It isn't often that clubs have a member with service in Rotary for more than 50 years. In the past we have had two Rotarians who have been members for more than 60 years:
             - Herb Sparling celebrated > 63 years with our club (now deceased)
             - Frank Ball celebrated 60 years with our club when he resigned on December 30, 1999 (now deceased)         
             - PDG Maurice Oliver celebrated 50 years with our club on June 20, 2016
             - John  Rouble celebrated 56 years with various clubs on June 30, 2016
I never had the pleasure to know Herb but I have enjoyed working with Frank, John and Maurice over the years. Many times I have heard them and even some of our older Rotarians question the value of what they have to offer. I answer "Friendship" and "your wisdom from life".
I remind the chairs of our various committees to look for ways to include our aging Rotarians with some fun yet meaningful tasks with our projects or events, such as helping with our putting contest at the golf tournament or acting as greeter at some of our events. I am happy to say that we have done just that.
This month I have only received one testimonial from our eldest Rotarian in our club. His story follows in the next article.