The Rotary Club of

Ojai Rotary Reminder Newsletter
June 17th, 2022

Andy Gilman, Editor

June is Rotary Fellowships Month

Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. 
Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
In the Beginning...
Michael Scar lead the meeting, sitting in for Betsy Watson.
Al West led the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance
Marty Babayco led is in the Invocation, focused on the unifying power of music:

Surprisingly, most of us are unaware of our own heartbeat. We might take note of it…after a steep stair climb or when watching a horror movie. We definitely notice it when working out; or feel it swelling with pride when thinking of our children; or when we are all alone with our thoughts deep into the night.

An adult heart beats about 60-80 times per minute. Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day – about 3 billion beats in a lifetime.

Research shows that when you can control the tempo of your music, it matches your normal heartbeat. Also, when listening to a slow beat, music lowers your pulse rate and blood pressure, and with a faster beat it can raise your heart rate and make you more excited and joyful.  (Take notice of your heartbeat listening to our program today.)

Just like the early humans gathered around a campfire beating out a tempo to match their own heartbeat – music can transform us, a non-verbal, physical way to make the world hear what is inside each and every one of us.

Each heartbeat is precious reminder that we are all connected. Your heartbeat is one of the things that binds us together as humans, all 7 billon of us – the whole of humanity.

As Rotarians, all 1.4 million of us, we can hear those heartbeats, and are reminded that we have the responsibility and resources to take action to improve our communities, bridge cultures and connect continents, and help and serve others in need.

Because of you, Rotary can transform communities - it has funded more than 460 district grants, 1,030 global grants, and 180 disaster response grants so far this Rotary year. 

We fund sustainable projects, provide food and shelter, fight disease, save mothers and children, provide clean water, grow local economies, support the environment, and promote peace. 

Are there still challenges? Yes. But…Let us be thankful that our heartbeat gives us a reminder AND the opportunity to serve others. 

Thanks to Bill Prather, Suzanne Scar, and Andy Gilman for the meeting setup, and again to Suzanne for the roving mic.
Thanks to our greeter Tessa Turner and to Fern Barishman for staffing the front desk.
Thanks to Carl Gross for photography and Andy Gilman as our Reminder Editor.
Thanks to Tony Thacher for encouraging confessions on this last day of the Rotary year, and to Larry Wilde for collections.
A reminder that we have President Betsy’s Demotion Party on
Friday, June 24 from 5:30to 8:00PM at the Home of Kathy and Larry Yee - 306 Del Norte.
The Ojai Rotary West Wine Festival took place under azure skies with cool breezes coming in from what's left of the lake.  Our Club was well represented as volunteers for this 35th annual celebration. Thanks to all who came, helped out, and had an overall great time with our Rotarian sisters and brothers.
Tony Thacher led a great fining session, filled with great confessions and earning quite a bit for the Club.
The Program:  Rhythm From Around the World-Andy Gilman
Andy Gilman then led the final presentation of the Rotary year by leading the group in Middle Eastern and African Drumming. He spoke about the value of music in life, and the richness of practicing and performing in one of his former bands Seeds of Whatever.
He taught the following rhythms:
The Maqsum
The Baladi
The Chiftetelli
A 7-time beat
And an African Celebration beat.
It was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed themselves.
A reminder that we are dark next week, but hopefully we will see everyone at the Demotion party!

You are invited to visit us at an upcoming meeting.

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