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|February Thoughts on Rotary Love|
February is the month of hearts and flowers - - LOVE is in the air! As the world’s first Rotarian, Paul Harris, said, "The Rotary way . . . is but the Golden Rule in action.” Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self has been sustained for over 100 years by Rotarians for their fellow man. So, what is love, anyway? According to Sternberg’s triactic/triangular theory of love, the relationships we have with other people depend on passion, intimacy, and commitment. Rotarian love involves all three elements. Turn of the century philosopher Mortimer Adler opined: “Love consists in giving without getting in return; in giving what is not owed, what is not due the other,” and that “unless we love and are loved, each of us is alone.” A familiar categorization of love is the Greek-grouping into four classifications: agape, éros, philía, and storga love.
In Greek, Agápe (uh-GAH-pay) love refers to love in a "spiritual" sense – it is selfless and expects nothing in return. Éros (AIR-ros), of course, is romantic love and the kind we most often associate with Valentine’s Day. But it is worth noting that Plato thought even sensually-based love aspires to a higher spiritual plane to find its truth. Then there is Philia (FILL-i-a) love - - the brotherly love or friendship that includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, but also, like agape, may expect nothing in return. For example, philia love may be what a father has for his son or an elder sister might have for a younger sibling. Finally, we think of Storge (STOR-gay) love as meaning exceptional affection and compassionate caring, like that felt between family members, friends, pets and owners, companions or colleagues. Rotary love for, and service to, others underlies all our good works. More food-for-thought about love is available from Wikipedia, Love in the Bible, and The Fetzer Institute.
|Feb 13 Program ~ Helping Children Who Need Foster Care|
In the spirit of Valentine love, we welcome ASHLEY MCFARLAND, Foster Care Development Coordinator for Casa de Esperanza to enlighten us about the current foster care crisis impacting our most vulnerable and precious assets. Passionate about helping children in need find stability and safety with loving families, Ashley started at Casa as an intern after graduating from Ohio University with a BA in Journalism, served as a house parent for children in crisis, and then transitioned to a position in fundraising as a part of the development team.
|Congratulations to PDG Bob Ellis on 50 Years of Rotary Service|
Past Rotary District 5890 Governor Bob Ellis was honored by BSWH Rotarians for his 50 years of Rotary service with a celebratory dinner at BraeBurn Country Club. PDG Bob led our District during RY 1992-1993 (known as ' The year of the Red Coats'). During his gubernatorial year, District 5690 constructed a Habitat for Humanity House and opened Houston’s Rotary House International in the Medical Center. His year also saw Rotary sponsor the opening of the first International Goodwill Industries in Mexico City. Bob has been a significant contributor to District programs, mentoring, projects, and vision, and has represented Texas with distinction at the Rotary International level. Dr. Bob serves as the only Lifetime Director of BSWH Rotary and is a retired dentist who practiced in Houston for many years. He is pictured with his lovely wife, Leanna, and receiving his Major Donor Award from Past Rotary International President Dong Kurn Lee (RY 2008-9).
The following delightful excerpt from PDG Bob's 1992-1993 statement to District 5890 Rotarians gives a snapshot in time of Rotary during his gubernatorial year:
THIS YEAR — SO FAR —
Leanna and I have visited 57 clubs during the first 19 weeks of this Rotary year. We made it to 28 clubs a second time and to 11 clubs three or more times. We have driven 13,404 miles, and used 744 gallons of gas. We had two minor auto repair expenses and purchased one set of tires. We have eaten— boy have we eaten—We have been served Beef 35 times, Chicken 29 times, Seafood 28 times, Spaghetti 4 times and Veal 3 times. Someone thought we would enjoy Turkey, Polish Sausage, Peppered Steak, Lasagna, and Enchiladas 2 times each. At one time or another we have had Lamb, Pork chops, Lobster, Fajitas and Shrimp. We have enjoyed Potatoes 34 times, Rice 15 times. We were offered Green Beans 17 times, Broccoli 16 times, Mixed Vegetables 19 times, Carrots 13 times, Squash 6 times and Corn and Pasta 8 times each. We dined on other Vegetables that included: Okra, Cauliflower, Asparagus, Spinach, Green Peas, Snow Peas and Black eyed peas. We were surprised with artichokes, cooked cabbage and brussel sprouts. In addition some meals included French Fries, Fritos, Barbecued beans, and Cornbread Dressing. We started 6 meals by slurped soup, Sixty Five times we’ve Munched Green salad and We have Slithered through fruit salad, 16 times and Jello salad, twice. Other starters included: slaw 15 times, pasta salad 12 times and potato salad 4 times. To say nothing of several servings of tuna salad and chicken salad. We munched cucumber salad, green pea salad, green bean salad, cauliflower salad and Carrot/raisin salad. We’ve tried to be neat with Taco salad, Black Eyed Pea salad, corn salad and Hearts of Palm salad. (Hearts of Palm ?) We’ve also been fed with Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Fried Potatoes, Flour Tortillas, Dry Cereal, Sweet Rolls, Bananas, and Orange Juice. We’ve had desserts we didn’t know and desserts we didn’t eat. Some desserts we couldn’t eat and some we shouldn’t eat. We even had some we were ashamed to eat. We had rolls, corn bread, pumpkin bread ginger bread and plain bread. We drank enough tea to tint the ocean and enough coffee to balance the trade with South America. We have enjoyed the company of Ambassadors, Priests, and Teachers, of Ministers, Postmasters, and Stock brokers, of Bankers, Accountants, and Lawyers and of Scientists, Engineers, and Politicians. Friends you name them we met them. We Drove, we Talked , we Met, — we Sang, we Pledged and we Prayed.
