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Volume 00 Issue 01

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

The summer is fast drawing to a close, and many of us are returning from trips abroad. This Friday’s meeting would be an excellent time to begin your long-planned program of 100% attendance at Rotary meetings. V.P. David has lined up a very learned speaker, Dr. Sherman Fung, founder of Bio-Sciences, SGS Hong Kong Ltd. who may be giving us some valuable investment tips.

The welcoming committee tomorrow will be myself and PP Chris Wong (perhaps this duty will help to bring him out of hibernation). I believe that the welcoming committee serves an important role in Club meetings. From time to time, I have seen out-of-town visiting Rotarians left with no one to talk to. It is the duty of those on the welcoming committee to keep an eye out for such visitors, and to make sure that they are properly welcomed and looked after during the meeting. From now on I will be alerting you when your turn comes up. Please take this job seriously.

You can take the following story less seriously.

A college English professor was explaining to his students the concept of gender association in the English language. He stated how hurricanes at one time were given feminine names and how ships and planes were usually referred to as “she”. One of the students raised their hand and asked “What “gender” is a computer”?

The professor wasn’t certain which it was, so he divided the class into two groups, males in one, females in the other, and asked them to decide if a computer should be masculine or feminine. Both groups were asked to give four reasons for their recommendation. The group of women concluded that computers should be referred to in the masculine gender because:

1. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.
2. They have a lot of data but are still clueless.
3. They are supposed to help you solve your problems, but half the time they ARE the problem.
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that, if you had waited a little longer, you could have had a better model.

The men, on the other hand, decided that computers should definitely be referred to in the feminine gender because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.
3. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval.
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

Yours in Rotary

President Bill