Motivational speaker Ron Heller saved his punchiest piece of philosophy for last.
It was a "little Johnny" story about how the youngster is on his way to a baseball game with ball and bat in hand.
Assuring himself he's the greatest hitter in the world, Johnny tosses up the ball and misses.
Undaunted, he tries once more, but again hits thin air.
After the third vain attempt, the boy decides on a 180-degree tack.
"I'm the greatest pitcher in the world," he declares.
About 100 Marco Island Noontime Rotarians enjoyed that one, as they did Heller's other playful banter with underlying messages.
During his lunchtime speech, the former baseball player, military man, TV show host, author and motivational speaker cross-referenced his latest project, a book called Three Minutes That Are Simply Fascinating. It is intended, he said, to provide philosophical direction in this fast-paced world, hence much of his advice was about the value of time.
It was also about patience, persistence, awareness and understanding - which he illustrated with another tongue-in-cheek recollection.
A young man is smitten with a fellow bus passenger, but is too shy to approach her, so he mails anonymous love notes in her mailbox every day for a year before plucking up enough courage to knock on her door.
A man answers the knock.
"She married the mailman," Heller said to more chuckles from the audience.
On a more direct note, Heller paid tribute to the charitable efforts of Rotarians, which he said deserve to garner newspaper headlines every day.
"They can, and do, change the world for the better," he said, referring in particular to the organization's help in eradicating polio worldwide, and also its more recent Tsunami relief efforts.
By contrast, he said, there are so many people who place their priorities on the way they look, how much they earn and what people think of them.
As a gesture, Heller offered copies of his books at a reduced price to the assembled Rotarians, assuring them the money would go into the organization's coffers.