28 March 2016 — Star Stuff


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 “Khaaaaaaaannnnnn” (Google Kirk Star Trek Khan if that one confuses you) or write your favorite color, just let us know you were here.


SUNDAY, APRIL 24 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for April! Speaker: TBA.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, JoAnne; Pledge, Reed; Four-Way Test, Yoko; Rotary Minute, Jorge)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING in The Fireplace Room at 11:00 a.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 1 — 10:00pm to 4:00pm  — The next ONE MORE ITEM FOOD DRIVE, in support of Valley Food Bank, at Gelson’s in Sherman Oaks.


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.











World news in the past couple of weeks hasn’t been the best ever. Turkey, Nigeria, Belgium, Iraq, Pakistan.

Rotary Clubs and Rotarians work for peace and try to bridge the divides that lead to the tragedies. A Rotarian visiting the Valley from Cyprus a few years ago told of his Rotary Club, in a town near the “border” between the Greek and Turkish parts of the island, with Greeks and Turks in the Club working together every week for their mutual community. Peace is possible.

First we have to remember to celebrate the differences and reach for the commonalities. At a fundamental level, we are all made of the same stuff. This week’s program, offering food for thought, comes from Dr. Michelle Thaller, an astrophysicist, the Education and Outreach Program Manager for NASA’s Stennis Space Center’s education programs. She’ll tell you why you’re a star.


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10 responses to 28 March 2016 — Star Stuff

  1. Interesting,

    Shared this with my grandson

  2. Fabulous information.

  3. Thank you for this informative presentation.

  4. Fascinating viewpoint. Will share on FB.

  5. Definitely one to share with Avi…

  6. Loved this Ted Talk! Thank you for sharing.

  7. That was an interesting summary of the universe, although I have difficulty embracing rocks as my ancestors. It also leads to another question, which is why does the universe exist at all? Why is there “something” rather than “nothing”. I guess that is a question for philosophers as well as scientists.

    • Interesting…I just got a new book by an astrophysicist named Lawrence Krauss called “A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing.” I’ll let you know the answer…

  8. Very interesting, I’ve always took a similar approach, but I refer to us as unseen energy. I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that one oxygen molecule is something we can’t see but is what is needed to keep us alive. Now couple hydrogen and oxygen and it forms water which is visible to our eyes, and is also needed for life.

    This adds a whole new dimension…Thanks

  9. Great find!! Thanks, Mel!!

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