President Skip was at the helm of the Zoom meeting with 15 members and 3 visitors including Outgoing International Trustee, Chuck Gugliuzza. Bill began with the PLEDGE video by Broadcast Cal, “Kid Explorer” followed by a Handbell solo at Deep Creek United Methodist Church, Chesapeake, VA presenting our NATIONAL ANTHEM. And then Bill had a short, special message to his wife Barb in honor of their 54th anniversary on Sept. 17; an abbreviated LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING sung by Michael Crawford. And then Barb reminded us that you need to get your rose order in by next Wednesday’s meeting. Email or phone her at least with your “count.” Bill reminded us that “dues are due” by September 25th. Incoming President Janet announced that the Worldwide Kiwanis One Day will be held Saturday October 24th and she and “Captain James” will be hosting a “trunk” at the Miracle League’s Trunk or Treat Halloween event that day at the Miracle League field and there is room for 2 more helpers, if you wish to be there please contact her ASAP. Also, Janet is working with Dean Young for the Subway Lunch on September 30th at the Easton Boys & Girls Club. This will not only be our first face-to-face meeting it will be installation and aboard meeting. Our Lt. Gov. Enos Martin will be presenting the installation of officers and directors. Janet also asks that everyone respond to her email regarding our various committees. Now you still get to choose your preference; later Janet may assign you to at least one, unless you choose now. Rog Conners provided some good news about the Pomfret Club. They are ready and willing to have us return to noon lunch meetings. There will be no buffets as they need to serve us but they will probably offer a simple menu choice of maybe 3 optional sandwiches to make it simple. So as of now, it appears we will go back to live and in person, face-face meetings beginning October 7. And hopefully Bill will be able to bring his laptop and also start a Zoom meeting at the same time for those who can’t be there. And the Zoom will continue to start at 12:20PM. Walt is working on a great idea called “Kiwanis Konnections” that hopefully may be able to connect our SLP kids with “pen pals” either locally and/or worldwide with other students. As Walt noted, since we have had many Kiwanis members from around the world join our Zoom meetings, he now has names and emails to possibly develop this concept with other clubs. It maybe just “virtual pen pals” or snail-mail ones.
And next on the agenda was today’s program, TIP OF A CONTINENT, presented by our own Dr. Ken Wildrick. And Ken had to be on his best game as one of the visiting Zoom screens was his own wife. As Ken explains they both wanted to do some long-distance travel while still able, so in 2016 they went on a safari to South Africa. The flight from New York to Johannesburg and the southern tip of Africa was a 16-hour flight. The visit to Cape Town on the southwest corner of Africa also included a trip to the very tip at Cape Point and then on to wine country. Francis Scott Drake, world explorer, felt that that area is the most beautiful cape in the world. After the area was discovered it continued and flourished as a location for ships to restock fruits and vegetables and wine as they sailed the seas. Did you know from the tip to New York City is 7830 miles?
Johannesburg is also known as the “City of Gold” for obvious reasons with its many gold mines but also for the 1st heart transplant in 1967. And FYI, there are 11 official languages in South Africa. Next week’s program will feature additional stories from the Wildrick’s, and a different part of their safari: Botswana and the “Smoke That Thunders.”