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Rotary Happenings: Rotarians hear from operations manager for Twins

By ROTARY CLUB - | Mar 2, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Michael Maibach was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club.

The last election, whatever side you may have been on, was a big topic of conversation. Rotary does not endorse any candidates, however, the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club’s recent speaker did educate the club all on a topic that it learned back in elementary school, but many have forgotten since. It was the topic of the Electoral College.

Michael Maibach started with a refresher of the creation of our country with the founding fathers. The founders wanted a republic that had checks and balances, as well as a separation of powers. They had the idea that republics are designed to guard against tyranny, especially of the majority. The founders struggled with the concept of the best and fairest way to select a president. To select a president by popular election meant that the largest states will always rule. To have the president elected by Congress wouldn’t work because then Congress would rule with no check on Congress. It was decided to select the president through an election by the states. State electoral votes would include two votes each, no matter their population.

There may be some disagreement about this way to select a president, but it is how the founding fathers created our government, our country. It has worked for our county for many years. And the great thing about our country is that if the people decide that it doesn’t work for them any longer, the people can create change. Democracy in action.

Maibach is a distinguished fellow for the Save Our States organization. He is a seasoned professional in global business diplomacy and civic engagement, and serves on various non-profit boards such as the Witherspoon Institute and James Wilson Institute. From 2003-12, Maibach was the president of the European-American Business Council. In 1983, he established the Intel Corporation’s Government Affairs Department. At Intel, Maibach built a global team of 150-plus professionals during his 18 years and became its first vice president of Global Government Affairs.

While a college student, he was a Governor’s Fellow in Illinois and was elected to the Dekalb County Board as the first person elected to public office under 21 years of age in U.S. history. After graduate school, Maibach served as an Illinois Legislative Fellow in the Illinois State Senate. He holds degrees from Northern Illinois University, California State University, American University, Georgetown University, Ashland University and Institute of World Politics, where he now serves as a board trustee.

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club holds a meeting on Fridays at 7:30 a.m. at the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club, at 949 Sand Castle Road, Sanibel, and via Zoom. To attend in person, email Bill Harkey at William.Harkey@gmail.com; attendance is limited to 20 people. To take part via Zoom, call 239-472-7257. For more information, visit sanibelrotary.org or www.facebook.com/sancaprotary.