www.mybaycity.com October 1, 2006
Rotary Article 1300

Rotarians to Hear Federal Home Loan Bank Official on Tuesday

Adventurer Jim Johnson Wows Club With Report From Frontlines in Lebanon

October 1, 2006
By: Dave Rogers

  • PROGRAM THIS WEEK: Paul Clabuesch and the Federal Home Loan Bank

  • Oct 10: Open - International Night week (October 12)

  • Oct. 17: Dr. Jerry Decker on Alternative Energy and Windmills

    This week:
    Paul Clabuesch, Chairman, President, and CEO of Thumb National Bank and Trust Company, Pigeon, will speak to Rotarians this week about the Federal Home Loan Bank program.

    Thumb National began its service to mid-Michigan as the Farmer's Bank in 1895. Both his father and grandfather served as Chairmen of the Bank, and Paul began work at Thumb National in 1973. Thumb National now has four locations, approximately $180 million in assets, and 57 employees.

    Mr. Clabuesch also is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis. The Indianapolis FHLBank has 436 member institutions that serve communities throughout Indiana and Michigan. He has served on the board since 2003.

    Club Announcements

    Program Policy Committee to meet this week, October 3, to discuss policies concerning programs dealing with fund raising.

    Every Member bring a Guest REMINDER... Gena Gates proposed to the club that every member make an effort to bring a guest at least once a year. This will spread the Rotary story and will likely result in some new members.

    Group Study Exchange - Outbound. Bay City's Connie Schweitzer has been selected as team leader to West Africa. Applications are being taken for non-Rotarians between the ages of 25 and 40 who would like to be join the team.

    International Night is October 12.

    Auction items are still needed. Click here to download donation form PDF.

    It's not too late to buy your tickets! If you are a patron or sponsor and do not plan to use all of your tickets, please consider donating the extras to the club. We will invite guests in your name.

    Dictionary Project: Makeups will be awarded to all who delivered Dictionaries. Be sure Chuck Cusick has your name.

    LAST WEEK'S PROGRAM: Attorney James Randall Johnson; Eric Jylha programmer.

    Jim Johnson is more than just an attorney in Auburn, Michigan, and a professor of Political Science and History at Saginaw Valley State University.

    He is a former Navy officer who engages in adventures that would make most folks quake with fright.

    In the course of his adventures he does freelance journalism for WNEM-TV, Channel 5 and the Saginaw News.

    A few years ago he spoke at the Bay City Rotary Club on a mountain-climbing expedition that had the membership gasping for air.

    Johnson's latest excursion was to Lebanon and Syria to view for himself the action in the 34-day war pitting Israel and Hezbollah.

    He entertained and informed Bay City Rotarians last week with visual and audio reports from the war zone, complete with pictures of an attractive bikini-clad multi-lingual Swiss miss he met on the beach in Israel who became his driver and interpreter for a time.

    "We can learn through the refractive lenses of others or first hand," said the intrepid Mr. Johnson. "I am so lucky to be able to carve out a life to be able to do this."

    When the war broke out, Mr. Johnson flew to Tel Aviv, Israel, and was in the war zone a day after leaving the placid Saginaw Valley area.

    He described Hezbollah as "an Iranian-backed group formed when Israel invaded southern Lebanon."

    The battle pitted powerful Israel with 168,000 troops and 408,000 reservists armed with U.S. F-16 fighters, smart bombs, laser-guided weapons and other advanced weapons.

    Iran armed Hezbollah with Katyshua rockets that were fired almost non-stop into Israel after the conflict intensified.

    He and his driver were "ushered out" of Syria on a dangerous trip he described as "amazing," commenting: "The untold story is the environmental damage through fires."

    President Bush's comment that "Israel won the war" was over-reaching, he said. "Anybody who was there knew that was not true."

    "Hezbollah fought Israel to a standstill," said Mr. Johnson, adding: "Hezbollah was not required under the cease fire to disarm or give back the kidnapped Israeli soldiers. The blowback on the United States will last for decades. Unfortunately we have used up our credibility in that part of the world (the Middle East)." Mr. Johnson doesn't he forsee any solution to the problems in the Mideast region, predicting: "If we don't take out the Iranian nukes the Israelis surely will."


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    The Bay City Rotary Club meets at Noon each Tuesday at the Lumber Barons resturant on the West Side.

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