Students of the Month from both Barren County and Glasgow high schools are to be featured at the next Rotary meeting on Feb. 9. Buddy Underwood, February program chair, has arranged for the program.
Owen Lambert, president, presided at the meeting. Ernie Myers gave the invocation, highlighting the great city that we live in, especially the assets we enjoy, including the Glasgow campus of Western Kentucky University.
This was followed by the fellowship report given by Marshall Bailey: Kenneth Garrett, guest of John Rogers; Chappy Rice, guest of Jim Searcy; Cindy Green and Karisa Petersen, guests of the club; and finally, David Shadburne, visiting Rotarian from the Horse Cave club.
Charles Goodman, Sergeant-At-Arms, gave a humorous report on a number of popular TV shows, such as Cops, Cheaters, and the Jerry Springer show – a group of not-so-funny shows.
Buddy Underwood introduced the program featuring Judge Philip Patton, who sits on the circuit court in Barren County, and who also is a musician in his own right, principally performing with the No-Bottom Boys.
Phil was born in eastern Kentucky and spent his early childhood in the coal mining region. Some of his relatives were coal miners, including his grandfather and brother. The judge has been reminded of his early days because of the recent disasters that have occurred in West Virginia and the publicity resulting.
Thinking about the number of fatalities that have occurred during his lifetime and the reduction in that number in the past few years, Phil believes that that number is a result of the reduction in employment that has taken place – not as a result of adopted safety measures. Surface mining may also have had a positive effect on this reduction.
The judge sang a number of ballads related to his earlier experiences. One of these songs was one pertaining to the “Blue Diamond Mines.” This song has a passage mentioning John L. Lewis, who was president of the United Mine Workers Union from 1919 to 1960.
And now I leave you with this: Yogi Berra once said, “Ninety percent of the putts that are short never go in.”