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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Osama bin Laden Hates…Rotary Clubs?

I was flipping through Slate today and one article in particular caught my eye, “The Rotarian Menace: What does Osama have against Rotary clubs? I was intrigued, but not just because I have visited the information table of my local Rotary Club at the state fair. No, what caught my attention is that my college roommate/favorite partner in crime and I were, at one time, Rotary Club HEROES.

In college, we did a LOT of charity work. That’s how we got mixed up with the Rotary Club (maybe that’s how they rope in all their new followers?). We were looking to raise money to help rebuild houses for the less fortunate, and the Rotary Club was willing to help. We ran coin drives, and auctions, and 5K/10K fundraiser races. The Rotary Club fell in love with us. They had never seen such “activism in college youth”. They even invited us to be guest speakers at one of their meetings. I still have the commemorative pen they gave me in appreciation. THESE are the Americans that Osama has a problem with???

Let me tell you a little bit about what goes on at a Rotary Club meeting. First off, ours were held in the dining hall of a nursing home at about 7 am (sinister, I know). When you walked in, there were a lot of elderly people in wheelchairs in the lobby just waiting for the Rotary Club to come for their meeting (since they could often engage at least a few of them in chat about the “good old days” on their way into or out of the building). We would order breakfast off the nursing home menu and chat about new and old business. Who was heading up which new volunteer project, who knew a police officer who might be interested in being a guest speaker on the topic of “Crime in Rural Maryland”. Lots of blue Rotary Club foam front trucker hats, lots of discussion on who had sold their farm, whose hardware store was having a sale, no talk about world domination or Muslim oppression…ever. I will grant you that even the most socially conscious 21 year old is going to miss a 7 am meeting or two. Maybe we missed the days where they talked about the exciting stuff. Or maybe Osama is getting some bad intel on who is and who isn’t a global threat. America knows it happens to the best of us!

Illustration Credit: Rob Donnelly

7 Comments:

Blogger CaptainAdventure said...

As that fellow Rotarian (I still have my pen too), I will second that we NEVER contemplated world domination. Leonardtown domination, maybe, but the world? Come on, we had too many fairs and county board meetings to go to. That said, the graphic used makes the Rotary guy look slightly menacing with that spinning gear heading towards Osama's rear. Just thought I should point out that this is probably not his intent.

11:58 AM

 
Blogger (A Little) Gris Gris said...

Sadly, my favorite thing about this post is that it looks like the Rotary guy is about to give the old "good game" booty slap to Osama. Actually, the original article was really good. Always learnin.

1:37 PM

 
Anonymous d said...

it looks like Ole Man Rotary is going to reach under Osama's robe and change his transmission with that big cog. maybe that is why we can't find the 7 foot tall, 60 yr old man in kidney failure. he is actually a robot. that's not dialysis he's getting...it's an oil change.

2:27 PM

 
Blogger scooterlulu said...

Whatever he is reaching under those robes for...Osama wants nothing to do with it. -Lulu

2:31 PM

 
Blogger (A Little) Gris Gris said...

They're just talking about this on NPR. Scooter & Lulu, you scooped NPR!

12:36 PM

 
Blogger scooterlulu said...

AHHHHH! We scooped The Superficial with our story about the Hoff's new video! Man, you'd think people who spend their whole day being journalists would be quicker with picking up on what is BIG news. -LuLu

12:48 PM

 
Anonymous Bucket said...

Why don't you scoop them all with your story of the younger Pete from the Adventures of Pete and Pete and his apparent appreciation of the sacred herb. (POT). I have inside information if necessary.

6:01 PM

 

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