14 April 2014 — A Pre-Earth-Day Tour

THIS WEEK’S PROGRAM

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April 22 is Earth Day. Of course, you don’t take care of your house only one day each year, so maybe it’s not a cliché to say that every day is Earth Day. But let’s use Earth Day to take a tour of Rotary around the planet–the fascinating diversity of where Rotary Clubs meet. It’s not about the building or the room this week, it’s about the planet.

The image atop this week’s program is Earth, photographed on February 14, 1990, from beyond the orbit of Neptune by Voyager 1.

All of the images in this week’s program are real photographs, thanks to Google Earth and the specific satellite services cited on the images (citations not visible in all cases here in these copies). (We hope the formatting holds but we’re doing the best we can….)  Enjoy the wonderful differences in cities and towns, greens and browns, forests and deserts, all part of the same system, all climates, all on one amazing planet…and in the collection of these photos, all connected through service and fellowship.

Click on any image and it will open in larger form; use your browser’s “back” button to return to the Program’s page (this page).

First, setting the stage:

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HOME: THE FIREPLACE ROOM

Close in, and then as if from an altitude of 15 miles.  The second photo of each location will be from that altitude, for context.

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ROTARY CLUB OF STRATFORD, CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI, CANADA (friend Joan MacFarlane’s Club)

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ROTARY CLUB OF CANNING BRIDGE, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRIALIA (friend Kero O’Shea’s Club)

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ROTARY CLUB OF THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY, NAKURU, KENYA

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ROTARY CLUB OF LA CAÑADA, CÓRDOBA, ARGENTINA (friend Vicky Tejerina’s Club)

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ROTARY CLUB OF WINDER, GEORGIA, US (Mel visited once, on his way from Atlanta to Athens; middle of nowhere, then suddenly a small town; the program topic that day was…bass fishing; lunch was not bass, though)

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ROTARY CLUB OF NARVIK, NORWAY

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ROTARY CLUB OF PAPE’ETE, TAHITI

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ROTARY CLUB OF BARROW, ALASKA, US

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ROTARY CLUB OF USHUAIA, TIERRA DEL FUEGO, ARGENTINA (yes, that’s Antarctica you’ll see in the wide photo)

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ROTARY CLUB OF NIAMEY, NIGER (on the edge of the Sahara)

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ROTARY CLUB OF MANAUS, BRAZIL (in the middle of the rainforest)

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ROTARY CLUB OF YOKOHAMA-KONANDAI (Yoko visited there; from the desert to the rainforest to a shopping mall meeting room, Rotary on Earth)

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CLOSING WITH ONE MORE REMINDER

How many inhabitable planets do we have?  That one, in the distance.

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7 responses to 14 April 2014 — A Pre-Earth-Day Tour

  1. Fascinating!!! Hope to make it to some of these clubs on our beautiful planet!

  2. pretty interesting stuff. any contact with any clubs in Chile? the non-profits I speak to down there are reminiscent to the days when we had our earthquake lead by the one up north. Long country, south helping the north.

  3. This was a fun program. Really helps to visualize where these folks live on the planet.

  4. Thanks, Mel, for all the work it took to put this program together. It was so interesting to be able to see these clubs…and countries…from different perspectives. It provided a great sense of geographical context.

    By the way, I’m ready to go to Pape’ete… and Ushuaia…and Manaus…and La Cañada…and Stratford…and Canning Bridge…and Yokohama-Konandai…and…Narvik…and…and…and…

  5. The amazing pictures of our beautiful planet, that were not available just 20 years ago.
    Can anyone say ROAD TRIP!

  6. Thanks, Mel. This is a great reminder of the reach of Rotary. We have been to Papeete and Ushuaia and hope to get to Perth in the not too distant future.

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