I appreciate all of the feedback from last week’s bulletin.  My goal, while not always achievable, is to send a Friday bulletin that covers the previous day’s meeting.  In that bulletin, we will have a story, photographs and if available, the video from the meeting.  


Now, obviously if you miss a meeting, you can watch the video, either archived with the story, or live.  We usually go “on air” about 12:20 (usually cutting the sound until the meeting begins) and we stream the meetings live on the internet.  So if you can’t make it, you can watch it.  Of course, we are limited to technology glitches as they occur and an occasional meeting where Wi-Fi access may not be available.  But we hope you enjoy these stories and the effort we take to make this happen. 

I wanted to comment briefly on Dr. Jerry Farley’s presentation last week.  In 2000, my wife and I purchased our first home in College Hill and we were just a block north of 17th Street.  I remember the first year we were there, we saw a few students park their cars on the side streets.  The next year, there were more students parking along the streets.  The following year, they began parking in front of our house.  By the time we moved in 2006, Washburn student’s cars were parked up and down the street and some No Parking signs were added to allow better traffic flow.  To me, this was a year after year testament to the growth of the school and I could see it firsthand.  As a graduate of Washburn University School of Law, I am proud of the transformation of Washburn and I believe the University is part of what makes Topeka a great community.

Finally, my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan.  Rotary International has begun raising money and planning projects for immediate help.   We’ll continue to update you on many of the Rotary activities to help during this difficult time.