The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships.  Let us remind ourselves of this test and use it throughout our daily lives.

Of the things we think, say or do:

1.  Is it the TRUTH?

2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

From childhood, I have been aware of the homeless.  I grew up with the belief that these people – primary men – were aimless, shiftless individuals with little moral character.  “If they would only get a job, they could become productive members of society.” was general sentiment that I would receive from the movies and television.  As teenager, I began to understand that this was too broad of brush to paint over the issue.  I started seeing women and children who were homeless from the actions, or inactions, of men I judged to be aimless and shiftless.  Through my young adulthood and into my middle-aged years, I was content to view the issue of homelessness through this lens.

In the past couple of years, I became aware that my judgmental attitude was separating me from humanity.  I have gotten to know men and women who have and are living on the streets – sleeping under bridges or tarps, in doorways, and the fortunate few in their cars.  While many of these new friends and acquaintances are dealing with substance abuse and/or mental health issues, they still possess that small spark that could ignite the flame of hope for a better future.

Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

In 1945, representatives of 50 countries met in San Francisco at the United Nations Conference on International Organization to draw up the United Nations Charter.  Those delegates deliberated on the basis of proposals worked out by the representatives of China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States at Dumbarton Oaks, United States in August-October 1944.  The Charter was signed on 26 June 1945 by the representatives of the 50 countries.  Poland, which was not represented at the Conference, signed it later and became one of the original 51 Member States.  The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945, when the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories.  United Nations Day is celebrated on 24 October each year.

Solar Lamp Project Delivers Light in Belize

Tonight Amelia Ramirez sits with her younger siblings at their kitchen table. A stack of books sit on the table and Amelia smiles as she reads. She no longer fears being burned by a kerosene lamp. The fumes that had irritated her eyes and made her cough are gone. She no longer begs her mother to stop before her school work is done because of the heat, the bugs, and the fumes caused by the kerosene lamp she was previously forced to use. Amelia’s family received a solar lamp from Rotary District 5870.

Nearly one quarter of the world population lives without access to electricity or safe light. As a result millions suffer from burn injuries each year, most of which are children. These families see by kerosene lamps, candles and open flames, all of which are dangerous and toxic.

Becky Blanton is a writer, photographer and former journalist who found herself homeless, but bounced back to tell her story and inspire others.  Ms. Blanton had planned on living in her van for a year and see the country with her cat and dog.  When depression set in and her freelance job ended, her camping trip turned into homelessness.  In her talk, she describes her experience of becoming one of America's working homeless.

As a Rotary Club that meets online, we are unable depend on the financial support from a single local community for our service projects.  As a result, weekly donations from our members and visiting Rotarians is our primary fundraiser.  From your donations, the Rotary eClub of the Southwest USA can support Rotary initiated service projects around the world.  In the spirit of Rotarian service, we ask that you make a donation.  If you are a visiting Rotarian doing a make-up, we ask that you consider an amount that be equal to your meal price at your regular Rotary meeting.

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     John Dugaw, Treasurer
     1335 Diller Road
     Ocean Springs, MS 39564-3403
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • J. Brennion
    February 4
  • Hiro Yamato
    February 21
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Elaine Wintersteen
    January 21
  • John Wintersteen
    Elaine Wintersteen
    January 3
  • Ginny Dugaw
    John Dugaw
    February 3
  • John Dugaw
    Ginny Dugaw
    February 3
Join Date:
  • Joseph Krueger
    January 1, 1982
    36 years
  • Elif Tamaç
    January 25, 2005
    13 years
  • Brian Shaw
    January 31, 2001
    17 years
  • Mirna Lattouf
    February 1, 2013
    5 years

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