You see my friends Real Happiness is not only Helping Others, real happiness is meeting and enjoying the company of others.
And Rotarians we loved every minute of it.
Bob and Leanna Ellis”
|FEBRUARY IS ROTARY WORLD UNDERSTANDING MONTH ~Seek to Understand to Be Understood|
In honor of the date of the first Rotary meeting in 1905, Rotary International designated February 23 as World Understanding and Peace Day and selected February as World Understanding Month. February 23 also marks the anniversary of the first mass polio vaccinations (Rotary's signature project), which started in Pittsburgh in 1954 when children from Arsenal Elementary received the first injections of Dr. Jonas Salk's new polio vaccine. Particularly during February, we remember that we are members of an international organization dedicated to world understanding and peace - - one guided by respect and tolerance for others that strives to strengthen bonds of understanding, goodwill, and friendship around the world. Although people of almost every nation are taught that they are superior to all others, Rotarians seek to understand in order to be understood: open minded tolerance is a hallmark of the Rotary approach, with our membership including representatives of all religious and political parties.
February also is a perfect month to salute Gian Paolo Lang, 1956-57 Rotary International president, who said: "The spirit of Rotary is not exclusive; it expands. It is not local, it is universal. And so the wish to understand and to be understood, the wish to see the virtues rather than the faults in others, the longing to find out what we have in common rather than what divides us — these can be widely shared." Learn more at ABCs of Rotary. Photo from website of Washago, Canada Rotary Club.
|Being There ~ Dedicating Water Purification Facilities for Mexico|
BSWH Rotarians Don Beckner and David Fox are shown at the dedication of the new water filtering and purification system installed in Chakom, Mexico. Note the large Bellaire Rotary emblem on the building housing the new water system. Don and David joined representatives of four local Presbyterian churches in this cooperative mission, which was sponsored by Living Waters for the World. If YOU are interested in 'helping the world take a drink of clean water', contact a member of our clean-water-brigade (Don, David, Dr. John Freemen, and Surpris Cherazard) for information about their next humanitarian adventure abroad. Thanks to John Freeman for his superlative water-system designs and for these photos.
|Family of Rotary ~ Former Bellaire RYE Student Thriving in Montreal |
The many benefits of Rotary's Youth Exchange program have no expiration date – friendships built last through the years and ripple across continents. Kathy Ballanfant (photo, right) reports that Nadia Ponce (photo, left), who stayed with Kathy 15 years ago as a Bellaire Rotary summer exchange student from Mexico, has built an international career and is now active in promoting positive youth development in Canada. Nadia, who is tri-lingual and works for the Canadian government in Montreal, was selected by the Governor General as one of the most promising Canadian leaders across business, government and NGO sectors and received intensive leadership training for two weeks. She writes to Kathy: “ I have continued to build an international career, and I am looking for other opportunities where I can make a difference for youth, like you did for me. Today, I am really trying to teach my two sons to be open minded, generous and to value each human being for their value as a person. “ Nadia’s two boys are age four and less than one.
|Best Things to Buy (and NOT to Buy) in February|
Some of the BEST BUYS during February are: Cameras ~ New camera models appear in stores, so in February you may find deep discounts on last year's perfectly good models. Prom Dresses ~ If you shop early, you'll be able to take advantage of a large selection of styles and prices before the Spring rush. Winter Coats ~ The longer you wait to buy a winter coat, the better the prices will be (stores make room for spring inventory in February). Cellphones ~ Many "buy one, get one free" sales are keyed by the Valentine theme. Furniture ~ Retailers are make room for new spring inventory in February, and you are likely to find major markdowns, as well as "as-is" floor samples in good condition around President's Day. Seasonal Produce ~ Get the best produce deals on Arugula, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Kale, Sweet Potatoes,Turnips, Clementines, Grapefruit, Lemons, Oranges, Pears, and Tangerines. On the other hand, the WORST BUYS during February are: Jewelry ~ 'Sparklies' are most in demand around Valentine's day, so expect to pay top dollar for any kind of jewelry for your sweetheart. Last minute shoppers pay the most, so plan accordingly or wait until after the holiday to buy. Perfume ~ For the same reason, perfume will be pricey leading up to Valentine's Day. Ditto for flowers, chocolates and other Valentine-themed items. Luggage ~ February is a popular vacation month, and luggage is in high demand - wait until March to score a good deal. Patio Furniture ~ Sales pricing does not usually start until around Memorial Day, so wait until then.
|The Rotarian from 100 Years Ago . . . |
This is a real treat... Click this link to be taken back to the Rotary of 1914 -- in fact, you now can peruse online multiple issues of the Rotarian Magazine from 100 years ago.
Google Books has decades of issues that are searchable, and, as you'll see, contain the timeless messages of Rotary.
You will particularly enjoy the ads from when Rotary was only nine years old and all the clubs and activities could be listed -- truly a walk down Rotary's memory lane. Thanks to Rotary eclub of the Southwest USA for this news item!