Opening of Meeting
The meeting was opened with an invocation led by Fred Salek, and then, President Larry led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-Way Test.
After enjoying our meal and conversation, Bill Braun reported attendance of 23 Rotarians and 2 guests: Eric Fega and Codie Eash, Guests of the Club.
Happy Bucks
  • Fred Salek gave $5 to celebrate the beginning of his winning streak. He said that he hadn't won yet at our club, but expected that he will win several now.
  • Larry Redding gave $2 for another Penn State football win.
  • Ken Farabaugh gave $5.00 to announce he and Lena Ma celebrated her birthday in Williamsburg, VA last week.
Chris Glatfelter, Community Service Chair announced a roadside clean-up will be held on October 9th. Members who can help (a minimum of 8 volunteers needed) should email Chris and let her know of your intentions. We will meet at the Burger King at 8:00 AM.
Chris Kimple, International Chair announced three nominations have been received for the Eisenhower Award. The selection committee will be meeting soon to select a recipient.
President Larry updated the club on the recent Board of Directors activity:
- Our club will be recognizing outstanding students in the three (3) school districts that are served in the Gettysburg area; this is in addition to the two school districts served by the New Oxford club - Bermudian Springs and Conewago Valley - which already have a student recognition program. The three new school districts for this recognition program are: Gettysburg, Fairfield, and Upper Adams. The plan is to select one high school student per quarter, from each district. Larry will be in touch with the principals from each district. The money earned from the Oktoberfest will be used for these awards.
- The resignation of Eric Gladhill, as the editor of this newsletter, was accepted; effective December 31, 2021. There will be some ongoing discussion about the frequency and format of the newsletter starting in 2022.
- Volunteers are needed for the Oktoberfest, to be held at the Adams County Winery, on October 30, 2021. Larry handed out paper copies of the volunteer form at the meeting. There was also a link emailed to members to sign up online.
Codie Eash - Seminary Ridge Museum
Peter Miele introduced the speaker, Codie Eash, who is his friend and associate at the Seminary Ridge Museum. Codie serves as the Operations Manager at the museum.
Codie shared a PowerPoint presentation of "That Marvelous Undying Utterance", about reflection of many people regarding Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. He mentioned how that speech is featured prominently throughout the museum and the visit culminates with the Gettysburg Address being played on the sixth floor of the museum. As Codie started into his program, he asked the rhetorical question, "What is the unfinished business of freedom?" The program contained three points:
1. What were Lincoln's anti-slavery intentions with his address?
2. What were his historical references?
3. What were the abolitionist's reactions to the speech?
Lincoln held the Declaration of Independence as his guiding document. He quoted part of that document in his speech, but many newspapers published articles that deadpanned the speech and some abolitionists doubted that Lincoln even wrote it. As expected the rebels were the strongest critics and many southern newspapers edited the speech to remove the words, "All men are created equal", as well as other parts of the speech that they didn't like.
Wendell Phillips Garrison wrote an article about Lincoln and his address given at Gettysburg in an effort to "hold his feet to the fire" and cause him to do more actions within his power as president. He also criticized Lincoln for pardoning confederate rebels and welcoming them back into the Union. Thaddeus Stevens thought the dedication of the cemetery was unnecessary and made the quote, "Let the dead bury the dead" when Lincoln and others were absent from Washington for the dedication. 
The New York Times had favorable comments in regards to the speech. Senator Henry Wilson spoke favorably about the address at an abolitionist meeting. Goldwin Smith, who as a British activist, said, "Lincoln is something of a boor in his writings", but he also said, "Not a sovereign in Europe, however trained from the cradle for state pomps, and however prompted by statesmen and courtiers, could have uttered himself more regally than did Lincoln at Gettysburg." A Lincoln biographer, Isaac Newton Arnold, complimented Lincoln for his brevity and passion. 
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote about the address, "In no language, ancient or modern, are words found to be so touching."  There were also some local abolitionists who spoke of and wrote highly of the Gettysburg Address. There were some comparisons to other famous speeches including dedications by Fisher Ames and Daniel Webster. Some even compare the fervor of the Gettysburg Address to the speeches by the great abolitionist, John Brown.
Codie gave us a lot of information in a short period of time, but he did eventually run out of time and could not finish the slide show that he had prepared. President Larry pointed out that it gave us all enough information to whet our appetites to visit the museum and see the complete story there.
Sep 27, 2021
Financial Planning
Oct 04, 2021
US Army War College
Oct 18, 2021
Dwight D. Eisenhower Humanitarian Award
Oct 25, 2021
Official District Governor visit
Nov 01, 2021
National Civil War Monument
Nov 08, 2021
Polio Plus
Nov 15, 2021
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The Rotary Club of Gettysburg meets Mondays at 12 noon via Zoom and 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Rosie's Restaurant in New Oxford.