Brian Reagan, Lake Butler Rotary Club Secretary, opened the noon luncheon meeting. Brad Whitehead asked the blessing, Ted Barber led the Pledge of Allegiance and Alexandra Pritchett provided America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee) as the opening song.
Brian introduced Rotarian Russ Wade as our guest speaker. Prior to his very interesting presentation, the “Cookie Man” provided fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies to all in attendance. I recall his presentation several years ago on baking cookies and thought he was going to give a refresher presentation. Instead, Russ told us about a family tradition where instead of hunting up fossils in museums they ventured out into the natural sites. The Wade family has found fossils in places like Glen Rose, Texas were dinosaurs once roamed. Their movement in the Cold River mud turned to stone preserving 15-foot mesoderm’s footprints. In the painted desert they found petrified trees over 200,000 years’ old that had been preserved by layered volcanic ashes. In Florida we once had armadillos that were the size of Volkswagen Beatles and giant sloths about 20 times the size of a man. The University of Florida encourages volunteers to help dig for fossils and there is an active local site near Williston, Florida. We can always count on Russ to come up with interesting programs!
The “Did You Know?” question asked the name of a famous virologist born in NYC in 1914 that said, “There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” when asked about his vaccine. David Beatty was the first to say Jonas Salk. He was the first to discover a polio vaccine in 1942 at the University of Michigan.
Upcoming Programs: Nov 3- Brad Whitehead, Nov 10- ?? (Community Update), Nov 17- Kaleb Archer, Nov 24- Nancy Griffis, Dec 1- David Beatty, Dec 8- Mitchell Bishop, and Dec 15- Tony Sweat.
Congratulations to Meagan and Mitchell Bishop for the birth of Declan Joseph Bishop born October 26, 2020 weighing in at 7.1 pounds and 19.5 inches long.