Santa Clause (alias Kris Kringle) taking a moment to answer some critically important questions about Rotary in the North Pole.
Let’s be clear. Rotary is a non-religious organization. So I hope nothing in this post will be taken the wrong way by my loyal Ready, Fire, Aim readers. But I ask you, what would you do if you had the chance to interview the real life, authentic, one and only Santa Clause, and ask him the kind of hard-hitting, tough, journalistic questions that you’ve come to expect from your intrepid RFA reporter? You guessed it. You get more of the best Rotary education, entertainment, and insights….anywhere. (with all due respect to Rotarian Magazine…which actually doesn’t do a bad job either.)
Before we dive into the interview, I think we need to put this “is Santa real” question to bed. Of course, Hollywood has answered this for us in a bunch of movies, none better than the original Miracle on 34th Street. This three time Academy Award winning flick proved, without a doubt, that Santa exists, proven by no less than a highly respected government agency, the United State Post Office. Here is a short clip from one of my favorite scenes from the movie, where Fred Gaily, played by John Payne, has Christmas cards delivered to the courtroom proving without a doubt that Santa is ….well….Santa. And yes…Edward Gwenn as Kris Kringle was amazing.
With all due respect to the 1947 version of Santa, I was lucky enough to run into the authentic 2014 version of Santa at the Columba Mall. Turns out that this is a very busy time of year for the old elf, but he took some time to answer some very important questions about Rotary before dashing out to hear little children tell him what they want for Christmas. So enjoy Santa as he gives you some insights into Rotary at the North Pole that I absolutely guarantee that you’ve never heard before.
Four Way Test…check. Extend a club at the North Pole…..check. International Traveling and Hosting Fellowship….check. I’m guessing I’m off the naughty list. (I will make sure Mrs. Solow sees this post.)
At this time of the year its pretty easy to see the connection between Rotary, service, peace, and love. It’s a pretty powerful cocktail if you ask me, and one that we can all be proud of. My thanks to Rotarian, Phil Komornik, of the Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent, for arranging this interview with Santa, even if it was in the storeroom behind the Service Desk at the Mall. And my thanks to everyone else who has allowed me to pester them for interviews over the past year.
This last clip is dedicated to everyone who takes their time to play Santa at this time of year. And in particular, this one Santa I know at Columbia Mall who tells me he has had similar experiences this year delighting children with his limited use of sign language. Right back atcha, Phil. Ho! Ho! Ho! Here’s Richard Attenborough in the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street.
Best wishes, dear readers, for a safe, peaceful, and happy Holiday Season.
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