14 March 2016 — How Exactly Is Daylight Saved?

NOTE

By Club consensus during a 10 January 2016 planning session, the “poll” at the bottom of the Program page has been removed. Members are asked to post a comment each week. If you don’t have something interesting to say–although with our members we know what you have to say is interesting–feel free to say “Present” or “Here” or “Beam me up, Scotty!” or write your favorite color, just let us know you were here.

IMPORTANT DATES

SATURDAY, MARCH 19 — 9:00am to 4:00pm or soDistrict Community Grant Project implementation, assembly and delivery of benches to our community partners.  We will visit SAN FERNANDO VALLEY JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE, VALLEY FOOD BANK, nad HOPE OF THE VALLEY.

SUNDAY, MARCH 20 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur Fourth Sunday–but this month on the THIRD SUNDAY–meeting for March (moved one week early due to holiday dates)! Speaker: Lulu Kamatoy, a member of the Rotary Club of Calabasas, in her capacity as Executive Director of Valley Women’s Center.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Judy; Pledge, Linda W; Four-Way Test, Mel; Rotary Minute, Yoko; Mini Craft Talk: Todd.)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING in The Fireplace Room at 11:00 a.m.

CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT

We have launched our Clunkers4Charity fundraiser! If you know of anyone (yourself included) who wants or needs to donate a car for tax purposes, send them to our website…and to the Clunkers4Charity “Link” you see at the right side of this page. Funds we raise will go right into the community for our projects.

THIS WEEK’S PROGRAM

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On Sunday morning, March 13, at 2:00 a.m. in most of the United States of America, suddenly it was 3:00 a.m. and an hour was “gone.”

Actually, it didn’t go anywhere–time passes on Earth the same for everyone, with negligible differences based on your distance from the center of the planet. (Nerd alert: as Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted, “Welcome back to Earth, Scott Kelly. After a year in orbit, Relativity says you’re 1/100 sec younger than you’d otherwise be.” It has to do with motion and gravitational pull and no, we’re not going to turn this into a physics lesson but it’s pretty cool.)

Your loyal Programs Chair also finds the need to locate the lost hour, and thus presents a low-frills program this week, for your reading and viewing pleasure and education: a history of “Daylight Saving.”

Start here: http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/history.html

And then look here, for some fun facts (with a bit of repetition, admittedly):

http://www.history.com/news/8-things-you-may-not-know-about-daylight-saving-time

But, whimsy aside, here’s a thought-provoking article that wonders if we should keep doing this to ourselves.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cancel-daylight-saving_us_56df2c75e4b0000de40652b8

Your loyal Programs Chair offers no opinion…but he’s going back to bed now.

 

 

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9 responses to 14 March 2016 — How Exactly Is Daylight Saved?

  1. On the days immediately following the switch to DST, I’m inclined to get rid if it. On the other hand, it could be very confusing to be one of only three States to stay on standard time. Practically, in terms of energy consumption, it probably doesn’t make much difference. Personally, after today I’ll be fine. I can go either way.

  2. I am not a fan of DST. I feel that it makes little sense to employ a strategy aimed at an agrarian society when we no longer are one — and less to accommodate the needs of a wartime economy/society in the 24-hour, nonstop days we now live through.

  3. I like DST. The later it gets dark the better I feel. More energy and feel happier.

    The first couple of ‘get ups’ after the time changes are tough, but the later sunset make up for it right away.

  4. I bet if a vote were taken, daylight saving would be eliminated. I detest having to reset my clocks, watches and appliances every year.

  5. As a Girl Scout Leader, I love Daylight Saving Time. Now we can set up camp with a bit more light when we arrive in a campground. As a teacher, DST does not bother me. My students arrive just as awake (or sleepy in some cases) as usual this time of year. I loved the history and information included in this week’s program, and I have to admit that the clarification of the term “Daylight Saving Time” rather than “Savings” made me so happy because I teach that specific clarification to students each year.

  6. I always thought it was “savings.” Now I know!

  7. I’m one that would love to see DST eliminated. I have a hard time getting up when it’s dark and every year it takes longer and longer to adjust.

  8. I’m a fan of springing forward, not so much on falling back :)

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