August 4, 2010 Rotary Meeting
The meeting was called to order by Wesley Richter.
The opening song, “This Land is My Land” was led and sung by Payton Leonard and Wesley Richter.
The pledge of Allegiance was led by Vinay Khetarpal, Vijay Khetarpal’s son.
The invocation was given by Payton Leonard, daughter of Adona Leonard, guest of Jan Brose
Introduction of guests by Jeanne Richter:
Wendy Wen, guest of Jan Brose; Sunita Patial with HSBC, guest of Vijay Khetarpal; Visiting Rotarian, Rel Olano, Past President of Rotary Club in Tagum, Philippines and his wife, Berlinda; Adona Leonard and her daughter Payton Leonard, guests of Jan Brose; Vinay Khetarpal, Vijay Khetarpal’s son; James Cribbin with John Hancock, guest of Vijay Khetarpal; Josh Tober, grandson of Morris Gevinson; Wesley Richter, Jeanne Richter’s son and Wyatt, Sebastian and Samantha, children of Rotary member Jeff Aronson.
President Jeanne introduced Jan Brose, noting that today is the first day of having Jan Brose as Sergeant of Arms to which Jan was greeted by loud round of boos. Jan’s opening lines were, “It’s a fine, fine, fine day”. Jan announced that the next birthday is that of Jean Pagán-Bullock next Monday, August 9th. A couple of new themes were announced: There is going to be passed around a change for charities box. It is making rounds every week so dump your wallets, purses, etc… Also there will be a Rotary trivia quiz every week. If you know the answers, raise your hand but if you don’t know the answer, then you are fined. Jan also added a new focus on random acts of kindness: if you perform or witness a random act of kindness, please report it at the next Rotary meeting.
Jeanne gave five happy bucks for filling up the room today.
Morris gave happy bucks because he is glad his grandson is visiting and also for having the best Sergeant of Arms.
Jeff Aronson gave happy bucks in appreciation of having his children here today.
Vijay gave three happy bucks in honor of his three visitors today
Anne gave five happy bucks in celebration of starting a new Rotary year and because Vinay is the first program.
Jan gave five happy bucks for Wendy’s visit today, for Payton visiting and for Vinay being here also in honor of Vinay being today’s speaker.
For next week’s program, Anne asked everyone to bring a list of books that they would like to read.
Anne Benefield introduced Vinay Khetpera, today’s speaker. Vinay was president of the Wootton High School Interact Club. Today Vinay will speak about the things that are important to him, technologies that are second nature to him but perhaps unknown to us.
Vinay is currently attending the University of Maryland and started his business last year – a computer repair and personal technology consultant business. Vinay spoke on the changes in technology – that it is so different and ever changing that it is impossible to keep up. Technology changes every day, every hour. People often believe they need to change their technology instead of assessing whether it is better to update their current product rather than replace it.
Vinay’s goal is to make working with him friendly and satisfactory. He started advertising his business with handouts, with little results. Now Vinay uses the Internet with good results and responses. Vinay spoke of the different ways he markets his business: the Internet, Facebook, and Twitter produce the best resources for him.
Vinay’s presentation was warmly received from an appreciative audience.
Anne Benefield commended Vinay for being proactive and for his enthusiasm.
Morris brought in the banner for the 50th club anniversary. Anyone who wants to sign the banner is welcome to do so.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 pm by Jeanne Richter.