Todays meeting was packed with lots of news. Remember next Wed. is an evening meeting, 6:15PM at the Pomfret Club, $20/person including desert. Its our installation of officers and directors for the coming Kiwanis year and we’ve got some Kiwanis visitors coming from a far distance. Then next Thursday at 7AM be prepared to help us package 210 dozen roses at Packaging Horizons, 1 Danforth Dr, Palmer Industrial Park off Tatamy Road. On Sat. October 27th, Kiwanis One Day, we expect to have a “soft opening” of our playground by the Boys & Girls Club of Easton. It will be an open house day for the Boys & Girls Club so what better time than then to allow the kids on the playground. James Owen reports that on Nov. 9th there will be an Easton Opioid Awareness Task Force Event for the Easton School Teachers as an in-service. And James reports the committee is working on other future events. Then on Sat. Nov. 17th we have the Region 6 fall meeting at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Emmaus starting at 8:30 with continental breakfast and a light lunch for $20. It is the official visit of our PA Kiwanis Governor Phil Weber. More details click here. Janet Morgan reminds us that our Flapjack Fundraiser will be on Sat. November 10th at Applebees’ on Rt. 248. Skip then introduced someone who needs no introduction, and based on what he told Skip, he’s an “All Around Good Guy.” And we all agree. Jeff Finegan, local funeral home owner and member of Palmer Kiwanis, is no stranger to our club. And Jeff is also an accomplished author of “historic fiction.” He writes about truth or what he believes is the truth based on his voluminous research of George Washington. His next book in the published George Wshington trilogy is MY DEAR GENERAL. Written from the “eyes” of the Marquis deLafayette. George would own occasion refer to the Marquis as “my dear son” hence the book written from the eyes of the Marquis is properly titled MY DEAR GENERAL. And yes, the Marquis did write his letters to George in English rather than in French. On one visit to Mt. Vernon after George’s death he visits the gravesite of General George Washington and lies prone over the casket in the tomb. Jeff explains to us the many nuances and unusual unplanned occurrences that seem tied together in the lives of both George Washington and the Marquis deLafayette. Washington starts the French-Indian war in PA when the Marquis is only 2 and the Marquis’ father dies in the war. The Marquis wants to be a Major General but the army cannot afford to pay him so he asks, and receives the title, gratis. Washington invites him to be part of his “inner circle”. At the Battle of Brandywine the Marquis is shot in the calf and is transported at the direction of Washington to the Sun Inn, then a hospital in Bethlehem to recover. We learned of Washington’s idea to add the Badge of Merit: a purple wisp of cloth attached to uniforms then that went on to become today’s Purple Heart. The Marquis also spoke with General Washington to free his slaves but that never worked. And while Washington was actually born on February 11th we have long celebrated his birthday at the 22nd of February. Learn more about these books and watch for the 4th coming along in the series. Click here.