January 15, 2018: "The Ten Cannots" by William John Henry Boetcker (1873–1962) an American religious leader and influential public speaker
  1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
  4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
  9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence.
  10. And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.
Rotary Boca Raton Sunset President Lee Barnard plans to offer a "thought for the day" at each meeting, which we believe will stick with us throughout the ensuing week. 
Lee  provided his first example while conducting the final meeting of our Rotary year 2016-17.
June 26, 2017: "Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.  Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward.  Your life will never be the same again." - attributed to Augustine "Og" Mandino II, an American author (December 12, 1923 – September 3, 1996)
July 10, 2017: "Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness." -- Attributed to Anne Frank, Author 1929-1945
July 17, 2017: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."  - President John F Kennedy, from the Thanksgiving proclamation 1963
July 24, 2017: "You can always-always-give something, even if it's a simple act of kindness! If everyone were to give in this way and didn't scrimp on kindly words, there would be much more love and justice in the world!"  -  Attributed to Anne Frank, Author 1929-1945
July 31, 2017: "Confidence and Hard work is the best medicine to kill the disease called failure. It will make you a successful person."  attributed to APJ Abdul Kalam, (1931-2015) President of India 2002-2007.
August 7, 2017: "Try and leave this world a little better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate, you have not wasted your time but have done your best." attributed to Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941), British Army Officer, author of Scouting for Boys and founder The Boy Scouts Association
August 14, 2017: "If our nation is ever taken over, it will be taken over from within." - attributed to James Madison
" America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." - attributed to Abraham Lincoln
August 21, 2017: President Lee traveled north to witness solar eclipse.
August 28, 2017: "Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile.
Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself." attributed to Augustine "Og" Mandino II, an American author (December 12, 1923 – September 3, 1996)
September 11, 2017: We did not meet for September 4, Labor Day, nor September 11, 2017 because of Hurricane Irma recovery.  President Lee shared his guidance prior to and immediately after Hurricane Irma by offering assistance to club members.  Excellent leadership! 
September 18, 2017: "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently."  Attributed to Henry Ford, American Industrialist
"A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.  Attributed to John Burroughs - American naturalist and nature essayist, 1871
September 25, 2017: "It has been the way of Rotary to focus thought upon matters in which members are in agreement, rather than upon matters in which they are in disagreement." attributed to Paul Harris, Rotary Founding Member
October 2, 2017: "People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."  Attributed to Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher
October 9, 2017: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in their bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected and handed down for them to do the same, ..."  Attributed to Ronald Reagan
October 16, 2017 (provided by President Pro Tem John Ross) "Change is inevitable but progress is truly optional.” attributed to Don A. Holbrook Economic Development Consultant
October 23, 2017 "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." attributed to Lao Tzu - ancient Chinese philosopher and writer - 604BC
October 30, 2017: "When an individual, a sect, a clique or a nation hates and despises another individual, sect, clique or nation, he or they simply do not know the objects of their hatred. Ignorance is at the bottom of it." Attributed to Paul Harris, Rotary Founder
November 6: "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." Attributed to Thomas A Edison, Inventor
November 13: "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."  attributed to Mahatma Gandhi
November 20, 2017: "When something bad happens, you have three choices.  You can either let it define you , let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you."  Although this may have been attributed to Dr Seuss, it also has been used often by others with unknown origin
November 27, 2017: "You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice." - attributed to Bob Marley
December 4, 2017: "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."  attributed to Abraham Lincoln in the movie Lincoln
December 11, 2017: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
December 18, 2017: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - popularly attributed to John Quincy Adams, sixth President of USA.
  However the more modern literary style belies association with President Adams and may make it more aptly attributed to Dolly Parton according to Quote Investigator  (QI). 
  QI discovered this quote with very slight variation in the book "The Most Important Thing I Know: Life Lessons from Colin Powell, Stephen Covey, Maya Angleou and Over 75 Other Eminent Individuals" May 1, 1997 by Lorne Adrian (Author)
December 25, 2017: "Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves." -  attributed to  Eric Sevareid
January 1, 2018: Happy New Year
January 11, 2018 "Five things you can't recover in life: 1) a stone after it's thrown, 2) a word after it's said, 3) an occasion after it's missed, 4) time after it's gone, 5) trust after it's lost." - unknown