Our first official act was the Pledge, led by DONN CONNER.
Next up was the song, which was first introduced by PP HOWARD SISKEL.
HOWARD alluded to the fact that SLOSS VIAU had a guest, Les Fielsend;
and Les had volunteered to play the piano.
We soon had a quartet, composed of JACK HARRIS, ART
HENRY, SLOSS VIAU, SLOSS'S guest, Les, and HOWARD on the violin. First
number was When Irish Eyes are Smiling, followed by That Wild Irish
Rose, and YOE has to confess that it wasn't entirely clear whether
we in the audience were to join in the singing or not. Since it was
suggested that we sit down beforehand, probably we weren't expected
to join the chorus.
(After all, did you ever see Pavrotti sing while SEATED?)
ART HENRY was already on stage, and thus led us in the
Invocation. He mentioned that some people were having trouble telling
the difference between wants and needs, and he asked our Maker to
fill us all with inspiration and hope and love. JIM GREATHEAD announced
that there were no visiting Rotarians, but there were certainly other
Les Fielsend has already been mentioned, and RUDY ALVAREZ
spoke for Marianne Callahan, who accompanied our Speaker - note that
both these ladies are active members of the WLA Chamber of Commerce.
BRUCE HARRIS offered photographic proof of the recent visit of Marilyn
Monroe to the Harris abode, but it was OK since Caroline was also
present. TODD GURVIS was accompanied by Special Guest Patrick Kibby,
who is in mortgage banking and he is also on the Board of the West
Hollywood C or C. While ANN ELKINS couldn't make the meeting, she
did arrange for her guest, Minette Siegel to be present.
Birthdays were next, led off by JIM BECHTEL on the lst,
in Philadelphia, WALLY FISCHMANN in St. Louis on the 3rd - same date
as PP MICHAEL NEWMAN, in Santa Monica. Next was Terry R. White, Oceanside
on the 4th, followed on the 5th by BRUCE HARRIS, this taking place
in Chattanooga (and made even more memorable by the visit of Marilyn,
as noted above). PP CHRIS GAYNOR came along on the 11th in Pacific
Palisades, and JULIETTE THOMPSON is from Las Cruces, NM on the 12th.
Honorary Member URI HERSCHER was born in Tel Aviv on the 14th, same
day as PP JOHN SINGLETON but JOHN arrived in Salt Lake City. SHARON
RHODES-WICKETT began in La Grande, Oregon on the 20th, while PDG ANDY
ANDERSON calls Buffalo, N.Y home, on the 21st. Last March birthday
was REVEREND MYRON TAYLOR, from Goodwill, W.Va. on the 26th. Quite
a group - and YOE hopes that next month we'll have more actual bodies
on hand so we can serenade them - maybe warn them in advance, or whatever.
As some of you knew, the UCLA Basketball team was playing
Hofstra in the first round of the NCAA Championships, and perhaps
that was in Prexy STEVE'S mind when he introduced the next member
of the audience as DAVID WATSON. While it is true that he had the
first name right, Earl Watson is the senior guard on the UCLA team,
and he wasn't present at the Bel Air today - the person who spoke
was DAVID MATSON, and he outlined what is expected of a minister in
his everyday activities. Taken from an Ann Landers column, this included
a large number of worthwhile daily activities, which could easily
be accomplished by anyone really trying in perhaps 72 consecutive
hours! DAVE mentioned that Westwood Hills Christian Church actually
does have some WVRC members attending, and since it's true that we
need all the help we can get, that's good news. At this point, YOE
was called upon to report the latest in the UCLA - Hofstra contest,
and the half-time score was Hofstra 33, UCLA 29. Next called upon
was KEN KILPO, who is with Windward Capital Management. When asked
about their most popular program, KEN allowed as how it was called
Risk Averse Management - sounds good to me! Of course, such a slogan
is somewhat akin to advocating Motherhood, and that's a sure winner
SHERRY DEWANE was then asked for a brief pitch on what
she does as a Private Banker with Wells Fargo. In summary, she provides
the full range of financial services for the high net worth individual.
Seated next to YOE was SHARIN KLISSER, who first thought she might
be spared, but was indeed asked to speak about how she liked the Laker
tickets she bought at the raffle a couple of weeks ago. SHARIN allowed
as how they were indeed good seats - it was her first Laker game,
and she enjoyed it.
There were of course announcements, to wit: March 27th
- District Breakfast at LAX Marriott - JIM GREATHEAD
March 29th - Yearling meeting, right after our regular lunch - SUSAN
April 26th - District Conference, Hyatt Newporter - TED IHNEN
May 19th - District Assembly for all Officers, in Carson - GEORGE
June 24th - RI Convention in San Antonio
And before we get to the Speaker, a Piteous Plea (that
means SERIOUS), if we may:
We are actively seeking one or more additional piano players - this
of course comes with the usual stipend, and JACK HARRIS will welcome
your calls - PLEASE!
RUDY ALVAREZ introduced our speaker, Ann Thomas. And
before I go on, it was at this point that I began struggling with
the radio, trying to get the station that was covering UCLA/Hofstra.
I spent most of the speaker's time on this fruitless search, and I
apologize twice - first, for my failure, and second, for providing
background noise that was probably distracting to everyone in the
audience. Anyway, here are some scattered notes I was able to scribble
Ann Thomas is the owner of The Sports Mind, and her
company provides sports - and business - competitors with counseling
so they can develop to their fullest potential. She has a Masters
from the University of Tennessee, and has provided services to UCLA,
Florida State, Vanderbilt, DePauw (which pleased PP BOB WESSLING,
needless to say), and a number of individual members of amateur and
professional sports teams. While in college, she lettered in volleyball
and basketball, and was a world-ranked tennis player, so she knows
whereof she speaks. And since she was one of NINE kids, she knows
a bit about competition, I'm sure.
Her aim is to improve your overall average performance,
eliminating the lows that bedevil us all. This often comes down to
evaluating how you handle pressure.
At this point she 'selected' ELLIOTT TURNER to come
on stage and show some examples of her teaching technique. I say 'selected'
since ELLIOTT was mentioned early on as the recipient (or was it originator?)
of some salacious e-mail material. But I digress - ELLIOTT willingly
came forward, stood in his assigned space, and then was coached about
how to improve his golf game.
First, he was to relax - learn how to loosen his back
(a series of upper body twists were suggested) and arms (mainly through
making believe he was rinsing the water from his hands after washing,
YOE gathers). Breathing was discussed, and the true nature of a deep
breath was shown - if you lie down flat on your back, put a book on
your stomach, and it moves, you are truly taking a deep breath. Ann
then reminded ELLIOTT that he needed a target for his eventual golf
shot, and he wisely selected PP DAVE WHITEHEAD'S nose. And since DAVE
was at my table, I was able to directly observe DAVE"S growing terror
as this lesson progressed - he truly was in some danger, or so he
assumed. Further instructions on ELLIOTT'S coming swing included the
admonition to Keep It Smooth, or to paraphrase, Don't Jerk! Finally,
ELLIOTT was to remember that he must have a Goal - and some clown
from the audience suggested putting the ball in someone's mouth. Anyway,
those are my notes …and the good news is that UCLA did win, by 11
points, benefiting from a final 20-3 run as the game wound down.
Thought for the Day - "Civility costs nothing, and buys
everything" by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.
YOE, Ernie Wolfe