Red Badge Talk

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 04, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Aptos and Soquel Interact are doing a beach cleanup on Nov 18th. We are strongly invited.
 
Doug announced that Scotts Valley Rotary is putting together a fundraiser for Leo’s Haven (a Johnny Cash tribute band) Friday Dec 1st.
 
John Fisher awarded Eric a Paul Harris plus 3 pin today  He also reminded us we all need to make a donation to the rotary foundation! For every $25 we contribute to the foundation, we get a chance at a free trip to Toronto next year.
 
Keith reminded us of his annual Christmas party. First Sunday of December as always. No need to bring anything but do RSVP to Keith.
 
Rotaract is raising money for Digital Nest and Jacob’s Heart. See Al if this is something you would like to help with.
 
Dominican Hospital Foundation has a presidential luncheon on Dec 17th with a silent auction and a gala on the 18th. If interested see Win.
 
Homeless services center needs things done to it. A number of clubs thinking about doing a special project there for a couple of days.. maybe a work project.  More info to come.
We had an absent speaker today (unavoidable flat tire!) so Thomas John  Wells Miller bravely volunteered on the spot to give his very entertaining Red Badge talk today.
 
 
Born in 1956 his father took a job with Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville Oklahoma where he was raised. In 1978 he would have graduated from Westminster college but he had protested the denial of a speaker. He stressed we are still resolving this issue. He ended up running his own bicycle shop  and a running a record store. He began an internet business in 1994 and the year 2000 found him in Alaska where he was a city clerk for a small town and was involved in their annexation. He kept a golf course from being developed in the Alaskan territory at the time! He was part of Rotary at the time.
He also spent time as a songwriter and described meeting his wife, Tracy, the Rector at St. Johns in town. He met her at the Planet Blue Grass folk festival where they camped together. He ended with a story about where he was during 911 and reconciliation with his parents on that same day.