The Rotary Club
of Ojai

Ojai Rotary Reminder Newsletter

Editor:  Bill Gilbreth
June 1st, 2018
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...
President Mike gaveled the meeting to order at approximately 12:10, Carl Gross lead us in a flag salute and Fred Fauvre gave the Invocation. President Mike then recessed the meeting for lunch.
When he resumed the meeting at 12:27 President Mike thanked the many stalwarts who make our meetings such an enjoyable success: our Sergeant at Arms, Rob Roddick, and his team for setup; Anne Carper and yours truly for serving as Greeters; Carl for the flag salute and Fred for the invocation; Dave Brubaker as our Program Director; Jack Jacobs as our Fine Master and Leslie Bouche as his bag person; Randy Roth for manning the front desk; your obedient servant as the Reminder Editor; and, especially, Ginger Case, for setting up and serving lunch.
President Mike then welcomed the two Visiting Rotarians from our sister club, Mike Caldwell and Lillian Tally – as well as today’s speaker, Zhena Muzyka. (More about this amazing lady later.)
Therese Brown – whom we now know is really Mary Therese Brown – gave a brief report on the expanded Taste of Ojai program she, Matt Clements and their committee are developing. Their next committee meeting will be held at 5:00 on Friday, June 9th – at a location yet to be determined.
Mike Caldwell solicited volunteers to help on the upcoming Wine Festival. He and Lillian then listed those who volunteered and gave them specific assignments.
Paul Harris Recognition
Al West reminded us of the purpose and benefits of the Paul Harris award program – recognizing contributions to the Rotary International Foundation in $1,000 increments – and awarded Paul Harris pins to Leslie Bouche (recognizing $1,000 in contributions) and Marty Pops (recognizing $4,000 in contributions).
June is Rotary Fellowships Month.  Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion.  Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary Experience.  For more information, click HERE. 
Jack Jacobs was welcomed as Fine Master with somewhat restrained (decidedly less than thunderous) applause. His focus was on little known facets of Don Reed’s life and family – starting with a photo of a much younger Don. It was fun and informative…. and raised money essential for the Club’s many charities. (Several of the people called on had already fulfilled their pledges, but willingly and generously kicked in more.)
The Program…
Our guest speaker, Zhena Muzyka, was introduced by Bret Bradigan and began by informing us of her extraordinary Ukrainian roma grandmother – who fled Stalin only to suffer the horrors of Hitler. She described how her grandmother’s extensive organic garden and knowledge of herbs – together with Zhena’s desperate need to raise money for her young son’s operation – inspired her to start her multi-million-dollar Zhena’s Gypsy Tea business.
Zhena briefly referred to her highly successful book, Life by the Cup, and then read passages from her current book, Love in Detail – which describes the anguish of the recent Thomas Fire, and the community’s uplifting recovery. She ended by leading us through a visualization of a fully recovered and vibrant Ojai – and then asking us to consider what further steps should be taken to make this  tranquility a reality. Her inspiring remarks were followed by numerous comments and questions – and well-deserved applause.
Coming Up This Week....Craft Talks
After thanking Zehna, and presenting her with our traditional Speaker’s gift of Ojai’s Pixie Tangerines, President Mike gaveled the meeting to an early close – leaving us with President Truman’s admonition:
            “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

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