Newsletter of the Rotary Club of Green Bay February 3, 2019
Welcome to February!!
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
We have had one crazy weather week and, hopefully, we have had all that bad weather behind us!! Saturday was Ground Hog Day and thousands of people gathered at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to watch a famous groundhog deliver his forecast.
Punxsutawney Phil emerged at around 7:30 a.m. and did NOT see his shadow, predicting an early spring for all of us.
“Faithful followers, there is no shadow of me and a beautiful spring it shall be, “ a member of Phil’s Inner Circle read from the groundhog’s prediction scroll. The crowd cheered.
Unfortunately for us, Phil has not always been correct, and in fact he has only been right 40% of the time in the 130 years he has been at the same job!
Here are some fast facts about Groundhog Day:
"A.J. Dereume, one of the groundhog's handlers, insists Phil's predictions have a 100% accuracy rate -- they just get lost in translation. (I’ve heard that one before!!).
According to lore, the president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club is the only person who can interpret Phil's message. So every year, the groundhog sits on his tree stump and conveys his prediction to the club president, who then directs the vice president to read from a scroll that corresponds with the year's forecast.
"People like to have something to blame for the weather, and the groundhog is the perfect thing to blame," Jones said. "It's better than blaming your meteorologist."
The groundhog tradition dates far more than 130 years, taking its roots in a Christian religious holiday called Candlemas Day. People across Europe took their candles to church on February 2 to have them blessed, believe it would bring good tidings though the winter. Note that February 2nd is half way between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
Over time, the tradition evolved to incorporate weather. If February 2nd was sunny, it meant there would be much more winter ahead. The tradition spread to Germany and a hedgehog got into the mix and patrons watched for his shadow.
As the tradition came to America, where hedgehogs are not that common, the more populous groundhog came in to play the part of the shadow maker.
It’s certainly a reason to party– whether or not the prediction is valid. A Rotary Club in Youngstown Ohio has created its first annual craft beerfest to celebrate the day. You gotta love those Rotarians!! While Service is a priority for Rotarians, having fun and enjoying comradery with other Rotarians is a close second!!
Let’s figure how our Rotary Club can join in with some of these celebrations!
Happy Birthday to these Rotarians who have February Birthdays
- Kate Owens – February 7
- Ian Griffiths – February 14
- Tom Prust – February 15
- Tom Milbourn – February 18
- Kathryn Kroll – February 20
- Steve Mastalir – February 29 – Really??
Happy Anniversary to these Rotarians!
- Ian Griffiths – 16 years
- Steve Handrick – 29 years
- James Kalny – 16 years
- Matt Rentmeester – 12 years
- Monday – February 3, - Achieve Brown County Interim Executive Director, Spencer Bonnie
- Monday - February 11 – Dennis Buehler, CEO Greater Green Bay Community Foundation
- Monday – February 18 – Port of Green Bay, Dean Haen
Flowerama is looking for Delivery Volunteers to deliver flowers on Valentine’s Day, Thursday February 14th. We currently have four vans, but Flowerama would like to have at least one or two more. The sign-up sheet will be available again on February 3rd. Volunteers work in pairs and need a van or SUV to carry flower arrangements. We are looking for One or two more volunteers!!
Committee Meetings –
- Rotary Club of Green Bay Board – February 15, 2019 - Green Bay YMCA
- Membership meeting – Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 am – Copper State
- Community Service Meeting – Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 am - Copper State
The Rotary Club of Youngstown announced its inaugural Groundhog Day Craft Beerfest on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Stambaugh Auditorium in the Jeanne D. Tyler Grand Ballroom. Local, regional and national craft brewers will participate in the event, where patrons will have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of IPAs, stouts, porters and more.
The Groundhog Day Craft Beerfest will raise funds that allow Youngstown Rotary to support local organizations such as Potential Development, Boys and Girls Club, and OH WOW! Children’s Center for Science and Technology. So Green Bay Rotary Club – let’s think of an event like this!!
Do you an idea for a Rotary club speaker for the New Year?
Do you have an idea of a lunch activity that could get our group engaged?
Please contact Barbie Patterson, or me. We would love to get new ideas!
Facebook Keep up to date. "Like" our club page.
Comments powered by CComment