As the Bell Tolls:  No Ransom Received, Only a Text Message.

Dear Fellow Rotarians:

Our club Bell is missing!  It has been more than a year since any kidnapping or escape of the Bell.  President Jan has appointed club members Dan Salazar and Gail Morris to find the missing Bell and report back on Monday September 13th.
 
Update:  President Jan has received a text message that is untraceable.  The message was garbled so we are concerned the Bell is being held captive instead of on a secret mission or just gallivanting around the Delta.  But, we don't know for sure.
 
While we wait for any ransom notices, we are collecting donations to organize rescue efforts.
 
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If anyone has information on the location of the Rotary Bell, please let us know right away so a rescue team can be appointed.  If you can capture any photos, email them to admin@walnutgroverotary.org.
 
Description:  Bronze coloring, with special marking dating back to 1948.  Has a beautiful voice when nudged.  Please stay on the look out.
 
Disclosure:  This is just a GAME.  Feel free to participate in our recovery efforts.  THANKS!  There are stories about previous Bell shenanigans at this link:  As the Bell Tolls!
          

 

INSCRIPTION READS:

Presented to

Walnut Grove Rotary Club

by

Sacramento Rotary Club

Charter Night May 25th 1948

Having some fun with the bell is quite an ingenious game, as long as the bell doesn’t stay away too long and returns for meetings or important events.  It took a while to understand the humor behind a missing bell.  I think the day it struck me as hilarious was the first meeting after the Demotion Ceremony of President Larry when he brought a tricycle bell and called the meeting to order.  That was just plain great humor on great humor.  He had been warned, but nevertheless, the Bell went missing at his Demotion Ceremony.
 
But I still miss the Bell!  After hinting the missing bell was fun, it just needs to show up now and again.  Especially at important meetings or events.  It wasn't too long after that the Bell began sending hints of its location and sending photos in historical spots.  The Bell seems to be okay while gallivanting around the Delta.  
 
After missing many meetings it was the evening of our 70th Club Anniversary Dinner when it made its appearance as a gift to the President, all dressed in formal tuxedo and red bow tie.  That was funnier than funny.  Although, it didn't last long, and the Bell was off gallivanting around the Delta again.
 
There has been discussion about fining the Bell for missed meetings.  Only to have it show up at the doorstep with photo proof it tried to attend, therefore, it can't be fined.  
 
There are rumors the Bell has tried, repeatedly, to gain access to local establishments.  Claiming to be over 21 years of age.  But with no ID, it has been turned away.
 
Other sightings of the Bell include a days adventure on the Delta boating or watching the SF Giants play from McCovey Cove.  We've heard a home run ball was caught by the Bell, but it was some historic ball and the Bell returned it to the player.
 
We've heard from the Bell when it was kidnapped.  The ransom note "Help Me" was made from letters cut out of magazines.  Our local law enforcement solved the case and the town Deputy rescued the bell and brought it safely to the following meeting.  However, the story around town is a hefty ransom was paid for its return.  Some even say the Bell planned the entire kidnapping after watching a scene from Murder, She Wrote and escaped being booked by dropping some big name club members and spent the night in the Sheriff's custody before being returned.  It is said only the Bell knows for sure.
 
Today, the Bell is locked in President Rob's special made safe.  It has been quarantined and is abiding by the stay-in-place regulations for our County.  Most recently, the Bell has been at our Zoom meetings and makes beautiful sounds when it meets the gavel.  Now there's a relationship story!
 
As hybrid meetings were born, and meeting started to resume, our bell not only attended with its proper mask,  During our October 19, 2020 meeting, District Gov Nominee Karen Cendro presents the Bell a stunning red Rotary mask, which it is modeling beautifully.
 
The 2020-2021 year had the Bell traveling very little and pretty much staying safe.  It is a difficult year to travel too.   Our Bell wore an alarm.  At the slightest of movement, an ear piercing alarm would alert President Rob something was amiss.  It makes travel difficult when weighted down with such armor.  Let's see how President-Elect Jan LeRoy holds onto her Bell.
 
August 2021:  The Bell has been kidnapped!  President Jan has received a couple of text messages, but no ransom notice yet.  President Jan appointed a committee to rescue our Bell.  A rescue fund has been established.  It seems all we can do is wait.  The Bell is missed.
 
Thanks for listening to the stories.  Keep coming back for more photos and stories of "As the Bell Tolls".
Stay-In-Place Order.  Notice, mask ready!
Safely at home with President Rob.
Hybrid Meeting - Oct 19, 2020
The plunger wants its own story now.
District Gov Nominee, Karen Cendro presents the Bell a Rotary Mask...October 19,2020
Photo Predates CV19
A day trip to watch the SF Giants play ball.  The Bell's reflection from McCovey Cove.
As Captain, the Bell is piloting this beauty on a tour of the Delta.
The Bell at our 70th Anniversary Celebration in full tux complete with red bow tie.
At the door of our meeting room.  Honest attempt to attend, results in no fine.
Local historical lounge.  Didn't have any ID to get in.
Help Me the sign says in cut out letters.  I believe a hefty ransom was paid for its return.
The History of the Rotary Bell begins in 1922 when the U.S. Rotarians organized an attendance contest.  The challenge was that the losing clubs would join in giving the winning club a prize.  The Rotary Club of New York City was declared the winner and was awarded a bell from a popular patrol boat, which was placed on wood that came from the HMS Victory.  Admiral Nelson's vessel at the battle of Trafalgar.
 
Since then, as on the ships, the bell used in Rotary meetings started to represent order, discipline and the time to guide us through the weekly hour and a half meeting. With its sound, the bell rang at the  beginning of the Rotary meeting, at which time people should stand in order to salute the US Flag and the Rotary flag. The bell was sounded once again at the end to adjourn the meeting. 
 
The gavel symbolizes the authority invested in the Rotarian elected to the highest position in Rotary, and through him/her, reminds those present of his/her authority. When presidents transmit their positions to their successors at the end of their mandate, they give the bell their last hit, turning the gavel over to their successors, symbolizing the transfer of authority.
This is a Stand-In.  It's required during the times our club bell is out on secret missions.
This is ours!  The Bell & Gavel.
Bell & Gavel for the Walnut Grove Rotary Club