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Hope and Fear
A week ago, just before Christmas, I wrote an email to all Rotarians in District 7190 about Hope.  It was a good theme for the time of year. a time when most people and most faith traditions are celebrating in some way or another.  And, I always had in mind that I would follow my email about Hope with an email about Fear, which would be timed to coincide with the beginning of a new year - 2018.
Not to suggest for even one minute that we all should be fearful about this coming year.  Quite the opposite, actually.  It would be too easy to succumb to fear, in a time when lots of our community and political discussions are focused on division and not unity, on differences between us and not the values that we commonly hold.
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking in front of a group of elementary school students from Giffen Elementary School in Albany.  The Albany Rotary Club had organized an assembly event for the kids, and asked the chorus from the Beverwyck Senior Living Community to come and sing Christmas carols with them. When I got there Moses Kunda (Pres, Albany RC) asked me to speak for 5 minutes to the students.  I hadn't really expected that, but I told him I would. 
A very small group of singers from the school got up to sing a few songs, which gave me a moment to think about what I might say. And that's when I spied one of those fantastic Rotary pull up banners across the way, up on the stage, proudly displaying the Four Way Test.  So I decided that I should try to explain to them about the Four Way Test and how important it is in the lives of Rotarians. 
When it was my time I stood up and pointed to the banner.  I asked them if they always told the truth and asked if telling the truth was an important thing to try to do.  Yes!  And what did they think about fairness?  How did they feel if someone treated them unfairly, and did they feel better about themselves and others when things seemed to be fair?  Yes!  What about friends?  Wasn't it great to have friends, to play with and be with and do nice things for?  Yes!  And how about this big word - beneficial?  What did that mean?  It means that we can all do things which help other people out.  Isn't it good when someone helps us out?  Yes!
When I was done I inducted them all into Rotary on the spot, making them junior Rotarians, and encouraged them to remember that telling the truth, being fair, making good friends, and helping others were good things to do all the time.
And then I sat down.
Countdown to the RI Convention in Toronto, June 23-27, 2018
We are about ten months away from a very exciting opportunity for Rotarians and friends from District
7190 to attend an RI Convention close to home. The convention will be held in Toronto, Canada, less
than a day’s drive from anywhere in District 7190. No need for plane tickets, or long international flights.
No language issues. This chance will likely not come again in many years! I have asked DG Fred to allow
me to help promote this great event.
The District is encouraging all Rotarians to make the effort to attend this RI International Convention.
Many Rotarians believe that you cannot truly understand the impact of Rotary without attending one of
these meetings. Don’t miss this opportunity!
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