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Bulletin for March 6, 2019
Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons. John Legris led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.  President Fred introduced our speaker: Darryl Greer our speaker today from Senior Planet (Older Adults Technology Services = O.A.T.S.) and our guest of Destiny Mujica, Kyler Heintz who is assisting her in the Earn-A-Bike program.
Thank you, Darryl and Kyler, for visiting our Club today! Please join us again soon!
President Fred reminded us to continue selling District Raffle tickets for a chance to win a 6-8 night cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  The seller of the winning ticket wins the cruise also.  The 5 destinations are the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, Alaska and Europe.  Drawing is May 4.
President Fred received a Thank You letter from the family of long time Rotarian and member of our club, W. D. Harwood who recently passed away. We made a donation to the Rotary International Foundation in his honor to continue the battle to conquer Polio.
Ken Donoughue announced that he is selling tickets for the Pleasant Rotary Club for Cow Patty Bingo which benefits student scholarships.
President Fred asked for feedback from last week's happy hour at the new location, Outback Steakhouse. Attendees gave a favorable review.
Humor from President Fred
Quotes from Will Rogers 1978 - 1935
  • Our Constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators
  • The taxpayers are sending Congressmen on expensive trips abroad.  it might be worth it except they keep coming back.
  • Dang, the money we do spend on Government.  And it's not one bit better than the Government we got for one-third of the money twenty years ago.
  • Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.
  • The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time that Congress meets.
  • The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.
  • The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than the game of golf. 
National What Day
  • National Oreo Cookie Day – first developed by Nabisco in 1912 and is the best selling cookie in the U.S.
  • Ash Wednesday – signals the beginning of Lenten season for Christians. It takes place 46 days before Easter.
  • National Dentist Day – it’s a day to say Thank You to your dentist.
  • National Dress Day – a salute to women’s dresses.
  • National Frozen Food Day
  • National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
    This Day in History
    • 1475 – Michelangelo was born.
    • 1897 – Bayer patents the aspirin
    • 1836 – The Battle of the Alamo. Today is the 183rd anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo. At dawn on March 6, 1836, Santa Anna launched his final attack of the Alamo and the Texians were defeated after a 13 day siege. The number varies but my history said there were 189 defenders of the Alamo against 1,500 – 2,000 of the Mexican Army. The defenders were from all over the U.S and many were from other countries. 45 days later, Santa Anna would be defeated by Sam Houston and the Texan army at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21st and that is why we celebrate Fiesta.
    Show Low Raffle
    John Legris volunteered to donate the wine this month.  Today he demonstrated his vast knowledge and appreciation for many fine wines. He authoritatively spoke about the regions where the grapes were harvested, the history of the wines and how they might be enjoyed when paired with food.  We think that this is a big departure from our usual descriptions: RED and WHITE.
    Bil Trodlier won the opportunity to draw the 2 of Clubs to win the $225 pot. Unfortunately he drew the four of clubs and took home a bottle of 2017 Sister Creek Texas Muscat Canelli.
    Brenda Jackson owned the second ticket drawn and won a bottle of 2017 Lost Maples Texas High Plains Cabernet Sauvignon. which she donated to the speaker.
    Fines and Confessions
    There were no missing pins and badges this week.
    Destiny Mujica confessed that she celebrated another birthday and will bring money for the Paul Harris Fellowship.
    Also she was celebrating her son's 16th birthday.
    Ken Donoughue shared that this is Women's History Month.
    Club Lunch and Business Program
    Our speaker today was Darryl Greer, the San Antonio Program Lead to Senior Planet. He has an impressive 15 years experience working in the field of Aging and Community Development in San Antonio and Latin America.  Important to note is that the classes are designed to reduce the chances of social isolation and increase social engagement in older adults through the use of technology.Darryl pointed out, "aging affects everyone."  Every day 10,000 are turning 65 or older. As we age the divide is getting larger. As he demonstrated with his smartphone, there is more technology in a single smartphone than was at NASA for the moon landing. Studies show that many seniors either are or feel isolated.  The classes help get seasoned citizens connected not only with their families but also the community and the world. They learn how to use technology in their daily lives - how to use it. There are also courses on how to protect financial security, wellness, money management and socialization.  The courses are free. The classes are funded through Humana and are a study to find the social impact on health. Thank you Darryl for speaking to us today! We enjoyed learning more about Senior Planet. For more information go to the website HERE.
      Umbrella Time
      It's time to auction the Umbrella again!
      Hidden Hero Named!
