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Tue Nov 06, 2018 at 5:00 PM.
Gold Mountain Golf Club
7263 W Belfair Valley Rd
Bremerton, WA  98310
November Rotary address by Mac Alexander Macdonald,
Normandy, D-Day, and the Age of the App
        Nov. 6th, 2018 Gold Mountain Golf Course, Port Orchard WA
 
From Bruce Bennett: When we meet November 6th,  5:00 P.M. at the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Port Orchard, think of the same date 74 years ago. The optimism of “victory in Europe by Christmas” was presaged by the sweep from Falaise through Paris and across France. That optimism is being upstaged by the grand mistake of the Hurtegan Forest and Montgomery’s failed Market Garden. Winter is coming, and so is the Bulge.
 
However, we in 2018 will go back 74 years plus five months to that exciting and terrifying phenomenon that was Normandy, and D-Day. As Stalin grudgingly described it, “ One must admit that the history of wars does not know any such undertaking so broad in conception, so grandiose in scale, and so masterly in its execution”. 
 
Mac Macdonald is owner and president of his firm, the Lighting Your Own Fuse (LYFE) Enhancement Company. In 2014 he was chosen as one of the speakers during the 70th year commemoration of the D-Day landings in St. Mere Eglise, Normandy, France. His PowerPoint presentation about huis experiences there is emotionally stirring, educational, and inspiring. His narration during his playing of the cemetery scene from the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” asks us to ask ourselves if we are truly “earning it” as the dying Tom Hanks character told the young Private Ryan to do. We are only human. We get caught up in things. And as humans, we forget what earning it means.
Mac’s purpose there was to warn his audience of 600 international high school-aged students and parents, to beware of an addiction to smartphones. We get complacent. We dedicate ourselves to our electronic and entertainment devices as opposed to dedicating ourselves to our communities.
 
The program Mr. Macdonald will present helps us remember that the sacrifices made on those beaches gives us the opportunity to pay it forward, to guide ourselves in a spirit of gratitude rather than defensiveness; to remember how important we are to our communities, organizations, and workplaces, thus repairing relationships, rejuvenating attitudes, and recommitting.
 
Mr. Macdonald has been a corporate trainer and consultant for the last 37 years helping business owners, managers, employees, and members of all types of organizations both large and small, enhance their skills to lead, motivate, obtain, and especially retain their employees and members. His client list includes Microsoft, Boeing, FDA, Motorola, Alaska Airlines, Holland America, and many others. (See www. lyfeco.com)
In his younger years, he was also an actor having appeared in movies such as “Apocalypse Now” in the Philippines, “American Graffiti”, “Murder She Wrote” and in many television commercials such as the old Rainier Beer commercials. He recently appeared in a film-from-book production called “Where’d You Go Bernadette” with Cate Blanchett. He has promised to show a few amusing behind-the-scenes photos from those times as well.
He is the author of a wonderful new book entitled, “Lighting Your Own Fuse – A Glossary of Mission, Vision, and Passion”. More information about it can be found on his website www.lyfeco.com.
 
Mac’s address to us is will be all about continued engagement and participation. This would be a perfect opportunity to bring younger persons who know little of that time, spouses and partners, and certainly all potential Rotarians to see this stirring presentation.  (Mac can be contacted at Maclyfe@msn.com and 206-932-1232). Dinner and social at five o’clock, $32. Lecture-only 6:00pm no charge. Please RSVP  Bruce Bennett 360-710-5893 or b.bennett@wavecable.com.
For the complete story of his experience there see this Military Magazine article at http://www.lyfeco.com/reflections.html