The Forecaster for March 20, 2018

Our March 13th meeting was another busy one with many announcements capped by an interesting speaker with a vital message. During announcements we learned that Mary Lee Anderson and Senior Services were honored by the City Council for their work on Meals on Wheels, that Peter Knetemann was Rotarian of the Month for March, and that we were encouraged to attend Charter Night on Sat. March 24. Dr. Kent Trachte, President of Lycoming College, was our speaker who gave us his thoughts and plans for “The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in the 21st Century”. Dr. Trachte addressed many factors relating to Liberal Arts in the increasing technological society where there is a necessary integration of Liberal Arts with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in numerous critical fields of modern society. He told us about programs at Lycoming College to lead students to “think deeply and act boldly”.

The Forecasterr for March 13, 2018

During our busy announcements program last week, President Mike Wicks reported on the successful and enjoyable social hour we had a Chadwicks, reminded us to provide our RSVPs ASAP for Charter Night on March 24th, and to sign up for our golf tourney before March 15th. Gant Redmon led the induction of 3 new members (Bob McClure, Bonnie Tavolazzi, and Jennifer Hammer) then Sam Mason recognized birthdays of Craig Dyson, Rich Morrison, and John Moorman. Our speakers were Phil Brady and Kelly Grant from Alx Community who told us of their new and unique organization that provides a flexible facility and environment for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits with a range of membership options that can be tailored to their specific requirements.

The Forecaster for February 27, 2018

The business section of our meeting last week provided us information on several important actions in the near future. These dates were signing up and paying for our April golf tourney before March 15th and that EREY contributions need to be in before Charter Night on Saturday March 24th. Bonnie Carroll from TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) was last week’s speaker who told us they were founded in 1994 and had about 75,000 survivors now in TAPS (about 15 new survivors per day). TAPS provides support to family members surviving death (due to any cause) of the military member. They mainly provide peer-based emotional support – keeping the family members connected with the “military family”. This is a great organization that fills a critical support role for the military family.

The Forecaster for February 20, 2018

In the business part of last week’s program we had announcements about the Club Social on Thursday Feb 22nd, our first annual Legends golf tourney on Apr 18th, and that, due to a conflict at BHCC, we will NOT have a MEETING ON MARCH 6th. Jeanne Theismann introduced our speaker, Doug Goist from the National Industries for the Blind and is also goalie for the Washington Wheelers blind hockey team. Mr. Goist lost his sight in his 20s and told us how rapidly advanced technologies are assisting blind persons and other with simple everyday tasks. He demonstrated some of these fantastic devices, many providing assistance by using smart phones and their cameras – such as a smart phone app that provides text-to-speech.

The Forecaster for February 13, 2018

We had another busy meeting last week with announcements about our Feb 22nd social event at Chadwicks, our First Annual Rotary Legends Golf Tourny on Apr 18th, as well as reports on our membership activities and international peace building efforts. As usual, we had another fabulous speaker, COL (USAF, Ret) Buz Carpenter who spoke to us about both the U-2 and SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft. He told us that after the U-2 was shot down by the USSR we needed a replacement aircraft that could fly faster and higher- the BlackBird was that aircraft. At Mach 3 it can ‘outrun’ any missile fired at it and it’s world speed record of 2192 mph remains unbroken. Buz gave us many impressive facts about these two reconnaissance aircraft.

The Forecaster for February 6, 2018

We had another busy meeting with several interesting presentations – a Mission Moment by Patti Culbreth from Grace Episcopal School, a classification talk by Bettina Kanitz, details about our upcoming social evening on Feb. 22nd at Chadwicks, the golf tournament at BHCC on April 18th, recognition of some Feb. birthdays, and wrapping up with the Club Assembly reports by President Mike Wicks and ADN&CH President John Woods that covered what we’d accomplished in the first seven month of this Rotary year and the goals laid out for the remaining five months until the new slate of officers take over.

The Forecaster for January 30, 2018

The announcements last week included info on the successful Fireside Chat held at Tom Robert’s house, that our membership goal is 115 and we’re close (but need several new members), presentation of Student Community Service Award to Gabby Sullivan from St. Stephens, our new social outing on Feb. 22 at Chadwicks, and our golf tourney on April 15. Christopher Miles gave us info on projects his division handles for the Architect of the Capitol like the Dome refurbishment, upgrades and refurbish of the Cannon Office Building, rehab of the US Grant Memorial, and some hearing rooms being renovated.

The Forecaster for January 23, 2018

Early was the induction of two new members, Bettina Kanitz and Dan Erhlich – always great to get new and interesting new people to join us. Drew Carroll recognized some 4January birthday persons with info and jokes. Our most interesting speaker was former member Chris Herndon who told us some fascinating facts about his new White House job as Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Information Technology. Chris showed photos of daily operations around the WH and told us some of the facets of his new position – said to be the most interesting job he’s ever had. It was great to see Chris again after his first year in the WH and after a year since he last attended a meeting with us. A most interesting and enjoyable presentation.

The Forecaster for January 16, 2018

Among other announcements during last week’s meeting was election of the new officers and directors that will lead our club through the 2018-2019 Rotary year. Donna Wilson also announced the January Rotarian of the Month to Casey Lindsay (and all who rang bells) for managing our annual Salvation Army bell ringing. Our speaker was Matt Paxton from Legacy Navigator who told us about the new and expanding field of estate settlement. His three hints were helpful: 1. you can’t take it with you, 2. no one want your stuff, and 3. give it away now. The website, “”.. provides many good suggestions and recommendations for effective estate settlement that we all may have to perform for ourselves or family.

The Forecaster for January 9, 2018

Wow, a long gap since we last met on December 19th but its great to be getting back in the Rotary groove. On the 19th we had our Holiday Luncheon where we had our spouses and friends as our guests when we met and mingled in the lobbies with drinks and tasty appetizers as we enjoyed holiday musical presentations by our Rotary Rooters. There also were pictures taken with Santa Claus. When we settled down at our beautifully decorated tables, we were served a delicious meal as we continued getting to enjoy those sitting with us. President Mike Wicks presented checks to the BHCC wait staff who have supported us throughout the year and then Jim Carmalt and his friends capped the luncheon with many lovely holiday songs. It was a great event as arranged by Craig Dyson and his team.