Club Meetings - April 2015
Friday, April 24th at 6:30 am
Maxwell Norton provided insight into an event that took place 100 years ago as San Francisco welcomed the world. The Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) of 1915 -- a world’s fair commemorating the opening of the Panama Canal just nine years after the devastating earthquake and fires of 1906 -- was a showcase of human achievement in the sciences, engineering, architecture, and the arts.
The fair featured eleven exhibition palaces showcasing objects from every corner of the globe, more than 1,500 sculptures commissioned from artists all over the world, 65 acres of amusement concessions, and an aviation field. Fifty California counties, forty-eight states, and twenty-one countries mounted displays in the exposition’s grand pavilions. Then, after the fair closed, this ephemeral city was all but erased from the landscape. In the intervening ten months, nearly nineteen million people—about twenty times the population of San Francisco at the time—were drawn to the spectacle.
Friday, April 17th at 6:30 am
President Elect Paskin started our meeting by introducing our lost prodigy John Derby who recently returned from a five month stay in Mexico. Michelle, Frank, and Bruce all had tickets available for the Boys & Girls Club, Winton Rotary Cinco de Mayo, and the Rescue Mission functions. Gina announced that her son was selected fighter pilot training while Rich, Tim and Butch were deciding on what baseball team they really supported.
Our guest speaker Jennifer Hidalgo, accompanied by Jose Ramirez, provided a wonderful introduction regarding the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) potential expansion from Stockton to Merced.
Kirby Manufacturing, Inc.
Friday, April 10th at 6:30 am
Richard (Ric) Kirby, President - Kirby Manufacturing, Inc., was introduced by Rotarian Tim O'Neill. Ric provided all in attendance a through overview and tour of the facilities on South Hwy 59. Kirby Manufacturing is a worldwide company providing feed mixers and spreaders for the dairy industry. In addition to providing products for the domestic dairy industry, product exports may be found in Japan, China, Saudi Arabia and Mexico. The company has been in business here in Merced since 1946 and employes 75 workers with sales, industrial and technical skills.