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My Two Cents
by Stephen Scalf
Happy Birthday To Me!
The launch date of The Carlisle Courier occurred during the first week of May 2010. I chose that date primarily because my birthday is on May 2, so the paper was kind of a birthday present to myself.
Just like a membership in the Jelly-of-the-Month Club, The Courier continues to be “the gift that keeps on giving throughout the entire year.”
I have had so many wonderful opportunities - getting to sit down with people and hear their memories of growing up in Nicholas County… it has blessed me with “memories” and a sense of belonging that far exceeds the short six years we have lived here.
And in addition to these special memories, there have been a number of right-place-at-the-right-time experiences that have left me wondering, how on earth did that ever happen?
For example, one time I went to a recital for Town & Village Dance – because there were several Nicholas County youth involved – and because I enjoy all kinds of performing arts.
At the end of the recital I had been backstage congratulating the performers and then went to the front of the stage to see where the rest of my family was. As I was standing there, I suddenly became aware that someone else was standing beside me. I looked over at this person and realized, “Hey! I’m standing next to Laura Bell Bundy!” And so I interviewed her for The Courier.
Another time, in her role as Tourism, Inc. and Bluegrass Area Development District, Gladys Shrout went with me to the Kentucky Horse Park for Press Day at the Alltech World Equestrian Games. We got there before the set time for the big group, so we got very prestigious attention from some of the top organizers of the event.
We had walked around the grounds, seen the preparations at the grandstands, visited the museum and Man O’ War’s grave, and were just about to leave when I decided to sit on a bench and rest for a moment. Gladys came over and asked me if I was ready to go when I pointed to a guy off to the side, talking on his phone. I told her I wanted to wait until he finished his conversation.
A minute or two later, the gentleman finished his call, came over and introduced himself as Dr. Pearse Lyons. This was the CEO of Alltech – the guy who had bankrolled the entire World Equestrian Games and who was responsible for bringing the event to Lexington. NOBODY got this kind of access to him. And then he spent the next 45 minutes with Gladys and me, showing us around the exhibition hall and telling us about everything like an excited little kid the day before Christmas.
Afterwards, I looked at Gladys and asked, “How did THAT ever happen?” There we were, just a couple of nobodies from a tiny little town in a tiny little county, and we got more time with the key people than the television crews and the big newspapers.
And then, there was another event that also involved Mrs. Shrout.
Around the middle of April 2011 when The Courier was approaching its first anniversary, Glady stopped by and asked if I had ever heard of Heather Renee French. Of course, I had. She was Miss Kentucky from Maysville who had been Miss America in 2000.
“Her entire family is having a big birthday celebration for her mother at the Old Jailer’s Home on Friday, May 1 and they wanted someone to come take pictures. Would you be willing to do that?”
Wow! I was flattered to be asked. Of course I would do that!
So on the evening of May 1, Gladys met me at my office about 6 pm and walked me down to the Old Jailer’s Home to introduce me to everyone. I walked in the door and was puzzled, because I seemed to know everyone there. And then they shouted, “Surprise!”
And what a surprise it was… it was my own 50th birthday party. And “Surprise!” No sign of Heather Renee French. It was all a big fib to sucker me in, and I fell for it, hook, line and sinker.
Well, this past Saturday was the Cadet Basic Training graduation at Forest Hill Academy and the guest speaker was Heather Renee French Henry. After the ceremony, I had the opportunity to introduce myself, share my story, and tell her that it was a true pleasure to finally meet her.
So, Gladys, I got my birthday present – more than three years late, but I finally got my present.
Happy Birthday to Me!
And that’s my two cents,
Sharing a Smile
by Tom Metcalfe
Many of you remember Alice Wu, who was a Rotary Exchange Student from Taiwan, and who visited with us here in Carlisle about eight years ago. Alice has returned with her brother, Kevin. Three years ago Alice came back to Carlisle accompanied by her other brother, Benson.
