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?

3.  Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

As I go throughout a normal week, I encounter a number of people out chasing happiness.  And, for much of adult life I was one of them.  I was driven to complete the challenge in front of me believing that it would bring me happiness.  My challenge could be at work – finishing a project on time and within budget.  Or, it could be physical – training to ride my bicycle 500 in 6 days.  A couple of years into retirement, I learned something about myself and happiness.  Recently, I heard an interview with Historian Darrin McMahon about his book, Happiness: A History which cause me to reflect on this concept.

Dr. McMahon starts his book with ancient Greek tragedy where happiness is something that happens to the individual.  The early Christian writings of St. Augustine and others shift the view of happiness to something that is rewarded the next life.  During the Age of Enlightenment, the concept of happiness shifts away from a virtue to something we can experience just because we are human.  This concept gets baked into the country’s DNA with United States Declaration of Independence, even though Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers believed that without working for the greater good one could not be happy.  Today, because we have the right to pursue happiness, each of us is responsible for our own happiness and when we do not feel it we blame ourselves and/or others.

What I learned a few years back is that I needed to change my perspective on happiness.  When I looked back at my life, I discovered that many of my happy moments were felt with I followed the Rotary motto, He Profits Most Who Serves Best.  As I reflected on those occasions, I realized that much of the happiness came from right-sizing my daily concerns with those who cannot read, who do not food/shelter, and who are dealing with illness/disease.  I learned how to be grateful for the struggle that I was facing at the time.

I learned that being responsible for my happiness also meant that I needed to be mindful and present in the moment.  There are gifts of happiness around me all the time.  While planting some annuals and perennials in the front of the house this past weekend, I was able to pause to listen to an eagle’s scream and watch it soar overhead.  Happiness often comes in casual conversation with those who share interests.  It is my hope that each of you will find some happiness this week in Rotary service and fellowship.

Past RI President Charles C. Keller Dies

Charles C.  Keller, a former RI president and accomplished corporate attorney, died on 9 May.  He was 94.

In addition to his term as RI president in 1987-88, Keller served as director, Rotary Foundation trustee chair, chair of the Council on Legislation, and district governor.  Most recently he was chair of the Foundation Centennial History Book Committee.  He joined Rotary in 1950 and was a member of the Rotary Club of California, Pennsylvania, USA.

RI Director-nominee Stephanie Urchick, who joined Keller’s club 27 years ago, called him a mentor and a “Godfather” of Rotary.

“I truly didn’t understand how much I was learning by just watching and listening to him on a weekly basis,” says Urchick, who is now a member of the Rotary Club of Canonsburg Houston Southpointe, Pennsylvania.  “But being a senior leader now, I realized the massive impact he had on my development.  I find comfort knowing that one of the treasures Chuck left behind was a very detailed 'road map' through his lessons, wisdom, and kidness.”

Keller was a combat pilot in World War II and later joined the U.S.  Air Force Reserve, serving in the Judge Advocate General’s branch.  He retired in 1972 as a lieutenant colonel.

Water is Building Friendships, Changing Lives in Sri Lanka

Villagers in Vanni Pallugollewa, Sri Lanka, welcome the visiting Rotary members.

Winding along the bumpy backroads of Sri Lanka and through intermittent rice fields and jungle, our group took hours of navigation skills to find the last village.  But as we turned a corner, we got a first glimpse of the village’s welcoming committee, a 50-deep motorcycle “motorcade” assembled to escort us to the Nawa Teldeniya Water Project.

It was a very impressive entourage for the village to drum up.  The bus and motorcycle cavalcade rode with us for the remaining kilometers to the village, and our procession grew as villagers came out of their homes and fields.  By the time we reached the entrance of Nawa Teldeniya, the entire village had assembled.

The mounting accusations of fake news are creating an atmosphere of skepticism toward institutions and the media.  People’s faith in statistics, especially government data, has taken a hit.  Data journalist Mona Chalabi believes that this is a “total disaster.”  She explains why it is crucial to accept statistics - only after testing their validity.  In her TED Talk, she provides advice on how to distinguish the good numbers from the bad.  Ms. Chalabi explores why people are growing more skeptical of statistics, how this phenomenon impedes productive debate, and how to identify a bad statistic.

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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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Óscar Carreón García
    May 5
  • Ryofu Pussel
    June 5
  • Vimal Hemani
    June 11
  • John Dugaw
    June 12
  • John Wintersteen
    June 18
  • Deborah Conover
    June 22
  • Ginny Dugaw
    June 23
Spouse Birthdays:
  • John Dugaw
    June 12
Anniversaries:
  • Deborah Conover
    Geary
    May 11
  • J. Brennion
    Priscilla
    May 25
Join Date:
  • Richard Cayer
    May 1, 1997
    21 years
  • Carol Anderson
    May 15, 2000
    18 years
  • Hiro Yamato
    May 19, 2009
    9 years
  • Wanda Armstrong
    June 4, 2004
    14 years
  • Don Griffing
    June 8, 2007
    11 years
  • Neil Conway
    June 12, 2008
    10 years
  • Ola Olugbodi
    June 15, 2015
    3 years
  • Rafael Sanchez Sanchez
    June 25, 2003
    15 years
  • Ginny Dugaw
    June 30, 2002
    16 years
 
 

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