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?

As I reflected on this week’s program, a lyric from the John Lennon song “Beautiful Boy” came to mind.  This song contains the quote, “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”  I know that my life has taken turns that I did not anticipate as I was busy following my plan.  As an example, I planned to join ReCSWUSA for six to nine months while determined which of the Rotary Clubs local to me that I would join.  Not in my wildest imaginings did I think that I remain in club past my deadline and now be nearing the end of my term as Club President.  Yet, this club is what I needed in order to address some aspects of my life and remain connected to Rotary.  The opportunity to serve our club in this role has given me for growth and a greater understanding of Rotary and Service Without Borders.  After a short respite from the weekly and monthly duties of this role, I have plans to help our club discover its way to be the inspiration.

Plans have another interesting attribute.  From my career in software development, I know that planning can lead to analysis paralysis.  I have been a part of companies and organizations that have gotten into the state of over-thinking situations so that action is taken too late or never taken at all.  I believe that this is rooted in the intrinsic human desire for the feeling of being valued.  Corporate culture tends to impose transactional relationships on employees and partners.  This tends to put increased risk on being wrong.  As a result, many prefer to only share their ideas when they are fully confident in them.

In a recent LinkedIn blog post, Shane Snow wrote, “Sometimes bad ideas can be useful, if anything, because a bad idea can be very good at pointing us in a new direction.”  Over my eleven years as a Rotarian, I have seen successes that came out exploring a bad idea.  As an International English-speaking eClub, we have the opportunity to inspire other Rotarians to try an idea in their local community that could make a difference in lives.  Life stories do not have Hollywood Endings, so why should all the stories of our project attempts.  What did not work for one club may work for another with some adjustment.  It is time to stop over-thinking Rotary project and take the risk of experimenting with new ways to work in service to others.

On June 3rd, Guatemala was left reeling by the most violent and devastating volcanic eruption for 44 years.  Volcán de Fuego spewed lava, ash, rocks and deadly hot gas onto hillside villages, killing at least 100 people.  More than 12,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.  The entire community of El Rodeo is said to be buried.

ShelterBox has a team in Guatemala working to understand the problems that families are facing right now, and to see how we can help with emergency shelter aid to help families start to rebuild their lives.  Tonight families in Guatemala, and other families around the world who have been affected by disaster, will have nowhere to sleep.  They will have no shelter and no safety. Some will have lost everything.

The Rotary eClub of the Southwest USA board of directors has authorized a targeted fundraising campaign to support the ShelterBox relief effort.  The goal is raise enough money to purchase 2 ShelterBoxes at 1000 USD per kit.  ReCSWUSA will match dollar for dollar up to 1000 USD.  Let us come together and see how far we can exceed this goal.  Please go to ShelterBox – 2018 Volcán de Fuego to make your donation.

Empowering Women in Honduras

Throughout March, we celebrated women in many countries around the globe.  It is a month when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.  It’s also an opportunity to remind ourselves that more efforts are needed in developing and emerging countries to create equal economic opportunities for all.

While the world has achieved progress towards economic gender equality and women’s economic empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals, women and girls continue to suffer from economic inequalities in every part of the world.  Understanding that poverty often hits women hardest in developing and emerging countries, Rotarians in Honduras and Canada have partnered to bring more women into the workforce through skills development and networks creation.

I met our speaker, Bethany Lerch, after she spoke at TEDxOshkosh 2016 about the pitfalls of taking the wrong approach to international aid from her time in Afghanistan.  After returning from Afghanistan, Bethany, founded “able to” as a pilot student in September 2016.  This program recognizes that women are in the forefront of positive change in Afghanistan.  This initiative offers graduate degrees to qualified Afghan women.  Candidates will develop their expertise and leadership skills while completing a two-year Masters Degree at University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

As a Rotary Club that meets online, we depend on our members and visitors donations to support our projects.  As a result, the weekly donations enable us to work with the Rotary Foundation to support Global Grants, District Matching Grant, and eClub Mini Grants.

Mini Grant Project: From Books to Brilliance is creating a library for Seacacar, Guatemala. The Rotary eClub is matching funds with From Books to Brillance for this project.  Presently there is little access to books or educational materials for the children of this village. Your Donations help make projects like this possible.

In the spirit of Rotary 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. We thank you for your support.

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Terry Lubsen
    August 12
  • Judy Taunt
    August 24
  • Mac Whyte
    August 28
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  • Robert Nelson
    August 24
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    September 11
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    Robert Nelson
    August 5
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    Tim Downing
    August 7
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    August 1, 1985
    33 years
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    August 1, 1984
    34 years
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    August 2, 2007
    11 years
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    August 8, 2004
    14 years
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    August 9, 2001
    17 years
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    September 1, 2010
    8 years
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    September 1, 2016
    2 years
  • Steve Cervantes
    September 2, 2016
    2 years
  • Mark Landmann
    September 5, 2011
    7 years
  • Marco Cecala
    September 25, 2010
    8 years
  • Jenna Saldaña
    September 30, 2009
    9 years

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