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?

The past Saturday, the ReCSWUSA Board of Directors held its December meeting.  As the Board has 6 more regularly scheduled meeting this Rotary year, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on what we have done as a Club.  The proverbial question, “Is the glass half empty or half full?” is sometimes used as way to understand one’s cognitive bias.  Rhetorically, the common expression is used to indicate if some feels optimistic (half full) or pessimistic (half empty).  Is your Rotary glass half empty or half full?

In 1822, freight operator William Becknell altered his route between Independence, Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico to find a trail more suitable for wagon trains.  He wanted a better route to carry goods in trade with the newly independent Mexico.  This route became known as the Santa Fe Trail which was later displaced by the railroad in 1880.  Sapello, New Mexico is located about 80 miles from Santa Fe and was a trading post along the trail.

The Rotary eClub of the Southwest USA has strong bond with this community located in northeast New Mexico.  Throughout the year, eClub members Carol and Tom Anderson periodically live in this community.  They had observed that most students at Mike Mateo Serna Elementary School did not have the basic school supplies.  With financial assistance from ReCSWUSA’s mini-grant program, Rotary District Grants, and Pendaries Lot Owner's Association, Carol and Tom have spearheaded the effort to outfit these young minds with the basic supplies.

The Rotary Youth Exchange I Dreamed About

Recently, I finished my third month in Germany, and it’s already changing my life. The process has not always been easy, but I’ve made quite a few discoveries about German culture and tradition, some of which is very different from the life I’m used to.

My first host family, the Roos, were simply amazing. Both parents are architects and they have a 16-year-old daughter and an 18-year-old son. The parents were eager to show me many things about their country and culture. On just my second week, they took me on a ski vacation and I celebrated my birthday on snow for the first time ever. They bought me soccer clothes and a team ID, meaning I am now an official member of the village soccer club. They went out of their way to buy me a full uniform with my family name on the jersey, which made me feel really good. My photo is even on the soccer club website. (I have no goals yet, only assists.)

Nine years ago, eClub member Kim Covill co-founded From Books to Brilliance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on the problem of illiteracy in rural communities.  Since its founding, they have completed 8 library projects to promote literacy in impoverished rural communities of Nicaragua, Guatemala and New Mexico, US.  The Rotary eClub of the Southwest USA has been a partner on some of these projects through our mini-grant program.

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.

Donation Payment Options


You can make a contribution via PayPal by clicking the button below.

If you prefer, you may write a check to the Rotary eClub of the Southwest USA and mail it to our treasurer at:

     John Dugaw, Treasurer
     1335 Diller Road
     Ocean Springs, MS 39564-3403
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • David Hayden
    April 16
  • Jim Bissonett
    April 16
  • Terry Cowan
    April 25
  • Óscar Carreón García
    May 5
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Roland Debande
    April 23
  • Deborah Conover
    May 11
  • J. Brennion
    May 25
Join Date:
  • Carol Jones
    April 1, 2013
    5 years
  • Charles Phillips
    April 1, 2013
    5 years
  • Eric Denniston
    April 1, 2012
    6 years
  • Ernie Mainland
    April 1, 1970
    48 years
  • Jonathan Mazinter
    April 1, 2004
    14 years
  • Luisa Mazinter
    April 1, 2004
    14 years
  • Peter DeBerge
    April 15, 2016
    2 years
  • Paul Wagner
    April 19, 2011
    7 years
  • Richard Cayer
    May 1, 1997
    21 years
  • Carol Anderson
    May 15, 2000
    18 years
  • Hiro Yamato
    May 19, 2009
    9 years

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