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www.mouotainmessenqer.com The teekend Paper for the Greenbrier Valley - Mountain Messenger Mar. 1, 2008 1R - " - -~ ~ ~ .4. By Marti Marshall At the Feb. 25 meeting of the Lewisburg Rotary club, mem- bers of the Rotary Study Group Exchange who visited Japan presented brief descriptions of their experience in Japan as a slide presentation was projected in the background. The group consisted of Paul Grist, Real Estate and Auctioneering; Irene Christian, Monroe County Schools and a sculptor; Walker Pogue, The Greenbrier; Regan Rodgers, Administrator for the WV State Fair; and Rotary member Greg Johnson. Tom Greenstreet introduced the members of the group, and introduced Greg Johnson as the team leader. Johnson re- marked that he and his wife had considered trips to Various locations in Europe, but had never considered the Asian countries. Johnson said that travel in Europe was really in their "comfort zone" but he felt that the Japan trip was a little outside that comfort zone, and you notice and learn more when you do leave that "corn- zone" whatever your per- sonal comfort level may be. Greenbrier Episcopal School is located in the White Sulphur Springs Civic Center off of Main Street in downtown White Sulphur Springs. 10 Dry Creek Rd. White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986 For Information Call: 304-536-3636 Shepherd's Japan is a more formal and structured society than ours. While it is a democracy, they are very aware of status. For example, Paul Grist's family owns around 2,000 acres of land. In Japan, that makes him a very important "Real Estate Mogul." As the Japanese Rotarians introduced the team members they were presented as celebrities. Greg Johnson was formerly a social worker, so he was introduced as a Wery important social worker." You don't see upper or lower class distinction, and business cards are always exchanged. In order to be a Rotarian in Ja- pan you must own or manage a business. Their annual dues are $4,000 per year, and Rotarians there are mostly from the upper middle class. There is also a great deal more international awareness than we find in our country. In Japan the group is more important than the individual. The collective interest is of pri- mary importance. "While they make the world's best cameras, the Japanese take the worst pictures," said of brier Valley announces Spring 2008 Adventures in Learning Tai Chi Class at Shepherd's Center A sure sign of spring is the beginning of Shepherd's Cen- ter of Greenbrier Valley's Ad- ventures in Learning. Classes began Feb. 28 and will con- tinue Mar. 6, 13, 27, Apr, 3, and I0. Classes are open to all ages. Adventures in Learning will continue some of our old stand- bys like Current Evehts with Cleve Benedict and Creative Writing with Willa Izzo. There will be two exercise options. Terri McCroskey-Pyne will con- tinue her Tai Chi class and Barbara Price will lead a new class of low impact exercises adapted to all fitness levels which focuses on flexibility, endurance, breath control, and relaxation. Rev. Sally Woodard will continue her book discussion this semester fea- turing, among other works, spiritual memoirs by people who are not theologians or- clergy. Rev. Jack Fox will lead a study of the Psalms of the Bible and. Rev. IRon Miller will lead a study called "Confront- ing the Controversies" which are some of the "tough issues" facing the church today. Three new instructors to/~d- ventures in Learning will share their interest and advocacy with us. Linda Comeaux will present "Fresh Food Circus." The class will be about grow- ing, preserving and cooking with fresh vegetables. Susanne Williams will do a six-session series called "Mental Illness: Myths, Facts, and Families." Bill Shifter will host a six-week session called "Managing Your Money in Later Years." All of the classes will be held at Lewisburg United Methodist Church. Finally, Shepherd's Center, in partnership with New River Community and Technical Col- lege, will offer "Using Your PC," a computer class for beginners. Enrollment is limited and will be held in the NRCTC Annex at Jefferson Office Park. Get your registration in early. There is something for every- one in this lineup of classes. Registration is only $25 for one or all the classes. For more in- formation and registration, call the Shepherd's Center office at 645-4196. WAN/1'0 YOUR NIAAMACY" DadJ I1~,|IlL b%b L lmjl~ R,I~. TAKE I ART IN SOME GOOD NEWS! According to a recent side effect to patients who carry government report, for the first a high heart-disease risk, time in nearly 50 years, theH1NT: Among the best-known average cholesterol level in U.S prescription drugs for lowering adults is in the ideal