Rick Souza is here to tell us about the Jamaican Orphanage Project President Dale Edwards has mentioned several times. It is a great project because of the potential for success. The children in question come from some of the most dismal circumstances imaginable and what is done for and with them is often miraculous.
You will hear more about the project but I can assure you of this much: What is done there is relatively inexpensive because every cent given goes directly into the good of the order because there are no outside expenses.
That is kind of a Rotary trademark. All the money, in any Rotary project goes directly into the project, no money is taken out for "expenses", or as they say on TV, "postage and handling" which can amount to more than the value of what is being ordered.
Next week: The rebuttal to the program in which the "Yes on measure W" matter was presented. Through the kind offices of John Talbot, the program speaker will be Phyllis Roche, who will explain the side of Measure W that has not been fully explored. Talbot is pretty adamant that we don't need a Measure W and has made a few comments about it, not the least of which was a letter to the Lodi News-Sentinel in which he clarified some comments from others, Mike Carouba in particular.
I had a word or two to say about the people in the blighted areas. If they just got out the rake and the garbage can and tidied up, about 20 percent of the problem would be eliminated in one day. I cited to litter article which stated (overly) simply that litter in a neighborhood has been found to literally lower the self-esteem of the people and eventually lead to criminal activity. It could happen.
On Feb. 26, the Guatemala Wheelchair Project with Cathy Peterson and some UOP students. Take the time to google Rotary Wheelchair Project. There are 170,000 sites from Rotary Clubs all over the world giving thousands of wheelchairs to people in need. Here in the U.S., the need is usually the result of sickness or accident. In Africa, Asia and the near east, war injuries are a common cause for the need. Thousands of people are land mine victims.
I'm just giving you a few more reasons to be grateful for the fact you live in Lovable Lodi. I have lived in and outa here for 72 years and have yet to step on a land mine. The closest I came was to step on a board with a nail protruding and I was too young and chaste to come up with anything more colorful than a loud, "Ouch!"
On Feb. 12, the regular meeting will be in the evening. It will be a sweetheart dinner and dance so bring your significant other or your spouse.