A Lesson from Historical Personalities

“A Lesson from Historical Personalities” – John Frost One cannot separate a political philosophy from the individuals who espouse them. In retrospect, the Great American Experiment has survived because of the free flow of ideas which gain ascendance one or the other over time. In my readings coinciding with the recent July 4th Independence Day […]

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My Mother’s Button Box – Leonard Sullivan

  “My Mother’s Button Box ” – Leonard Sullivan Mother’s button box was similar to the can a fruit cake might come in today. The “can” was probably twelve inches in diameter and five inches deep. This little “treasure chest” held every color, shape and size button ever designed. If a button was lost off […]

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My Very Own Book – Dick Hefton

  “My Very Own Book” – Dick Hefton His teacher picks up a book off a stack of sixty or so, glances at the name printed on the inside cover and calls out a the name of a child in the gathering; then she hands the dictionary to a host Rotarian standing by her side. […]

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Coats for Kids – Mary Melon

By Mary Mélon Mary Mélon provides an information only piece on one of Rotary President Terri Cooper’s designated beneficiaries of Rotary’s weekly luncheon. Service above Self is our motto and members of Club 29 try to live this every day. We have a community with many needs and President Terri Cooper is leading the charge […]

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What a Guy!!

WHAT A GUY!! By Ron Page It was the big football showdown between two powerhouse teams, Putnam City and John Marshall. The thing is, Putnam City had a receiver who went on to a big time record-setting professional career in the NFL. But John Marshall had an All-Conference defensive back who had frustrated receivers all […]

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Three Paydays and Faux Ailments – Larry Edwards

Three Paydays & Faux Ailments  Larry Edwards Some time ago Rick Vermillion told me that I “ate like a seventeen year old.” Since I was in the midst of eating a Frito-chili pie at the time, it was hard to argue with Rick. Further proof of this ailment, Adolescent Eating Disorder or AED, is evidenced […]

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Mike Knopp -The Boys in our Boats

“The Boys and Girls in Our Boats” Mike Knopp Over the past couple of years many of you have approached me and asked if I have read The Boys in the Boat. This book has captivated so many people for its stirring portrayal of the true story of working class young men who took successfully […]

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Barney Semtner – Reflections

Being a Rotarian for over 38 years, I have seen some really terrific programs. We have had Governors, Senators and US Cabinet Secretaries speak to Club 29 over the years. We have had great entrepreneurs speak about the businesses they created. We have seen military leaders who serve or served their country heroically. Many religious […]

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Good Manners – Leonard Sullivan

Rotary Reflections Leonard Sullivan “GOOD MANNERS” Why are good manners, etiquette, and common courtesy disappearing from our society? My mother called these “proper upbringing” and most people with “proper upbringing” exhibited these traits. I have encouraged my grandsons to stand when an adult enters the room. How often do you see adults and young people […]

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A Life Well Lived – Susan McVey

Rotary Reflections “A Life Well Lived” In April, we celebrated my father-in-law Bill King’s 90th birthday. Born on a ranch between Ft. Worth and Wichita Falls Bill lived through the Depression, serving in the infantry in World War II with one hundred days in combat in George Patton’s Third Army, has been married three times, […]

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Education Reform: Part II – Bart Binning, Ed.D.

Education Reform: Part II — Suggestions to the Legislature – Bart Binning, Ed.D. The weekly Thursday Morning Club 29 Breakfast meeting has had, over the past 5 months, about ½ of their topics involving education reform. The impetus for much of the discussion was from an earlier series on economic development with a conclusion that […]

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Education Reform: Part 1 – Bart Binning, Ed.D.

Education Reform: Part 1 — Reflections and Analysis – Bart Binning, Ed.D. The weekly Thursday Morning Club 29 Breakfast meeting has had, over the past 5 months, about ½ of their topics involving education reform. The impetus for some of the discussion was from an earlier series on economic development with a conclusion that the […]

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