Posted by Les Nathan
Two Guest Speakers Join Us for Our October 27th Meeting
Our club was delighted to have not one, but two very different speakers at our luncheon meeting at the yacht club on October 27th.  It proved to be very informative.
Our first speaker, Ruslan Alikperov, is the president-elect for the Kharkiv Direct Help International Rotary Club of Ukraine.  He was traveling across the United States on an 80 day trip to raise awareness and funds for those in need from his country.  He has been organizing projects, along with his team, to help those in need.  Their direct help website allows a donor to choose a specific person to support with a monthly donation.
He also brought along some merchandise for sale and a banner (below) which contains contact information.
Our second guest was Mark Perlman, a Rotarian from Fairfield County, CT, who has self-published a historical novel entitled The Reluctant Soldier.  It’s about the son of a slave who fights segregation and prejudice only to survive two world wars in France and his own personal tragedies on both sides of the Atlantic. The book weaves fact and fiction, historical personalities and fictional characters into a well-researched story about war, romance, jazz, murder cases and political intrigue.
Mark shared his fascination and passion about events that shaped some spheres of human history in the late 19th and 20th century; its aftermath affects us still today. We had a lively discussion after his presentation.
More photos from this event are contained in a photo album on this site.  Click here to go to the album.