By Dan Duncan
Oct. 24, 2012 — The Grayson Rotary Club had a special guest for their weekly meeting on Monday.
Introduced by former Ashland Rotary Club President Cheryl Spriggs, who is now servicing as a Rotary Assistant District Governor, Hardman talked about this year’s Rotary theme, “Peace and Service.”
Hardman said she was glad to learn that many of the Grayson Rotary Club’s activities already promote the theme, with their annual pancake breakfast, high school senior salutes, area scholarships and the club’s donations to Project Merry Christmas and other local concerns, like adult literacy programs, in service the community.
Several current Grayson Rotary members already serve on boards in several of these area activities.
Hardman expressed how important it was that Rotary Clubs work together. “One or two clubs might be very successful, but they can’t do it all,” she said. “Using the experience of other clubs worldwide helps them to be more successful as we work together to obtain Rotary goals.”
Hardman told a story to illustrate how important it was to work with others. She talked about an electrical storm recently that resulted in a “spike” that shut down her workplace’s entire computer system.
“Thankfully there were surge protectors installed and it just involved restarting most of the computers,” she said, “and everything came back to normal.”
“But a couple of day’s later one computer operator said their computer wasn’t working. It wouldn’t even start up.”
“I did what little I knew to troubleshoot and it still wouldn’t come on,” she said. “Then I started tracing wires from the computer and monitor to the surge protector and from the surge protector to the wall outlet, and then discovered that the surge protector was plugged into itself.”
“That’s when I realized if you’re plugged into yourself, then you don’t have any power!” she said.
Hardman also talked about how vital the continued growth of women in Rotary clubs throughout the world.
“At one time, Rotary didn’t recognize women as members,” she said. “But all that has changed, and for the better.”
Hardman also reported that there were only 160 cases of polio in just three countries during 2011, as one of Rotary’s primary goals is to eradicate polio.
Rotary’s worldwide commitment (PolioPlus) to work with national and international health organizations in developing nations have been successful in immunizing more than one billion children against polio through PolioPlus grants.
The Grayson Rotary Club meets each Monday at noon at the Grayson Shoney’s. If interested in joining the Grayson Rotary, contact Charlotte Sparks at 474-9047.