2011-06-08, Anthony Avallone, Being Humane

Club president, Richelle Ponder rang the bell to open the meeting. Bill Wheeler gave the invocation.  Richelle then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Bob Mc Pherson led the club in singing “My Country Tis of Thee.”  Next, we greeted one another and learned later that Ana Mangino was the mystery greeter (she was caught leaving the meeting early when the announcement was made).  

We had no visiting Rotarians, but we had one guest of a Rotarian.

Announcements:  Barbara Rose announced that we have 25 restaurants participating in the Taste of Las Cruces gala scheduled for June 9 at the Convention Center. Tickets will be available at door for those who need them.  Richelle noted that we inducted 8 new members in 2010-11.  As a reward, the sponsoring Rotarians are invited to the Ponder residence for dinner and will be served steaks. All others will eat beans.  Lastly, Ross Ramsey asked all committee chairs to meet him by the piano after the meeting.

Happy bucks were collected from Barbara Andrew, Bob McPherson, and Arlyn Kreigel. Next, Barbara Andrew gave her classification talk.  A former teacher and real estate agent, she was a member of the Palm Springs club before moving to Las Cruces to be closer to family.  At the end of her talk, Barbara introduced our speaker for the day.

The Program – Anthony Avalone  on “Being Humane”

An attorney, Anthony moved to Las Cruces from New York in 1967.  He has been involved with the Humane Society for years.  His purpose was to share his thoughts on the four aspects of being human.

The first aspect is called “reason.”  What is the reason for animals?  Years ago, Aristotle wrote about four causes, of which one was the “final cause” (why something exists). Avalone contends that animals exist for a reason.  The second aspect refers to obeying laws.  For instance, the purpose of a democracy is that “just order may prevail.”

The third aspect of being humane is to bring glory to God.  When we treat others in a good way, we recognize God’s creation.  Finally, the last aspect he called “psychologica.”  This is when we see that humans and animals “connect.”

These aspects of being humane can be found in an essay he wrote which was included in a 2010 newsletter of the local humane society. 

After The Program

Paulina Salopek won the drawing.  The can collected $10.  Before we recited the 4-way test to end the meeting, Eddie Groth offered a nominal cash reward for his lost “fountain” pen which was left at the S&C editor’s table.  I was happy to return his ballpoint Cross pen without collecting the cash. 

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Guests of Rotarians

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Nick Seifert Barbara Law

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