2014 District Club of Excellence; 2014 RI Significant Achievement Award; 2011 RI Pres. Citation
Rotary Club of Granada Hills, California

GRANADA HILLS eROTARIAN


Monday, September 01, 2014
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Editor:   Larry McLaughlin
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Future Speakers
Sep 4 2014
Linda Penalonzo
"End Malaria Now"
Sep 11 2014
Greig Smith
"Cold Cases"
Sep 18 2014
Franklin Gerecther
"The magic ingredient - Fitness"

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District Governor Visit
by Lewis, Agnes


Our District 5280 Governor, Elsa Gilham, visited the club.  Her Chief of Staff, Melody St. John, and Assistant Governor for Club Service, Mike Thomas, also attended.

Governor visits' main goal is two fold - to share the best ideas among clubs, and to inform the District of the best practices followed by each club.

Governor Elsa met with the club officers, reviewing plans and goals for the year, and adding insight and ideas.  At the general club meeting, she spoke eloquently of the year's theme of  Light Up Rotary - that "it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."  This is something that Rotarians have always been good at doing!

She also discussed how we can strengthen our clubs and their place in the community by fostering VIBRANT clubs - that are

V =Visible in the community; 

I =  involve participation of Members
B = Bigger, Better, Bolder projects
R = reaching out to recruit members
A = advancement and training of members
N = never-ending fun (participate in district events)
T = The Rotary Foundation support
 
 
 

 

Club Assembly
by Lewis, Agnes


In an informal format, club members came together to review what Rotary stands for.  What is next, now that polio has almost been conquered?  Rotary International talks about six areas of focus.  Do we know what those are?  And how do we help?

A fun "Rotary Trivia" session revealed that few of us know everything there is to know about Rotary - and several people got rewarded for their knowledge and insight with chocolates, sometimes handed to them and sometimes tossed in their general direction, with predictably unpredictable results.

What about our club?  We know there is a lot of value and a lot of knowledge amassed here - how do we get more people to join us and share in improving our communities and building better friendships?

 

The Great Generational Divide
by Lewis, Agnes


Why does it often seem as if the younger generations prefer to bury their noses in their phones, tablets, other electronics instead of communicating face to face?

Pallavi Ridout explained the differences in outlook of the various generational groups -- how that outlook was influenced by the events in their young adult formative years.  Each generation, she said, wants to hand down something of value to future generations as well as counteract the excesses of previous generations.  The pendulum swings, and when if swings too far in any direction, the next generation compensates -- and sometimes causes a swing in the other direction, which the generation coming after will fix. 

Each generation's key values have a different focus:  Traditionalists, born 1925-1946, value make-do, sacrifices, and dedication.  Baby Boomers (1946-1964 value hard work and being team players.  Generation Xers, reacting to their parents' dedication to work, value life balance and individuality.  Gen Y-ers (Millennials) value making a difference in the world and respecting diversity.  Of course these have a lot of overlap, but the generalization holds.

By 2020, 46% of the work force will be Millennials, technology-savvy, fast-paced and multitasking - and who want to make a difference.

 

Who Are You Today?
by Lewis, Agnes


Karen Hudson entertained the group on August 7th with very entertaining anecdotes based on her many years as a professional costumer dressing characters for TV shows.

She demonstrated that you can influence the audience's perception quite easily just by varying the way a character is dressed -- and that goes for our everyday lives as well.  She pointed out that the choices we make on how we dress for the day or for an occasion inform the opinion others develop of who we are.  Knowing that gives us an advantage in presenting ourselves as we would like to be perceived.

 

Simply Safe on the Internet
by Lewis, Agnes




Circe Denyer, owner of Easybytes Training and Technology  ("where all learning experiences are as easy as milk and cookies"), gave us valuable advice about keeping our computers safe from malware on the Internet.  She pointed out that malware is prevalent even in the most popular sites.

She suggested keeping two email addresses - one used only for friends and business contact, and the other only for online purchases and online searches.  That way, the proliferation of spam can be kept under control and not get in the way of our main email.  She said people should not even open any email messages that don't look right -- sent at the wrong time of day, or without a subject line, or just not as expected.  Even opening the message, even if just in a preview pane, can cause malware to install itself on your computer.

Anti-virus software can deal with some malware.  However, a computer that has been recently cleaned can download malware before the anti-virus software can deal with it, and perhaps create a back door for more malicious software to be installed.

Under no circumstances should you ever click a link sent to you in an email, even if from a friend, if you are not absolutely sure that the friend's email looks legitimate and has not been hacked.    She shared with the group some advice on free malware-removing software.  She also said that the safest email domains are the corporate ones, followed by AOL, then gmail, with Yahoo, and telecommunications providers bringing up the rear.

 She does not necessarily consider "tracking cookies" harmful, and they can sometimes bring benefits to the user, in suggesting things of interest.   A lively Q&A session followed.  Ms. Denyer gave everyone her business card and offered to answer questions privately as well.  

One of the services her company provides is to clean malware from computers, without  losing the data.  She pointed out that clients are sometimes given advice by big-box support companies, to erase everything and re-install software -- and often clients don't realize that they will lose their documents and their pictures.  

 

PDG RICK MENDOZA SHOWED US THE MYSTERIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL WORLD OF DEEP SEA DIVING
by McLaughlin, Larry


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BOB GOKA IS CONGRATULATED ON HIS 50 YEARS AS A ROTARIAN BY PRESIDENT LEWIS AND DISTRICT GOVERNOR GILLHAM
by McLaughlin, Larry


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CLUB DEMOTION PARTY 2014
by McLaughlin, Larry


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ROBERT RYANS TALKS ABOUT ROTARY'S GLOBAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM
by McLaughlin, Larry


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NEW MEMBER R. K. CHETTY IS WELCOMED TO THE CLUB
by McLaughlin, Larry


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