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Following the year Charlie Zumkehr was President, 1979-1980, Glenn Saltzman accepted the gavel and announced the highlight of his term was the Past President Ted Rowe gift to Rotary International of $35,098 and as a result many Past Presidents received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

Now I have Good News and Bad News!

First the BAD NEWS!

This will be my last History Moment for the near future!  Since June of 2020 I’ve given these weekly moments some 70 times, trying to remind us of our illustrious past and encourage us to build on that heritage to even better tomorrows!
Asad Khan introduced today’s speaker, Atoosa Alavi. Atoosa is an intellectual property attorney and entrepreneur. She is currently the Chief Cousel for AlphaMicron in Kent and owns the start-up company Immobileyes, Inc. Her presentation was titled Iran: Then and Now.
Atoosa was born and raised in Mashad, Iran. Mashad is a holy city and a pilgrimage destination. Her parents still reside in Iran, but she says she is unable to visit them at this time as she feels it would be unsafe. After high school, she moved to England to attend school and spent 15 years there where she studied to be a dentist and oral surgeon. She eventually moved to the United States where she earned her JD from Case Western Reserve University.
Atoosa shared a slide show featuring the geography, history, tourism, and religion of Iran, noting that a common misconception is that the entire country is a desert filled with camels. While they do have some deserts they also have green, mountainous areas too. The country has a rich history dating back to the Persian Empire, which has influenced the architecture and gardens of Iran today. The capital city, Tehran, saw 6 million tourists in 2017.
She shared images of her family and growing up in Iran prior to the Revolution in 1978-1979, which she says was similar to the US at that time. She also shared facts about the nation’s capital and the country’s wealth obtained through the oil and petroleum industry. She acknowledged that women in Iran are in a different position than some of their neighboring countries with 60% enrolled in university. They are required to wear a hijab now which came about after the revolution.  
A Q&A session followed her presentation during which she indicated that she misses the warmth of the people of Iran most when she thinks of her home country. When asked what she likes best about living in America she says that it is the unique feeling (considered arrogance by other countries) Americans have knowing that they can do anything or become anything and that they have a path to do so. She is thankful that she sees this in her own children.
Assad Khan introduced todays’ speaker – Husein Kitabwalla, a Kenyan native, who came over to this country in response to an opportunity to attend the College of Wooster.  Mr. Kitabwalla is the CEO of a global company called Sodexo…whose mission it is to conduct good business in a good way that has a powerful positive impact on the 100 million consumers it serves everyday. They create quality of life when they integrate their unique wide range of On-site, Benefits and Rewards and Personal and Home Services. They are driven by their care for its people and their quality of life is their top priority.
Mr. Kitabwalla is here today to share his five core principals – notions that have guided him through life and contributed to much of his success professionally and personally.
  • GOOD LUCK --opportunity and preparedness- have a plan…
  • HUMAN SPIRIT – Dream / Believe / Courage / Trust -  have faith…
  • LOVE – Passion / Focus / Commitment – follow your heart…
  • ATTENTION / INTENTION – energize and transform..
The opportunity to came to this country has had a profound effect on Mr. Kitabwalla.  As others have extended kindness and opportunity to him, so too will he pay it forward.
My history moment today is going to jump ahead in time considerably. Why?  Well due to a nice note I received from past president Charlie Zumkehr  now in Key Largo, FL, along with a very generous donation to our 100th anniversary book project.  He questioned why I hadn’t covered the period of time from the 60s to the 80s. When I started this in June of 2020, I started with the first book of our history representing the first 25 years. I am now in the second book of our history 1945 to 1984. Since it appears that with our 100th anniversary being celebrated on the 25th of this month, I will not have time enough to finish even our second book. For that reason and Charlie‘s request I’ll skip to the 60s and 80s with apologies to the following presidencies of Dick Donaghy, Leland Keller, Bob Dix, George Bowman, Vic Yahner and Bob Green, ending the fifties.
David Myers presented the proclamation in honor of Glen A. Saltzman, who passed away. He was a member who made a dramatic impact on our community and our club! Delayed due to our past COVID driven ZOOM video meetings, the framed proclamation was presented to Ruth Saltzman amidst a standing ovation in honor of her husband.
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