Thursday, July 31, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Save a life, donate blood, tell them Rotary sent you

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From page B5 | June 14, 2014 |

A little of this and a little of that today.

And I’m going to ask a really big favor of you. Later.

I’ve been thinking about new friends I have acquired on my morning walks.

Here are just a few:

Would you believe I get big kisses every time Donna sees me? It really makes my day, as you might guess.

Mitzi and Sam are happy if I give them a hug and a head rub. Yes, Donna, Mitzi and Sam are dogs taking their families out for a morning walk. Donna runs to see me.

Her Daddy is Tony Vasquez. Tony is a native son who is a wealth of information about the history and the goings on in the county, such as the history of winemaking in California or where to buy u-pick berries of all kinds (from Larry Glashoff out on Williams Road).

Sam’s Mom is Linda. Linda and I were talking about how important learning is before age 5. I gave her my Tools of Learning for Children card (surprise).

Linda told me how important sports were in the development of neighborhood kids. They were in Little League and wanted her to read them the sports section of the paper about their teams. Then they began to read for themselves.

Ten neighborhood kids formed what they called the posse. Even though the “kids” are now in their 30s, they have stuck together and frequently get together.

I knew that sports were important, but I had never associated sports with academics. Now I know.

I met Mitzi recently. She’s a happy 13-year-old. Like Sam, she likes head rubs. I’ll get to know her better in time.

Now, the special favor. The head of Rotary District 5160 has asked members to organize blood donation drives. Tara Dacus, the incoming president of the Fairfield-Suisun Rotary Club, asked me to coordinate the donation drive for our club.

It is a team project. If you know team leaders Rick Dichoco, Matt Lucas or Tom Myers, they can help you arrange for your donation.

It struck me that making blood donations is bigger than a Rotary club. What I want you to do is volunteer to donate. Then ask your pastor to ask members of your church to donate. Ask friends at work and family. It is painless and easy, and it doesn’t take much time.

You and your friends will be saving lives.

It would be nice if you tell the folks at the donation center you are donating for Rotary. But, like I said earlier, the important thing is the donation, not who gets the credit.

To make an appointment, call 428-6001. I’m sure they will be able to find a time that will fit your schedule.

Oh yes, there is something for all who donate, especially San Francisco Giants fans. They are giving away a Giants T-shirt with each donation. Nice.

That’s not a reason for donating, but it is like frosting on the cake.

So, please donate and save a life. Tell them “Rotary” sent you.

I’ll tell you how many lives we saved when it’s all over.

God bless you all.

Reach Murray Bass at 427-0744 or mzb60@comcast.net.

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