Friday, 28 January 2022

Tackling Trauma and Growing New Dawn


Trauma means many different things to different people in different situations, our speaker this week, the clinical psychologist Claire Rudd, told the club.

Claire spoke on the theme of Trauma and Heart Centred Leadership. She is Zimbabwean by birth and said she does a lot of counselling work in Africa. She's  currently contracted to a mining group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

                                                Claire Rudd at the meeting

She said the brain doesn't distinguish between physical and emotional pain. Whether the pain actually happened or is imagined, as in many Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Stress Disorder cases, it has the same effect.

The more we try to control everything around us, the less control we have, she said. Happiness can only exist in acceptance. Physical, mental and spiritual health lead to a healthy heart.

                        Sarah de La Pasture, Claire, Helene Bramwell and Tafadzwa Gumbochuma

The trick, she said, is to surround yourself with positive people. Don't just stick with the familiar, because sometimes the people who are the hardest to get on with, are the ones we learn the most from.

There were positive people aplenty at the meeting, attended by 6 new recruits to New Dawn. Joan Sainsbury, membership chair, arranged that they attend at the Parkview Golf Club in person.

                      Nick Bell, Mbali Zulu, Tshepo Ramutumbu and Wendy Challis

She presided over a flurry of activity after the meeting by arranging that two members and one recruit  broke away in groups for  fireside chats.

The new recruits will definitely correct the imbalance of the ratio of women to men in the club and bring in much needed diversity.

Wendy Challis and I spoke with Tshepo Ramutumbu, director of the Umbiyiso School of Arts and Culture in Orlando West, Soweto, who told us about the experience of growing up in the sprawling township.

                        Paul Chinn, Joan Sainsbury and David Marshall, with Julian Nagy in the background

Also amongst the six were Mbali Zulu, who is actively involved in community youth development programs in Soweto and Shaun Khoza, Olivia Schoombie's husband. Mbali, Tshepo and Shaun have all done the first three of the four Rotary Leadership Institute modules and therefore come to Rotary and New Dawn very well prepared.

The others are Paul Chinn, a publisher by trade and husband of Babette Gallard, Ntombikayise Maselwa, CEO of an entrepreneurship academy and Lawrence Ruele, the right-hand man of the Alexandra township leader Linda Twala.

Lawrence and Linda will be the speakers next week, on the topic of Philanthropy with not much.

No doubt all six will soon get an opportunity to tell the club a bit more about themselves, and we look forward to that and the inductions.

                          PDG Jankees and Judy Sligcher with President Werner BorrĂ© of RC Mechelen

Our intrepid roaming Rotarians Jankees and Judy Sligcher, visited the Rotary Club of Mechelen in Belgium this week and report that the club is a potential partner with New Dawn. Jankees and Judy are in Belgium to visit Judy's brother Harmon, who is very ill, but took time out to network like true Rotarians.

There were also a number of visitors at the meeting, including honorary member Rev Nick Bell, Ivone Vosloo and Cuthbert Gumbochuma's brother Tafadzwa, visiting from Zimbabwe.

Bursaries: Judy Symons kicked off the meeting while IT problems were being sorted out by announcing that the two girls from the 5 Cees that New Dawn sponsored with school fees for their Grades 10, 11 and 12 years, had both passed Matric last year, one of them with university exemption.

This is a remarkable feat because, like many others at the 5 Cees, both come from truly dysfunctional families. New Dawn paid their school fees for the three years at the private United Christian School in Yeoville.

A Thought for the Week: Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work. - Gustav Flaubert (1821 - 1880)


 

Saturday, 22 January 2022

Nothing Plastic About This New Challenge

As a club, the Rotary Club of Johannesburg New Dawn was born out of a simple challenge: to create a more progressive and more vibrant type of Rotary club while still striving to put Service Above Self.

Do we succeed in this? We constantly challenge ourselves to do more, to do better and to strive for solutions to problems that face our communities, our country and our planet..

There can be few more urgent problems needing solutions than finding ways of drastically decreasing the use of plastics which now threaten to throttle the world. It was therefore fitting that Babette Gallard threw down a number of challenges in this regard at the meeting this week.

Start off at home, she said. The Rotary Action Group EndPlasticSoup has created an app for your smartphone called MLPF, or My Little Plastic Footprint.

