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?

Thomas Schelling, Nobel laureate economist, tells an antidote about getting stuck in a traffic jam returning home from vacation.  After an hour of slow progress, he discovered that a mattress was blocking one of the lanes causing vehicles to merge and drive past it.  No one, including Dr. Schelling, took the initiative to stop and move the mattress.  He argues that nobody moved the obstacle because there was no reward system for resolving the problem for others.

Rotary helps us create a reward system for service in our personal, business, and community lives.  This month, Rotarians around the world are taking time to examine our second Avenue of Service.  Over the decades the value of Vocational Service has evolved greatly.  We now “recognize all useful occupations as worthy of respect” and we can use our “work as an opportunity to serve society”.  Every occupation serves a need.  Whether we are serving customers, teaching students, or treating patients.  As Rotarians, we should take pride in doing our work with competence and integrity.

For the past few meetings, I have been challenging you – members and guests – to share your stories with others through our meetings.  Some of you have stepped up to this challenge and are working on stories from your vocational background.  Your Club needs more of you to accept the challenge.  While we have members on 5 continents, there are meeting guest from all corners of the earth.  Each working in her/his way to make a difference.  What better way to share the work you are doing and perhaps discovering a helping hand.

From Rotary Scholar to Peace Corps

I have heard a variety of interesting stories about why the rural Costa Rican town I live in as a Peace Corps volunteer is called Monterrey. My favorite is the literal translation: “King of the Grass,” explained by a wizened elderly gentleman as the place his family settled to farm cattle because of its nutritious vegetation. On a good day, I can get a clear view of the Arenal Volcano and see the lush farmland that stretches endlessly below. The view is breathtaking. It truly is a green kingdom.

My path to becoming a “loyal subject” of Monterrey was influenced by a lifelong involvement in community service. I grew up participating in the Girl Scouts, 4-H, and Key Club. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, I volunteered at Kiva – a nonprofit that makes small loans to empower entrepreneurs around the world.


A food desert is an area that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food.  The usage of the term considers the type and quality of food available to the population.  Food deserts are characterized by a lack of supermarkets which decreases residents’ access to fruits, vegetables and other whole foods.  When I first learned about food deserts, it focused on those living more than one mile from a supermarket in urban or suburban areas.  Last November, I learned of the food deserts in rural America where people are living more than 10 miles from a supermarket.  Due lack of availability to fruits and vegetables, residents rely on processed, sugar, and fat laden foods for their daily caloric intake.  These foods are known contributors to the United States’ obesity epidemic.

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


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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:
  • 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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