Click here to see members and guests of the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World having a great meeting on Oct 29.
Great guests on Tuesday! We welcomed District Governor Lee Blankenship, who thanked those who attended the Special Interest Seminar at Harris Ranch. Jackie introduced guests Ann Vermel and Brenda Critzer, Marketing Director for Rotary StorylandPlayland. Brenda shared they had a great Halloween Spooktacular this past weekend, and the coming weekend Central Unified Students will perform in the Storyland Theater. Playland is now open daily 10-4 and volunteers are needed. Contact Brenda at 559/486-2124 or email@example.com. Ann shared that she received a national poetry award, the University of Tennessee Literary Award, a first for her. Congratulations, Ann!
Hilary shared an article of encouragement and inspiration about those working to get students into the arts. A new museum in Arkansas funded by the Walton family gives free tours to students, and results of research affirm the positive effect on students attending museums. She cited the statistics of increased abilities in critical thinking, and many other attributes. She has the article, titled “Educational Value of Field Trips,” and will forward to the members.
Sally announced An Evening With Frank & Friends at Frank’s Place Nov. 9 at 7:00 P.M.
Linda sounded the Christmas Bells, and announced that she and Becky are once again leading the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign. Our location is again Old Navy in River Park, on Dec. 6 and 7 for two hour shifts between 10:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M. Sign up sheets will be circulated soon.
Robert Ware announced the upcoming event with Community Chorus at Shaghoian Performance Center on Sunday Nov. 10 in the afternoon
Linda signed for celebrating her mother’s 98th Birthday! Happy Birthday to Jane Hightower! Wow!
Laurel announced that Karen Marguth, our featured singer at Storyland and Jazz, is an employee at Central Unified and is on the nomination list for a Grammy Award. She also announced that her daughter is going to study for two years in Argentina.
Richard signed for beating his son at golf.
Sally thanked everyone who supported the Big Picture High School fund raiser this past weekend.
Jackie showed off three paintings she created at an Artist’s Retreat at Bass Lake over the long weekend, and signed a fourth time when she announced that she has a piece entered in Sorenson’s Gallery Nudes in November, which opens for Art Hop next Thursday evening (great way to celebrate a birthday!)
President Jerry presented a $500 check to Ann Vermel for the Woodward Shakespeare Festival Incidental Music Competition for student composers ages 13-19 and Ann shared details of the Festival and how the donation will be used for youth inclusion and experience. She expressed appreciation for the support. For more details go to www.woodwardshakespeare.org
PAUL HARRIS QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Inspiration is a flame which soon dies out unless fed with sparks of service.” “Rotarians are inspired to become builders, not mere climbers.” “Perhaps dreams are not so bad if one dreams of doing service to others and make those dreams a reality.”
PROGRAM – MARV HARRISON
Jerry introduced Marv Harrison, Board President of the Allah Osipenko International Ballet Competition, a prestigious competition that will happen every three years in Fresno at the Warnors Center for the Performing Arts. Jerry noted that he and Rotarian Larry Metzler, as well as Artistic director Anton Romanoff, also serve on that board.
Marv shared the work and goal of the competition to help our community become more aware of ballet, noting this is the only organization in the nation that is doing this.. He said the main competition takes place in Jackson, Miss. and is for classical professional ballet dancers who will compete for cash prizes, many of whom will walk away with contracts performance around the world. The event is being developed, and the first will take place in 2015. He said the competition can only be done every three years, and the intent is to bring in the finest instructors in the world so students can train with the finest ballet professionals in the world. He said one goal is to grant scholarships to students, noting that board member Anton Romanoff is an instructor at CSUF and could not be present. He talked about Anton’s work and achievements in dancing all over the world, doing well in international competitions on numerous occasions. He said his presentation is to let everyone know what is happening, and said any participation would be welcomed.
As always, it is a pleasure to serve with you through the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World!! Did I say that already? Well, it bears repeating!
Jacqueline L. Ryle
Cultural Arts Rotary of Fresno