11 March 2013 — Quick Clicks

Due to scheduling conflicts and a computer/website error, this week’s program was delayed…then wiped out…and now being recreated.  We apologize for the delay, and the limited “new” content…just the same, though, we invite you to enjoy checking out these websites.

Did you know that 11 March is the date of Lithuania’s declaration of independence from the Soviet Union as that entity broke up?  Even if you knew that already, did you know that the first Rotary Club in Lithuania was established in 1934?  You’ll know more if you CLICK HERE.

Did you know that Captain Marko Ramius, the character played by Sean Connery in The Hunt For Red October, was from Vilnius, Lithuania?  Even if you knew that already, did you know that the first Rotary Club in Mr. Connery’s native Scotland was formed in Glasgow in 1913?  As we post this link 21 days before their 100th Anniversary, you can see what they’re up to if you CLICK HERE.

Did you know that the hit song “Super Trouper” by the Swedish pop group ABBA refers to Glasgow early in the song?  Even if you knew that already, did you know that the first Rotary Club in Sweden was formed in 1926 in Stockholm?  You can see a photo of their first Club meeting if you CLICK HERE.

Did you know that the most recent music released by Slovenian musical sensation Perpetuum Jazzile is a medley of ABBA’s greatest hits?  Even if you knew that already, did you know that Rotary in Slovenia had a long history back to 1930, only to see its Clubs forced to disband during World War Two?  But in 1990 Rotary returned to Ljubljana.  Hoping your browser can translate it…but it is still fascinating…CLICK HERE.

Arguably the most famous Slovenian in the United States is Anze Kopitar, leading scorer for the Los Angeles Kings.  His teammate Dustin Brown is the Captain of the Kings, and on June 11, 2012, Dustin became only the second American-born captain of a National Hockey League team to win the Stanley Cup.  Last summer he brought the Cup to his hometown of Ithaca, New York.  To see what the Rotary Club of Ithaca is up to (including adding several new members recently!), CLICK HERE.

Did you know that Ithaca is home to Cornell University, where famous astronomer Carl Sagan spent much of his career teaching us about outer space?  Even if you knew that already, did you know that Astronaut Frank Borman carried, to the Moon and back, a banner of the Rotary Club of Space Center in Houston, Texas?  To see what that Rotary Club is up…and we mean up…to, CLICK HERE.

Finally, did you know that one former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar has been to outer space, and we mean that literally, not zoning out during a Club Board Meeting?  Even if you knew that already, did you know that three members of this very Rotary Club enjoyed meeting and chatting with this astronaut, Naoko Yamazaki, not long ago?  (Club member Yumi Ashida, also a former Ambassadorial Scholar, was a classmate of Naoko’s during training in Japan for their Scholarship year abroad, Naoko in Maryland, Yumi here in Los Angeles.)  To read about Naoko and Rotary, CLICK HERE.

And to close out this journey from Vilnius to Hollywood to Glasgow to Stockholm to Ljubljana to Los Angeles to Ithaca to Houston to the Moon to the International Space Station to a photo taken in Orange County and finally right back to your computer screen, we end with a simple photograph.

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1 response to 11 March 2013 — Quick Clicks

  1. Mel, I really enjoyed this week’s program. It is best described as a Rotary world tour.

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