Feb 15, 2017
Unraveling the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphics -Part 2
Feb 22, 2017
The Importance of Native Plants in Restoration
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Upcoming Events
Club Meeting
Feb 15, 2017 12:15 PM
Workshop on Using DACdb
Feb 15, 2017 1:45 PM
Club Meeting
Feb 22, 2017
Oscars Night Gathering
Feb 26, 2017
Membership Committee Meeting
Mar 01, 2017 11:00 AM
Club Meeting
Mar 01, 2017 12:15 PM
Supportive Housing Committee Meeting
Mar 01, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Club Meeting
Mar 08, 2017 1:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Mar 08, 2017 1:30 PM
Club Meeting
Mar 15, 2017 1:30 PM
Raise the Bar This Week

You're invited to the "Raise the Bar" pre-club meeting on February 15, 2017 at 11:15. I'm excited to be taking over the "hosting" duties from Tina Etcheverry starting this month, although she and I will be welcoming you together and getting the conversation flowing. Based on past experience, there'll be no problem getting us going. Everyone comes ready to ask questions, share knowledge and confusion, and have a good time. That's what we like. We encourage you to come and share your thoughts and questions with other Rotary members. It's informative and social.

Purpose of the Pre-Club meeting:
  • Provide fellowship (by just being there);       
  • Ask questions about Rotary  (you won't get all the answers, but your questions will get passed on to those that know);
  • Find people to sit with at lunch if you get an interesting conversation going.
You may want to know about teams, committees, social events, local versus international projects, club endowment, or you may just want to get to know your fellow Rotary members.

          "Raise the Bar" Pre-Club Meeting
          3rd Wednesday of each month
          11:15 am -  Hs Lordships Bar

I hope to see you there!
The Four-Way Test: An Ethical Compass for Today
[The following was presented as a Thought for the Day at the Feb. 1 meeting hosted by the club's Past Presidents. It is adapted from a speech given by Rotarian Darrell Tompson of Morro Bay, California.]
For me, these last few weeks were like watching a train wreck–causing not just a little feeling of paralysis induced by fear and total lack of control. I was going to remind us all of the poem on the statue of liberty; I thought that might be appropriate at this time. But then I found the most important thing is–for me–to be mindful and aware, no matter who’s in control. Oddly enough, the Four-Way Test kept going through my mind, because it gives me a standard for my values. It is why I am a Rotarian. So I did a little research on its history.

More than 60 years ago, in the midst of the Great Depression, a U.S. Rotarian devised a simple, four-part ethical guideline that helped him rescue a beleaguered business. The statement and the principles it embodied also helped many others find their own ethical compass.
The Four-Way Test was composed by Herb Taylor, a businessman who wanted an ethical guideline for his company Club Aluminum and his staff. At first, he applied it to advertising. Words like “better,” “best,” “greatest” or finest” were dropped from ads and replaced by factual descriptions of the product. Negative comments about competitors were removed from advertising and company literature. 
The Test gradually became a guide for every aspect of the business, creating a climate of trust and goodwill among dealers, customers and employees. It became part of the corporate culture, and eventually helped improve the business's reputation and finances.
One day, the sales manager announced a possible order for 50,000 utensils. Sales were low and the company was still struggling at the bankruptcy level. The senior managers certainly needed and wanted that sale, but there was a hitch. The sales manager learned that the potential customer intended to sell the products at cut-rate prices. “That wouldn’t be fair to our regular dealers who have been advertising and promoting our product consistently,” he said. In one of the toughest decisions the company made that year, the order was turned down. There was no question this transaction would have made a mockery out of The Four-Way Test the company professed to live by.
Rotaract Mixer; Mentors Invited
Thank you all for coming out to our Rotary Mixer last week. We at Rotaract are extremely excited for the potential of the mentorship program this semester! If  you are interested in joining the Mentorship program but couldn't attend the mixer, please let us know. We would love to have you.
If you are interested in helping lead a group of Rotaracters in a professional workshop (themes like reviewing resumes, interview tips, cover letter guidance), we would really appreciate your expertise. We hope you all had as much fun talking to us as we did talking to you!
Yours in Service,
Kylee Mebust and Vani Topkar
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