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Greetings fellow Rotarians and guests!
Welcome to the Rotary E-Club of One World!
 
 
 
 
Dear Fellow OWR Members,
 
I hope that you are well since I have “seen” all of you.
In the last week of January, I was in Zell am See, Austria with ISFR – International Ski Fellowship of Rotary. This was my first attendance at a Rotary fellowship event such as this and I loved it. I loved the fact that there were over 15 countries represented. I loved that there were at least 100-150 people of attendance. I loved that we have bonded over our similarities such as being Rotarian and enjoying this sport, and I loved the fact that our differences like our cultures and prejudices were long forgotten. I have posted some of the pictures in the workplace. But I would like to share these with you here as well:
 
  
 
The first month of 2020 has been long and hard, it has brought many hardships throughout the world too. In my home country, we have been experiencing a series of earthquakes, each one not any smaller than 4 on the scale, and the one that hit middle of Turkey caused 15 casualties, many injured and lots of damages on properties. We are also facing a rough winter, just this morning there was an avalanche that hit a bus on the inter-cities road, and there were also casualties. All of which reminds us, we need to take care of ourselves first and then those that are closest to us. We need to help out in any way that we can and make the best of what we have, together.
 
I am very sorry to have missed one of our fellowship assemblies that took place on the first weekend of February. I hope it was nice and pleasant for all of you. I do hope to see more of you at these events, as soon we will be switching to this type of meetings for our programs.
 
Have a lovely weekend.
Regards,
Ozlem 
 
 
Ozlem Kocanaogullari
President 2019-2020
 
I welcome your feedback and any ideas you might have for our programs.
 

 


 

recently had the opportunity to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of my favorite places along California's Central Coast and certainly one of the world's pre-eminent aquaria. Monterey Bay Aquarium opened in 1984 - it will celebrate its 30th anniversary on October 20th. It is located on Monterey's famous Cannery Row (you may have read the book so titled by John Steinbeck, a native of nearby Salinas).

The aquarium's site was once the Hovden Cannery, which opened in 1916 and closed in 1973, when the sardine fishery in Monterey collapsed. About four years later, a group of marine scientists and area residents envisioned an aquarium where the Hovden Cannery had once been, and in 1978 the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation was formed with the support and financial assistance of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, which made a one-time gift of $55 million dollars so that the aquarium could be constructed.

  

Photos courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium

 

 
 
 
Foundation Month Focus
Peace and Conflict Resolution
 

As Rotary nears completion of its goal of eradicating polio, many have asked “what's next?” Where will the incredible talent and resources of Rotary be directed now?  The challenge that has in recent years risen to the forefront is that of increasing peace and resolving conflict.

For many, the pursuit of Peace (with a capital P) seems amorphous, hard to get one’s arms around, difficult to know where to start and what exactly to do. The challenge of eradicating polio must have seemed equally daunting when the End Polio Now campaign began, but that didn’t stop determined Rotarians. And that same determination can be used to promote peace and resolve conflicts. The key in this, as it was in the fight against polio, is to enlist able partners and bring our resources to bear on the effort.

 

This emphasis on Peace is not new. It dates back to 1917 when Paul Harris said:

"It is easier to interest men in war than in peace; it therefore requires more moral courage to talk peace than war." 

 
 
 
 
 
Rotary E-Club of One World member and Community Service Director, Bill Boyd, presenting his youngest daughter Elizabeth Boyd with a Paul Harris Fellow award for her unselfish devotion to giving to others as a nurse par-excellent.
 
Viktor and Elizabeth Cytra Doing Good in their community!
 
 
 
Friends of Refugees for the Trail, British Colunbia area.  Viktor and Elizabeth assisted with fund
raising collecting donations for Refugees.
 
 
PEACE RELATED

 

 

CONFLICT AND VIOLENCE DISPLACE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE EACH YEAR. HALF OF THOSE KILLED IN CONFLICT ARE CHILDREN, AND 90 PERCENT ARE CIVILIANS. 

We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.

HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN

Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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