November 1, 2002 Volume 82, Number 18

Maureen Chapman was joined by Scott Larsen to greet Rotarians today. 

D. Lynn Bryson provided the invocation again this week and Mickey Toft led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Guests 

Maureen Chapman introduced inbound exchange student Sam Pattinson 

Brent Adams introduced outbound exchange student candidate Casey Coleman. 

Jon Triest introduced Hal Rehm of the News Register. 

Mickey Toft introduced McMinnville HS Assistant Principal Jarvis Gomes. 

Member Recognition 

John Larsen tackled Member Recognition. 

Dick Sadler confessed that he had felt guilty not having been contacted by John seeing that his birthday was today, 11/1.  John thanked him for his honesty and accepted his contribution to the Foundation. 

Bob Thompson, photographer for the Club, celebrated his birthday by having his picture taken with his own camera and by contributing $1 for every year plus $1. 

The numbers of birthdays and anniversaries was again slim and John attempted to build some monetary activity for the Foundation by pointing out that there were a large number of interesting sports events.  This started with the Linfield vs. Lewis and Clark match.  John tried to bet on Linfield but, for some reason, couldn’t find anybody willing to put money on L&C.  Feeling sorry for John who is a Lewis and Clark alum, Dale Tomlinson put in $1 for each team.  It got worse - Dan Corrigan bet a house if L&C won. 

Other significant games generated a variety of interest were Oregon vs. Stanford, OSU vs. Arizona, Grizzlies vs. Canby, and Amity vs. Dayton.  We’ll sort this all out next week when the results are in. 

Eve Barnett pointed out that both girls and boys soccer was alive and well at Mac HS and money was put in on their behalf. 

Mike Strange came to the microphone with a multi-faceted brag.  First, the Nature Preserve parking lot is now paved!  He recapped the expansion of Gold’s Gym followed by the announcement that he is opening his 2nd gym in Newberg. 

Dan Corrigan made a quick announcement that he had tickets for sale at $8 for the November 16 Yamhill County Prayer Breakfast. 

Finally, Eric Hanson paid to inform all that that was his daughter painting a face on the cover of the News Register. 

Announcements and Miscellaneous 

Patrick read a thank you letter from Nancy Keim for our contribution to Yamhill County Special Olympics.  Patrick pointed out that he received a pie in the face for his services as a Special Olympics coach – and shared a picture to prove it.  

Patrick announced that we would be gone for the 11/8 and 11/22 meetings and warned us that Waldo Farnham would step in for him. 

Carol Benedict issued a reminder to vote and pointed out that she had left an organizational chart and graph of services on each table. 

D. Lynn Bryson announced that he had accepted the responsibility to chair the Program Committee and called a committee meeting following the regular meeting.  Joe Steward was applauded for his efforts at providing many interesting programs. 

President Patrick called Eve Barnett forward as the last recipient of the Perfect Attendance award for two years.  Eve reminded everybody that Interact meetings count. 

Main Event 

Australia is about 200 years old and started as a convict colony.  The Aborigines have been there for about 60,000 years.

Sam hales from a small town called Boort in the Laddon – Murray Region of Victoria in Southern Australia.  They are about 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne.  He said McMinnville is about 26 times larger than Boort.  The area has a lot of wetlands and wildlife, but it hasn’t rained in 12 months and many of the crops have died. 

Maureen Chapman introduced our own Sam Pattinson as today’s guest speaker. 

Sam began with a very Australian “Good Day” 

He began with a brief lesson in Australian demographics.  There are about 18 million people in Australia compared to 200 million in the U.S. and with a land area about equal to N. America.  He noted that it is much more crowded and busier here. 

 The area is a large cereal cropping region and has become Australia’s largest tomato farming region.  They also have developed an industry in olives they grow sheep for wool.  His dad managed an alfalfa processing mill that compressed alfalfa hay into small bales for overseas shipment.  The dry spell is causing his dad to have to travel around Australia looking for hay to buy.  

What does a 17 year old do in such a small town?  Swimming, tennis, cricket, water skiing, football, and camping in “in the bush with your mates”.  Some of the sports are suffering now because the local lake has dried up. 

Sam’s mom is the principal of his school and also one of 8 members of the local Rotary Club.  He will be repeating his junior year when he returns home next month.  His sister is in her 3rd year at a university studying primary and secondary teaching.  She is following in her mother’s footsteps. 

Sam will be leaving us on December 22 and will be missed.  He will return to a very dry summer after 20 hours of flying time.  He reported that he has enjoyed his time with us and even accrued 25 yards of penalties with the Grizzlies! 

During Q&A we learned that Crocodile Dundee is OK but Australians dislike the Crocodile Hunter.  Maureen finished by asking him when he was going to clean his room.

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