The Rotary Club of

Ojai Rotary Reminder Newsletter
September 24th, 2021

Andy Gilman, Editor
September is Basic Education and Literacy 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...
Hello & Welcome everyone from Betsy Watson, President
Carl Gross lead the flag salute and Wendy Barker lead our invocation.
Members lead the guests to the lunch buffet.
Special thanks to:
Room Set-up Bill Prather, Suzanne Scar, and Andy
Desk Duty - Deirdre Daly
Greeter - Michelle Sherman
Pledge- Suzanne Scar
Invocation - Wendy Barker
Fining - Bob Davis
Reminder Editor - Andy Gilman
Carl Gross for being our photographer
Jayne for serving us this delicious meal
Visiting Rotarians or guests included:
Dr. Fred introduced his daughter and special guest,
Renee Fauvre Holbrook
Katherine Lee introduced Rebecca and Paula
Terese Brown introduced Annemiek Schilder
This day in history...
On this final meeting of Rotary International Basic Literacy month:
On this day in 1957 federal troops were dispatched to Little Rock, Arkansas, to maintain order and enforce the right of black students to attend the local public
high school.
Andy Gilman on upcoming programs:
1) Member Craft Talks
Friday, October 1, 2021
2) Mayor Pro Tempore Bill Weirick on the Ojai Avenue and Maricopa Highway road projects
Friday, October 08, 2021
3) John Krist - CEO - Farm Bureau of Ventura County will present on the current and future state of agriculture on Ventura County
Oct 15, 2021
Confessions and fining - Bob Davis
Betsy confessed / commend several members who were instrumental in the success of the Ojai Music Festival this past weekend: Therese Brown: usher, Kathy Yee: driver, Cheree:
President of the Women’s Committee, and Deirdre: home finder for over 50 artists and interns, covid tester, and housing-host whisperer. Thank you to all these wonderful Rotarians.
Carl Gross confessed about his daughter’s wedding after postponement due to the pandemic.
Bob Davis discussed the Rotarian of the Year award, both past recipients and for whom the awards are named for… his questions were about these outstanding members.
Submitted by Jack Jacobs
The Lady's Tee

A male golfer was preparing to hit his ball from the lady's tee on the first hole, right in front of the pro shop. As he began his backstroke, a voice boomed over the public address system: "Would the man hitting his ball from the lady's tee, please move it back to the men's tee?!"

He glared over his shoulder, then began again to prepare to hit his ball.

The loudspeaker again shattered the silence, repeating, "Will the man hitting his ball from the lady's tee, please move it back to the men's tee?!

At that, the man turned and faced the clubhouse. Cupping his hands on his mouth he hollered, "Will the man in the clubhouse please be quiet, so I can take my second shot?!"

Program - Jim Bailey is Co-Founder of Rock Tree Sky
Jim has been teaching in the Ojai Valley for 20 years. He brings his experience from science classroom settings as well as years of youth mentor-ship through the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation.
Jim's current work of self-directed education focuses on the design of informal learning environments and loose parts play theory. Mr. Bailey is a certified California Naturalist and enjoys studying the geology, insects, micro-invertebrates, and birds of the Ojai Valley. His love of the natural world and of people is also expressed in his volunteer work as a member of the Upper Ojai Mountain Search and Rescue Team.
He presented the innovation approach to learning at Rock Tree Sky, especially involving freedom of choice at the school. Jim also discussed the close partnership Rock Tree Sky has with Ojai Unified School District. 80 students at Rock Tree Sky are from out of the OUSD, providing new opportunities and additional revenue to the district.
Several principles were presented, including:
  • Loose Parts Theory
  • All people were born creative
  • Agile learning models and innovating working environments
  • Circle time at the end of the day to reflect on how they spent their time
  • A lot can be learned from not accomplishing what one set out to do
  • Students have a voice in the operations of the school
  • Play in nature every day
  • Multiple ages working together
  • 160 students currently enrolled
  • All employees make the same pay
You can listen to the first part of Jim’s presentation on the Ojai Rotary Club’s Facebook page:
Closing Quote from Betsy:
"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught."
Winston Churchill

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