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Rotarian of the Day, Dave Evans (left) served up a rousing and inspiring talk about improving leadership skills that related to business, home, and social success. Meeting employees needs beyond basic food and shelter are important, per Maslow's Heirarchy, which Dave pointed out. Once basic living requirements are met, then Safety and Security are important, but immediately after those and what cannot be ignored in a competitive workforce place are Social needs of friendship and family.  A person must feel as if they belong and are important to an organization, and be recognized as such or can be easily swept away by any other group promising the same basics but more of the Social and self esteem and "ownership" portion of the need of the employee. Trust through good Character, high Competency, high Commitment, Courage to take on challenges, and good and gracious Conduct build trust in a company.  Rotary's 4-way Test is an example. Promote Standards of Excellence every day, not to meet the minimum, but to achieve that which has not been reached.  As Yoda stated, Not Try, DO! , then we can also say Not think, Plan, Not Hope, but Strive.  Keep sharpening skills and working on the Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 
Good talk Dave! 

Edmond Summit Rotarian Dr. John Polkinghorne received his Paul Harris Fellow + 1 pin at his dental  office last week.  In case you're wondering as I was, No John did not raid the Chihuly exhibit at the OKC Art Museum. Those are his own creations. Among his many talents, he is also an amateur glassblower!

The Paul Harris Fellow award is given in recognition of a Rotarian or by a Rotarian upon the donation of $1000.00 to the Rotary Foundation began by Paul Harris and named in his honor. Every subsequent $1000.00 is awarded another + to the designation, along with another stone to the emblem.

Thank  you John for your contributions to Rotary.

They're here and we have plenty of them. Take them and spread them around. Bring them back with money and names and they will be placed in the drum to be drawn after the Nov. 3rd Skeet Shoot at the OKC Gun Club. 

At the August 21st meeting, Tom Jourdan finally shook the dust of the far left coast from his travelling clothes and club president Koorosh Zahrai, (r) was able to present him his  Paul Harris Fellow Plus One pin. 

Well known Edmondite, and a fellow Rotarian, Randall Shadid, was our guest speaker at the September 4th meeting and his topic was the  Visual Arts Commission that overseas the public art that graces the streets and parks of Edmond.

In October 8, 2001, Ordinance No. 2653 was passed to provide for means to fund the acquisition of works of art by the City, which would become the City's collection, and to provide a means of selection of works of art for the collection and to provide for the display of the collection and to provide for the maintenance and repair of the works of art in the collection.  Randall said that an initial $100,000 fund was set up by the city council mostly funded by private individuals and matching money.  The collection of "Art in Public Places" has grown to over 200 pieces at the time of his talk. The latest was at the OnCue station just up the street at the 15th and I-35 Service Rd. intersection. I looked at it on the way home and it is a very impressive abstract piece. A list of the art pieces can be found at   An interactive map of most of the pieces is available online at   If you go the the Edmond Convention Center site you will find a list of many of the best of the pieces and a brief description of the art work and artist.

Randall  has been a big part of moving the structure of Edmond for over 40 years. He lists the Art in Public Places as probably the biggest impact due to the impact it will have long after his memory and any of ours has turned to vapor. We think so too!

Club president Koorosh Zahrai presented a $1000.00 check to Edmond Mobile Meals Executive Director, Cristi Twenter to support the 2018 "EdFest for Mobile Meals" event.  Last year this event raised enough funds to provide about 8,500 meals to needy individuals in our community. Over 5,000 people attended the event and this year looks like an even bigger turnout may happen.

Edmond Summit has made Mobile Meals one of our focus charities that we provide both financial and volunteer support through the year. Being an EdFest supporter with our donation is one way we are able to assist Edmond Mobile Meals in their goal of keeping more of Edmond's elderly and handicapped in their own homes for as long as possible by providing a daily meal and a contact by a volunteer Monday through Friday each week.

EdFest 2018 will be held October 12 at the Edmond Festival Marketplace beginning at 6:00 PM. There will be Music from Souled Out, Beer and Wine Garden, local Food Trucks, contests, and much more.  We will have more volunteer opportunities available also, so stay tuned!     

Soon-to-be outbound Exchange Student, Elizabeth Nichols, daughter of Jeff and Andrea Amos, spoke about her adventures at the Outbound Exchange Camp at Siloam Springs Arkansas, and ongoing issues with the Spanish consulate in obtaining her student visa at the Aug. 14th meeting.  Elizabeth is scheduled to leave for Madrid, Spain this Sept. 6th, and her visa will be ready Sept 12th! All despite working diligently with the State Department and the Spain Consulate, and the Madrid Sponsoring Rotary Host club! Ah,well, Elizabeth seemed to be taking it all in stride.  After surviving the week at the Rotary Exchange Camp she feels ready to take on nearly any challenge! 

Jeff, Andrea, and Elizabeth have been in Skype contact with the host parents in Madrid and are excited about the year that lies ahead for her. She will attend a local private school with the assistance of the host family, and experience first hand the immersion of the Spanish culture through the education system, living with a host family as one of their own, and travelling with Rotary sponsored groups on tours of Europe that equate to a once in a lifetime experience that right now is so close, yet has many loose ends to tie up.  Fingers Crossed for all the pegs to drop into the right slots and the visa and all required documents magically show up when and where needed!  

At left, Elizabeth speaks from the podium at the meeting. At right Proud dad, Jeff Amos, Elizabeth Nichols, (r)Youth Exchange Coordinator Jerry Burger. 

Everyone say a big "CIAO!" to our newest Rotary youth exchange student, Dorotea (Doddy) Gavellino from the city of Cagliari, on the Island of Sardinia, Italy. Doddy is pictured at left between District 5750 Youth Exchange Coordinator, Jerry Burger, and Rotary host "mom", Kayla Blount.  If Sardinia sounds familiar, it is the home island of our former exchange student Gaia Calia, also of Sardinia, but another city on the island.

Doddy will attend Edmond Memorial as a Junior for the entire school year and experience first hand, life as an American high school student. CIAO Doddy! We hope to do our best to make you feel welcome at our club and in Edmond schools. Please enjoy your year in the USA!

The latest Edmond Summit Rotary Youth Exchange Student to return from a year of immersion into another nation’s culture and education is Ashtyn Page. Ashtyn, pictured at left, presenting her slides at left, along with her father Brandon were present at the August 7th meeting and presented a synopsis of her experiences of spending a full school year in Alicante Spain, on the coast of the Mediterranean.  
    The Rotary Youth Exchange program is open to top level high school Juniors or Seniors who meet stringent requirements and pledge to commit themselves to being honorable examples of America’s best foot forward.  The requirement for language studies in the requested country is important since the student is immersed in the native language at the host home and in the school environment often for days with little time for interpretation.   Almost all students chosen are adaptable and capable of becoming fluent in 3-4 months. They must be capable of “surviving” during those first traumatic weeks until the brain starts to make the many connections and the mind, ears, and tongue all start to work as one.  Ashtyn indicated that at 4 months she was just becoming comfortable and by the 7th and 8th month she was virtually a “native” speaker. 
   The "Host Nation" Rotary clubs provide many gatherings for the international students where life-long friendships are made. The host families are, of course, like a second home family once the new has worn off and these friendships are also deep and life long.
Learning other cultures and other cultures learning from us are important steps to promoting world peace and understanding. The Rotary Youth Exchange Program leads the way in preparing future leaders in deepening the understanding between nations and helping one culture grow to accept another entirely different one.

Shown in picture in the right from left to right, Jerry Burger, District Youth Exchange Coordinator, Ashtyn Page, and Club President, Koorosh Zahrai.

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