November 6, 2018
Courtney Payne Taylor, founder of Girls Riders Organization (GRO), will share how this nonprofit organization inspires, educate, and supports girls of all ages to be confident leaders of positive change. The meeting will be held in the Frangipani Room. A 2006 graduate of the Kelley School of Business, Courtney was one of three women named a Toyota Everyday Hero in 2016 for using her passion for skateboarding as a means to promote sports for girls and women.
This Week’s News
Gratitude for recent Rotarian service
President Loren Snyder thanked all who volunteered to work in the WonderGarden at WonderLab in October. He also declared the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) weekend a huge success. One participant said, “It is one experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. RYLA is wonderful and I am so thankful to be here.”
Holiday food baskets for Monroe County United Ministries
Ashley Sullivan announced that Rotary is making food baskets for MCUM. Ashley and Natalie have printed wish lists, which include cans of vegetables, fruit, beans, condensed soup, hearty soup, chili, tomatoes or pasta sauce; pasta; canned or frozen meat; cereal, crackers, muffin/baking mixes, helper meals, rice, ramen noodles, Easy Mac, or microwaveable soups, medium jars of peanut butter, boxes of macaroni and cheese, and snacks. Rotarians are encouraged to drop off food at a Tuesday meeting from November 13 to December 4. Contact Ashley at (765) 618-6803 if you would like items to be picked up.
Salvation Army bell Ringing 2018
If you are able, please use the link below to sign up!
Two spots are still open for Sunday Nov. 25!
November 6 Guest Presentation: Michelle Moyd, Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor, IU Department of History
Charlotte Zietlow introduced Dr. Michelle Moyd to share insights on World War I as the 100-year anniversary of the armistice approaches.
Moyd opened her talk with a focus on World War I in Africa. WWI is typically portrayed as a white man’s war of huge proportions. Sixteen million people died and 21 million were wounded during the war, including 9.7 million military and 6.8 million civilians. The war was fought between empires, and because of that, colonial Africa experienced the horrors of war as well.
Africans served as laborers or soldiers, and they were sent to fight far from their homes. The war destroyed land and crops and caused deadly famines and an influenza pandemic. It also changed the imperial map of Africa. Africans living in German territories had to live under new empires, including British, French, Belgian, and Portuguese rule.
The colonial armies in Africa were small. They were intended to control territories. The British military grew the British King’s Rifles from 2,177 to 29,137 over the course of the war. These were never big armies. Despite the fact they were quite small, a ten-fold increase in recruitment is dramatic.
African men were working to gain respectability within the colonial society by joining the effort.
Not everyone joined willingly, however. Mass conscription drives rounded up young men who were not volunteers but were sent off to fight with very little investment.
Soldiers marched in columns, and at the end of the column porters carried all the supplies and equipment for the rest of the column. It was a highly mobile campaign. Family members, including women and children, joined the column as well to support the effort.
Moyd’s interest in this topic grew while living in Germany as a part of a U.S. Air Force family. Herself an Air Force veteran, she was encouraged by her academic advisor to study Germany’s involvement in Africa during WWI.
Our November 6 Weekly Gathering
President Loren Snyder presided.
Sara Laughlin greeted Rotarians and guests.
Owen Johnson led the pledge and offered the reflection. In the spirit of Election Day, Owen shared that he grew up in a family with political interests. His father was a Democratic county chair, and his brother served as a Republican mayor of Annapolis. Owen reported that there was a large turnout at the Rotary Toast on Nov. 2, honoring Connie and Steve Ferguson. This year’s Toast is estimated to have raised a net $60,000. Owen suggested that Rotarians add November 1, 2019, to their calendars for next year’s Toast.
Michael Shermis introduced guests:
- Andrew Lambert, Lambert Consulting, guest of the club
- Adam Novello, Youth First, prospective member
- Al Feitl, guest of Liz Feitl
- Trent Deckard, guest of Kyla Cox Deckard
- Evan Fruits, visiting Rotarian and guest of Walt Koon
- Corrine Preston and Amedeo Preston, guests of Dan Preston
- Beth Rodriguez, November 9
- Phil Eskew, 1 year (but almost 38 years total as a Rotarian)
- Beth Spradley, 1 year
- Lynn Schwartzberg, 11 years
- Peter Kroener, 14 years
- Bob Holt, 25 years
- Jack McCrory, 32 years
- Dick McKaig, 33 years
- Art Lotz, 38 years
Susie Graham collected Happy Dollars for Teachers Warehouse.
Thought for the week: “Voting is the expression of the commitment to ourselves, one another, our country and world.” – Sharon Salzberg
Reporter: Kyla Cox Deckard
Photographer: Charlie Osborne