The Rotary Club of

Ojai Rotary Reminder Newsletter
November 13th, 2020

Randy Roth, Editor

November is Rotary Foundation 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
Patricia served admirably as the greeter; President Michael gaveled the meeting to order at 12:02.  Colin Jones led the Pledge and Al West gave the invocation.  Al’s remarks included a moving recommendation to read the iconic WWI poem “In Flanders Field”
We had one guest, the always welcome Dr. Bob Skankey.
Upcoming Programs:
Theresa Brown gave hints about upcoming programs on Vertebrate Zoology and Renee Mandala on Secure Beginnings.
Catherine Lee reminded us that Help of Ojai will be running the “Adopt a Senior” program.
Mike Weaver invited those interested to attend the International Service Committee meeting and the Peace Committee meeting.
Tara Saylor gave a heartfelt song of gratitude to all those who made Taste of Ojai a success.
Sheree announced that our club has received honors as the best service club in the valley and as a Platinum Designated club
New Member Induction:
Jack Jacobs presided over the induction of Candice Alexander as a new red badge member.  Candice brings a lot to our club:  she owns and runs an insurance agency in Oak View; she likes to restore classic cars like her beloved ’57 Chevy; she in interested in working with youth.  Best of all, she is under 40.
Fining/confessions by Colin Jones:
There were two confessions:  First PK thanked Dr. Bob Skankey for donating a microscope for a Ugandan health care worker;
second, Leslie Bouche proudly displayed a picture of her new granddaughter. 
Colin’s theme for the fining was WWI. 
Presentation on Rotary Foundation by Frank Ortiz: 
Frank gave a detailed, thorough and comprehensive overview of the goals, operations, structure, financial management and accounting of the Rotary Foundation.  Some of the highlights included:
  • Over $4 Billion has been donated and spent
  • The mission is “Doing Good in the World”
  • Areas of focus include:  Peacebuilding, Disease Prevention, Water Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health and education and literacy
  • There are 44 Triple Crown Donors in our District
Mary Taylor of the Greater Good Leadership Program (GGLP): 
Mary gave us an engaging description of the history and focus of the GGLP. GGLP is an elective available at Nordhoff and Thacher.  The elements of the program include:  team building, communication, trust, language, respect and courage.  The core values include:  integrity, courage, tolerance, sacrifice, honesty, loyalty, responsibility and compassion. 
Participants wrestle with such questions as how to show leadership in a deeply divided and polarized country.
Judy Gabriel announced that she was likely to move to San Luis Obisbo and therefore was unable to assume the responsibilities associated with being President of Rotary.  Judy went on to express her affection for her family of Rotary.
Final Thoughts...
“Peace begins with a smile” 
Mother Theresa.

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