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The Four Way Test

 President's Message - 6-21-19

Greetings fellow Rotarians and guests!
Welcome to the
Rotary E-Club of One World!
In the spirit of Rotary which binds us together to serve above self for the betterment of humanity and the world, let us share the Rotary Four Way Test of the Things we think, say or do; for which in District 5240 (D5240), a fifth has been added:
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concern?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concern?
  5. Is it FUN?
Closing the year with another unique member.  Our soon to be new member, Melinda Thomas, who is not new to Rotary is here to crown our efforts at improving quality membership in our club.  Melinda will be transferring from the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa D5240 (Past President), and is the current Executive Asstistant for D5240 DGE Savi Bhim and is the current Chief Operating Officer for D5240 DGN Deb Linden.
Melinda is a Certified Financial Planner with Pensionmark.  She and her husband are "moving to Utah and want to be able to continue with District 5240 service.”  By joining our club, she is able to stay in a District 5240 club and broaden her Rotary experience world-wide.
PP Susan and IPP Michael had a phone conversation with Melinda and learned that she and Susan were Presidents during the same year (2015-16).
Warmly welcome to our club PP Melinda.
Next week we will come up with an even more interesting program, let us all endeavor to attend and register for our meeting.
Let’s all continue to BE THE INSPIRATION!!!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Amina Sammo
President 2018-2019
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 Announcements - 6-21-19

New Rotary club models enhance connections
Rotary's new strategic plan is underpinned by four key priorities - to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. The emergence of new club models is evidence that Rotary clubs and districts are working actively to advance these priorities.

June Is Rotary Fellowships Month
June is designated Rotary Fellowships Month to recognize the importance of international fellowship and goodwill among Rotarians with similar recreational and vocational interests, promote increased participation in fellowships, and increase understanding of this program.
Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.

Rotary announces US$100 million to eradicate polio
Rotary is giving US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.
The funding comes as Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) address the final—and most pressing—challenges to ending poliovirus transmission, and as Nigeria approaches three years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, bringing the Africa region closer to polio-free status.

Rotarians unite to End Plastic Soup Now!
Rotarians unite in Amsterdam to End Plastic Soup Now. And on the same day the founder of The Ocean Cleanup, Boyan Slat, receives the 44th Premio de Leonardo da Vinci for his achievements to rid the oceans of plastic soup.

Fire Truck to Belize
The Rotary E-Club of One World is raising funds to help one of our members, Nabil Bedewi, bring a Fire Truck to Placencia, Belize through the non-profit Believe in Belize.
Click here for more information.  Please login on this page with your My Rotary account.

Attention OWR Members!
Members reporting their Community & International Service activities in May
Tomica Bess, Patricia Fisher, Carol Metzker, Nabil Bedewi, Dawn O’Bar, Bill Boyd & Susan Weaver.
Thanks a million!
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Program: Acquapendente, Italy: Celebrating Triumph Over Oppression and Injustice
Acquapendente, Italy:
Celebrating Triumph Over Oppression and Injustice
by Carol Metzker, after a visit to Acquapendente, Italy, May 2019
If Paul Harris had been born 700 years earlier in Italy, no doubt he would have applauded the efforts of villagers in Acquapendente for their celebration of triumph over injustice.
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For 853 years, the town of Acquapendente, Italy, has celebrated hope, victory over oppression and a miracle. In 1166, two peasants witnessed the blooming of a near-dead cherry tree and took it as a sign of hope that their town could gain freedom from their oppressor. Every year since the revolt, villagers have created huge, stunning mosaics of flower petals to tell the story of triumph over bondage and injustice past and present. 
In these pugnaloni - flower-petal mosaics - the black and white parts represent oppression. Black chains represent captivity. Color represents freedom and the triumph over oppression. Cherry blossoms—in remembrance of the blooming tree in 1166, symbolize hope and the ability to regain freedom.
Some of 2019’s mosaics tell the story of the villagers gaining their freedom. Others depict current scenes with themes of exploitation of migrants, human trafficking and child abuse yet inspire viewers to hold out hope while working toward justice. Each one was exquisite. Each mosaic touched the heart, mind and soul.
Each year, the pugnaloni festival offers a brilliant colorful exhibit in Acquapendente’s town square.  Dignitaries in medieval costume preside. Groups that spent countless hours and flower petals receive awards for their extraordinary art. The cherished pugnaloni go to the church, where visitors can see them after the festival.
Similarly, Rotarians today celebrate their projects and activities that create a better world by showing photographs at district conference parties or through colorful PowerPoint presentations at Rotary International conferences.
Keep sharing your artful celebrations of hope and justice through OWR’s programs. They inspire.
Here's a video of this year’s festival—even in the rain.
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Editors Note:  Carol Metzker is the author of Facing the Monster: How One Person Can Fight Child Slavery, is aTEDx speaker and Consultant for The Salvation Army's New Day to Stop Trafficking Program.  Carol is a co-founder of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery and has been a member of the Rotary E-Club of One World since July 2013.
Thank you Carol for sharing your recent adventure in Italy!
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