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Kirschbaum entertains and inspires Rotarians

By Staff | Aug 14, 2009

Estherville Rotarians didn’t have any problem staying awake after their lunch Thursday.

Bob Kirschbaum of Sheldon, former principal and now fund development associate with the Siouxland Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, told Rotarians how they could help the Red Cross. In addition, he told everyone how they could help themselves and brighten the lives of others by taking life, well, not quite so seriously.

Kirschbaum’s first message was about the Red Cross and its day-to-day role in northwestern Iowa.

“It is highly thought of out there,” Kirschbaum said of the Red Cross.

While many people think of the Red Cross when they hear about hurricanes or floods in the news, Kirschbaum said the organization is also present in more common day-to-day disasters.

As an example, he pointed to an apartment fire in Spencer last week and a home fire earlier this summer in Sac City. In both cases, the Red Cross was on the scene to help.

The Red Cross is also there giving swimming lessons, CPR classes and first-aid training. “The Red Cross is in your community every day but you don’t think about us until there’s a major disaster,” Kirschbaum said.

Kirschbaum noted a number of instances in which high-school students and athletes asked for donations of just $1 for the Red Cross.

“We’d blow everybody away if we could get $1 from everybody,” Kirschbaum said.

Kirschbaum also talked about the inspirational messages he’s trying to spread through Together Everybody Accomplishes More (TEAM). He put special emphasis on attitude.

He said life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you deal with it. And, while attitude makes a little difference, a big difference is if you’re positive or negative. He encouraged his audience to look at problems and see opportunities rather than look at opportunities and see problems.

He also had advice for anyone concerned about the current recession.

“We have the power to be able to make or break somebody’s day every day,” Kirschbaum said. He said even our tone of voice can make a huge difference is making someone’s day.

“We still have to have fun. Life has to be fun,” Kirschbaum said. “Sometimes you just have to look at the lighter side of things because that’s what gets you through.”