Meeting Date: 27 July 2012

Prepared By: Attendees of 22 July Fellowship Meeting


Fellowship Greetings

On a beautiful sunny afternoon in southern California, history was made as friends, families, supporters, and members gathered to celebrate the presentation of the Club Charter to the newly formed Rotary E-Club of One World D5240, California, USA. It was an especially exciting event for the “One Worlders” as it was the first time many of us actually laid eyes upon each other and got to engage in fellowship up close and personal!

The party was hosted by our Sponsor Club – Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise. We were honoured by the presence of some very special Rotary guests: District Governor Frank Ortiz, Immediate Past District Governor Wade Nomura, Past District Governor Doug Weiben, and District Governor Elect Jack McClenahan. One World would like to extend our deepest appreciation to President Ernie Gilbert of the Simi Sunrise Club for organizing a fabulous and fun event for us, and to Vericka Weikal for her divine catering. Many thanks also to the entire Simi Sunrise Club for sponsoring our club and gifting us our banners. And of course we wish to thank all our fellow Rotarians, friends, and families who came from far and wide to help us celebrate and make our official welcome into District 5240 an affair to remember.

After a period of fellowship and mingling, President Ernie hosted a charter meeting with a keynote address from District 5240 District Governor Frank who then presented the Rotary International 2012-2013 theme banner to the club. Past District Governor Wade, under whose stewardship our club was chartered, presented club President Dick Strayer with our official charter certificate. And all One World members in attendance received their welcome packets, charter pins, and club flag. Members not in attendance will receive their materials by mail. To our worldwide members, please know how much we missed all of you who could not be with us!

DG Frank and PDG Wade each presented a monetary gift to the club and Verika organized a raffle of fun prizes. The proceeds from the raffle will benefit our club as we venture out to do good in the world.

After the program, all guests—members, non-members, and non-Rotarians alike—were given an opportunity to leave a video greeting of fellowship for you. Enjoy!

Messages to YOU from District Guests

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Messages to YOU from Guests at the fellowship event.

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Messages from your fellow One World eClub members

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Many additional photos are available on the Simi Sunrise Facebook page.


Life Long Fellowship
© Derrick J. Shoemaker

So many things shape what we become
Minute to large influences add up to one sum
Many individuals have touched our paths
From the preachers who preached to our folks who gave baths
And those parents must have shown us a lesson or two
And our teachers often taught us the false and the true
Even neighbors who helped with a requisite loan
Or relatives we'd only met on the phone
Without any we'd be somehow different today
If still present we're thankful for the roles that they play
But it's hard to believe you've touched someone the same
They may not have known you or even your name
But believe that we're significant in this brief life
We help one another through lessons and strife
There's hope and there's friendship with others who care
We're never alone in these lives that we share
So let fellowship grow among women and men
And be blessed with gladness again and again.

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