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Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Editor: Sandy Pugliese


September 2012 October 2010 December 2013

Editor: Sandy Pugliese Philippines Typhoon Relief Effort


Make Membership Your #1 Priority! Tell Your Story Make A Difference

TTh hee FFoou urr--W Waayy TTeesstt Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? Rotary clubs around the world are pledging emergency aid to communities in central Philippines after the massive typhoon flattened entire coastal towns and villages, killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly 600,000 more. The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club pledged $1000 to send a ShelterBox to this devastated region. ShelterBox is an organization that is one of Rotary's strongest relief partners - an organization that really makes a difference towards helping disaster victims re-establish a sense of home while recovery and rebuilding occurs. In the past the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club has also sent shelter boxes to Haiti and to Japan. Continued on page 3

TThhee O Obbjjeecctt ooff R Roottaarryy The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; FORTH: The advancement of internal understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons untied in the ideal of service.

End Polio Now

On the Polio Front Traveling Down a Tough Road with Polio By Patrick J. Bird, polio survivor and author of A Rough Road During the polio epidemic of 1940, I contracted polio and became ensconced for 19 months in a “reconstruction home” far from my family. I was only 4 years old, and since all the other children were at least twice my age, I was initially placed in a room by myself instead of one of the dormitories. Enduring loneliness, painful treatments, and lengthy, frustrating rehabilitation sessions, I learned to overcome my fears and to prevail physically and emotionally through my interactions with a colorful cast of hospital staff. There was the friendly giant orderly Johnny Cant and the lighthearted Nurse Kelly. They were joined by the no-nonsense physical therapist Ma Gillick, an evangelical swimming instructor Mr. Cooney, and the imposing and frightening Dr. Strasburg and his mean assistant Nurse McCormick. Perhaps most important to my “reconstruction” however, was the arrival of roommate Joey. An adventure loving, bedridden youngster with spina bifida three years my senior, Joey introduced me to the joys and tomfoolery of boyhood and inspired me with his physical and mental toughness. There were infrequent — but significant — visits from my mom, who was sure the Blessed Virgin would cure me, and my pop, who feared in his heart that he would have a cripple for a son. My rough road ended the day I left the home, more than 70 years ago. I arrived home in New York City with a strong right leg but atrophied left leg. Think of a baseball bat with a bulbous knot, my knee, and a small floppy foot stuck to the end. In spite of this, I’ve had a full life. I competed in gymnastics, winning the Big Ten championship at the University of Illinois, where I attended on an athletic scholarship. I earned a bachelors and masters at Illinois, and then a doctorate from Minnesota, coaching gymnastics at both schools. I married, had three children, and am now a retired Dean Emeritus from the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida. It’s sad to think that so many children in pockets around the world are being crippled by this preventable disease. Through the fantastically successful efforts of Rotary and its partners, we can and will end this disease soon. A Rough Road, second edition, published in 2012, is available on and through Kindle Books.

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Shelter Box Contents

2013-2014 James Peasley 2012-2013 Augie Caires 2011-2012 Sandy Pugliese 2010-2011 Emily Andrade

One 49 gallon box; the box can be

2009-2010 Pam White 2008-2009 Tom Miles

used as water tank, food store, cot, table, etc. once emptied.

2007-2008 Edith French 2006-2007 Allen Carlisle 2005-2006 Robie Evans

One domed tenperson tent

2004-2005 Mike Uhrhammer 2003-2004 Dan O’Brien 2002-2003 Marjorie Cole

including two fabric interior privacy partitions, outer flysheet and repair kit. These tens are considered “winter suitable” by international relief standards.

2001-2002 Howard Kummerman 2000-2001 August Caires 1999-2000 Charles Lane 1998-1999 Rev. Mark Neuhaus 1997-1998 Marjorie Whitehead 1996-1997 Roland Rossmiller 1995-1996 Michael Twichel


1994-1995 Steve Hamann 1993-1994 Marcia Johnson 1992-1993 Doug Wilson 1991-1992 William Stumbaugh 1990-1991 Dennis Gerschoffer 1989-1990 James Terry 1988-1989 Stanley McDonald 1987-1988 Joseph Spaulding 1986-1987 Jerry Viner 1985-1986 Vic Bermudes 1984-1985 Lowell Hallock Jr.

Vinyl insulated sleeping mats and lightweight thermal blankets. More compact than sleeping bags, these mats and blankets have multiple uses. The blanket can also be fashioned to catch water, as a tarp, etc., while the mat also serves as a ground “table” for meals or tent rugs.

