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New Canaan Rotary Club Bulletin                                             August 18, 2016
 
The Year of the Bow Tie gets curiouser and curiousier.  Apparently a sudden inspiration to leave New Canaan for Williamsburg overcame President 2.0 and, before he was able to arrange for a stand-in, he found himself well on his way to his destination.  What to do?  How about a broadcast email to the membership stating that he has abandoned his post and entreating someone, anyone, to act in loco presidentus?  Sounds like a plan.  Fortunately President-Elect Valerie filled the void admirably and handled the meeting management like a grizzled veteran.  The 2.0 management style is certainly unique.
 
The very first time Valerie appeared before the Club in her leadership role she correctly requested the introduction of Visiting Rotarians and guests.  Virtually unprecedented.  The unfortunate absence of either diminished her performance not a whit.  Next year could be BIG.
 
Joe Rucci announced that Ed Nordgaard’s memorial service will take place at the First Congregational Church of New Canaan on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM.
 
On the Lobsterfest front Fireman Fred requested a meeting of his formidable staff following the meeting, said to look out for Amy’s email sign-up sheet which should be distributed shortly [he stated the minimum commitment he is expecting will be 6 hours], and entreated the membership to sell, sell, sell.  Then Ducatmeister Richard rose and informed the audience that he has received a disappointing 20% of the receipts he is ultimately expecting based on each member’s ticket allocation.  If you have not as yet given Richard the check for your tickets, GET IT UP!  This would be a good year to abandon our tradition of torturing anyone foolish enough to take on a position of responsibility.  The Lobsterfest is our major opportunity to fund our local, District and international service initiatives for the year.  Just because 2.0 isn’t here is no reason not to support him.
 
The Exchange Committee, Ann and Alex, then reminded the audience that they have successfully completed [and passed] committee level training and that Betsy and [surprisingly] Ben had aced the host family training just in time to welcome Alvaro next week.  As noted in the recent EXTRA edition of the Bullet, Alvaro will be our speaker next week.  If you are in town, be there.  The Committee needs an ambassador from 9:00 until 6:00 next Friday to be responsible for Alvaro – take him on a tour of the town, take him swimming, play golf, etc.  If you can be that person contact Ann [anncheney23@gmail.com] or Alex [alex.e.grantcharov@gmail.com].  It is time to step up and make Alvaro feel welcome in New Canaan.
 
Steve was enlisted to perform the sergeant duties and to no one’s surprise commenced his performance by uttering what has become his mantra, “I got nuthin’.”  Contradicting that initial statement, he then launched into a golf joke that offended every distaff member of the audience, although, truth be told, it was pretty funny.  Fines followed from Dr. John who was transported by the sophisticated cabaret act of George Baker at the pop-up park last evening; Fred a happy for a week in New Orleans [although August may not have been the optimum month to visit]; Rob was happy to have his son back from an academic/adventure experience in the Caribbean; Ann had a meager happy one for a week in New Hampshire; and Chris Snyder by way of B.T. had a sad because he would miss Ed Nordgaard’s infectious smile.  Before retreating to his seat, Steve once again flogged the NC Chamber of Commerce golf tournament at Wee Burn on September 26th.  He promised to continue hectoring the membership from now until then unless he gets some results, so discretion being the better part of valor, someone please step up.  For a mere $5,000 you could be the Spieth Title Sponsor [unless Steve beats you to it].
 
Once again following his President’s lead, Program Chair Ken was absent, so President-Elect Valerie donned her Acting Program Chair hat and introduced the day’s speaker, our very own B.T. Bowler, NCHS Class of 1986, married with three children, Ridgefield resident, and NC based Ameriprise financial advisor for the past 22 years.  His subject was the Fiduciary Rule promulgated by the federal Department of Labor, and thus known as the DOL Rule.  It’s stated purpose is to make transparent to the account owner what fees or friction are associated with her account.  Noble goal.  In its normal efficient fashion, the federal government has managed to condense this objective into an easy to understand, crystal clear document numbering in excess of 1,000 pages.  The SEC is supposed to regulate the financial services business, but in this case the Department of Labor wrote the Rule and, having no enforcement arm of its own, farmed that out to the IRS.  What could possibly go wrong?  B.T. stated that aggregate 401k’s and IRA’s in the U.S. total some $20 trillion dollars.  Various layers of government want a piece of that money and so have been exempted from any compliance constraints placed on the private sector.  There are literally thousands of broker/dealers in the country, most of which will not be able to bear the cost of compliance with the Rule and will be forced to either consolidate with the few remaining large firms or go out of business.  As B.T. moved from one side of the room to the other, playing the different roles of the affected parties, the whole subject became somewhat opaque.  His conclusion, if I understood it, is that the Rule is another example of enormously disruptive regulation fundamentally changing the face of financial services in the country over the next few years.  When the dust settles, he opined, Registered Investor Advisor Valerie will still be standing.  Heavy stuff!
 
Mike Bloomberg
Open Invitation to New Canaan Connecticut Residents to Host a Rotary Youth Exchange Student
Dear New Canaan Rotarians and Residents of New Canaan,
 
Rotary's Youth Exchange Program is one of the oldest and most successful Rotary programs. Every year, about 8,000 young people from around the world participate in the program.  It provides an opportunity for the students and their host families to understand other countries and cultures, bringing the world a little closer.
 
