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Rotary held Greenbrier registration reported that 200 with 150 ladies guests attended the of District 755, held March 26 Greenbrier. activity of the 3-day the registration and play golf and tennis Fun Run/Walk led of the White of the event burg Club. Session was by PDG Dennis Chairman. was extended by President of the Springs Club and was given by Tom President of the Sharing the for the four were Chaplain Ronceverte and Dr. Lewisburg. Song Uded Dave Nalker and of Lewisburg. officer was District Claude Jones of were Dochterman, epresentative of Rotary president of Manila, 'mond E. New- nominee for was elected to fiscal term. areas 1 through 6 entertainment was Rupert Club. Inthe ete of White Sulphur trained instructor, 6-lesson, 8.hour 55/ALIVE, Mature prepared by AARP Years of age and over skills, review the dealing with ntion. adult Sunday School United April 1st and students used a by the AARP Virginia Driver's the first Overview numerous multiple next session changes such impaired eyesight and and fourth sessins with traffic .=red. Fifth ; Adverse ,is; Perception and up. study were ~esentations. evening, a reception for all Rotarians, their wives and guests was held. The" 4-Way Test" quartet provided the entertainment. Friday morning, the second Plenary Session was called to order by PDGA Mulins and opened with the invocation and Rotary singing led by Tom Holbrook. Remarks were heard from Dr. George A. Seielstad, Site Director of the National Radio Observatory in Greenbank, after which District Governor Jones gave the State of District 755 address. After a short break, the group was entertained by Stan Sweet, Fast Draw Artist, followed by Rotary's Polio Plus Program presented by Honorable Cecil H. Underwood, former governor of West Virginia. Master of ceremonies for the luncheon banquet was Dr. Clyde Jensen of Lewisburg, followed by Dr. Apperson with the invocation and the Welcome by District Governor Claude Jones. Entertainment was furnished by the Men of Greenbrier Barbershop Chorus. Five Paul Harris fellows were named: Marshall Shanklin; White Sulphur Springs; Marshall Musser, Lewisburg; Leo Morgan, Ronce- verte; Charles Lemon, Lewisburg; and Cecil H. Underwood, Huntington. Three new members from Lewisburg were inducted by Clifford L. Dochterman of North Stockman, California, personal representative of National President M.A.T. Caparas. These David Nalker (center) of Lewisburg, chadman of the Rotary Exchange Program for 1986-87 for District 755 is pictured with Rotary Exchange Youths attending the recent annual rotary conference at The Greenbrler. Clockwise from Front row (L-R) Joan Pederson, Denmark and Benedicte Maroye, Belgium. Back row (L--R) Mattis Cleveson of Sweden, Dave Nalker of Lewisburg Uons Club and Mark Kutuovinen of finland. incuded: James O. Harry, Kenneth Schwartz, George D. Ward. Cleveland Benedict was re- instated in the club. The third Plenary Session included an address by Don Marsh, editor of the Charleston Gazette and a Memorial Service conducted by Dr. Apperson along with a panel discussion moderated by Mitch Scott of Lewisburg. Friday evening included: a reception Stan Sweet, former member of the WSS Rotary Club and current weatherman for WSLS TV 10 in Roanoke, shows his skills at the recent annual Rotary conference. Sweet, a fast draw artist and recent winner of the World Fast Draw Championships in Las Vegas, entertained his audience with tricks and lively dialogue. "mc'd" by Mr. Underwood and entertainment by a Jazz Ensemble from Greenbrier East High School; the presentation of awards; and an address by Dr. Tom Haggai of High Point, North Carolina. Saturday morning, the 4th and final Plenary Session included the introduction of four youths who are here as part of the Rotary Exchange Program headed by Dave Nalker. These included Mark Kutuovinen of Finalnd; Mattis Cleveson of Sweden; Joan Pederson of Belgium and Maryoye of Belgium, all livingin Rotary homes In District 755. • ~ report from Frederic Smith of Lewisburg explained the Group Study Exchange between young pro.fessinal and career men. Participants in recent years included those from and to Australia, India and Norway. Wrap-up remarks came at 11:40 a.m. with adjournment at 12 noon. Bill Blanchfleld, instructor, shown with five of the 6 students Who completed the 8-hour course of 55 ALiVE/Mature Ddvtnl~ provided at AARP. At Bianchfleld's loft am Danese Crowder and Clam Gamba. Seated are Frances Hellems, Anita Stutier and G(.~rllll Burdette.(Photo by Helen Hamood, the 6th student.) The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, April 14, 1987 • 11A Research and education helps our competitiveness By HARLEY O. STAGGERS, JR. There are thousands of scientists and mathematicians at work in West Virginia. They can be found at terminals running complicated computer programs. They can be found in the science lab verifying the results of an experiment. They can be found using mathematical models to solve complicated engineering problems. They are the students that attend our schools. They are the future of our nation. Improving America's competitiveness has fast become the overriding concern of 1987. In the Congress, the legislation we consider has a common theme -- improving our competitiveness; creating jobs and economic opportunity. This is true whether it is the Highway Bill to improve roads, or the Trade Bill to level the playing field and improve job skills. Education and research play a key role in the efforts to improve our competitiveness. Significant investments will be needed to educate and train the nation's next generation of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Science and technology are as essential to our future as they have been to our past. Since World War II, new technology has been responsible for nearly half of all productivity increases. Technology has transformed the workplace. Nearly 15 million Americans use computer terminals at work; future generations of computers will work at the speed of light and thousands of times faster than those now in ~,se. Still, only about seven out of every thousand Ameican students receive degrees in engineering, while in Japan the rate is 40 for every thousand. The number of entering freshmen indicating an intention to major in the basic sciences fell 38 percent inthe nine years ending in 1984. The federal government must lead the effort to reverse the downward trend in research and education. In the past, the Cong(ess has enacted legislation that put computers in West Virginia classrooms. The National Science Foundation helps support the research at the nation's colleges and universities. There are other federal programs that support science and math programs. The House Budget Committee recently adopted a budget for fiscal year 1988 that continues the federal commitment to science and technology. Federal programs will help improve our long rang national economic competitiveness. The nation's space program will continue to move forward. 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