Meeting in Review: June 5, 2013
Sharon Taylor provided the words of inspiration.
Secretary Lynn Holec introduced the following guests:
- Jeff Adler, a building inspector and a guest of Doris and Larry Margolis and also their nephew.
- Karen Mulhauser, Chair of VN Association of USA, a guest of Marlene Thorn.
- Moustafa Ahmed Farrag, a member of the Rotary Sporting Club of Alexandria, Egypt.
- Luigi Passamonti, a member of the Vienna International Rotary Club of Vienna, Austria.
Lenore Jacobs, acting as Sergeant-at-Arms in Peggy Schoen’s absence announced the following birthdays:
- Diane Eames, whose birthday was June 6. Diane joined our Club in 2005, sponsored by Norm Coe. Her classification is International Project Management.
- Paolo Rondelli, whose birthday was June 6. Paolo is an honorary member and the San Marino Ambassador to the United States.
- Darren Crew, whose birthday is June 7. Darren joined our Club in 2006, sponsored by Norm Coe. His classification is Law: Intellectual Property.
VP-Elect Jennifer announced that the Monthly Happy will be held in the Pub of the University Club on Thursday.
Stefan Alber introduced Jim Leach, a distinguished American legislator and educator and the immediate past Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Mr. Leach served for thirty years as a Republican member of the U.S. Congress from Iowa. He has a long standing love for the humanities and served as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities for four years.
Jim Leach addressed the perceived cleavage between the humanities and the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (“STEM”). His thesis is that the humanities and the STEM fields are complementary, rather than competitive. Sciences cannot ignore humanities, anymore than the humanities can ignore the sciences. The current trend to believe that the humanities should be put aside to allow emphasis on the STEM fields is misconceived. Humans are more vulnerable than we have ever been. We have the ability to wage war and destroy life on the planet. At the same time we are more vulnerable, we are more advanced and more open. We need the wisdom, creativity and analytical thinking that the humanities. The bottom line is that we need the knowledge and understanding of history, world cultures and geography to avoid an apocalypse.
Ken Kimbrough won the raffle’s small pot, which was $43, but he did not win the large pot, which was $589.
The meeting was supported by the following:
- Davis Kennedy sold the raffle tickets.
- Balraj Gupta, Norm Coe and Stu Shalloway manned the hospitality table.
- Diane Eames and Sharon Taylor greeted Rotarians as they arrived.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM.