A place to call their own

The Rotary Club of Alleppy, Kerala State, India.
Headquarters of the Rotary Club of Alleppy, Kerala State, India.

A friend from Washington, DC, who was traveling in India with his wife came across this Rotary Club structure and snapped a photo of it for me.

Perhaps we need to get our own building as well?

— Bill Dowd


What is Rotary? Here’s something to share

From time to time, each of us is asked “What is Rotary?” Our responses probably vary, and that makes sense because Rotary is a very personal thing that means different things to different people.

However, if you’d like to have a basic, brief yet wide-ranging answer to give to potential members and others in the community, we suggest you share this bit of video with them.

The 102-second video was created on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus by the Rotoract Club of Larnaca, a club of young professionals ages 18 to 30.

Happy Pi Day

Pi Day

Pi Day is celebrated every March 14 (3/14) around the world, so bakers and mathematicians alike can celebrate it today.

Pi in the original Greek is represented by “π,” the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159, or 3.14 for short, no matter the size of the circle.

However, there is not much that is short about pi. It appears to be an infinite number that has been calculated to more than one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. That makes it what is referred to as an “irrational” and “transcendental” number that will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

By measuring circular objects, it has always turned out that a circle is a little more than three times its width around.

The theory behind the measurement of a circle is ancient. In the Old Testament of the Bible (1 Kings 7:23), a circular pool is referred to as being 30 cubits around, and 10 cubits across. The ancient mathematician Archimedes (born circa 287 B.C.) used polygons with many sides to approximate circles and determined that Pi was approximately 22/7. The symbol (Greek letter “π”) was first used in 1706 by William Jones.  A “p” was chosen for “perimeter” of circles, but the use of “π” became popular after it was adopted in 1737 by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler.

Now you know more about pi. If that’s not enough, go bake a pie and enjoy!

A Rotary banner that is out of this world

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It pays to know people in high places. VERY high places.

The godmother of British astronaut Tim Peake is a member of the Rotary Club of Locks Heath, England, and prevailed on him to take the club banner along on his assignment to the International Space Station (ISS).

Peake agreed to fly the flag, so to speak, inside the ISS after making it part of the very small number of personal items astronauts are permitted to carry with them.

Another success story at Little Brook Farm

A 2-year-old thoroughbred brought back to health.
A 2-year-old thoroughbred brought back to health at Little Brook Farm.

Many of our SRC Club members are familiar with the good work done by Lynn Cross at her Little Brook Farm in Columbia County. There, she cares for and rehabilitates abused animals, primarily horses, among other healing activities.

Our club as a whole and some individual members have donated thousands of dollars to the Little Brook programs, which include equine therapy sessions for students with special needs.

Above is the latest success story in pictures of one of Lynn’s rescued animals.

Lynn’s mission statement says, in part, “Our mission is to advocate the humane treatment of all animals through rescue, sanctuary, and rehabilitation. In conjunction with educational, vocational, and therapeutic programs, we blend an
innovative multi-faceted approach that links the needs of the rescued animals with the specific needs of our students.”

For a tour of the farm that Bill and April Dowd and daughter-in-law Amy Dowd, a horse farm owner and harness horse trainer, took a few years ago prior to our first financial grant, click on this link in our website.

A very happy Thanksgiving Day to all

Rockwell ThanksgivingThis oil painting by the iconic artist Norman Rockwell is called “Freedom from Want.” It also is known as “The Thanksgiving Picture” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

It is the third work in the “Four Freedoms” series of four oil paintings by Rockwell inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union Address, a speech known as “Four Freedoms.”

The painting was created in November 1942 and published in the March 6, 1943 issue of The Saturday Evening Post magazine. All of the people in the picture were friends and family of Rockwell in Arlington, Vermont, who were photographed individually and painted into the scene.

Joplin Rotarians provide contacts to receive help

• At our May 26 meeting, April Dowd expressed interest in finding out if there was any way we could assist people in devastated Joplin, MO, through Rotary there. She came up with the photo above and the letter below from two Joplin area Rotary clubs.

Thank you so much for reaching out to the Joplin community as the recovery process begins. We have been forever changed by this event, but we refuse to let the storm define us. As we look ahead, this area we love so much is looking to rebuild the 8,000 homes and businesses lost. Friends, families, and Rotarians are putting their lives back together piece by piece. We have been overwhelmed with support from Rotarians from all over the world asking how they can help.

The absolute devastation caused by the tornado has brought much national media attention. It has allowed the nation to hear the amazing stories of courage and survival. However, we know that when the media attention leaves is when our work will truly begin.

Rotarians will be an integral part of the rebuilding process. This work will be challenging and will take years to complete, but we believe that our community will return even stronger. The Joplin Rotary Club and Daybreak Rotary have been working together to raise funds to assist families and organizations in their efforts to get their lives back to normal. Any financial assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Through an advisory council between our Joplin Rotary clubs, the funds will be distributed where there is a need and 100 percent will be used locally. If you would like to help, please send your tax-deductible donation to the following:

Daybreak Rotary – Joplin Tornado Relief
P.O. Box 542
Joplin, MO 64802

Your donation in any amount will be appreciated more than you may realize. We look forward to sharing with you the wonderful stories of redemption and service that will come from this storm.
 If you would prefer to send supplies or other materials, please contact Logan Stanley at (417) 768-1228, or Jenny Hocker at (417) 439-5793, for more details.

Thank you so much for thinking of us in our time in need and for truly living “Service above Self.”

Yours in Rotary Service,

Logan Stanley, Joplin Rotary President
Jenny Hocker, Joplin Daybreak Rotary President

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