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                                                                                                 The Monthly Newsletter of the Muncie Rotary Club                       October 2007

                                                                       The Muncie Rotary Club,
                                                                       Club No. 327, District
                                                                       6560 was organized
                                                                                                   Ethics: not culture or religion
                                                                       July 13, 1917.
                                                                                                                           Of the things we think, say or do

                                                                                                                               Is it the TRUTH?
                                                                        For man, autumn is a time of                           Is it FAIR to all concerned?
                                                                        harvest, of gathering together.                        Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER
                                                                        For nature, it is a time of sowing,                    Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
                                                                        of scattering abroad.
                                                                                                                           Its four brief questions are not based on culture or religion.
                                                                                                                           Instead, they are a simple checklist for ethical behavior. They
                                                                         Edwin Teale                                       transcend generations and national borders.

                                                                                                                            As Rotarians, we should have The Four-Way Test in mind in
                                                                       October                     every decision we make, all day long. Our utmost responsibility is to speak the truth,
                                                                       Calendar                    to be fair, to build goodwill and better friendships, and to do our very best in all situ-
                                                                       2 Sharon McShurley
                                                                       Candidate for Muncie        Today more than ever, we need a vision and knowledge of what is happening around
                                                                       Mayor                       us, a new view of cultural and religious phenomena, without dividing humankind into
                                                                                                   limited and subjective categories. That’s the tenet for a better world and a job for us
                                                                       9 Dr. Jo Ann Gora           Rotarians: not engaging in politics, but serving without any boundaries.
Officers and Directors                                                 President of BSU
                                                                                                   This happens through our programs, and it happens through acting as a guide for
                                                                       16 Muncie Symphony          international coexistence, providing a forum for dialogue and discussion worldwide,
President            Directors                                                                     giving perspective to views and models, finding new solutions using Rotarians’ great
Tom Farris           Jennifer Abrell—2008                              23 TBA
                                                                                                   knowledge and expertise, and having interfaith, multicultural, and ethical standards
President-elect      David Gobble—2008                                                             as guiding principles in all dealings.
                                                                       30 Jim Mansfield
Gary Demaree         Joann McKinney—2008                               Candidate for Muncie
Past President       Jud Fisher - 2009                                 Mayor                       No divine right can be vested in anyone to pronounce the final word or the ultimate
Brent Webster        Jeff Imel - 2009                                                              truth. In matters of faith and religion, prescriptive morality should be avoided, as it
Secretary            Roni Johnson - 2009                               November                    often is the root cause of hostility and divisiveness. Global ethics is based on an in-
Ray Montagno         Steve Bassett - 2010                                                          terfaith mind and ecumenical way of living. The one universal, unsurpassed principle
Treasurer            Julie Bering - 2010                               6 Bill Richards             expressed by nearly every major religion and values system is similar to the golden
                     Gina Godsey Bradburn - 2010                       BSU Men's Tennis            rule: Do to others as you would have them do to you.
                     Bob Gortner - 2010                                Coach
                                                                                                   Today, it is especially confusing to determine what is really right and wrong. But the
                                                                                                   fundamentals of Rotary are bound to universal ethics and humanity without any
                                                                       Next Board                  boundaries between race, religion, or ethnic background.
Web Master—                                                            Meeting
Newsletter Editor — Molly K. Robertson                                 October 23rd
Submissions to:                                                                                                                              Continued on Page 3
                            The Matter of Equal Rights                                                    Presidents Letter
       Page 2               By Phil Ball
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Page 3