The Carlisle Rotary Club has hosted fourteen exchange students over the last twenty-some years. The club has hosted students from Germany, Spain, France, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, and Mexico; with names like Alexandra, Margo, Phillipe, Katrina, Rebecca, Anna, June, Alice (Yiman) Haruka, and Polo.
Hosting an exchange student is an excellent way to learn about other cultures from around the world. The bonus is that you get to expand your family with a great student with whom you will feel is a part of your family forever.
Bonnie and I have hosted four students and if it is possible, we want to open our door to another student sometime in the near future. Our first experience was about 10 years ago and we have maintained contact with all four of them through the internet – e-mail, Facebook, and Skype. In addition, you may get an opportunity to visit the student in their country. Ricky Hughes, Bonnie and I were invited to stay in Alice’s home in Taiwan for two weeks during Chinese New Year. Ricky has nearly been adopted by Rebecca Arvestahl’s family in Sweden, having visited there two or three times after hosting Rebecca in his home.
There are families in Carlisle and Nicholas County who have very faithfully welcomed students into their homes in many years from the Education First Exchange program. Josh Shepherd shared with me that he and Pam have been a host family to five girls, two from Germany, and one each from Finland, Norway, and Switzerland. He told me that Jackie and Leatha Howard have hosted three students, one from Switzerland and two from Germany. Pam Shepherd can provide information on the Education First student exchange system.
Rotary International Youth Exchange sponsors more than 8,000 students each year. The Carlisle Rotary Club will be sponsoring their 15th foreign student this fall. The club will continue to bring students into our community in future years. If you ever thought you would like to host an exchange student in your home or if you know of a student (age 15-19) who might be interested in being an exchange student, contact the Carlisle Rotary Club through one of its members. For information about the youth exchange program, you may call me (Tom Metcalfe), Carolyn Dotson, Doug Bechanan, or Ricky Hughes, all of whom are currently serving as officers in the Carlisle Rotary Club.
Alice Wu’s family has hosted Rotary Youth Exchange students in their home as well as having sent all three of their children on exchanges. Alice has been to the U.S. and Holland on Rotary exchanges. Kevin has been on an exchange to Brazil. The youngest son, Benson, will be traveling this fall to Italy as an exchange student. Alice’s family really believes in the exchange idea.
Be sure to make an effort to contact Alice and Kevin while they are here. They will be staying at our house for four weeks.
Last Week’s question: How many weeks must a police recruit attend Law Enforcement Basic Training? 18 weeks (according to the web site)
This week’s question: Student exchanges became popular after what major event in the world?
And On That Note...
by Ross Haney
Robert, Ron… Ryan?
My parents don’t really remember why they named me Ross. But to clear up the speculation, I am not named after Ross Geller, that character from the Friends sitcom. Nor for Betsy Ross, the woman who sewed the first American flag. And lastly, my name is not from Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., the creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
All of those people are really cool and I wish I could say I was named after them, but unfortunately, it’s pretty likely that I was just pulled out of a “unique baby names” book, or something to that effect.
If your name happens to be one of the top 100 baby names, I probably don’t like you. Ross is not the most common of names, as most people tend to not name their kid Ross.
Although there are definitely some strange looking names I’ve seen, I’m still kind of mad that I got stuck with Ross. Although in some ways, a name says a lot about you, and my name is certainly unique and fits me, there is also one big thing that annoys me about being a Ross.
Last weekend, I went to Cave City with Cub Scout Pack 50 of Carlisle, and over the course of the two days we stayed there, we probably visited at least five or six different gift shops. If you’ve ever been to a gift shop, you’ve probably noticed the rotating rack of customized key chains, with many different names.
Ron, Robert… Ryan. Dang it. No Ross.
This infuriates me. Why am I not allowed to have a really cool key chain with my name on it? Is that too much to ask? My parents decided to name my brother Seth, so if he wants a cool key chain, by golly, he can have one!
For crying out loud, don’t give your kid a weird name. Little Jimmy will thank you later. Kids deserve cool key chains, sheriff badges, and pocket knives with their names on them. It’s pretty much a rite of passage. If someone found my keys, they’d never know they belonged to me.
And on that note, I’ll leave you!
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