Posted by Ozlem Kocanaogullari on Nov 15, 2019

Greetings fellow Rotarians and guests!
Welcome to the Rotary E-Club of One World!
I hope you are all well.
As winter sets in slowly in this part of the world, we feel like the ant in the story trying to save for even darker and colder days. Not everyone is as lucky as we are. I love the power of Rotary, for many things of course, but nowadays for the great network it provides.
About a couple of weeks ago, my mother received a phone call at her own volunteer organization from a very young mother with two small children who is desperate for warm winter clothes for her children. As we found out that she and her family lives about 1000 miles from where we are located,  we contacted a Rotary club in that area. We had already risen a small funding of our own. However, but the idea was not only to help her out with one-time support, but to provide means for this family to support their selves in the long run. We have been able to involve a Rotary club that is located no further than an hour from where this family lives, and I have their word that the family will be included in their future projects. I hope we can always reach out to the ones that truly need help and be of some permanent solution.
I have attended the meeting of one of my buddy clubs this past week. Due to a very fortunate coincidence I have found out that our RI President Mark Maloney will be paying a visit to Turkey early December. He will be hosted with a joint meeting of Izmir clubs; I am looking forward to be there. Please try to remain in contact with the Rotary clubs that meet close to where you live so that you will continue attending physical meetings and take part in Rotary projects. You never know the kind of nice surprises that you may encounter, or whose life you may be able to touch and make better.
Dear members remember, we will be hosting our DG Savi Bhim for a Zoom meeting on Saturday, November 23rd 2019 at 9:00 AM PST (17:00 UTC). Details and the link to join the meeting can be found here.  I will be delighted to see you at that meeting.
I hope you have a very nice week.
Yours in Rotary,
Ozlem Kocanaogullari
President 2019-2020
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