May 25, 2017
Sir Roger Moore and me
We all have a responsibility in life to do what we can to help those less fortunate.
Yesterday was one of those good news bad news days. The good news was the birth of our second great-grandson. My wife and I look forward to seeing this addition to our family soon. The bad news was the passing of actor and UNICEF ambassador Sir Roger Moore.
Sir Roger played a major role in Kiwanis Internationals successful effort, in partnership with UNICEF, to improve the health of children throughout the world. As the staff director of Kiwanis’ first worldwide service project I had the good fortune to have been with Sir Roger on numerous occasions and was always impressed with his dedication, goodwill and concern for others. I was asked to provide my thoughts on his passing. This is what I wrote:
Sir Roger Moore
When Sir Roger Moore died Kiwanis International lost one of its most important friends. Sir Roger had accepted the honorary chairmanship of Kiwanis International’s first worldwide service project at its inception more than twenty years ago.
Kiwanis for the first time in its history had made a commitment to the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) to raise the funds needed to help eliminate the world’s leading preventable cause of mental and physical maladies in children, Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD). Sir Roger in his role as special ambassador for UNICEF stepped in and made a critical contribution to the project’s success.
The effort to eliminate IDD globally was the first time Kiwanis had ever engaged all members of the organization in an effort to protect the children of the world. Sir Roger was renowned worldwide and inspired Kiwanis members throughout the world to participate in the massive undertaking. Sir Roger attended Kiwanis conventions, major meetings and continued to generate publicity that helped Kiwanis receive international recognition for its work for children.
Because of the Kiwanis effort millions of newborns are protected each year from the devastating effects of IDD and it was Sir Roger Moore who was instrumental in that accomplishment. Kiwanis has built upon that success and continues to dedicate itself to improving the lives of children everywhere.
As a personal aside I was most impressed with how gracious Sir Roger was with the Kiwanis members he met over the years. He always went out of his way to let them know how much he appreciated them. He often talked about how Audrey Hepburn, who had done so much for UNICEF, had inspired him and I will always be grateful for how much he inspired us.
Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents.
Simulated office experience when working from home…
Get up every day at 6am, iron a shirt, put on your suit. Walk half a mile to the bus stop, stand in cold for 20 minutes. Get a bus to somewhere miles away. Get off, stand in cold for 20 minutes again and get bus back. Walk half mile back to house. It should now be about 9am.
Decorate your ‘office’ with a stained carpet (preferably one made of carpet tiles, a strip light that flickers and a vending machine which serves not-even-close-to-being-coffee.
If you smoke, don’t do it in the building. Stand outside (in the cold) and move at least 100 yards up the street, to avoid tarnishing your company’s corporate image.
Have daily meetings, where the main topic should always be how to cut down on meetings so that actual work can be done.
At lunchtime, take another cold 20 minute walk to the local newsagent, who will be happy to supply you with a disturbingly cold sandwich from their fridge. The only one left will be egg.
Every 10 minutes, pick up the phone and say ‘Oh, you should have gone through to reception. Let me put you through… Oh, they’re not answering. Can I take a message?’ After this, scrawl something on a post-it note and wander around the ‘office’ for 10 minutes to simulate finding the message recipient’s desk.
At the end of the day, leave the office and perform the bus trips again.
If America has FREE ELECTIONS, then why are they the most expensive ones in the world?
Maxine on “Driver Safety” – “I can’t use the cell phone in the car. I have to keep my hands free for making gestures.”
Maxine on “Housework” – “I do my housework in the nude. It gives me an incentive to clean the mirrors as quickly as possible.”
Maxine on “Body Piercing” – “I’d get my tongue pierced, but I still have a little bit of brain left in my head.”
Maxine on “Work” – “My performance at work has really improved over the years. Now I can nail a co-worker with a paper-clip shot from a rubber band at 20 yards.”
Maxine on “the Technology Revolution” – “My idea of rebooting is kicking somebody in the butt twice.”
Maxine on “Aging” – “Take every birthday with a grain of salt. This works much better if the salt accompanies a large margarita.”
I’ve learned…. That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
A prominent surgeon, who was a member of operating teams at both St. Francis Hospital and Christ Hospital in the Chicago area, would operate in the morning, then field calls about his patients in the evening.
One night, a few dinner guests were quite shocked as the good doctor was on the phone talking to a resident at Christ Hospital, when the other phone rang. His wife answered, then whispered to her husband, “It’s St. Francis calling.” He whispered back, “Tell St. Francis I’ll have to call back. I’m talking to Christ.”
If I were here more often, I wouldn’t be gone so much.
She said: Our neighbor loaned my husband his old chain saw to trim some tree branches. Unfortunately, the engine burned out while my husband was using it. Not wanting to return a broken piece of equipment, he bought a new saw to replace it.
When I offered it to our neighbor, he thanked me but said, “Keep it. I’ll borrow it when I need it.”
I was turning away when his eyes lit up. “Hey,” he asked, “want to borrow my car?”
Disappointments should be cremated, not embalmed.
Henry S. Haskins
Bill is sitting in his neighborhood bar one hot afternoon, drinking, and minding his own business, when all of a sudden this great big guy comes in and — WHACK!! — Knocks Bill clean off the bar stool and onto the floor. The big guy says, “That was a karate chop from Korea.”
Bill thinks “GEEZ!!” but he gets back up on the stool and starts drinking and trying to mind his own business again when all of a sudden — WHACK — the big guy knocks him down…..AGAIN and says, “That was a judo chop from Japan.”
Bill has had just about enough of this so … he gets up, brushes himself off and quietly leaves. He is gone for an hour or so, and when he returns, without saying a word, he walks up behind the big idiot and –Bong!!!”–Bangs the big guy off his stool, knocking him out cold!! Bill then looks at the bartender and says, “When he comes to, tell him that was a crowbar from Sears.”
Working with UNICEF made me grow up and recognize how fortunate I am.
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