Our Speaker Last Tuesday
I'm sure I'm not the only one that would say that our speaker on Tuesday was one of the absolute best I've ever heard at one of our meetings. Samuel Nehemiah inspired us with his life story. He is absolute proof, that if you persevere in life, anything is possible.
Mr. Nehemiah was born into a very poor family living in a remote village in Nigeria. As a young boy, he contracted polio that left him crippled and unable to walk. Not long after, his uncle took him to an orphanage, abandoned him, and told his mother that he had died.
Samuel somehow understood the importance of an education, and actually crawled on his hands and knees over a mile and back each day just so he could attend school. At some point, he was able to obtain a wheel chair, and this literally changed his life.
He began entering wheel chair races, and soon became the fastest wheel chair racer in his part of Nigeria. Soon after, he became the champion of all of Nigeria, and then, all of Africa. It was then that he was afforded the opportunity to travel to the United States and train at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista for the Para-Olympics.
Mr. Nehemiah is truly an inspiration to everyone. Not only that, but you should hear him sing. AMAZING!
I can't cover everything here, so I would highly encourage you to visit his web site at www.champsheart.com to learn more about this amazing man. You will be encouraged!
Ginger happily told us all about her wonderful trip up to Oregon recently to visit old friends from a past Rotary Friendship Exchange. While there, she attended a few Rotary meetings and showed off her medal for completing a Rotary sponsored run. Way to go Ginger!
Charlie shared his happiness of winning a new large client. His firm will be doing the fumigation services for All Hollows Church in La Jolla. This is a good time to take a moment to encourage everyone to consider doing business with one another. One thing is for sure, you certainly know that your fellow club member has the right values and won't let you down!
Erick told us all that he recently had a PET scan and that his cancer treatment has been successful at this point and that he is pursuing a state-of-the-art secondary treatment through the UCSD Moores Cancer Center called "Immunotherapy" Stay tuned.....
David Johnston regaled us with tales of giant Yellowtail, White Sea Bass, and swimming with Whale Sharks at Bahia de Los Angeles in Baja. You made us all jealous David!
Who Am I?
Ben Embry has patiently been waiting for so long now to do his Who Am I. This week he finally got his chance and did a wonderful job. We all learned of his humble beginnings as a farmers son in Kentucky. Looking at him now, who would have know he was born 2 months premature and weighed only 4 pounds at birth. He shared with us that he would likely have continued in his fathers footsteps as a farmer if his dad had not taken him aside in his formative years and strongly encouraged him to get and education and leave the farm. This he did when he left and attended the University of Kentucky and then on the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego in 2006. He met his lovely wife in 2009 and now makes his home in Rancho San Diego with his wife and two young children. Passing the California Bar in 2009, he decided to stay in San Diego and has now been successfully practicing law for the past 7 years in Mission Valley.
What a great success story Ben. Congratulations on ticking off another requirement towards your Blue Badge
Cheryl Minshew called for a vote to approve the recently updated club By-Laws. The motions was passed by the club by a voice vote.
Cheryl also introduced two visiting Rotarians. Mr. Keith Shoenfeld visited us from the Rotary Club of "Rancho Cotati" in Sonoma. He reminded us that Napa makes auto parts while Sonoma makes wine Also visiting us from our Downtown Club 33 was Robin Suecatski.
Cheryl pointed out that Club 33 sponsored our club in 1926, making us 90 years old this year. YEA! Let's Celebrate