Rotary Notes 2/29/2016
President Terry Carson called the meeting to order at 12:30.  The greeter, Greg Carlson, led the flag pledge and four way test.  Dick Einan provided the invocation and thanked those who are making the world a better place to live.  The invocation was ended with a humorous quote, “if our purpose in life is to help others, then what is the purpose of the others?” 
Visitors and guests were introduced by Jason Raether.  There zero visiting Rotarians and three guests.  Deb Nygaard introduced her guests, Mark Nygaard and Jason Hier, and Dick Einan was accompanied by his wife/business partner Barbara.
The record reporter caught a break as there were no official announcements and the speaker (Washington County Attorney Peter Orput) did not show.  Apparently there was a scheduling miscommunication and he was at another meeting. 
In lieu of the speaker, Don Craighead raved about a presentation he attended by Dr. Bennet Omalu at the Beth El Synagogue.  Dr. Omalu discovered CTE in former football players, sparking years of denial from the NFL and the creation of the 2015 film Concussion, with Will Smith portraying the Nigerian-born doctor.  Mr. Craighead was so impressed by the doctor that he mailed a hand written letter to his office in California inviting him to become a Rotarian or rotary speaker. He also had Dr. Omalu sign the book "Concussion" by Jeanne Marie Laskas.
Next, donations were solicited for the Rotary Educator Exchange Program (REEP) and Ted Johnson talked about the six week trip he returned from last week.  Mr. Johnson traveled to India with the Rotary Friendship Exchange group for ten days, and then ventured to Sri Lanka and Vietnam.  During his travels, Mr. Johnson stayed with a many different host families and visited numerous Rotary clubs, Hindu temples, schools and businesses.  He also managed to survive a Tiger safari. 
Mr. Johnson explained to the club how the REEP will benefit the teachers in Sri Lanka and Roseville.  Sri Lanka’s official language was English prior to be changed back to the native language of Sinhala in 1980, which is not beneficial when competing in a global economy.  All of the business people in Sri Lanka speak English, but the middle and lower classes struggle picking up the language due to the lack of education.  The teachers from Sri Lanka traveling to Roseville for two weeks will learn new methods of teaching English that they can bring back to Sri Lanka and share with other teachers.  The teachers traveling from Roseville to Sri Lanka will get to experience what it might be like for one of their students living in the U.S. while learning English as a second language.  If you are interested in hosting one of the exchange teachers (2 men and 2 women), please contact Ted,       
Flags Presented from Ted Johnson's Friendship Exchange to India Include:
  • Rotary Club of Nagpur Ishanya : District 3030
  • Rotary Club of Deolali : District 3030
  • Innerwheel Club of Chandrapur: District 3030
  • Rotary Club of Amravati Midtown: District 3030
  • Rotary Club of Nagpur: District 3030
  • Rotary Club of Khamgaon: District 3030
  • Rotary Club of Jalgaon "Gold City": District 3030
  • Rotary Club of Chalisgaon : District 3030
  • Rotary Club of Akola Midtown: District 3030