September 2nd, 2011 Meeting

Today we had the pleasure of Richard Turner to no only lead us in song, but to tell us about this life and some of the lessons he learned.

Richard grew up on his family’s farm. At a young age he signed up to be part of the marching band. On one occasion he was feeling very ill with flue like symptoms but decided to march with the band anyway. As a result he ended up in the hospital where it was discovered that he had contracted Polio. Had he not gotten out of the house that day it may have been completely missed.

After high school Richard went on to attend William & Mary. After college he returned to farming with his family which he enjoyed very much. As a result he grew the farm from 200 acres to 2000 acres. One of the lessons he learned early on from his father was to “play the cards you got left today”. Don’t worry about what could have been but deal with what is reality.

Richard got his start in Rotary when Hinton asked to join him and the other founding members in starting the North Suffolk Rotary Club.

Rules for life:

Every day you should do the following:

  1. try to help somebody
  2. broaden your mind
  3. make a new friend

otherwise, stay home!

The Mayonnaise Jar:

A teacher brings a mayonnaise jar to class and fills it with golf balls. He asks his students if the jar is full and the students confirm that it is in fact full.

Next the teacher adds small pebbles to the jar which slip in between the gold balls. Again he asks if the jar is full now and the students confirm that NOW it is full.

Next the teacher adds sand to the jar which slips in between the golf balls and pebbles. “Is the jar full now?” he asks and the students confirm that NOW it is definitely full.

He explains that the jar represents a persons life. If you worry too much about the little things and fill up your jar with sand you will not have room for the big things. None of the pebbles or golf balls could have fit in the jar had it been filled with sand first.

At last he opens a bottle of beer and pours it in the jar and proceeds to tell his students: “You see, no matter how full your life is, there is always room for a beer!”