June 20, 2018 Huntsville Rotary Club Minutes

     There were 13 Huntsville Rotarians and 2 Guests present today for the 3rd weekly meeting of the 6th month of  year 2018 for the Huntsville Rotary Club.  President Ken rang the bell at 12:30 pm and asked Chaplain Darrel to return our Thanks in Prayer to our Lord, followed by our giving the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Guests of Charlie’s were his wife, Belva, and grandson, Kelton.

    No new or old business was presented so our Leader asked our weather prognosticator, Dan, for a current outside report.  Looks like below seasonal temps this week and good chances of rain.  May see a return of above seasonal temperatures by middle of next week, with slight chances of precipitation.

    President Ken then asked Roy to present his program.  Roy had traded with Mark Nichols some time ago, so today, he gave us a brief discussion about how the seasons were addressed on the calendar, specifically how some traditions of Summer were observed down through the ages.  Summer is generally recognized as that season where the longest day and shortest night of the year begin.  Summer in our Northern Hemisphere is generally accepted to begin on June 21st, while, if in the Southern Hemisphere, it typically begins on December 21st.  Factors affecting our planet’s rotation account for the seasons, but, normally, in the Northern Hemisphere, we note that Spring begins March 21st, Summer is June 21st, Fall is September 21st, and Winter is December 21st.  Traditions recognized seasons in poems and novels and musical compositions depicting Summer as the time when many crops have been planted and livestock has reproduced.  Wedding bells ring for many during the start of Summer, which reflected a lull in the busy time of an earlier agrarian society for us North of the Equator.  Also, from a military standpoint, Summer marks the time of many great battles, such as D-Day on June 6, 1944.  Napoleon’s Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815.  And the last official battle of the dying Roman Empire was June 20, 451 A.D as the Roman Legions faced Attila and the Huns.  Roy also noted, as a respite from early heatwaves, that Winter is only 6 months away so we can shiver in the cold instead of sweating in the heat.

     Our Leader then asked Clay for the Last Word before adjournment.  Next week is Ken Rathmann’s turn at the podium, also marking his last official meeting as our Club’s President.

 

Members present today:  Jerry Crutchfield, Harry Hall, Darrel Hansen, Clay Joiner, Gerald Link, Roy Morales-Kuhn, Ken Rathmann, Merl Riley, Mark Samp, Tim Seidel, Charlie Serio, Dan Shepherd, and Richard Tregnago.