This second meeting for Pres Brian was well attended on a fine, sunny July day. He introduced todays speaker Althea Raum, one of our new members who did double duty today presenting on Boundaries and Commitments and then as Chair of the Lobster on the Beach event in September.
Althea's resume is extensive and varied. She is a certified personal trainer, nutrition and wellness specialist, hypnotherapist, power weight lifter, and IT manager among other things. Drawing on her professional experience, Althea shared her views on processes for making personal Commitments and then setting Boundaries. A true commitment contains specific timelines, financial resources, and energy in the form of what action in going to take place and all of this in a legally binding way. It needs to be achievable.
Althea laid out a 3 step process for Boundary Setting which all of us can use. It starts with the request that comes to each of us in time, money and energy and then asks us to question whether we have capacity to give it, are willing to give it and then think about under what circumstances are we willing to give it. Finally, the process states we negotiate to ensure we get what we want.
Althea then moved on to LOTB...talk about commitments! We worked through various pieces of the evening and the work that remains. Althea will define roles for the various Captains of activities needed and then will be looking for either Rotarian or non-Rotarian volunteers or where we need to hire outside folks for those roles. Marieze, Judy, Mike and Brian are already in as Captains...stay tuned, as there will be weekly meetings, likely early on Wednesdays.
Out of Happy Bucks, Matt had 2 announcements. The first was good in that he will be a new dad next February but the second was not so good as he feels he needs to resign from the Club and Rotary. He will be missed.
The 50/50 was won by Marieze and it was immediately donated to the S. Africa project.
Next weeks speaker is hearing specialist Bryan Kawer.
Following the close of the noon meeting, another session was help for those planning on travelling to S. Africa to view our international project.
This June 23rd meeting was Marieze's third to last meeting to preside over...contrary to her belief (and wish) that today was her last! It was pointed out that Brian does not take over until July.
She introduced our guests Glenda and Bill Cameron, new Osoyoos residents and guests of Elly, Keith from Osoyoos Times and Trevor and Sandra Caldecott, our luncheon speakers. Also recognized were YE inbound Camille and 'near' members Giselle and Althea who will be inducted at the installation dinner meeting this Monday evening at the Osoyoos Golf Club.
Trevor and Sandra gave us a fascinating talk on the Dalit 'untouchables' of the Indian caste system. They were married last year and a part of their celebration was to travel and make a contribution and they chose to be volunteers to India with Good Shepherd Schools and the Dalit Freedom Network. Trevor introduced the Dalits as 250 million men, women and children at the lowest rung of India's rigid social system, not even recognized as part of the caste hierarchy throughout India - they are the Untouchables, faced with lifelong abuse and oppression at the lowest level in society without any means to escape this cycle of slavery/poverty. Trevor and Sandra shared pictures and stories of the Dalit population that all of us were completely unaware of. The caste system in India was abolished some time ago by the Indian government but our speakers assured us that culturally, socially and religiously, it is alive and thriving.
The Dalit believe that educating their children is the way to escape the oppression and to that end, the volunteer organization that Trevor and Sandra joined operate 107 schools teaching some 25,000 students. They also offer vocational and healthcare training to the Dalit.
The purpose of the talk was to create awareness and plant a seed for future Rotary International funding support - and they did that very well. I understand both will be going back to volunteer again.
There were reminders of the dinner meeting June 27th to install the new executive and induct new members and of course the July 1st Canada pancake breakfast.
It has been a busy June for Osoyoos Rotary with a very successful Cactus Jalopy (contributing some $2200) and the Golf tournament ($16,000) so lets celebrate next Monday!
Harold had to leave early but still won the 50/50...a new strategy to win?
A good meeting!