By Ron Smith
SAVE THE DATE
ON TUESDAY MARCH 26TH FROM 8 AM TO 12 NOON GROVELAND ROTARY WILL PRESENT THE ANNUAL HEALTH FAIRE AT THE TENAYA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GYMNASIUM. THERE WILL BE APPROXIMATELY 35-40 VENDORS. FASTING BLOOD DRAWS $25.00 AND PSA FOR MEN AT $10.00 WILL BE AVAILABLE. EVERY ONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND TO DISCUSS MEDICAL CONCERNS.
THE ANNUAL RED- WHITE AND BLUE BALL WAS HELD AT TUOLOMNE TRAILS “GREAT HALL” TO A SELLOUT GROUP. THEY ENJOYED DANCING TO “ HOME GROWN” A LOCAL FAVORITE. ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO:
The first four Rotarians. From left: Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram E. Shorey, Paul P. Harris.
On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.
Harris’ desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship.
Each of the first four Rotarians, and Harry L. Ruggles, who is often called the “fifth Rotarian,” brought different professional perspectives to the organization.
Rotary’s founder, Harris, was born in Racine, Wisconsin, USA, on 19 April 1868. He was raised by his paternal grandparents in Vermont and attended the University of Vermont, Princeton, and the University of Iowa. Harris, a lawyer, was Rotary president from 1910 to 1912 and a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago until his death on 27 January 1947.
Loehr, a mining engineer, was born on 18 October 1864 in Carlinville, Illinois, USA. He was a Rotarian for only a few years, never holding office at the club or international level. But that first Rotary meeting was held in his office, Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. He died in Chicago on 23 May 1918.
Shorey, a merchant tailor, served as recording secretary during the club’s first year. He was a Rotarian for only a few years, too. He was born in Maine, USA, in August 1862 and died in March 1944.
Schiele, a coal dealer, served as the Chicago club’s first president in 1905 and Rotary International’s treasurer from July to December 1945. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA, in June 1870, Schiele attended Terre Haute Business College and served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War. He was president of the Schiele Coal Company from 1902 until his retirement in 1939. He and Harris became lifelong friends and lived near each other on the South Side of Chicago. Schiele died on 17 December 1945 and is buried near Harris at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Originally from Michigan, Ruggles was a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and joined Rotary at its second meeting. He was treasurer of the Chicago club during its first year, club president from 1908 to 1910, and a Rotary director from 1912 to 1913. He is known for having introduced singing to Rotary club meetings. His printing company, H.L. Ruggles & Co., printed the first issue of The National Rotarian and the first Rotary songbook. He died on 23 October 1959, an honorary member of seven clubs in addition to his home club, the Rotary Club of Chicago.
Our weekly speaker on Tuesday December 18 2018 was Anthony Felts, Son of our 2017-2018 President. Anthony talked about his live at the College he is attending in Santa Cruz (UCSC). His major is Computer engineering. The topic of his talk was the designing and building of an all electric “Buggy”, a team project as part of his education. Anthony also got his private airplane license and his Scuba certificate all in 2018. Quite an accomplishment! Thank you Anthony for your informative talk and we wish you all the success in your future endeavors.
Photo and text by Herman Schaap
Groveland Rotary – Making a difference
Text by Ron Smith
Photos by Karen Seals
A big shout out to Karen Seals, Rotary member and Tioga High School teacher, Kathy Follmer wife of our treasurer and Josh Follmer Groveland Rotary’s Interact Club president. They and their crew continued the traditional Holiday Feast at the Groveland Community Center with the help of 70 volunteers. Three hundred and seventy five (375) meals were served on Thanksgiving Day to people from Groveland and surrounding communities. There were many many happy people in attendance.
Thanks to all who participated in this event; it was definitely a great success.
Text and Media by Ron Smith
The Groveland Rotary received a Proclamation from the Groveland Community Service District, thanking the Rotary for actions taken ( by Jim Goodrich and members) for the repair of Mary Laveroni park. By putting out the call for donations to start the effort we received from local concerned citizens and by many Rotary clubs from Madera to Lodi and Rotary District 5220 Disaster fund monies to get started. At the time I am writing this article the parks repair is on track to be ready for the 49er Festival. Great News.
Text by Ron Smith
Dave “STILTS” Valponi recently reported a banner year for our Shoes for Needy children in our area. He set a new record for him, collecting over $800 at the 49er Festival and the Coyote Howler in Coulterville in his Uncle Sam costume, stilts and red white and blue bucket. A super great effort on his part.