The Jupiter/Saturn Grand Tack Migration

Dino Tata returned to the Club to continue his fascinating discussions about the origin of the Solar System.  While the Solar System today  is very orderly, 4.5 billion years ago it was chaos, with millions of pieces of dust, gas and water floating around and perhaps 100 planets. They constantly crashed into each other, forming the planets we have today. Jupiter formed near the Sun and was being dragged into it by the debris and gravity. As Jupiter cleared its path, and Saturn came along it was able to head outward and was thereby saved from a fiery death. Passing through the asteroid belt it sent thousands of asteroids to the inner system, creating constant impacts with earth and making it unfit for human development. The debris left behind formed the earth and mars.  Further out they pushed Neptune and Uranus to their present location and the solar system is now stable.

Jupiter’s makeup resembles the sun and many think it was meant to be a sun but did not gather enough material to become one. Jupiter is 1000X larger than earth and earth could fit in it 1,300X. The great red spot is a storm that has been blowing for over 300 years and earth could fit into it twice. Due to its gases leaking out into space Jupiter is getting smaller every year by fractions of an inch. Its day is 9.9 hours long and its year is 11.86 earth years long.

Dino is a NASA Space Exploration Ambassador and gives numerous presentations throughout the greater communities.  It’s always a pleasure to hear from his wealth of knowledge on this subject.

Dino Tata - NASA - 11-20-2017


Working Together to Reduce Hardship

It was a second reunion as Sturbridge Rotary welcomed back two guests, Lisa Meunier, Burgess School nurse, and Bill Pioppi, representing the St. John Paul II Food Pantry.  Lisa and Bill were introduced last year at a Rotary meeting and have been working together ever since in Lisa’s caring and humanitarian endeavors to help students and families in need in the Sturbridge area.  Rotary presented a check to Lisa to help her work in providing clothing, household needs, and even housing for families going through difficult times.  The money will also help Lisa provide toys at Christmas for the children in need.  Bill was also given a check to provide 35 holiday meals to the families identified by Lisa.  Working together to help students and families going through hardship by providing the proper resources is a win for everyone.

Lisa Meunier, Burgess School nurse.

Lisa Meunier, Burgess School nurse.

Bill Pioppi (L) with President David.

Bill Pioppi (L) with President David.

L to R:  Bill, Lisa, President David.

L to R: Bill, Lisa, President David.

Lottery Basket Ticket Sales

Sales are going great for tickets on a chance to win a basket of $1,000 worth of lottery tickets.  Just think of all the fun you would have scratching all those tickets and adding up how much you have won!!!!  We sold LOTS of tickets at the Tantasqua Craft Fair this weekend.  The proceeds from these ticket sales support the $6,000 in scholarships that we award to Tantasqua students each year.

Didn’t buy your ticket yet?  Better get going before you miss out.  We’ll be selling tickets at Sturbridge Walmart from 10 to 4pm on Saturday, November 18.  See you there…

The afternoon ticket crew:  L to R is Otto, Peter, Carl and Bob W.

The afternoon ticket crew: L to R is Otto, Peter, Carl and Bob W.

RYLA Students Excel

The two students we sponsored to attend RYLA training in June spoke with us about their experiences.  Kayla Archambault and Andrew Houle, both sophomores at Tantasqua Regional High School, were very impressed with the content of the 3-day training weekend held at Fitchburg State University.  They spoke about several of the exercises in which all 190 attendees participated.  One exercise in particular was how students in school and employees in the workplace seem driven to be the best and to get ahead no matter who they “run over” to achieve what they want.  Along the way we seem to have lost the value of mutual support, collaboration, attention to and respect for others – all of which would make us all more productive which would benefit a common goal.  Our drive to excel at technology has also diminished our personal interaction skills.

Kayla and Andrew gave an impressive presentation and both have committed to serving as facilitators at the RYLA training session next year.  We are confident these two students will have a bright and successful future!

Kayla and Andrew with Past-President Otto.

Kayla and Andrew with Past-President Otto.