The Other Side of 50

A challenge: Save a life, donate blood – and tell them Rotary sent you

By From page OSF2 | July 10, 2014

If something is important, it is worth repeating. Saving lives is important.

How many times in your lifetime have you had an opportunity to save another person’s life? Pull someone from a burning building? Give CPR to a heart attack victim? Maybe never.

Recently the outgoing governor of Rotary District 5160 invited all Rotarians to “Save a Life.” Easier said than done, you say? Not really. The Rotary governor, Steve Lack, challenged every member of District 5160 to save a life by donating blood, sort of as one last project before he became a former district governor. His challenge was something of a coincidence.

I am a regular blood donor. I started donating many years ago when my friend, Daily Republic Publisher Don Hancock, was having open heart surgery and I thought he might need it. It turns out he didn’t, but donating was so easy and painless that I just kept on doing it.

Truthfully, I have never thought of my donations as life-saving – just a good thing to do. I was in the donor’s chair at the Blood Centers of the Pacific’s Gateway Boulevard facility when I thought, “Boy, this would be a great ‘team’ project for the Fairfield-Suisun Rotary Club.” The club has divided its members into teams to do community projects. It’s a good idea that works well.

Anyhow, I wasn’t aware of Governor Steve’s idea at the time. When I mentioned it at a meeting, I was told about the district donation project and was asked by the incoming president, Tara Dacus, if I would take the lead in the club’s donation efforts. I couldn’t say no to Tara.

One of the first decisions I made was to extend the project beyond the end of June, which was the end of Governor Steve’s tenure. After all, a life saved in the middle of July is just as important as a life saved at the end of June. I’m even going to include my next personal donation, which is scheduled for Aug. 1.

Sometime in August I’ll tell you how many lives we all saved and what the future looks like. If all of this sounds a little familiar, it’s because I asked you to donate in a column just a few weeks ago. I would like to ask you a big favor: If you decide to save a life in this way, please let me know so that I can tell the world what we all have done.

Yes, this is another invitation to join us at Rotary by donating blood and saving a life. If you wish, you can tell the folks at the Blood Center that it’s for Rotary. That really isn’t important, though. The donation is the thing saving a life.

Who can do it? Almost anyone if you are healthy. Age doesn’t matter. I am 86 and my blood is young enough to donate. As a matter of fact, I sit next to dear friend Marjory Parker at Rotary meetings. Marjory is 89. She was the first Rotarian to donate. Marjory is a former assistant attorney general for the state of California. I just love her. Won’t you join Marjory and me?

Reach Murray Bass at 427-0744 or [email protected]

Murray Bass


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