Ten envelope-type sleeping bags. One back of 180 water purification tablets and one five-gallon flat-pack water container (Each table will purify

1982-1983 John Rayburn

a full container of water providing 1,800 gallons of clean drinking water which should be sufficient for a family of ten for up to three months.

1981–1982 John Irwin

Two 2.1 gallon, collapsible, plastic water carriers.

1983-1984 Douglas Giles

1980-1981 Robert Brady 1979-1980 Robert Greiner 1978-1979 Bill Warwick 1977-1978 Ronald Watts 1976-1977 William Garrison 1975-1976 Gale Ruffin 1974-1975 Robert Jones 1973-1974 Gerald Hamann 1972-1973 Erv Metzgar 1971-1972 Wolfgang Klosterman 1970-1971 John Gill 1969-1970 Robert Rump 1968-1969 Russel Crane, Jr. 1967-1968 Rev. Edward Garner 1966-1967 Van Sweet 1965-1966 Tom Smily 1964-1965 Albert Lantz 1963-1964 Charles Skidmore 1962-1963 Frank Fox 1961-1962 Ray Stoyer 1960-1961 Walter Chandler

One collapsible trenching shovel Rope, 164 foot Repellant-treated mosquito netting Ten PVC Ponchos/ten HD plastic bags Tool kit in canvas bag: hatchet, jack-knife, screwdriver, hammer, hoe head, etc.

Multi-fueled cook stove Eating utensils; enamel plates/cups Children’s activity kit - simple school supplies, stickers and coloring books.


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The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club meets every Thursday at noon at Jimmy’s Restaurant on Mission Gorge Road in Santee.


Declaration of Rotarians in Businesses and Professions As a Rotarian engaged in a business or profession, I will: 1.

Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviors and activities.


Use my vocational experience and talents to serve Rotary.


Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others.


Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings.


Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society.


Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community.


Honor the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavor or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians.


Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship.

This Close

President’s Message Brief History of Christmas The Presidents Message this month is a brief prospective on the History of Christmas. Much of the Rotary fundamentals, such as helping those less fortunate and Service Above Self have many similarities to the teaching of Jesus Christ as evident throughout the Bible. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, which happened over 2000 years ago. There are very few people today who do not know what the Christmas holiday is all about. A few sources were researched for the information contained herein and much of the text was obtained therefrom. The word "Christmas" translates to "Mass Of Christ". So how did the actual celebration of the Christmas holiday begin? Many of the traditions that we observe during the Christmas holiday season began way before the birth of Christ. Exchanging gifts, decorating trees, the burning of the Yule log, and singing songs were all winter traditions that began before Christ was born, but were eventually incorporated into the holiday that became known as Christmas. Over 4000 years ago, the Mesopotamians celebrated each New Year with a 12-day festival. It is from this festival that the 12 days of Christmas is believed to have originated. The ancient Romans held a celebration each year in December in honor of their god Saturn. The Romans decorated their homes with garlands, as well as trees upon which they hung candles. It is believed that the tradition of the giving of Christmas gifts came about was from the Roman practice of exchanging gifts between family and neighbors during the festival. During the winter in ancient Scandinavia there would be a certain amount of days where the sun would not shine and upon the return of the first sunlight, the Scandinavians would hold a festival called the Yuletide. A Yule log would be burned in a special fire, and everyone would gather around the fire, hold a feast, and sing songs. The tradition of the Christmas tree is believed to have evolved from the ritual in Scandinavia where they would tie apples to tree branches, as well as from the Roman ritual of decorating trees with candles. Some believe that singing carols originated in Great Britain. Christmas songs that we sing and Christmas music that we hear today were written in 19th century England. It is believed that British painter John Callcott Horsley designed the first Christmas card in 1843. The card showed a family celebrating Christmas and read "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You". The tradition caught on quickly in England, and it was not long before the first Christmas cards began showing up in the United States. One theory about the evolution of the winter celebrations to the celebration of the birth of Jesus is that the Roman emperor Constantine, Continued on page 6



Why Join Rotary

President’s Message Continued

C Coom mm muunniittyy S Seerrvviiccee Rotary creates the perfect venue to give back to your community and to the world at large.

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LLeeaaddeerrsshhiipp S Skkiillllss Rotary provides unlimited exposure to new topics and ideas; it provides a meaningful way to be a leader.

IInntteerrnnaattiioonnaall S Seerrvviiccee Rotary’s arm encircles the globe. It is the largest service organization in the world and provides countless opportunities to bridge continents and end divides.

