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?

In Rotary, this week we are celebrating World Rotaract Week, commemorating the charting of the first club on 13 March 1968 in Charlotte, North Carolina, US.  Originally the name came by combine Rotary and Interact – the high school service organization creating by Rotary in 1962 – as the way to place focus on the development of young adults as leaders in their communities and workplaces.  Since then, the name Rotaract has transitioned to be a shortening of Rotary in Action.

Like many Rotarians in the US, I first believed that Rotaract was service club for university students.  It was when I began to help create a social media presence for my first Rotary Club that I discovered my misconception of this program.  In the following months, my Rotary Club helped charter the Rotaract Club of Atlanta.  This Rotaract Club has grown into a dynamic group of young professionals with their own service projects while assisting Rotary Clubs in the area.

Pictured from left to right: President Sara Pantin, Michele Heyman, Jaime Phillips, K Charles Phillips, Zane McCarthy

On February 13, ReCSWUSA member K Charles Phillips was presented with her PHF+1 by the President of Rotary Club of Austin, Sara Pantin.  Charles received this recognition along with others in her family.  Her husband, Zane McCarthy, was presented with his Paul Harris Fellow.  Her sister, Jaime Phillips – a member of the Rotary Club of Austin, was presented with her PHF+4.  Thank you, Charles, for sharing this family moment with your Rotary Club family.

A Paul Harris Fellow is presented to individuals who have contributed, or have had contributions made in their name, 1,000 USD to The Rotary Foundation.  The triggering donation for this acknowledgement may be a single contribution or the result of donations over time.  A Multiple Paul Harris Fellow is presented with additional 1,000 USD gifts to The Rotary Foundation programs such as to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.  It is your regular, sustained gifts that will enable ReCSWUSA to join other Rotary Clubs and Districts in humanitarian service in the future.

Promoting Peace Alongside Palestinian Community Leaders

In January, the Rotarian Action Group for Peace’s (RAGFP) Executive Director, Reem Ghunaim, journeyed from the RAGFP headquarters in Portland, Oregon, to conduct a peace tour in her home country of Palestine.  Reem is a Rotary Peace Fellow from the Duke-UNC Peace Center in North Carolina, USA.  As a native of Palestine, she is pleased to promote positive peace-building within her community.

RAGFP’s mission of supporting Rotarian peacebuilders was both accepted and appreciated in this fragmented part of the world.  Reem’s travels allowed her to build peace while bridging Rotarians and influential Palestinians including business and legislative leaders, educators and students, human rights advocates, and even a pop star.

Rotarians in Palestine are visibly active in their communities.  Reem met with Rotary peacebuilders who are making a difference by undertaking infrastructure projects and serving public needs that might otherwise be neglected in the region.  In Ramallah, Rotarians are working to rehabilitate the water infrastructure in 50 public schools within the West Bank.  This allows schoolchildren to enjoy a clean, healthy environment for learning.  Access to clean water is a basic human need, which is not always available for kids in schools surrounded by conflict.

On August 15, 2007, central Peru suffered an earthquake that went down in history known as the Pisco Earthquake.  Measuring in at a staggering magnitude of 8.0, the earthmover and the following four-meter tsunami caused extensive damage to the city of Pisco and the surrounding area, damaging more than 80 percent of the homes in Pisco and killing roughly 600 people.

Houses fell, and families struggled with the aftermath, living in makeshift houses constructed of cardboard, scrap wood, and plastic.  Government aid left a lot to be desired, and some families did not have access to food and water for four days.

Three years later the city still stands in rubble.  Muros de la vergüenza, walls of shame, hide evidence of the earthquake’s damage, serving as a temporary fix but also acting as a constant reminder that the city is far from full recovery.

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:

     Carol Anderson, Treasurer
     PO Box 52138
     Albuquerque NM 87181-2138
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Ryofu Pussel
    June 5
  • Vimal Hemani
    June 11
  • John Dugaw
    June 12
  • John Wintersteen
    June 18
  • Deborah Conover
    June 22
  • Ginny Dugaw
    June 23
  • Jenna Saldaña
    July 2
  • Wendy Nelson
    July 6
  • Victor Esperón Alva
    July 29
Spouse Birthdays:
  • John Dugaw
    June 12
  • Manou Debande
    Roland Debande
    July 23
Join Date:
  • Wanda Armstrong
    June 4, 2004
    14 years
  • Don Griffing
    June 8, 2007
    11 years
  • Neil Conway
    June 12, 2008
    10 years
  • Casey Hostetler
    June 15, 2015
    3 years
  • Ola Olugbodi
    June 15, 2015
    3 years
  • Rafael Sanchez Sanchez
    June 25, 2003
    15 years
  • Ginny Dugaw
    June 30, 2002
    16 years
  • Anne Green
    July 1, 1988
    30 years
  • Dan Hill
    July 1, 2013
    5 years
  • J. Brennion
    July 1, 2012
    6 years
  • Vimal Hemani
    July 2, 2003
    15 years
  • Sandy Abalos-Havir
    July 24, 2010
    8 years
  • Victor Esperón Alva
    July 24, 2002
    16 years

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