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Bulletin for May 1, 2019
Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons. Ken Ruiz led us in a word of prayer and the pledge.  President Fred introduced our speaker, Bruce Richter.  Bruce put together a nice slide presentation highlighting the organizations that our club supports throughout the year.  He also created a new slide show for our weekly meetings.
President Fred took us through our calendar of events:
  • District Conference is May 3
  • Happy Hour is Thursday, May 16
  • Rotary Leadership Institute is May 18
  • NISD Storyfest is May 18
Scholarship Chair Barry Abrams reminded us that scholarship applicant interviews are scheduled:
ISA is Monday May 6 at 3 p.m.
Clark HS is Wednesday May 8 at 3 p.m.
He is looking for more volunteers to help interview. He said that he wants to give members who have never served on this committee to volunteer. If you wish to help please contact Barry.
Humor from President Fred
National What Day 
  •  National Law Day – allows all Americans to reflect on the personal rights and liberties which we all enjoy
  • Today is May Day – a traditional day of celebration – the exchange of flowers is one of the most popular ways to observe it.
  • National Chocolate Parfait Day
  • National Dental Care Month
  • National Loyalty Day
  • National Mother Goose Day
  • National Skilled Trades Day
  • National School Principal’s Day
  • National Silver Star Service Banner Day
This Day in History
  • 1931 – Empire State Building is dedicated – at it’s completion, it was the tallest building in the world until 1972 and was 1,250 feet tall (1,454 to the top of the lightning rod). The tallest building now is in Dubai and it 2,717 feet tall, twice the height of the Empire State Bldg.
  • 2003 – record breaking wave of tornadoes begins, by the time it was over, more than 500 tornadoes would be recorded in the month, Illinois had 74 of them and 71 in Missouri
  • 2011 – Osama Bin Laden was killed, which ended a 10 year search following his role in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centers
Geek Humor!
At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating: If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.
2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason.  You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue.
For some reason you would simply accept this.
4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.
6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation" warning light.
7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.
8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
10. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off."
Pass the Hat
Today's Pass the Hat benefits Blessings in a Backpack
Show Low Raffle
Once again John Legris demonstrated his unlimited knowledge of wine when he presented 3 wines from the Mozel region of Germany. Descriptions from left to right, late harvest wine, select harvest (grapes picked by hand), the 3rd is the drier of the three and is John's fave. The 4th is from Argentina. John seemed to pronounce these wines correctly but none of us but Bruce and Gloria probably know for sure.  
Bruce won the opportunity to draw the 2 of clubs from the deck to win the $425 pot. Unfortunately (and maybe it was a good thing since he won the $800 pot recently and we had on our running shoes...) he drew the 6 of diamonds and took home the Losen Bockstanz Reisling Kabinett and Joe Montagna owned the second ticket drawn and gamely chose the Norton Barrel Select.
Fines and Confessions
James Daniel and his wife Eloise just returned from their cruise to Cuba. They enjoyed an art exhibit and some fine Cuban food.
Ken Ruiz was happy to have his sister visit recently.  He also reported that he recently saw a woman walking and felt led to ask her if she needed a ride. She replied that she just needed to go to HEB. Along the way she revealed that her car had been impounded. Ken decided to help her out, never dreaming that it was in Pearsall. Ken gathered that the woman had encountered some hardships and  Ken was happy to offer a helping hand. Ken said, "We never know the difference we can make in someone's life."
Mary Denton reported that she recently discovered that her cousin, who is disabled, is in need of some home repairs. She is hoping with her connections she will be able to locate the help he needs. 
Gloria Richter is donating books for the month of May. Elizabeth Garza, the librarian of Locke Hill Elementary, recently spoke to our club. She reported that soon Title 1 children will be attending and they are in need of Spanish language books.  Gloria heeded the call!  Here are some of the books she is donating. Thank you Gloria for your thoughtful donation!
Destiny Mujica said that she donated some furniture to the Center for Refugee Services.
There seemed to be no missing pins or badges and we didn't hear anyone's phone ringing this week.
Club Lunch and Business Program
Bruce Richter brought the presentation today focusing on the organizations that our club supports. It all began with the Shrimp Fest in 1989-90. That is when our Foundation began.  With the direction of wise members of the club, the monies were invested and have earned interest. Because of that, our club is able to help other organizations that our club supports and award scholarships every year. Some examples are: Polio Plus. Westside Girl Scouts Leadership Center Food Pantry, Girl Scouts Summer Camp. Earn-a-Bike Program, and the Ecumenical Center Pledge. Last year 18 scholarships were awarded to worthy Interact Rotary Club students. Thank you Bruce for this enlightening presentation and making us all aware of the great things that our club is doing!
The most recent donation from our club is in response to the Community Service Chair for our district, Rosie Ramirez. "We are supporting two non-profit organizations: Roy Maas Youth Alternative/Centro Segura and Ransomed Life. Each focus on healing and restoration for young boys and girls impacted by Domestic Minors sex trafficking here in the San Antonio area." The boys and girls aged 11-18 years old are being provided with counseling and mentoring and referral care by these agencies. At our District Conference toiletries and toys will be used to fill backpacks for these boys and girls as they come into these organizations.  We donated these cute unicorns.  Thank you Allyson Hamlin for spearheading our donation to this worthy cause!
    Special Announcement Dues now $175
    President Fred announced that there has been an increase in our annual dues. They are now $175. Our treasurer Stuart Dudley is requesting that we turn in our dues by June 15 so that he can report to RI in a timely manner.
    Coffee Friday
    Why drink (coffee) alone when you can pal around with your friends?? Typically the second Friday of the month. We welcome your input!  Is there a day/time better for you? PLEASE LET US KNOW!!!!!!
    Location: Einstein Bagels on DeZavala
    Next Time: Friday May 10
    Time: 8 a.m.
    Umbrella Time
    Derek owns the umbrella this month. Unfortunately he was not here today to share his words of wisdom.
    However he still remains fine free during the time he owns the umbrella!
    Ken Donoughue has been sharing that he, Marlene Mattox and Gloria Richter are enjoying reading to the children at Locke Hills Elementary's Learning Tree!  To find out more about this program and to register follow this link:  The Learning Tree
    Also don't forget that NISD Storyfest 2019 is May 18 from Noon til 3 p.m. at Pat Neff Middle School, 5227 Evers Rd. 78238. It promises to be a day of fun activities including a visit from author Jonathan Auxier as well as some local authors!
    Happier Hour
    The Outback Steakhouse is the new place for libations and munchies - typically the third Thursday of the month. Come join your friends and unwind on May 16!
    District 5840 News
    Rotary District 5840 has many exciting events coming up!  For more information on these and tons of other events going on visit the official website HERE!
    Here are just a few of the things happening around our District:
    May 10      New Braunfels Downtown Rotary Club Golf Tournament
    May 17      Greater San Marcos Rotary Club Golf Tournament
    May 18      Rotary Leadership Institute - registration is now open!
    Four Way Test
    President Fred closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
    President Fred reminds us to:
    "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."