Posted by Ozlem Kocanaogullari on Nov 08, 2019

Greetings fellow Rotarians and guests!
Welcome to the Rotary E-Club of One World!
I hope this message finds you well.
We are shaken by bad news coming from all over the world, forest fires in California, protests in Chile, there is always an old or a new war going on in Middle East.  And then there are smaller catastrophes that we hear about, one usually that could almost always have been prevented: a child being neglected, a woman being beaten to death by her husband.  Today I have heard on the news that a family of four siblings, two sisters and two brothers aged between 40 to 60, living together in Istanbul decided to take their own lives. For the reason that they simply could not bear living in debt anymore.  They owed money for rent, for power and for food.
It saddens me deeply that we live so oblivious to the horrors and pains of others, sometimes even the ones so close to us.  I realize that it is not possible to be the solution of all of the problems of the world.  But it is possible to act in kindness to every single soul you encounter throughout the day.  Kindness, understanding and compassion are the easiest and simplest things you can give to another person.  They are the only things that can multiply as you continue to give away.
Dear members, we will be hosting our DG Savi Bhim for a Zoom meeting on November 23rd 2019. Details and the link can be found here.  I will be delighted to see you at that meeting.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Yours in Rotary,
Ozlem Kocanaogullari
President 2019-2020
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