Word of the Month: Labor
1. work, expenditure of physical or mental effort
“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.” Theodore Roosevelt, 1858 – 1919
“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.” Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1858 – 1954
2. the process of childbirth, especially the period from the start of uterine contractions to delivery
“It is not only that we want to bring about an easy labor, without risking injury to the mother or the child; we must go further. We must understand that childbirth is fundamentally a spiritual, as well as a physical, achievement. The birth of a child is the ultimate perfection of human love.” Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, 1890 – 1953
3. of or relating to work, often used in reference to childbirth
“Imagine what might happen if women emerged from their labor beds with a renewed sense of the strength and power of their bodies, and of their capacity for ecstasy through giving birth” Dr. Christiane Northrup, 1949 –
4. of, relating to, or constituting a political party held to represent the interests of workers or made up largely of organized labor groups (often capitalized)
“It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic nation that it have free and independent labor unions.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882 – 1945
5. to do work; make great effort.
“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.” George Washington, 1733 – 1799
Understanding the importance of a paperback dictionary, Past President Diane Huddleston initiated the literacy program for the Rotary Club of Liberty in her year as president in 2001. Since then, Liberty Rotarians have donated over 2,500 dictionaries to local students. The club has been able to continue the project each year by hosting fish-frys, skeet shoots, and raffles to raise money. Their project has been such a success that other clubs in the area have wanted to join the cause. This fall the Hardin Lions Club joined The Dictionary Project to start their first project in Hardin, TX, also in Liberty County. Club member Sherry Mettlen noted that she admires the Liberty Rotarians for their project and wanted her club to contribute to literacy in the community as well.
Photos by Carol Skewes, Publisher of The Vindicator
We are emailing you because we want to thank you for visiting St. Genevieve and delivering very special dictionaries to us. We love having visitors come into our room and teach us about many different things. You were both very funny and very entertaining (so entertaining that we didn’t even watch our friends playing on the playground while you talked to us! ) Right after you left, we convinced our teacher to let us read our dictionaries and look through them while we sat in the reading center. That is what we are doing in the picture we attached to our email.
We are so thankful for your group coming to to talk to us and we hope to see you both again!
We may even have some Cheez-It’s for you next time!
The Third Graders at St. Genevieve Elementary School
pictured: Club member Joe Matthews (left) and Club President Winston Kerley (right) with happy students.
Broadcast broad·cast /ˈbrôdˌkast/
example: On September 15, 2015, during the regular morning school broadcast at Zeb Vance Elementary School, the Zeb Vance Ruritan Club presented student dictionaries to the third grade classes. 2015 marks the fifth year the club has presented dictionaries to the local school. In total, members have reached over 475 students.
“If to live is to progress, if you are lucky, from foolishness to wisdom, then to write novels is to broadcast the various stages of your foolishness.” Jane Smiley, 1949 –
“Truth never yet fell dead in the streets; it has such affinity with the soul of man, the seed however broadcast will catch somewhere and produce its hundredfold” Theodore Parker, 1810 – 1860
The Rotary Club of Fillmore, California, participated in a Dictionary Project this week. Several members visited all five elementary schools in our school district and delivered a dictionary to each third grade student. Two classes were made up of 2nd and 3rd graders so we gave to everyone. In total there were 13 classrooms. After presenting the dictionaries we spent a few minutes pointing out some interesting pages in the books and having the students look them up. They enjoyed the chance to get familiar with the dictionaries. We also give one to each teacher. We had a few copies extra so we donated to the Piru Elementary School Library, the local Boys & Girls Club and to One Step Al A Vez, our high school after school program. Everyone loved their dictionaries!
Chairman of the Dictionary Project