Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

February 1, 2012

ROTARY REPORT: Barren ROTC to be topic Thursday

By JOSH UNDERWOOD
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — In an age of ever-evolving technology, the Internet presents unique ways

to assist civic organizations in managing their operations.

Kyle Jones gave a computer tutorial to the Glasgow Rotary Club on Thursday

at Glasgow Golf & Country Club about a new tool being utilized by the

club.

In other Rotary meeting news:

• Guests in attendance were: Don Gentry, a guest of Betty Gentry; and Anne

Hutchinson and Betsy Ann Tracy, guests of Karisa Peterson.

• Charley Goodman announced the upcoming production of “Steel Magnolias”

by The Far Off Broadway Players scheduled for Feb. 10-12 at the Plaza

Theatre. “Back by popular demand,” Goodman said. Performances are

scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 10-11 and 2 p.m. Feb. 12. “This is a fantastic

production,” Goodman said. “A lot of the same cast members are coming

back. It’s staged differently, so you won’t be seeing the same play.”

• Scotty Maxwell gave the devotional, reading some stories, including the

following one entitled “The Triple Filter Test”: In ancient Greece,

Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an

acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just

heard about your friend?” Socrates replied, “Hold on a minute. Before you

talk about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter

what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. The

first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are

about to tell me is true?” The man said, “Well, no. Actually, I just heard

about it and …” Socrates said, “All right. So you don’t really know if

it’s true or not. Now, let’s try the second filter, the filter of

Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something

good?” The man said, “Umm, no, on the contrary …” Socrates said, “So, you

want to tell me something bad about my friend, but you’re not certain it’s

true. You may still pass the test, though, because there’s one filter left

– the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend

going to be useful to me?” The man replied, “No, not really.” Socrates

concluded, “Well, if what you want to tell me is neither true, nor good,

nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?” Maxwell also read a story

entitled “The Trouble Tree”: The carpenter I hired to help me restore an

old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire

made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient

pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony

silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked

toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the

tips of the branches with both hands. When opening the door, he underwent

an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles, and he

hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. Afterward, he

walked me to the car. We passed the tree, and my curiosity got the better

of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. “Oh, that’s my

trouble tree,” he replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the

job, but one thing’s for sure – troubles don’t belong in the house with my

wife and the children. So I just hang them on the tree every night when I

come home. Then in the morning I pick them up again.” He paused, “Funny

thing is,” he said, smiling, “when I come out in the morning to pick them

up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night

before.” One more story Maxwell read was called “Being Polite” by Sidney

J. Harris: I walked with a friend to the newsstand the other night, and he

bought a paper, thanking the owner politely. The owner, however, did not

even acknowledge it. “A sullen fellow, isn’t he?” I said as we walked

away. “Oh, he’s that way every night,” my friend said with a shrug. “Then

why do you continue being so polite to him?” I asked. And my friend

replied, “Why should I let him determine how I’m going to act?”

• Dr. Jerry Ralston delivered the sergeant-at-arms report.

The Barren County JROTC program is the scheduled topic of this week’s

Rotary program.