                                                                                                                                            While the Marines are looking for a
                                   he United States of America tries to be a beacon to the world—
                                                                                                                                            few good men, Muncie Rotary Club is
                                   in every way—especially in its history of inclusiveness and its
                                                                                                                                            looking for many outstanding leaders to
                                   intolerance of bigotry. We support the poor as well as the rich. The
                                                                                                                                            step forward to help advance our Club.
                            young and the old. The farmers and the city slickers. The straight people
                                                                                                                                            Most of you completed and returned
                            and the bent people. The native born and the illegal immigrants. White,
                                                                                                                                            your surveys indicating your special
                            Black, Red, Asian—even French people. Rotary, Kiwanis, Exchange Club,
                                                                                                                                            Rotary areas of interest.
                            the Lions, Optimists, etc. We support both good citizens and lawyers
                                                                                                                                            The next step is to ask members to
                                                                                                                                            step forward to chair or co-chair Club
                            And…and… I hasten to add, we tend to support equal rights for men and                                           committees, which are identified on
 October                    women. Oh, the Republicans did vote the equal rights amendment (for                                             the insert page. We have a list of mem-
                            women) down a few years back. But most Americans, both male and                                                 bers interested in serving on various
 Birthdays                  female, have had a mother—except for test tube babies—so the average                                            committees, so we have a good start
                            American wants women to have their proper and equal rights.                                                     towards committee team-building. If
 6 Hank Millius
                                                                                                                                            two people would like to co-chair a
 7 Elissa McDonald          This brings me to the situation at Ball State. Heading the University is a
                                                                                                          committee, that is perfectly o.k. – we know that many of us have busy
 7 Terry Walker             woman! A woman! Why couldn't they have found a man for BSU president?
                                                                                                          schedules. Your leadership will help make our Club one of the best
 8 Jacqueline Siefker       Isn't America a patriarchal society? Remember Ball State's halcyon days
                                                                                                          around. Feel free to fax this page, indicate your choices and fax to me
 10 Tom Kinghorn            of yore with Lem Pittenger, Jack Emens, and Jerry Anderson. All men.
                                                                                                          at 284.5314; email to me:; mail to Tom Far-
 14 Marshall Roch           Isn't God a man? Yes! Michelangelo painted his picture on the ceiling of
                                                                                                          ris, P.O. Box 2542, Muncie, IN 47307; or phone 284.5313. I need your
 16 Dave Talyor             the Sistine Chapel in Rome… I've seen that…yes, God's a man. Wasn't
                                                                                                          selections by October 10th. Your vision, expertise and participation is
 19 Merrill Greene          Jesus a man? Yes! I saw his picture in my Sunday school books when I
                                                                                                          integral to the continuing success and relevancy of our Rotary Club.
 20 Marianne                was a kid. Jesus was a youngish man with long hair and a beard and a
 Vorhees                    bath robe and Birkenstock sandals. Yes! Moses, Matthew, Mark, Luke,
 23 Andrew Dale             John, and Julius Caesar were all men.                                         President Tom
 30 Richard Hughes
 30 Mike Lunsford
                            Haven't all our American Presidents been men! Yes! And remember               Tom
                            Lincoln in his Gettysburg address spoke about our "forefathers" not our
                            "foremothers." Yes, America and all the world are patriarchal societies.      Ethics, continued from Page 1
                            But, now I remember that also male were Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun,
                            and Adolph Hitler, so being male isn't always akin to perfection—usually,     Rotary offers a possibility for solving ethical problems. Well-trained,
                                  but not always.                                                         well-engaged in social life, and with strong consciences, Rotarians must
                                   And back to President Gora, isn't she a Rotarian? Yes! And hasn't      try to address these issues through Rotary’s vocational and community
                                   she in her three years done a great job? Yes! Buildings going up       service programs. People all over the world need more safety, tolerance,
                                   all over the campus. New roadway entrances. Stadium upgrading.         understanding, and love. They want to live in peace.                            Save the date!
                                   A winning women's basketball team. A snack bar in the Bracken          Tolerance, fairness, respect, compassion, and hope are particularly needed      Our annual
                                   Library. Everything at Ball State is being redefined.                  today We should know what the human culture is made of, and what it             Holiday
                                  Yes, we Rotarians should support equal rights for women as well as      means to different people and to the identity of other nationalities. The       Dinner Dance
                                  all other groups—Lebanese, Fredonians, Belgravians, Kazakhstan-         knowledge of other cultures, along with the skill to face the dissimilarities   will be
                                  ians, Hollywood actors—whatever. Even Eskimos are finally getting       in our lives and lifestyles, seems to be a key point and the biggest issue.
                                                                                                                                                                                          December 14th at
                                  their rightful place in American society. McDonalds is bringing out
                                  a new kind of Eskimo sandwich… not the old chocolate covered ice        Rotary, whose club members represent many cultures and religious be-            the
The Minnetrista                  cream bar…this one will be called "The Mc Blubber"—and guess             liefs and are committed to high ethical standards, can support mutual           Delaware
Cultural Center, at 1200    what's in it?                                                                 understanding and serve as a tool for peace. Rotarians and Rotary clubs         Country Club
North Minnetrista Parkway                                                                                 all over the world — in small country towns and huge capitals, in the East
                            Isn't America great! Oh, Say Can you See the Beautiful for Spacious Skies     and West, South and North — may provide enduring forums for peace
is the site of the weekly
                            and the Rockets Red Glare and the Bombs Bursting in Air?                      discussions and together work for peace.
Muncie Rotary Club Meet-
ing at noon on Tuesdays.                                                                                  Adapted from an article by Lars-Olof Fredriksson, RI Director-elect