A new pair of shoes can change the life of a child in an orphanage or impoverished community. Your financial contribution towards the project “Shoes for Orphan Souls” will give a needy child better health and a brighter future. Make your check payable to, K.C Rotary Club Foundation and note “Shoes for Orphan Souls. Please consider volunteering your time to help with this important project. Contact, Linn Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-402-6630.
Our Speaker this week is Frank Boal, Sports Anchor. His topic will be "Royals 2017 and Other Sports Stuff!"
Our speaker this week is Frank Boal. The Godfather of Kansas City sports broadcasting, Frank has been an icon in the KC area for over three decades now. Frank currently appears on NBC Action News after nearly three decades as the sports director for Fox 4, from 1981 through 2009.
Frank appears on 810 WHB regularly, whether just "stopping in" as a guest, covering the Chiefs on location, or out and about at a remote.
Frank starred as a running back at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1964, his team went undefeated and was the #1 ranked team in the state, the first undefeated team in school history. In April 1999, Frank and his teammates were inducted into the Central Catholic Hall of Fame in honor of the achievement.
Frank went on to Villanova University where he was a three-year starter and co-captain of the Wildcats from 1966-68. He racked up over 3,000 yards of total offense (rushing, receiving, punt and kickoff returns) and still holds the school record for punt return yardage in a career.
President Peter Ho called the meeting to order at the Alamo Drafthouse, a movie theater just west of our regular meeting locale. Woody Davis arm-in-arm with Carl Bolte, sans keyboard, led an a Capella version of “Over There” in commemoration of the World War I Centennial taking place at the museum to the south. After a slight misfire, we managed to find the melody and cadence and end the song on a strong note. Peter led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by David Hanzlick’s blessing on “the great collective enterprise” of Rotary. Thea Neal- standing on her tiptoes-cordially welcomed one guest and three visiting Rotarians. Peter announced that the 50/50 drawing at each April meeting will benefit the Shoes for Orphan Souls project. Peter also told the Club that those who haven’t yet made a donation to the Rotary Foundation in recognition of the Rotary Centennial Celebration would be receiving an invoice for $26.50 replicating the first donation to the Foundation by Club 13.
Vivien Jennings then introduced our speaker, Dr. David Nichols, former college professor and Eisenhower expert who has written a new book entitled “Ike and McCarthy.” In 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy uttered the words in Wheeling, West Virginia, that he had a list of 205 "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who were employed in the State Department. That statement, which was false, led to the “McCarthy hearings” in the Senate Committee for Foreign Relations. Besides branding State Department employees as Communists, McCarthy also took aim at alleged homosexuals employed in different government departments. An especially paranoid and homophobic time, the mere rumor that someone was Communist or gay could cost that person his job. Nichols’ book is based on heretofore unpublished and largely unknown facts gleaned from research at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene regarding the role then President Eisenhower played in bringing McCarthy down. Publicly, it appeared that Eisenhower was too cowardly to take on McCarthy. The truth is that Eisenhower detested McCarthy and was very active behind the scenes plotting his downfall. Among other things, Eisenhower moved Fred Seaton, a Kansas State graduate and appointed Senator from Nebraska, to Washington for the exclusive purpose of collecting all the facts, documents, and “dirt” he could on McCarthy. Seaton was instrumental in reports published in 1954 that Roy Cohn, McCarthy’s chief counsel in the Senate hearings, had tried to use his influence to keep David Schine, an anti-Communist propagandist and consultant to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, out of the Army after Schine was drafted. The reports indicated that when Cohn’s efforts were rebuked by Army officials, Cohn turned the Committee’s attention to the Army itself. In reality, Cohn, a homosexual, was infatuated with Schine and Cohn’s efforts to keep Schine from the Army were personally motivated. At the beginning of 1954, McCarthy was riding high. By December, 1954, McCarthy had been censured and disgraced by the Senate. As Eisenhower said, by that time, McCarthy-ism was now McCarthy-wasm. Nevertheless, Seaton, who became Secretary of the Interior in Eisenhower’s cabinet, kept his papers under lock and key until several years after his death. Those papers eventually made it to Abilene.
President Peter adjourned the meeting with a relevant quote by Eisenhower: “Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.”
In last week's column I declared that Dave Boone's' team would play Dennis McKeehan's team in the Championship match last Wednesday. I got the teams right... but the match is this Wednesday.
Last week Susan Prestia's team missed playing for all the marbles by a half game. They had been in the top three for most of the season. Maybe next year.
Peter Ho had the high game of 215, John Lawrence 214, Pat Lawrence 205. Marilyn Lager picked up the 3-6-7 split, Kay Roscoe covered the 5-7 and Jane Lee brought down the 6-7-10... one of the more difficult splits to make. Selling papers this morning was much easier than picking up that split.
Everyone going to Columbia on April 25th (and you know who you are) should meet at 8:15AM in the parking lot on the West side of Ward Parkway Shopping Center across State Line Rd. Lets bring the trophy home this year!
Please join us for Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Glory Over Everything” by Kathleen Grissom on April 17, 2017, 6:30 PM at Rainy Day Books. The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings. All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
About the book:
The year is 1830 and Jamie Pyke is keeping a deadly secret. Although he is passing as a wealthy white aristocrat in Philadelphia society, Jamie is really a runaway slave, hiding in plain sight, still hunted. But Jamie’s carefully constructed world begins to come apart when his beloved young servant Pan, whom he has sworn to protect, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South.
Tracing the boy to a North Carolina plantation, Jamie risks his life to save Pan from the fate he himself barely escaped as a child. Fortunately, a fearless slave, Sukey, has been mothering the terrified young boy, planning to get him out on the Underground Railroad. As the ruthless slave hunters close in, the three make a run for freedom through the Virginia backwoods and the treacherous Great Dismal Swamp, where they are faced with another desperate choice.