Babette broke the challenge down into progressive steps. The first is obvious; download the App, register and start filling in the answers. Step two is to send your resultant Plastic Mass Index (PMI) to Babette (babettegallard@gmail.com) by no later than Tuesday, 1 February. The challenge is of course to get every member in the club to do this, so that Babette has meaningful data with which to track our progress.

                                             Babette Gallard, our very own eco-warrior

That's just the start of the challenges. The next for individual members is to reduce your use of plastics throughout the home and work place as much as possible.

Plastics will never be fully eradicated, she said, because it has so many uses, but reducing your personal use of it will help to reduce your carbon footprint.

Babette then wants to measure our progress every month for at least six months and publish the figures on the website. If the progress has been satisfactory, New Dawn can brag about it to other Rotary clubs and challenge them to do the same.

                                               Gert-Jan van Dommelen

She pointed out that 10 to 13% of carbon emissions worldwide are due to the burning of plastics, more than the shipping and airline industries combined.

It was to counter this and to make a difference that Gert-Jan van Dommelen of the Rotary Club of Huizen-Gooimeer, about 30 km East of Amsterdam, quit his day job as an IBM executive in  the Netherlands and created EndPlasticSoup and the plastic footprint app.

Gert-Jan, who joined the New Dawn meeting via Zoom, laid down another challenge: that New Dawn should join the campaign. Although 205 Rotary clubs worldwide have become ambassador clubs for the cause, there is only one in South Africa, in East London.

He emphasised that it is not just plastics that are harmful, but also the micro-plastics and additives found in them.

          Plastic in landfills is a worldwide problem. South Africa ranks as the 11th largest offender

Babette also challenged the club to celebrate three important environmental days this year; Earth Day on 22 April, EndPalsticSoup Action Day on 4 June and World Cleanup Day on 17 September and to hold well publicised public events on these days.

She also suggested that club members  start delivering recycled plastic to the new plastics recycling centre at Zoo Lake, which will be recycled into furniture.

Further challenges are to create and sustain an awareness campaign and to start an education programme in schools and colleges, which fits in nicely with the New Dawn theme of helping young people.

         Nick Bell with January president Sarah de La Pasture and Judy Sligcher

During Judy Sligcher's year as president the club bestowed honorary membership on passionate priest and Rotarian Nick Bell and at the meeting this week Judy handed over his certificate. Nick and his wife are back in Johannesburg for the summer visiting their daughter and grandchildren for the first time since the summer of 2019.

Carol Stier and Linda Vink attended the memorial service for Janice Angove at the Trinity Community Church, Sunward Park in Benoni where it was announced that donations in memory of Janice could be made either to SPCA Boksburg or to the Rotary Club of Johannesburg New Dawn. If you'd like to make a donation, do so into the club account (FNB, 62217422609).

President Ian Widdop announced that Joan Donet would be president for February and Linda Vink for June. The months in-between will be allocated in due course.

He also announced that the first board meeting of the year is on Monday, 6 February on Zoom.

A Thought for the Week: Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask: 'Where have I gone wrong? Then a voice says to me: 'This is going to take more than one night.' - Charles M. Schulz (1922 - 2000)





Friday, 14 January 2022

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

From the fun of the picnic at the end of last year to the sorrow following the untimely death of Janice Angove in a Nelspruit hospital after taking ill on a visit to the Kruger National Park, the start of 2022 has been a sobering experience for many Rotarians.

Janice joined New Dawn in May last year and very soon embraced the club and its ways and was an enthusiastic and committed member. She was at the picnic with her mother and some friends and seemed to enjoy it very much. On Wednesday her mother, Rotary Anns Barbara Angove, was at the meeting alone after PDG Jankees Sligcher and Carol Stier went to fetch her from Benoni.

                                     Janice Angove

At the meeting Reverend Nick Bell said grace, followed by a moving tribute from President Ian Widdop, who characterised her as the epitome of kindness and said she was a caring and compassionate member and very much involved in club projects and the people we serve. This theme was picked up in her reply by Barbara Angove, who said her daughter wanted to care for everybody. "She embraced everything about your club and its activities."

                                    President Ian Widdop and Barbara Angove with flowers from the club

The tribute to a member who made her mark in a very short time and will be sadly missed, was followed by a talk by Paul Jackson, CEO of TUHF, a company which has been promoting urban housing projects for 25 years by borrowing money on the open market and lending it to projects in inner cities to help people to live closer to amenities and their work.