      In case you missed it, our own Bruce Richter was named by District Governor Kathy Hubbard as our Hidden Hero!  Bruce is our "jack of all trades" because he doesn't hesitate to do whatever is needed to help run our Club meetings smoothly!  With humor and a "can do attitude" we know we can always rely on Bruce. We appreciate you Bruce and hope that you and Gloria choose to serve this Club and Rotary for a while longer...To read the District Governor Kathy Hubbard's Newsletter and catch up on all the news around District 5840 click HERE!
      If you would like a member of our Club featured please submit your story to Mary so we can all celebrate their accomplishments!
      Rotary Leadership Institute
      Rotary Leadership Institute will be held at Spring Creek United Methodist Church.
      Address: 28970 Old Fredericksburg Rd, Fair Oaks Ranch 78015
      When: Saturday March 16
      Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Registration is $50. 
      Modules and Notebooks will not be provided so be sure to download the part you are taking and bring it with you on March 16. 
      Click HERE for more information and to register!  
      Mary Denton has already registered Part 2!  She's excited about meeting more great Rotarians and finding ways to grow our club!
      The Learning Tree
      "We have been approved to read at Locke Hill Elementary in their After School Enrichment Program", reports Ken Donoughue. To find out more about this wonderful program, click HERE.  A background check is required. To become a Mentor or Volunteer complete the background check available on the website by clicking HERE. Ken said that he was scheduled to read from 4:10 pm to 5:00 the day of our club meeting.
      Volunteer Opportunity Soon!
      Rotary Day SA - Sat Mar 23, 2019 at Brackenridge Park 8:30-Noon
      Are you skilled in spreading mulch? Perhaps your expertise leans more towards using a paint brush.  Do you have an interest in keeping Brackenridge Park beautiful for its many families and visitors? Or are you just curious where the group plans to go for lunch or coffee afterwards? We won't judge you if you just want to eat....
      Why don't you don your Rotarian at Work t-shirt and join the happy throngs who enjoy working together to make San Antonio beautiful? If you don't happen to possess this fashion statement please see Bruce at the next meeting - he will definitely help you out!
      Cruise Raffle Tickets Still Available!
      They're going fast - not too many left! Get your Rotary District 5840 Cruise Raffle Tickets! Help support the great work of the RI Foundation. Make a donation to the RI Foundation and you may win a 6-8 night Royal Caribbean Cruise! Raffle Tickets are $10 each and will be available at our next Club meeting.
      Happy Hour
      Happy Hour
      Happy Hour is now at the Outback Steakhouse - typically the third Thursday of the month. The next one will be Thursday April 18. Our intrepid members report their experience last month - they especially like the fact they didn't need to bring their megaphones to have a nice conversation....
      Coffee Friday
      Einstein Bagels was the place to be on Coffee Friday March 8!
      The bagels were yummy and there was a LOT to choose from!
      This group gave it two thumbs up because: lots of parking, acoustics agreeable to talking, plenty of tables & chairs, service good, food was good....
      So we've decided to try it again next month.
      Great way to end the week!
      Location: Einstein Bagels on DeZavala
      When: Friday April 12
      Time: 8 a.m.
      We welcome discussion on this and your feedback.
      Places we may try in the future:  Broadway Daily Bread on DeZavala, Panera Bread Huebner Oaks and Local Coffee 1604 near NW Military.
      District 5840 News
      Did you know that there's a full calendar of events in District 5840?  Being an active Rotarian is never boring!
      These are just a few of the things happening around our District:
      The 72nd Poteet Strawberry Festival is April 5 - As you can see, Pat McGuyer and his wife Mary Denton enjoyed themselves last year - they had a great time and helped support the Poteet Rotary Club! They met so many wonderful hardworking Rotarians and Interact Students!
      Youth Day at Winston School of SA is April 6 - Again, here are pictures of Pat and Mary last year not only meeting the local Interact and Earlyact Clubs and learning about the amazing things these future leaders are doing - one of the parents of Earlyact Club members agreed to speak to our club!
      Coming up:
      April 12   33rd Annual Alamo Heights Night at UIW 
      April 18   Dominion Rotary Foundation Clay Shoot for Hope Fundraiser
      May 3      District Conference at the Embassy Suites on 5618 Landmark Pkwy 
      For more information on these and other events going on in District 5840, visit their website HERE!
      Four Way Test
      President Fred Timmons closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and challenged us with this:
      "Bring someone to Rotary Bring a friend to rotary. we all need to eat lunch, why not enjoy it with Rotarians and learn something interesting during one of our programs."