Members of the Home Culture Club met on Thursday, October 5 in the home of Faye Smith. In the absence of President Linda Gray, Ginger Odell presided over the meeting. The members recited the club creed.
Ginger Odell presented the lesson, entitled “Who was Paul Harris and what drove him to start what would become Rotary?” to nine members. Paul Harris was born in 1868 and went to live with his paternal grandparents at age three. He would later credit his grandfather with teaching him tolerance and work ethic. Harris attended Princeton and then changed to the University of Iowa at Des Moines upon the death of his grandfather. He earned a law degree in 1891 and then spent the next five years learning about the world and himself through a variety of jobs. Harris moved to Chicago in 1896, obtaining his Illinois law license at age 28.
It was after Harris moved to Chicago that he felt a big void in his life regarding friendships and he felt lost in the big city. Although he was successful in business by 1905, he had only one close acquaintance, a coal dealer named Silvester Schiele. Harris first shared his idea of a club for businessman - a place where they could share friendship and trade with one another - with Schiele, and the first Rotary meeting was held on February 23, 1905 . In the years that followed Paul Harris worked tirelessly, encouraging clubs through letters and visits. As he was preparing for the first Rotary convention in 1910, he met Jean Thomson and three months later they were married. After devoting 42 years to creating, developing and loving Rotary, Paul Harris died in 1947.
Since 1905, the dream of Paul Harris has grown to 1.2 million men and women in over 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. Rotary International has helped millions of people all around the world improve their health and lives. Some of the programs are Polio Plus which works to eradicate the disease worldwide, Phillipines Well Project where wells are dug by hand, Heifer Project of Vietnam, and Sun Over Haiti (planting trees). The Rotary crest is a rotary gear that reminds us as individuals we are only parts but when the parts come together, they make a machine that can achieve great results impossible in the past.
Locally the Rotarians work to better our lives through such projects as refurbishing the Scout Hut, doing roadside cleanup, organizing Little League Baseball, and providing a dictionary for every third grade student. In the past, Rotarians also organized and hosted the Cimarron County Junior Livestock Show for many years. Rotarians meet locally every Wednesday at noon at the Keyes Bank meeting room. The local meeting is the best attended in the district, which is enhanced by the great catering of Hazel Hitchings and Sherrie James.
Minutes were read by Deanna Francis and were approved.
Mildred Cox gave the fine arts report. She shared that on October 10, Darwood Davis was going to tell about his years living in the Cox house at the Cimarron Heritage Center . Carolyn Shryock shared in the education report that in the last nine years, 46 children have been killed in school shootings nationwide. Dorothy Sechler reported for community improvements that she is really glad the street repairs are being made on Locust Street and commended the city for cleaning up the broken limbs around town. Faye Pitzer, conservation reporter, gave members a handout provided by Sherrie Brown and Iris Imler from the Soil Conservation Office. Deanna Francis, home life reporter, suggested that candidates and issues for the upcoming elections be highlighted in the newspaper along with sample ballots. She also reported that Felt Schools will be presenting “The Jungle Book” October 13 and 14. Elizabeth Hinderliter, public and international affairs reporter, shared that National Fire Protection Association week is October 8-14 and that kitchen and stoves are where fires originate most. She shared the slogan “Stand By Your Pan” as well as advising that handles on pots and pans should be turned away from the edge of the stove. Faye Smith reminded members that October 11 was Pink Day in town to raise awareness and to show support for breast cancer survivors.
Roll call of favorite Rotary project was answered by members Elizabeth Hinderliter, Susie Odell, Carolyn Shryock, Mildred Cox, Faye Pitzer, Faye Smith, Dorothy Sechler, Deanna Francis, and Nancy Roberts. A tasty banana lemon dessert was also served. The next meeting will be October 19 at the home of Linda Gray.
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