Jackson said South Africa and Africa lag 50 to 100 years behind the USA and Northern Europe with regards to urbanisation, but is facing the same problems as those countries did way back then.

                                               Paul Jackson, CEO of TUHF

South Africa has a major urban sprawl problem with most people facing 2 - 3 hours a day commuting. The distances that have to be travelled also means that the cost of service delivery is higher. "We need a human settlements policy that promotes urban densification and one that also promotes local economic development," he said.

After a highly successful start to solving the housing problem after 1994, where more than 4 million houses were built, it became clear that this was unsustainable and it changed to a basic site and service policy where settlements lack infrastructure such as roads and sewerage. These areas also lack social infrastructure such as schools, parks and hospitals as well as  administrative infrastructure for existing amenities.

                             Paul Jackson gets to meet Cuthbert Gumbochuma and Wendy Challis

A country that spends more money on protecting politicians than it does on land reform, cannot be serious, he said.

"Downtown Johannesburg is filled with good, honest people wanting to get on with their lives. There are lots of skelms too, but so are there in Sandton."

                            Paul with PDG Jankees Sligcher and PDG Francis Callard of Northcliff Rotary

Paul turned out to be the brother of Sarah de La Pasture, our interim president for January, a secret she kept to herself until just before the start of the meeting.

Next week: The speaker next week is club member Babette Gallard, who'll be speaking on the topic of how to minimise the use of plastic.

A Gentle Reminder: Invoices for the club dues for January to June have been sent out and members are urged to pay as soon as possible, as the Rotary International dues will have to be paid by the end of January. Please remember that your dues must be paid within 30 days of receiving your invoice, unless you have made arrangements to pay it monthly.

A Thought for the New Year: Hope is being able to see there is light despite all the darkness. - Desmond Tutu (1931 - 2021)

Thursday, 9 December 2021

A Picnic to End the Year

The rain stayed away long enough yesterday afternoon to make for a very relaxing New Dawn picnic, the final function of a very busy and notable Rotary year.

About 30 people joined in at Marks Park in Emmarentia, a solid turnout for the time of the year and all the new Omicron fears, at the beginning of the festive season.

There was much to celebrate and in typical New Dawn fashion, celebrate we did.

                             A jubilant Carol Stier celebrates

First up, the very first winner of the Power of Pennies was drawn. Around R10000 was collected from club members and friends for the first four months of this fundraiser that is aimed at keeping the club coffers full in the absence of the more usual efforts in the pre-Covid world.

Carol Stier, who coincidentally was the very first person to sign up, was the lucky winner of a R5000 guaranteed prize to mark the first draw. If that isn't an incentive to sign up (contact Sarah de La Pasture to do so) then I don't know what is.

Sarah put in a lot of effort to ensure the first draw was a success.

                           Linda Vink handing over the raffle prize to Jankees Sligcher
                           Jankees handing the hamper to Paul Kasango after donating it

The second big winner for the evening was Jankees Sligcher, who won the raffle prize of a hamper worth R1500 donated by Linda Vink and Carol Stier.

Jankees had no sooner taken possession of it than the spirit of Rotary giving took hold of him and he handed it over to Paul Kasango, to donate to the deserving staff at Woodside Sanctuary as an early Christmas gift.

The third winner was Janice Angove. The prize of a hamper was meant for the best picnic spread but our judge and MC for the evening, Graham Donet, decided that because the competition was so stiff, he would award it to the best home made dish as part of a deserving spread. The prize went to Janice for her delicious looking Christmas stuffing cake.

                          President Cyril Ramaphosa's book

Graham also auctioned a parcel of books donated by Amina Frense and Ronnie Kasrils. The couple couldn't be at the picnic because Ronnie was a the official launch of his latest book, International Brigade Against Apartheid. He donated two copies for the auction.

Another offering was the magnificent Cattle of the Kings, the story of Ankle cattle in South Africa by President Cyril Ramaphosa, here in his guise as cattle rancher. The books raised almost R3000 and the club pocketed almost R7000 in total for the evening.

                         The Atkins family and friends on the veranda
                         The Channons preferred the lawn

 

                         Helene Bramwell, Adele Dabbs and friends tucking in
                         Joan Donet joined Karlien Kruger and Ivone Vosloo for a chat
                          Richard Jones on guitar

Music for the evening was provided by Richard Jones, who is becoming a fixture at New Dawn events this time of the year. Richard plays a whole array of music that baby boomers like us know, appreciate and enjoy.