FFrriieennddsshhiipp Every Rotary Club in the world, no matter how big or small, has one thing in common: friendship. And it’s from this base of friendship that we serve our community.

FFaam miillyy--FFrriieennddllyy Rotary has the potential to be a way of life; a legacy to leave our children and our grandchildren.

YYoouunngg PPeeooppllee A great tool Rotary has is its educational programs. It also can give you exposure to many different areas and help you find what your interests really are.

who converted to Christianity, wanted to incorporate the pagan winter rituals together with the celebration of Jesus' birth. Many believe that this is the reason for celebrating the birth of Christ on December 25th. It is believed today by some that Jesus was not actually born on December 25th. The Roman church became successful in making the December celebration about the birth of Christ, replacing any celebrations that were in honor of pagan gods. One cannot talk about the history of Christmas without mentioning Santa Claus. Bishop Nicholas of Smyrna, who lived in the 4th century A.D. in what is known today as Turkey, was a very wealthy and generous man, who especially loved children. He was known to throw gifts into the houses of poor children in order to brighten their spirits. He was later titled Saint Nicholas and became the patron saint of children and seafarers. From his story evolved the legend of Santa Claus, the jolly old man who brings gifts to children all over the world on Christmas Eve. In England he came to be known as Father Christmas. Many believe that the giving of gifts originates from the deeds of Bishop Nicholas, not the Roman tradition of giving gifts during their annual winter festival. More likely, the tradition evolved from both practices. Throughout history Christmas has faced many challenges and unfortunately today continues to be plagued with challenges. There have been people who have tried to stop or cancel Christmas. When Oliver Cromwell’s forces took control of England in the 1645, he declared that they would not be celebrating Christmas. This however, did not last for long and Christmas was soon returned to England. The pilgrims did not celebrate Christmas either because it went against the puritanical nature of many of the colonists. Jamestown however embraced the holiday. Boston actually made it illegal to celebrate the holiday and would fine those who were caught observing the holiday. Christmas was further sidelined after the revolutionary war as there was a huge backlash against any customs or traditions that were considered to be English. Much of the early Christmas celebrations in America were wild parties, not unlike Mardi Gras. In the 19th century Americans decided to reinvent this party approach to the Christmas holiday into something more wholesome and controlled. The police force in New York City was instituted to fight back against a Christmas riot in the city. The upper class was not comfortable with such revelry among the masses and took that opportunity to start reinventing the way Americans look at Christmas. It wasn’t until Charles Dickens wrote his classic "Christmas Carol" that the majority of people started to see the holiday in a new light. The ideas of giving to the more unfortunate and coming together with friends and family were both central ideas of the novel. People quickly adopted the book’s concept of what it meant to celebrate Christmas which became the norm. With that in mind, make the most of your short life on this earth with your family and friends. Merry Christmas to everyone!!


We are a Grassroots Organization Rotary is a GRASSROOTS organization. We carry out our most meaningful service work through our Rotary Clubs. Each club elects its own officers and enjoys considerable autonomy within the framework of Rotary’s Constitution and Bylaws. Rotary districts (groups of clubs) support these efforts and are led by district governors. Rotary clubs belong to the global association Rotary International (RI), led by the RI president and RI board of directors. We direct our service in six AREAS OF FOCUS: Peace and conflict resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic literacy; and economic and community development.

Need to Know Follow Bill’s Adventures Rotarian Bill Stumbaugh left November 6 for an open-ended trip to Ecuador and other exotic places. He has created a personal trip journal at to keep us and others informed on his Rotary and personal activities while he pursues a longstanding dream to live abroad. As he travels, Bill can send email notifications each time he updates his blog. To start the process, click (or paste) the following link: then

follow the instructions. Matching Grant Project Completed The paperwork has been submitted to District 5340 closing out this year’s District matching grant. The combined total of $4,000 enabled the Club to purchase a commercial grade, large capacity refrigerator and three freezers for the Santee Food Bank. In addition, the Club was able to purchases extended warranties on the existing freezers, expanding their life-time capacity. According to Marty Smotherman, food bank volunteer, our assistance immediately improved their ability to serve the large population that needs their assistance. Photo: Rotarian, Sandy Pugliese, Santee Food Bank volunteer, Marty Smotherman, and Club president, Jim Peasley


Holiday Party Just Around the Corner!


December 2013 Snippets  

Santee Lakeside Rotary Club's monthly newsletter featuring stories on typhoon relief, polio, club activities, etc.

December 2013 Snippets  

Santee Lakeside Rotary Club's monthly newsletter featuring stories on typhoon relief, polio, club activities, etc.