range, cholesterol are Lipitor (Pfizer), According to a national survey Zocor (Merck), and Pravachol that included blood tests, the total (Bristol-Myers Squibb). Our pharmacy is pleased to share this informative column. Along with the full range of pre- scription and over-the-counter medications, we carry a full range of home health supplies and equipment including thermom- eters of all types, medications, and aids to daily living. We'll gladly order anything special for you. We're located at 370 Seneca Trail, Fairlea, 304-645-1890. Our Wellness Center provides free services such as drug evaluations blood pressure checks, and pa- average cholesterol level decreased to 199. {Experts consider the ideal level to be 200 and lower.) When the survey began in 1960, the average cholesterol level was 222. Much of the decrease is attributed to the widespread use of cholesterol lowering drugs among middle- aged and older Americans. Because high cholesterol levels can clog arteries and lead to heart disease, physicians have been aggressively prescribing these drugs, which carry few (if any} tient coHnseltng. www. ltzsPharmKy.com Johnson. They live with one foot in the ancient East, and the other in the West. Although Christmas is gaily decorated, it represents a commercial holiday, rather than a religious one. At Thanksgiving they cel- ebrate on the Friday after the Thanksgiving observance in the U.S. Religion is a part of the culture that is secular. To il- lustrate, Johnson displayed a Rotary Banner that had the Buddah in the center of the banner. "You would never see that in the United States," said Johnson. Japan is a male dominated society--although you might find a Rotary club with two or three female members, many clubs have no female members. Paul Grist related his expe- rience of staying with a Bhuddist Monk and his fam- ily, who had owned some of their land over 500 years. They slept on tatami mats and futons, and Grist remarked that what we know in our country as futons are much more comfortable. Irene Christian mentioned that she thought the trip would be life changing, but found it more inspirational. Communi- cation was mostly through hand gestures and pointing-- and Christian was impressed that communication was so easy, with out a common lan- guage. She also found one of her host families, who were younger, were more rigid and strict with regard to customs than the older families. Regan Rodgers related that this was her first international experience. On a feminine note, Rodgers remarked that she felt the society was somewhat op- pressive with regard to how women are treated. Rodgers also stayed at a Bhuddist temple, and that the monk and his wife were very welcoming and sincere. Although she tried to pick up the language, Paul Grist seemed to picl that up the best. Walker Pogue, who is in the hospitality business, mostly stayed at hotels, rather than with host families, so hiS expe- rience was a bit different. The most striking difference Pogue noticed was, as he described it, "group think versus individu- alism." He related that he learned a great deal about hos- pitality from his host at the Rose Hotel. From the sheer vol- ume of meetings that lle at- tended he has amassed reams of business cards. After being invited to attend a meeting of about 250 people, and during a question and answer session which included prizes, Walker kept raising s hand with an- ]Rotarians from Japan visiting swers to th~questions that qour area in May, and they will were being a~ked, and received Ibe recognized at a special meet- several "prizes" (mostly small ling May 17. dolls). After the third or fourth In other business, Joe question, hellrealized that the ]McGraw, Club President, pre- Q&.A was fo~pre-teens. That ,'sented Mitch Scott with a cer- brought a h'~arty laugh from ltificate of appreciation for pro- the audience, widing space for the club ar- There wi 1 be a team fo mhives and records. McGraw March 8 We invite y of a Greenl: yourchild. expectation= ative expre= respect for ( is currently School. Our -4PM to come explore the possibilities rier Episcopal School education for GES weemphasize higlh academic , personalized instructiom, and ore- sion. Our community values'" trust, ,thers, and service to malnkind. GES ccepting applications for IPreK- High students come from a wiide range of communitie in Greenbrier and Momroe Coun- ties. Financial Aid is available. Greenbrier missions, race, color, School does not discrimi~nate in its ad- or financial aid policies om the basis of or ethnic origin. also asked for volunteers for the "Burlap and Diamonds" fund-raising auction coming up on Mar. 29. Steve Hunter will be the auctioneer. 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