By Ted Barber
President Shane Collins opened the meeting following another outstanding fellowship and luncheon. He had Derrick Thomas provide the meal blessing, followed by Mike Ripplinger leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Art Peterson directed the song, “Home on the Range.” Tyler Kelley, our Sergeant at Arms asked the “Did You Know” question which was, “Who set the flying record from New York to Los Angeles in 1937?” Tyler saw that I (Ted Barber) had written Howard Hughes and gave me credit before anyone else could answer. He also had Art Peterson spin the wheel and fined him one dollar for the publicity his featured article provided he and Janice in our Union County Times newspaper this week.
Nancy Griffis provided a current status on our Lake Butler Patriotic Cross and American Flag project. We now have the signup sheets for “Remembering Our Heroes” that will be distributed at the American Legion Post 153 quarterly covered-dish meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 325 West Main Street. Nancy has purchased the materials for the crosses and the Union County High School’s shop program will assemble them. The $40 Cross/Flag donation covers two Memorial Days and two Veteran Days (two years). Renewals will be encouraged to continue honoring the Veterans (probably at a discounted cost). Any Union County resident or former resident (deceased or living) who served in our Country’s Military Forces is eligible for a Cross/Flag to honor them. The White Crosses with the Veteran’s names and American Flags will be posted for three weeks at Memorial Day and Veterans Day each year. The storage location and facility is still to be determined and suggestions are requested. The sign-up sheets may soon be available from the Supervisor of Elections Office.
Dave MeCusker was the Program chairperson for this Rotary meeting, but fell ill and passed the program on to Ted Barber. The topic Dave wanted covered was “Smoking Cessation” or the stopping of smoking. Tia Ventura is an expert in the field and can be reached at (386) 462-1551 Ext 113. Ted mentioned that 70% of those addicted to smoking want to quit each year and 50% actually tried in 2020. Only 3-6% of those trying to quit without medication or counseling are successful. Only 20% of those that did quit with the aid of medication and/or counseling for at least one year remain successful. Ted said that a person has to have a strong reason to quit the addiction of smoking. He said that he was finally successful when he met Lila 39 years ago and realized she could not handle the second-hand smoke. He said he then took his pack of cigarettes and threw them across the street into Mr. Kelly’s field and went “cold turkey.” He said he had the incentive and it was the best decision of his life to quit the dirty, horrible and life-threatening habit, and gained a beautiful partner and wife of 38 years.
Our upcoming Rotary programs include the following:
January 26: Mitchell Bishop
February 2: Kelly Rhoades
February 9: Ted Barber (proton theraphy)
February 12: Lake Butler Womans Club – Valentines Day Luncheon
February 23: Alexandra Pritchett
March 2: Shane Collins
March 9: Art Peterson
March 23: Sara Owen