He wasn't the only star turn of the night, though.

                           Cuthbert with Norbert

Cuthbert Gumbochuma brought his friend Norbert Kayombo along. Norbert is a saxophonist and turned out to be a very, very good one. He played a stunning set to much applause during one of Richard’s breaks. 

He was followed by an equally brilliant set by Nic Stier, Carol’s husband, no doubt to celebrate her winning Power of the Pennies streak.

There was some dancing, some singing, lots of eating and drinking and an adequate amount of masking and social distancing to see off the Rotary year.

See you all again for the first meeting at the Parkview Golf Club on 12 January 2022.

       Carol Stier's elegant picnic makes a fitting finale to the final blog for the year

A Lasting Thought for the Weeks Ahead: We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. - Benjamin Franklin )1706 - 1790)

Friday, 3 December 2021

A Notable Meeting in a Busy Week

A private workspace where everybody in the club can join to edit documents, add information, have the use of personalised emails for club business, check calendars, watch videos of meetings where you couldn't be present, even access the blog and many, many other functions is what's on offer from Google Workspace for Nonprofits. Best of all, it's all free.

This is the message Gavin Atkins brought to the club this week on the how and why of using this tool. Amongst the benefits of not using your personal email for club business is better privacy and better protection of personal information.

                              Gavin Atkins putting his IT skills to good use

Gavin has been researching Google for Nonprofits and did a presentation on how, for example, club committees can use the workspace not only to conduct business, but also to store documents that can easily be retrieved for later use.

Each user gets 30 MB storage space and in case you didn't see it in the opening paragraph, it's all FREE. Each member can also store, search and access these files as well as being able to store their own files and artefacts.

                               Google workspace is a very useful tool

A few other advantages is that you can add unlimited users to your account and each gets 30 GB of storage space. Google also offers advertising grants to promote your website on Google.com using keyword targeting.

This is all stuff that members should be thinking about over the coming holiday season, as we should be transitioning onto the new platform next year.

                                       Sarah De La Pasture at the podium

It was a notable meeting on a few other fronts as well. Not only was it the last formal meeting of the year, but also the first with Sarah De La Pasture as interim president, running the meeting. Sarah will also preside over the three meetings in January.

For those who need reminding, the meeting next Wednesday starts at 4 pm at Marks Park and takes the form of an end-of-year picnic. There's plenty of space and the idea is that groups gather around their own picnic baskets and blankets and stay safe.

        Welcome back! Nick Bell was greeted by Helene Bramwell, Jeni Lobel, Paul Kasango and Mike MacDonald       

Another notable special event was the arrival of Nick Bell at the meeting. Nick told us he and his wife had been on the very last Virgin Atlantic flight from Heathrow in London. He said their flight was scheduled to leave at 10.30 that night. At 9.30, shortly after the news about the new Omicron Covid variant was released, they were given the option of cancelling and staying in the UK.

Because they had planned to stay with their daughter and grandchildren for at least three months, they opted to stay on the flight. Nick says quite a few of the people on the flight did get off and go home.

      Rotary leaders of the future. The group for the RLI training course

Last weekend and the weekend before, a group of New Dawn members attended the Rotary Leadership Institute training programme at our Twickenham Guest House in Auckland Park. Joan Sainsbury arranged that the trainers would come to us, giving participants the opportunity to undergo intensive training not just in matters Rotary (Foundation, applying for global grants, exchange programmes and membership, etc) but also in leadership techniques.

Everyone concerned, and that includes the trainers, were very complimentary about the course, about the arrangements (Joan and co put in a lot of hard work with goodie bags and the like) and probably most of all, about Mayshree Bim's delicious chicken curry.

         The quiz team hard at work at the Sligcher home

On Tuesday evening a New Dawn team (the Sligchers, Donets, Carol Stier and Janice Angove) took part in a Foundation quiz hosted by the Rotary Club of Rosebank and presented by PDG Francis Callard of the Rotary Club of Northcliff, a man who knows everything about the Foundation.

The team scored a very creditable 66% average and reckon that put them into the top 3 teams. Well done.

In her Covid report Lucille Blumberg said cases were already rising rapidly in Gauteng (this you can see if you have gone past any testing centre this past week) but as of last Wednesday it was still not known how seriously ill people are getting who have contracted the Omicron variant.

