Ed Hoffman

Harpoon Notes for December 5, 2018

President Greg rang the Rotary bell following a beautiful piano prelude by Past President John Ackenhusen. A full assembly of Rotarians and guests rose to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Greg then addressed the room: “Good afternoon, I’m doing the Inspiration today. This Friday marks the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The architect […]

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Meeting Notes for November 14, 2018

President Greg rang the Rotary bell, signally the opening of the meeting. He nodded to Katie Bauer, who came to the podium to deliver the Inspiration — and a stunner it was. “One hundred years ago the fighting in World War I ended,” Katie began. She then read quotes from Presidents Woodrow Wilson and John […]

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Meeting Notes for October 10, 2018

President Greg struck the Rotary bell as only a Nebraska man can…no, he didn’t miss it. Its clarion tones circled the Weber’s ballroom as Deanna Relyea quickly launched into “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Toni Gupta, her eyes intent on the flag, came up after a moment and delivered a heartfelt Inspiration. “These are the 7 Rules […]

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Meeting Notes for September 26, 2018

After President Greg rang the Rotary bell, and following a spirited “Star-Spangled Banner,” Lauren Heinonen came up to deliver a fabulous Inspiration. Lauren, one of RCAA’s newest (and youngest) members, is a real luminary; the Rotary spirit of service above self shines brilliantly around her. She spoke of epiphanies — of that spark that can […]

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Harpoon Notes for September 5, 2018

Past President Collyer Smith wielded the gavel with the assurance of a true elder statesman. President Greg, enjoying a reunion at his alma mater, Nebraska, displayed his usual sagacity by appointing a seasoned delegate. Cheers went up; it was like Washington returning from retirement in 1798 to head American forces in the Quasi War. Pride […]

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Harpoon Notes for August 29, 2018

President Greg rang the Rotary bell, opening the luncheon meeting. Shelley MacMillan came to the podium and delivered a moving Inspiration replete with quotes from Noam Chomsky, Jimmy Dean, and Lemony Snickett. Jim Irwin then bounded up to lead us (first) in a spirited “Hail to the Victors” which, no doubt, conferred the appropriate oblations […]

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Harpoon Notes for August 22, 2018

The Rotary bell rang from somewhere; probably from a guard tower as it seemed like roll call at Stalag 17. President Greg, left arm cradled in a sling, struck a dramatic pose. With his sports jacket draped rakishly, he peered at our motley assembly much like Preminger from the stoop of his commandant’s hut. He […]

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Meeting Notes for August 15, 2018

Joan Knoertzer’s lovely piano prelude wafted members and guests gently toward the business at hand. A ring of the Rotary bell by President Emeritus John Ackenhusen, who looked remarkably relaxed from his several weeks of freedom, signaled the meeting’s commencement. James Corey came forward and delivered a cogent Inspiration, opening with a quote from acclaimed […]

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