far, at
least. RUDY ALVAREZ reminded us to get our reports on Committee Activity
in to him for the Awards Book, plus noting that his International
Service Committee will meet next week at 11:15 - that's Feb 22nd.
HARLAN LEWIS announced the upcoming Yearling Breakfast
on March 6th, at the Holiday Inn at Sunset and the freeway - EVERY
new member should plan on being there, please. JIM GREATHEAD reminded
us that the next District Breakfast would be March 27th. And last,
PETER MORE spoke about the District Conference, which will be held
at the Newporter Hotel in Newport starting 26 April. PP DOUG DESCH
has applications. And February birthdays were noted - ((Jan, this
info will follow, as will the name of Susan Allen's guest, OK?))
OUR VALENTINES BRUNCH
While he was up there already, PETER MORE won applause for this fun
event at Shanghai Red's this past Saturday. 74 attended, with the
following members contributing to a most successful celebration. PDG
AND ANDERSON suggested the place, and it was a real find. The centerpiece
was Pat Anderson's idea, assisted by Shirley More. BOB YOUNKER noted
it on our Web Page, plus supplying animation for the flyer. PP RALPH
WOODWORTH was the on-scene Major Domo.
Hospitality was aided by GEORGE DEA, Prexy STEVE, PDG
ANDY, and the aforementioned RALPH WOODWORTH. And as always, PP JIM
DOWNIE'S music was the hit of the day. Two anniversaries - ROZ and
DON NELSONS 50th, and DORIS GREATHEAD'S 90th birthday. A final kudo
to PP JOHN SINGLETON, who started the whole thing eons ago.
ART HENRY'S -"CALL A COLLEAGUE"
This has been briefly mentioned before, but here is more information.
ART has put together a small team of confidential counselors, who
are available to assist members who may have a variety of personal
problems. They will not only "lend an ear" but are trained to help
with the kind of problems that sometimes come up. Remember, this is
entirely confidential, and it all starts by calling ART at (310) 391-3594,
DICK LITTLESTONE is updating the convenient one-page
members list, and if you have not already done so, please provide
him with all your data - business and home phone, fax, & email address
since this should be ready for publication by early March.
We had a lovely note from Marian Tseng, thanking us
for our concern and support after the recent loss of her sister, Jean
SAN ANTONIO CONVENTION
Check this - GEORGE DEA has gathered 24 members and friends for this
event, starting on 24 June. Those going include (with some spouses),
WALLY FISCHMANN, KEN KILPO, PETER MORE, HENRY TSENG, VICTOR HSIA,
PP HOWARD SISKEL, HENRIETTA LIAN, NORA AQUINO, TED IHNEN, RO SHAW,
RUDY ALVAREZ, BILL PIERCE and RON LYSTER - these last two by motorcycle!
Most will be staying at the Westin Hotel. A minor problem here - Prexy
STEVE will be out of town for what would otherwise be the last meeting
of his term, on June 28th, and Prez Elect GEORGE won't be back in
time to chair the meeting. The obvious candidate to 'get back into
harness' is Senior PP JIM COLLINS - so JIM, are you available, please?
Call PP DOUG DESCH, either way, OK?
VAL ZAVALA of KCET
was our Speaker and was introduced by PP RALPH WOODWORTH. After graduating
from Yale in Latin American Studies, she got a Masters at American
University in Washington D.C. in Journalism, and later received a
fellowship to the John S. Knight School of Journalism at Stanford.
Val is Vice President of News and Public Affairs at KCET, having joined
them in 1987. She has received an Emmy and a Golden Mike Award, plus
the coveted Imagine Award for excellence in her field.
With the wide variety of news that she covers, she felt
it might be worthwhile to review the 12-hour period immediately following
the close of the Polls on November 7th. It was a busy time, as we
all recall. Voters News Service (henceforth referred to as VNS) is
designed to collect poll results, and then supply that information
to the various TV stations, all of which subscribe to this service.
Starting at 1 p.m., with the first third of data in, they reported
that Gore had lost Pennsylvania. At 2:47, they reported an Alert,
and at 4:p.m., problems with statistics. Yet at 4:05, Dan Rather said
their results "could be taken to the bank"! All news services want
to be FIRST, of course, and when the polls in the east closed at 7
p.m., they had some data from 9 states.
By 7:40 VNS was ready to declare Gore the winner, with
exit data from just 45 precincts out of a total of 58 THOUSAND precincts.
CNN doubted this result, and of course the Bush people said, "Hey,
wait a minute". By 8:15 they canceled this tally, but at 10 p.m. VNS
still had Gore winning in Florida. At 10:13 they retracted that call,
since they had not counted the absentee ballots. Rather was by then
referring to this as "The Dance of Democracy". At 2 a.m. with 96%
of the vote counted (in Florida) Bush was ahead by 24K, and 15 minutes
later, ahead by 48K. At 2:30, Fox projects Bush as the winner, and
the others followed. "Governor Bush will appear about 3:15" but apparently
it was about this time that Gore withdrew his telephone concession,
so of course Bush didn't appear. At 3:27 the difference was much narrower,
and at 3:45 a recount was called for. Rather then pleads, "Don't Shoot
the Piano Player" and at 4:10, he admitted, "we don't know what to
Part of the problem with all this 'Lets be FIRST' driven
psychology is the time differential between the east and west coast
- we will never know how many in the west gave up voting, once they
'learned' that Gore had already won. Of course this is all driven
by the egos of the anchors - none of whom like egg on their face.
Q&A - Is the head of VNS still on the job? Unknown.
What will Digital TV mean to all of us - it will be a much better
picture, but note that it is probably a couple of years away from
full implementation, with a lot of intermediate steps necessary. What
programs do well during your fund-raising drives -Those with emotional
content or needed information do best - Masterpiece Theatre, for instance,
does NOT do well at this time. Public Service TV feels that their
older viewers are philanthropically minded, while the 30 to 50 year
olds donate because they enjoy a particular show. So, Thank You, Val
- for your rapid-fire delivery of a most historic time for all of
Thought for the Day - "Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent" Eleanor Roosevelt.
YOE, Ernie Wolfe
Note: The following was added by an e-mail from YOPrexy:
Contrary to what you just read in the emailed February
15 Wind Mill version... Prexy Steve Adler will chair the June 28th
YOE apparently also missed all the Rotarians gracing
the head table at this past Thursday's WVRC luncheon inclusive of
Ann Elkin, Susan Allen, Henrietta Lian, Athena Jackson, Sally Brant,
Lenore Mulryan; KCET speaker Val Zavala; as well as Program Chair
Ralph Woodworth and YOPrexy.
It should have been noted that Jim Sumner presented
a most entertaining and informative speech on his war experiences
with General George S. Patton, last Wednesday, at the Hawthorne Rotary