The Rotary Club of

Ojai Rotary Reminder Newsletter
March 26th, 2021

Randy Roth, Editor

March is Water and Sanitation 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.
On a lovely spring day, Rotarians gathered by zoom to celebrate service and fellowship.  Patricia Anderson performed the duties of greeter with her usual grace and enthusiasm.  Suzanne Scar led the Pledge.
In Memorium…Ron Polito
Marc Whitman read portions of the Ron Polito Obituary published in OVN:
"Ron was not afraid of death.  He believed through death and loss we truly learn how to love and be kind, not only to each other but to ourselves. "Life is a team game" he used to say, "we are walking each other home” So, in his honor let us be kind to ourselves, kind to others and live each day with love in our hearts.
So may Ron’s spirit live on forever in his giving to Rotary and all of us. 
Ron Polito’s passing is a reminder to all of us what a terrible virus this is and the destruction and pain it has caused. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Polito family and everyone else who has suffered or is suffering still.
Ron was only a member of our club for a year, but he was a Rotarian for decades.
Ron embodied the spirit of Rotary in his caring and giving. 
Marc singled out for our attention Ron’s admonition to “be kind to ourselves and others”.
Coming Attractions
Therese Brown gave us a preview of upcoming programs: 
4/9 Ojai Music Festival, Ara Guzelimian
4/16 Nomadgal; My Saharan Odyssey A Memoir, Leslie Clark
4/23 Creating Destiny, Rotary Technical Coordinator and Past District Governor, Wade Nomura
4/30 5th Friday
President Mike encouraged us to donate to TRF; apparently during the pandemic, donations have fallen off. Kay Bliss observed that an efficient way to make donations is to set up automatic quarterly donations.
Catherine Lee reminded us that an “Affordable Art and goodies” will be held on her property on 4/25
Fred Fauvre encouraged us to submit nominations for this year’s “Living Treasures” awards.
Go to the Living Treasures Website and either nominate online or download a printed ballot. Deadline for nominations is April 12th
Janet C. updated us on the status of the work to grant scholarships to deserving and needed students.  Janet was happy to report that RCOEF has received 5 recommendations for scholarships for Chapparal students
Bill Weirick spoke fondly of the “ethos” of our club.
Rotary Cartoon
Fining by Fred Farkhani
Fred led an educational and enjoyable fining session by asking questions about national parks both here in the US and around the world.  It was a fun session as all of us travel-starved recluses dream about hitting the road.  However, the most surprising event was that Bret  Bradigan was not able to answer a question correctly.  As Frank Finck pointed out, a once in a lifetime mistake.
Candice Alexander:  Craft Talk
New Member Candice Alexander introduced herself to fellow Rotarians with a lively craft talk.  Her Dad was a petroleum engineer, so the family had to embrace her Dad’s peripatetic lifestyle:  moving from Oklahoma, to Scotland, to Saudi Arabia, and eventually to Ventura.  Candice stated that the constant travel and relocation made the family very tight.  After pursuing a number of avenues, Candice eventually purchased the Olivares and Alexander insurance agency.  Welcome Candice!
Last Words:
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
Desmond Tutu

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