Her advice, as always: Get vaccinated, keep your mask on, maintain social distancing and sanitise often and regularly.

In the light of the new fourth wave now crashing on our inland shores, and on the advice of Professor Lucille, a final decision on the picnic will be made by Monday. It'll be expected of those who attend that they follow all the necessary Covid protocols, but as mentioned, the picnic will be outdoors (there's a covered veranda if it rains) and there's ample space inside and outside.

A Thought for the Year End: There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker. - Charles M Schulz (1922 - 2000)


Thursday, 25 November 2021

Classical Music No Trivial Matter

Having to read CS Lewis's The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as an eight-year-old because the teacher was too busy to continue with the book, gave her a lifelong love of the spoken word, admitted the radio presenter, actress, director and singer Shireen Hollier, our speaker at the meeting this week.

Shireen presented the Afternoon Drive show on Classic 1027 until the radio station was summarily closed down in June of this year, leaving a gaping hole in the lives of lovers of classical music.

                                 Shireen Hollier

Shireen told how she'd joined Classic 1027 about three years ago to become part of a settled and very knowledgeable team of presenters. Although she had been steeped in music of all kinds from an early age, she said, she still had to learn to pronounce the likes of Joaquim Rodriguez's Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre with a proper Spanish lisp. Not an obviously easy task, no doubt.

                     The Cute Gals ensemble, with Shireen bottom left

Shireen was a founding member of the a cappella group Cutt Glas, but as the only one who was married and had a child,  touring, as they did incessantly all over the country, became impossible for her and she left. The ensemble still exists.

Working alongside people like Maestro Richard Cock has its challenges and to differentiate herself, she turned an old love of trivia into a broadcasting "hook".

To illustrate this, she said Wednesday is the 24th of November; there are 24 hours in a day; 24 carats in gold; 24 letters in the ancient and modern Greek alphabet; 24 spikes on a backgammon board; and an object with 24 sides is called an icositetragon or 24-sided polygon. Furthermore avocados, rice and coffee all have 24 pairs of chromosomes.

And speaking of coffee: Johann Sebastian Bach was a coffee lover who drank 8 very strong cups of coffee a day, as was Beethoven, who counted out 16 coffee beans for every cup he drank.

And as for the contention of the new "owner" of the 1027 radio frequency that classical music is dead or dying, she pointed to a concert in Boston, USA in 1872 conducted by Johann Strauss which featured 2000 musicians, 20000 choristers, 200 conductors and an audience of 100000.

                                 The violinist David Garrett                    

The crossover violinist David Garrett and the Croatian duo Two Cellos sell in the hundreds of thousands and pack in audiences all over the world, she said.

The realisation that the station was in financial trouble hit soon after she joined three years ago, and then Covid came to give the final push into eventual oblivion.

Shireen ended her talk by playing the beautiful Abendlied by Joseph Rheinberger, as performed by the Drakensberg Boys' Choir to emphasise that no matter what, classical music will never die; nor will it ever fade away.

            Carol Stier showing off her End Polio Now t-shirt

And in other news ... Lucille Blumberg started the meeting off with a Covid update, saying the latest increase started off in Pretoria at the Tshwane University of Technology and that the extent and severity of the fourth wave that is now upon us, is still an unknown factor. She also advised people to get vaccinated now, rather than at the height of the new wave.

Prior to the subsequent announcement of a new variation fuelling the fourth wave, she said people can go ahead with their Christmas plans, but must keep wearing masks and following all the Covid protocols strictly.

Carol Stier showed off her End Polio Now t-shirt that she got from the Rotary shop. R10 from every sale of a t-shirt goes directly to Rotary's End Polio Now campaign. The t-shirts are a great branding instrument for Rotary.

Breakfast: The club was contacted by the Parkview Golf Club management last week after only two people of those present ordered breakfast the previous week. Parkview have waived a venue fee and put up with quite a bit of Rotary intrusion and shenanigans over the years because serving breakfast has been worth their while. It has been worth it for them to bring in staff early to get the kitchen going for us on Wednesday mornings, but clearly not so if only two people order it.

We managed to get quite a few more orders in this week, but it isn't really an incentive for Parkview  anymore unless things change quite drastically.

This coming Wednesday is the last formal meeting of the year and it would be great if as many members as possible join us there and have a great breakfast at the same time. After all, it was the quality of the breakfasts and the reasonable prices that drew us there in the first place.

