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1. Sharon recapped the awarding of Rotary Scholarships at the Awards Ceremony at Apache Junction High School. She, Larry Wight and Len LaFlesch were there representing the club and Dana Hawman took pictures. The awardees, each of whom received a $500 scholarship, were:
Beatriz De Santiago
Yanori Nava Porto
Len found out that since 1978, our Rotary club has donated $138,000 in college scholarships - an amazing figure. Larry reported that community groups donated $91,400 this year in scholarships and if the college-source scholarships are figured in, the total is well over 1 million dollars.
2. Larry Wight was welcomed into our club as our newest member. Brian Kabat presented him with his Rotary pin.
3. Bob Homann was presented with his PHF + 8 pin by President Ed Shockley.
4. President Ed noted that several of our club member were at the Boys and Girls Club fund raiser. The event was successful in generating funds for the club.
5. Larry Wight reported that the Lori Blank and Associates "Shred-A-Thon" shredded 6 1/4 tons of paper documents.
6. Tracey Yamamoto served as our Sergeant-at-Arms and did a great job.
7. The drawing today was worth $133.50. Art Hergatt won $10 but drew the jack of clubs, so the joker continues to elude capture.
Ed Shockley introduced today's speaker Warren Salinger. Warren came to the U.S in 1939 when his family fled Nazi Germany. He spent 1952-1958 in USAF intelligence interviewing German POWs and refugees returning to Germany from Eastern Europe. For the past 14 years following retirement, he has taught a "World Affairs Seminar" on Holland-America cruise ships, attracting as many as 500 attendees.
Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the resort's projector to work off Warren's laptop so Brian Kabat held Warren's laptop over the podium for the duration of the talk.
The West (USA and Western Europe) have dominated the world economy since the Industrial Revolution. The West laid down the rules by which international trade is conducted, the organizations and agreements that make it work as well as the protection of international trade routes. However, we are now at a time in history when the West's total economic domination is eroding. The economies of Asian countries like China, India, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea have been growing rapidly; the new era has been called "The Rise of the Rest". It will be a period when no single country or group of countries will be dominant - rather the economy will be global in scope.
Globalization means the free movement of 1. Goods 2. Money 3. Technology 4. People. We have succeeded at 1-3, less so for 4. The growth of the global economy has brought one billion people around the world out of poverty and into a better life. Two major drivers of globalization were 1. the invention and application of the Charge-Coupled Device to convert optical images to electrical charges that can be transmitted across long distances (think cameras, satellite photos, TV pictures, internet photos, cell phones, etc.) and 2. containerization that made the movement of goods so much more rapid and efficient and the development of huge container ships (90% of world trade goes by sea). There are several choke points for ship-borne trade - the Straits of Malacca, the Straits of Hormuz, the Bosporus, and the Suez Canal. The Panama Canal has recently been widened to allow larger container ships so one choke point has been removed.
Warren thinks it was a bad move for the US to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It will just open the door for more Chinese influence among Asian nations. Trade protectionist policies are also a dangerous way to go. The Smoot-Hawley Bill of 1930 raised tariffs on 900+ products coming into the US to "protect our country". Economists think the effects of this one bill lengthened the Great Depression by at least two years.
Thank you Warren for a very interesting presentation!
Debra Jusko - May 2
Brian Kabat - May 3
Larry Wight - May 12
Jeannie Anderson - May 23
Bob Crow - May 23
Len LaFlesch - May 25
Ed and Cassandra Shockley - May 5, 11 years
Mike and Jackie McCord - May 27, 10 years
CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
None in May
Our newest member is Larry Wight. Larry works as a real estate broker and auctioneer for Lori Blank & Associates.
Larry was a Rotarian in the Valley Center, CA club before joining our club. Larry's wife's name is Paula and they live in San Tan Valley. Len LaFlesch is Larry's club sponsor. Welcome to our club Larry! We look forward to great things from you. Larry already participated in the presentation of the Rotary Scholarships at the AJ High School along with Len and Sharon Stinard.
May 3 - Michelle Reagan - Arizona Secretary of State
May 10 - Todd Kopcha - Special Agent, FBI Phoenix
May 17 - Mark Lamb - Pinal County Sheriff
May 24 - Jeff Downing - GCUMC Food Bank
June 11-14 - Rotary International Conference - Atlanta
June 23-24 - District Conference - Flagstaff, AZ
September 14-26 - Rotary Trip to South Africa (Blessman)