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March 2, 2017


How can you go wrong when you set out to do good in the world?
Lots of ways; and over the last hundred years, The Rotary Foundation has discovered its fair share of ways to fail at well-intentioned projects.  Happily, the Foundation has learned a lot from its mistakes.
One way to fail is to forget to install the mechanisms to make a project self-sustaining.  More than one classroom stands empty, more than one well has run dry, because the project that spawned the classroom or well didn’t provide a means to operate and fund the project over time.
Perhaps the number one cause of failure is improper focus.  Too often, the benefactor imposes a vision of the project that does not fit with the needs of the intended beneficiaries.
Drawing from a century of experience, Rotary has identified six areas of focus which reflect some of the most critical and widespread humanitarian needs:
While any service project should be evaluated on its merits, experience shows that the more closely the project is aligned with these areas of focus, the greater the chance of success.  Rotarians planning new service projects are encouraged to consider these areas from the earliest stages of planning.
From time to time over the next several weeks, I will comment in more detail on these six areas of focus.
Schedule of Greeters
March 9
Galbo, Marie
March 16
Duarte, Ed
March 23
Fiedler, Julie
Greeter Protocol
When you are assigned the duty of being our greeter, you should remember the following:

1. You should be at the meeting by 11:45 AM in order to greet everyone as they come to the meeting.

2. You should bring a "Greeter's Gift" for the raffle. The gift should be approximately $20.00 in value.

3. You will be leading the giving the inspiration of the day, leading the salute to the flag, and introducing the visiting Rotarians. It is a good idea to watch the visiting Rotarians sign in, so that you can ask them about any complicated names or classifications.

4. If you cannot attend, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.
Welcome to the Rotary Club of San Ramon
Service Above Self
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Crow Canyon Country Club
711 Silver Lake Dr.
Danville, CA  94526
United States
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Meeting Notes for March 2, 2017
Kathy Gailey, the “African Queen,” tooted us to order.  The Greeter, Ana Dominguez, made us stand at attention, listen to her brief Thought for the Day about the Gates Foundation and Rotary’s Polio Plus effort and salute the flag. (Bill Gates will be a featured speaker at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta.) The Patriotic Song was led by Mike Prilutsky, who was not that flat.  Ana shared with us that her dad had been featured in November’s Rotarian Magazine as the original Rotary Ambassador scholar.  He will also be going to Atlanta. (We need more volunteers to attend to keep an eye on Lucky!)
The Young Professionals Conference for the East Bay is being sponsored by, among other            groups,  the six area clubs.  It will be held on April 1 at the Roundhouse Conference     Center in San Ramon.  The cost is $25 and the program is packed full of informative   speakers from the world of business and tech.  It is designed for people under 40.
Next week’s program will be Colette Lay and the Shadow Day event with Cal High kids.
President Gailey held a surprise celebration for Pat Paterson’s 30 years of perfect attendance   and Jay Tonz’s remarkable 40 years of perfection.  We had cake, compliments of Mo.
Rotary Moment:
Uncle Ray Giles explained how the Rotary Foundation learned through hard experience how to run a successful operation.  Its projects needed to be sustainable.  It wasn’t enough to dig the well; you had to provide for its upkeep over the years.  The foundation also learned to focus its efforts in one of six areas of service:
  1. Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution.
  2. Disease Prevention and Treatment.
  3. Water and Sanitation.
  4. Maternal and Child Health.
  5. Basic Education and Literacy.
  6. Economic and Community Development.
Mike Prilutsky, substitute-extraordinaire, introduced our speaker, Dr. Velencia Ray, whose talk was titled “The Art and Science of Neuro-Reinvention.”   Surviving modern life requires us to be change-agile, and the key to that adaptability is emotional self-awareness.   As a former eye-surgeon, Dr. Ray is familiar with the process of neuro-pathways which make our growth possible in an environment which is volatile, uncertain, challenging and ambiguous.  We must keep growing and changing, regardless of our age.
It is not enough to conceptualize change; we must own it psychologically and emotionally.  We literally develop new neuro-connections to accommodate change.  Dr. Ray offered three central questions about how we respond to change:
  1. How and where do we focus?  We can perceive our environment  through either fear or love.  Our choice literally affects how our brain’s physiology reacts.
  2. Thoughts are things.  Our emotions are largely the result of our perceptions. So our vision shapes our brains.
  3. Practice mindfulness.  “It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s how you carry it.”  The perception of stress causes our immune systems to weaken.  We need to use meditation, including breath-control and guided focus to achieve that mindful self-awareness.
The future is not something that happens to us. It is something we ourselves create.  It is not enough to think that future; we need emotions to empower that thought.  Dr. Ray left us with a final thought: “Make friends with your emotions. See change as opportunity, not terror.”  You can get more information at
The Greeter’s Gift was won by Ana Dominguez, despite Oscar-inspired irregularities.  The chance at the progressive raffle was won by this correspondent who, to the cheers of his peers, drew blue.
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