As the Bell Rings our meeting is in session.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
             

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?

Visiting Prague, in autumn, has a tinge of romance but also of ease. It is a beautiful city, culturally one of the richest in Europe and the atmosphere is always relaxed.
But the city invites you to meet one of its most famous, world-known characters: the great writer Frank Kafka (1883-1924).
He is considered one of the most influential writers of his generation, although his scholars still can not agree on his inspiration and motives when writing.
 
His best-known works include "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis"), Der Process (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle). Kafka always unique, and in a certain sense, always alone. It is said that the unique relationship with his father framed him for life. From his famous work :

Metamorphosis we extract the following quote:

“Traveling is tiring, but I could not live without traveling”.

Living Rotary can be tiring. Work as a team, make plans, cross borders, collect money and at the end of the day, try to convince everyone, that it will be good for those involved. The temptation to do it alone is always at the door, but it is a false path, behind that door is only anarchy.
In the Rotary membership month, renew your commitment to your club, Living Rotary can be difficult, but nothing compares to being a Rotarian.
Live Rotary and become Inspiration.
  It Couldn’t Be Done
 
Somebody said that it couldn't be done 
But, he with a chuckle replied,
That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
At least no one has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That "couldn't be done," and you'll do it.
                -Edgar Albert Guest
 
 
August is a time for celebration for all Rotarian"s around the world. Time to celebrate all the people reaching out to help others. To celebrate our club, and our members and the work we do as a group and the work we do individually.  Celebrate SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
Every new member brought into any Rotary Club during the year should be celebrated. Showcasing their dedication to serving others, and work they have done outside of Rotary.  As we celebrate new members, let us show our pride as Rotarians, wearing our pins, and sharing the accomplishments of Rotarians around the world.
We all got to Rotary in different ways. How did we get to this organization?  Were you invited to attend a meeting, attended a Rotary event, or family ties?  However you managed to find your way, something in Rotary clicked with your needs to serve others and share your talents. Rotarians come from many countries, but each has a desire to serve and share with others.
Rotary members around the world have pushed polio to the brink of eradication, delivered clean water to those in need, improved their local communities, provided scholarships to the next generation of peacemakers, and continued to do good in the world. What is your story? We would like to hear it.
What does Rotary mean to you? A few of our eClub Members have shared their stories. These members come from different walks of life and countries.
 
 
What Our Members Receive
Brad Howard, RID 2015-17
 
1. Friendship
Membership in Rotary fulfills the basic human need of friendship. In fact, it was one of the primary
reasons Paul Harris started Rotary in 1905. We create lifelong friendships in our local and international
communities. The relationships created in Rotary’s are with a network of local and international leaders
whom we address by name and are considered our equals and peers. 

 
2. Professional Development 
Rotary is a network of business, professional and community leaders, who have a culture of high level of
integrity and purpose. Our members are exposed to people, every week, in a vast range of vocations
that can provide assistance to our business and professional development. Although we are not a
business networking organization, we afford our members to be identified to the leaders in their local
community. By this association, our members not only enhance their business, they learn from and
identify with the leaders in their community. It was once said, “Rotary allows me to sit next to people
every week that I would otherwise have to pay $250 an hour to meet.”

 
3. Personal Growth 
Rotary takes ordinary individuals and puts them into extraordinary circumstances. Every week, you are
exposed to new thoughts, new professions and new opportunities to learn. Our members develop broad
social skills. A key part of Rotary is its internationalism, which gives our members to broaden their
international scope, living and expression. Simply stated, membership in Rotary helps to make our
members better – better individuals, community leaders, internationalists, and humanitarians.
 
4. Leadership Development 
A core value of Rotary is that we develop leaders and leadership skills. We provide leadership training at
all levels of our organization. Rotary’s brand of leadership is distinctive. We teach how to lead leaders in
the context of a volunteer organization. If you can be an effective leader in Rotary, you will be a better
can be an effective leader in your business. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education in
leadership.
 
5. Community 
Rotary clubs give our members a way to get involved in making their local communities better.
Membership and involvement in a Rotary club makes an individual a better community citizen and more
connected with community leaders and the needs of the community
 
 
A healthy club is one that is growing and changing. Having members with diverse perspectives and backgrounds will fuel innovation and give your club a broader understanding of your community’s needs.
 
Pay attention to how your members are feeling about the club. Research shows that one of the most common reasons members leave is that club leaders are not open to new ideas. Involving members and giving them a voice in their club’s future will strengthen both
the club and members’ commitment to Rotary.  This is part of a larger document that can be downloaded.  Click to access.
 
  • Our club has had a net increase in members in the past year.
  • Our club has had a net increase in female members in the past year.
  • Our club has had a net increase in members under age 40.

 

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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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
     USA

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Terry Lubsen
    August 12
  • Judy Taunt
    August 24
  • Mac Whyte
    August 28
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Robert Nelson
    August 24
  • Tom Anderson
    September 11
Anniversaries:
  • Wendy Nelson
    Robert Nelson
    August 5
  • Sher Downing
    Tim Downing
    August 7
Join Date:
  • Jim Bissonett
    August 1, 1985
    33 years
  • John Dugaw
    August 1, 1984
    34 years
  • Lee Dueringer
    August 2, 2007
    11 years
  • Beth Wexler
    August 8, 2004
    14 years
  • Sher Downing
    August 9, 2001
    17 years
  • Patricia Green
    September 1, 2010
    8 years
  • Wendy Nelson
    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
 
From Hiro Yamato
 
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Secretary
Immediate Past President
Treasurer
Sergeant-at-Arms
Fellowship Director
Membership Director
Youth Services Director
Public Relations Director
Service Project Director
The Rotary Foundation Director
Internet Communications Director
 
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