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Bob Herold reports that the Ugandans arrived on Thursday, Aug.20 at Logan Airport to start their intensive training in "Conflict Resolution and Life Skills Training".
They brought their hand-made instruments in bags and assembled them in Bob’s garage. The stringed instrument is called an Adongu and is covered in African cow skin.
The quote of the day:
Q: What most surprised you about the trip?
A: "I couldn't believe that the plane went ABOVE the sky! "
And on a related note…
Dave Underhill reminds us that Labor Day is coming up fast! Join fellow Rotarians at our celebration of Uganda, at the 3S Artspace Portsmouth on Labor Day Monday, 3-5PM. Music, talks about Uganda, and a joint concert with local Rotarians and our visitors, here training in peace and conflict resolution with Rotary and Friends Forever as part of a district Global Grant.
Tickets just $10 for individuals or $15 for your whole family. Bring a friend! Register here:
Hope to see you there.
United Way Day of Giving Slated for September
Don't forget that our club is participating in this year’s United Way Day of Caring. This is an all-day event scheduled for Friday, September 11th and we are slated to help out at Families First at Community Campus.
While participants must be 18 years old, there will be lighter work for all Rotarians regardless of age or physical ability. We are looking for a minimum of 10 people to participate. (If you can only provide half a day, we can make accommodations)
Families First will be providing lunch and United Way will be providing T-Shirts to all volunteers, so please reply to event coordinator Leo Gagnon (207- 451-7280, firstname.lastname@example.org ) with confirmation of participation and shirt size.
Rotary Log for meeting of August 20, 2015
by Russ Grazier, Jr.
Photos by Tube Loch
President-elect James Petersen, filling in for President Bill, did an admirable job running the meeting. Bill was away lushing-it-up on a golf vacation.
Leo Gagnon kicked the meeting off with a request for volunteers for the United Way Day of Caring on September 11th. Leo is in need of 10 volunteers for a Day of Caring project. Remember, the nonprofit you are helping provides all tools, materials and lunch. We just need workers – it’s a great way to make a difference!
We received reminders about the Friends Forever Uganda Celebration from 3 to 5pm on Monday, September 7th at 3S Artspace. Also there’s the Polio Bridge Walk on October 24th.
Next Leonard Seagren introduced the newest member of our club, Joe Cunningham, a former Wolfeboro Club Rotarian.
Past President Diane introduced another Past President, Mike Asselin. Mike presented Paul Harris awards to two of his grandchildren, Alexander and Noah Cleary. The boys have given extraordinary volunteer work to Special Olympics and are dedicated to helping the disabled. Both have also given Mike much to be proud of. They were duly surprised, but with big smiles, at the unexpected recognition.
Our guest speaker was David Mosian, a consultant to the seafood industry. In the past David has worked for the Department of Commerce and the National Fisheries Service. He spoke to us about food safety, particularly seafood.
David began his career in the food industry in 1972 in the kitchen of his local International House of Pancakes. He learned a lot in that early role. Later Mosian embarked on a career in food consulting and regulation.
David explains that the government has long-standing inspection requirements for poultry, beef, dairy, eggs, pork, and veal industries. But the regulations in the fishing industry are relatively new and are not at an equal level of scrutiny. Unlike other food industries, fisheries are not required to have an inspector on site in their plant. Still, most of the larger factories do hire inspectors.
David walked the club through a history of food safety. He discussed the advent of canning, pasteurization and the impact of Upton Sinclair’s seminal work “The Jungle.” Sinclair’s food safety revelations led to the creation of the USDA and FDA in the early 20th century.
David also touched on Clarence Birdseye’s innovative flash-freezing process. He further explained how Edward Deming created a revolution in mass production with Statistical Process Control.
David finished by talking about his work auditing domestic and foreign fish plants. He said that 85% of the fish consumed in the United States comes from other countries. With recent scares, such as food issues in China, David suggested that we ask ourselves some important questions before purchasing seafood. Specifically, is the fish local? Where did it come from? Has it been previously frozen?
David said that most seafood is very safe, including farmed fish. But he further stressed that it’s important to be an informed consumer to avoid any pitfalls.
Respectfully submitted by Russ Grazier, Jr.