 
Thanks to the efforts of John Marlowe and Ann Cheney, the Rotary Club of New Canaan, has returned to the Youth Exchange Program. The club is sponsoring an outbound student, Caleigh Murray, a sophomore at New Canaan High School, who will leave for Madrid, Spain in August to begin her year abroad.
 
And we will be welcoming an inbound student, Rikke Sten Holst, a 15 year old girl from Denmark, to our community. We are looking for three warm and caring families to receive Rikke into their homes for about three and a half months each from mid-August 2015 to June 2016. It is an opportunity to have an experience of a lifetime. We have heard many times of the life long friendships that have developed between exchange students and their host families.
 
If you or any friend or family would like to be a host family, please contact Ann Cheney at ann@stewartsmarket.com. More information may be obtained at the Youth Exchange website: rotary.org/en/youth-exchange.
 
Your lives will be enriched as much as the student's.
 
Regards,
Ben
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New Canaan Rotary Club Seeks Hosts Families for 2015-16 Youth Exchange
Help an Exchange Student have  the experience of a lifetime.
 
The Rotary Club of New Canaan is sponsoring a 16 year old female student from Denmark . She will be a Sophomore at New Canaan High School during the 2015-16 school-year.
 
We are looking for three warm and caring families to welcome the student into their home for about 3 1/2 months each from mid-August  2015 to June 2016.
 
It's an opportunity to give an experience of a lifetime for the student and your family.
 
If you or any friend or family would like to be a host family please contact Ann Cheney
Email: ann@stewartsmarket.com
 
For more information check the Website: www.rotary.org/en/youth-exchanges
 
2015.06.11 New Canaan Rotary Club Bulletin
New Canaan Rotary Club Bulletin                                               June 11, 2015
 
As the sand runs out of the hourglass on his presidential year Pastor Eric has abandoned his post and left his flock almost without direction.  Fortunately the combination of Fireman Fred and Doctor John [it apparently takes two men to replace the versatile Eric] stepped into the void and shepherded the membership through the obstacle course each Rotary meeting represents.  Good timing, good command of the stage, good projection and good prayer.  A good performance in supporting roles.
 
Fred called for the introduction of Visiting Rotarians and guests.  Assistant District Governor from the Westport Sunrise Club John Hendrickson was introduced as was Orlando, FL Rotarian neuroscientist Kiminobu Sugaya who briefly explained that he is in town to present a lecture at the Greenwich Library on the subject “Music and the Brain” on Saturday at 1:00 PM.  A concert featuring his violinist wife will follow at 2:00.  Admission is free.  Marshall Mayer, about whom more later [note the foreshadowing] was also in attendance as a guest of Leo.
 
At 1:45 Kevin arrived.
 
Gentle Ben eschewed his intimidating threat of a week ago and quietly encouraged everyone to join him at the Waveny Carriage House this evening from 6:30 until 8:30 to enjoy the Va Va Vroom car art display while interacting with the purveyors of fine cheeses and wines as well as craft beers during the second annual Rotary Wine and Cheese event.  The de minimus charge will be $35 per entrant and attendance by others [non-Rotarians] is encouraged.
 
Leo then rose and called the aforementioned Marshall Mayer to the front of the room where Leo presented him with a check in the amount of $6,850 representing the combined contributions of the New Canaan, Darien and Fairfield Clubs matched by a District Grant for his development of “fish condos” and educational programs in the Philippines.  Marshall is a remarkable young Washington University graduate who already in his young life has lived in the U.S., China, Japan, Turkey and the Philippines.  The project in the Philippines is the result of his post-typhoon observation that “someone should do something” only to look in the mirror and discover that he was someone.  The rest is [recent] history.
 
Amy informed us that she had received a nice thank you note from HALO for their grant from our Club which they indicated would be comingled with contributions from other U.S. Clubs and used to de-mine a site in Cambodia.  They have closed their New York and San Francisco offices [both cities having now been completely de-mined according to George Baker] leaving their sole office in the country in Washington, D.C.
 
Lisa composed an announcement that during the next three Saturday morning Farmers Markets the Library will have live music presentations across Maple Street and invited everyone to attend.
 
Finally, Sergeant Scott explained why men wear earrings and went on to collect a happy $100 from Magoo on the occasion of his 13th grandchild, an adopted Chinese girl, and a smaller contribution from wannabe Rich Townsend who has evened his team of six grandchildren at three boys and three girls.
 
Fred then asked Librarian Lisa to introduce two of her protégés at the New Canaan Library, Alexa Roy the Reference Librarian and Laura Miller the Digital Services Manager.  Both young ladies are relatively recent recruits with very impressive credentials who explained “the library that never sleeps.”  Most of the Library’s collections -  music, film, ebooks, newspapers, audiobooks, TV programs, and magazines – are now available on-line 24/7.  To access these resources go to newcanaanlibrary.org, click on Digital Library and, using Overdrive, Hoopla and Zinio you will be able to find that which you seek.  In case this is intimidating, they are conducting Open Tech sessions on Tuesday evenings between 6:00 and 7:45.  They also offer numerous courses designed to make the digital experience easier and more satisfying.  They are apparently so effective that Ben blurted out “even my wife can understand them.”  With 75% of NC residents having a Library Card that has been used in the past two years it is obvious that the Library and these talented young ladies are important today and will lead us smoothly into the digital age.  Lisa is justifiably proud of these wonderful additions to her staff.  Yet another educational and inspirational program!
 
Andrew Carnegie
 
Russell Hampton
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