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Richard Welty

The other things to be aware of is that Rotarians are big on humanitarian and community service, and proud of Rotary's involvement in the creation of the United Nations and involvement in the UN's ongoing operations.
(Yes, I am a member of the Albany NY Rotary Club.)


A couple of nights ago, I watched a History Channel program on the Black Death. It was overly dramatic, as those shows tend to be, but it pointed out that, even though the aristocracy did better survival-wise than the peasantry, afterward they did much worse. See, the remaining peasants could now afford to buy land and work for themselves, whereas the aristocracy couldn't find peasants to work their lands.

Those real-estate agents and developers and bank vice-presidents are much more aware of what's going on than the president has ever been. Hence the respectful silence, followed by a trip home and a large gin and tonic.


I wondered about the makeup of that audience this morning, when I heard about the speech on NPR. It's getting harder and harder for Bush to find an audience prepared to applaud his every mangled syllable and empty "idea."

And the venue was really called "Yak-A-Doo's"? Hilarious!

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Rotary Summary: A Rotary audience will be polite, attentive and respectful to any invited speaker. Rotarians are generally decent, thoughtful people. Rotary as an organization works at not being political or religious. Business and social networking are part of the organization, but the real focus is on service, both locally and internationally. Rotary has put hundreds of millions of dollars into polio eradication over the past 20 years. My Rotary district is heavily involved in clean water projects in Central America. This is what Rotary is about.

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