It doesn't make things easier for New Dawn fellowship if we're faced by a screen full of blank boxes or photographs of members tuning in on Zoom. As much as hybrid meetings work in some regards, they don't in others and whether in person or on Zoom, Rotary only works with proper participation and two-way communication (see the Shaw quote below).

Only three of the seventeen boxes on Zoom last week were actually active, the others faceless or with a photograph so that there is no way to know if someone is listening, has gone to make tea, is feeding the dog or children, or has gone for an early-morning swim.

Above is a graphic presented to the Rotary International conference by Dr Michael Angelo Caruso last year that sums up basic Zoom etiquette. These are handy tips. Please take them to heart.

Christmas picnic: Please pay your R100 entrance fee into the club account (FNB 62217422609) and start looking out for pink elephant gifts to wrap and put under the tree, start planning your picnic hamper and deciding which guests to invite, we want to make 8 December a jolly send-off for the sometimes un-jolly year 2021.

A Thought for the Week: The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place. - George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)






Thursday, 18 November 2021

Babies and Their Amazing Moms

Working from home has led to a new spate of bone and muscle problems, Dr Tony Karpelowsky told the club at the meeting this week.

Most people work at a kitchen chair, for example, at a dining room table, or slouched over a laptop on the couch, but for your health it is better to have proper chair, desk, a big computer screen at the correct height. Get up every so often and walk around a bit, even if it's for only 2 minutes at a time and incorporate exercise into your routine any way you can.

He gets up at 4 am every morning and hits the road by 4.30 to start his day, said Dr Tony.

                             Dr Tony Karpelowski, a specialist paedriatic chiropractor

Dr Tony, a specialist paedriatic chiropractor, said his passion is children and helping children.

He said the chiropractic profession started 126 years ago and is the third largest medical field after physicians and dentists. He has been practising for the past almost 20 years. 

Dr Tony practises in Illovo, Johannesburg and is a founding member of Paedriatric Chiropractic South Africa. He is also the founder of Dudes to Dads, a training workshop to teach new and expecting dads the information and practical tools needed to be a confident hands-on father.

He spoke about how amazing moms are in instinctively knowing whether their children are well or whether there are niggles along the way.

He told the club of the possible bio-mechanical constraints some Caesarian birth children pick up because they didn't have the corrective pressure on bones and muscle from emerging into the world through the birth canal and said he has treated 94% of colic babies successfully using techniques he started learning with his masters dissertation on the subject.

                            Patient and practitioner ... PDG Jankees Sligcher and Dr Tony Karpelowsky

Dr Tony came to the club through PDG Jankees Sligcher, who has had back problems and used his time on the chiropractic bench to invite him to speak at the club.

The modern habit of hunching over a screen of some sort leads to all sorts of posture problems, and this has worsened during the Covid lockdown periods, especially with children, he said. He spends a lot of time with parents teaching them why it is so important to limit screen time.

PDG Jankees is of course regional Foundation representative, and this is his month as stand-in president, fittingly as November is Foundation month for the Rotary Foundation.

He reminded the club of the importance of giving as the Rotary Foundation depends in large part on donations from clubs and individuals for funds to carry out its good works, amongst others for funding global grants.

                                              David Marshall talking about toilets

The Donate a Loo team is working on a global grant and David Marshall reported on a very promising meeting they'd had in Pretoria with an organisation that manufactures a whole range of different types of toilets at a much lower cost that previously quoted by other manufacturers.

David and the team said Eldocrete were very willing to listen to their proposals and thoughts and they're very upbeat about prospects.

Next Week: The speaker next week is Shireen Hollier, who presented the Classic Drive on weekday afternoons on the sadly departed Classic FM 1027 radio station amongst her many other accomplishments.

In Closing: The  grace that Helene Bramwell used for the meeting on Wednesday bears repeating:

May each Rotarian worldwide be showered with an ability to serve selflessly and collectively towards a common goal

- making a positive difference in the lives of the less fortunate – remembering always – one random act of kindness

could make the world of difference in the life of the recipient.

As we discover these abilities may it open our eyes to the possibility of what can be achieved together, in service to those in need.

May we be blessed with enhancing this passion, using the strength and patience within us to give back, to hold hands,

walking side by side towards a better future for all - one building brick at a time


A Thought for the Week: Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. - Japanese proverb