Greeter this week: Delwen Stander
Delwen Stander is the Official Poet Laureate for the Rotary E-club of Canada One
Keats famously wrote, "Much have I travelled in the realms of gold, and many goodly states and kingdoms seen".  And how true a statement that is about reading!  It exposes us to the riches and wealth of knowledge, and expands our intellectual horizons so that we may journey beyond our parochial confines. 
One of the greatest things that our e-Club does is sponsor the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Tuktoyaktuk. Given that our Rotary theme for 2015/2016 is "Be a Gift to the World", then this project is indeed an embodiment of that idea.  Not only are we giving the gift of literacy to the children of this community, but we are also giving the gift of knowledge.  Well-read children become better educated than others, they are exposed to thoughts and topics from outside their geographic areas, their choices of employment are expanded, and, perhaps most important, they are given the potential to become leaders who often end up being their own gifts to the world.
My Rotary Christmas poem this year, a sonnet, is inspired by this project of ours up in the Northwest Territories.
Merry Christmas!
A Gift to the World
In Tuktoyaktuk, in the morning cold,
Where sun is but a rumour to the South,
Aurora borealis, green and bold,
Has moments since its dance across the mouth,
Of heaven ceased, and disappeared with blue,
And orange swish, revealing half-obscure,
No more, the canopy of stars whose hue,
Illuminates infinite worlds demure.
There little hands on Christmas day reach out,
Past mother’s laps to grasp new books, no doubt,
Whose words and pictures tell of giants stout,
Or elephants – unknown on Beaufort’s tide,
Each line expanding new horizons wide,
And countless treasures gifting minds inside.

Delwen Stander
December, 2015
Inspirational Moment
Submitted by Vicki

Comments from our Guests and Members
Members and guest attending our weekly meetings are very important to us. Based on your comments we are able to produce many more educational, inspiring and entertaining weekly meetings.
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I also learned that PEACE is not a VERB!! I LOVE THAT!! I enjoyed Mr Solomon's authenticity and openness!  A human being willing to take a risk is someone who will make a difference in our world!  I really enjoyed the Inspirational discussion too.  Great Meeting! Thanks...
Colleen Milne, Rotary E-Club of Canada One, D-5370

This man left me in awe. I could not relate to my fears in relation to Chris Hadfield's stories. Most of the experiences that created terrible fear in me where as a result of unplanned, unrehearsed acts of stupidity that turned out rather badly: More like "The science of Stupid" than real science and risk analysis.
Jean-Michel Crepin, Rotary E-Club of Canada One, D-5370

I appreciate the concept of fear being separate from actual danger.  But I still don't like spiders.....
Amy Stevenson, Rotary Club of Campbell River, D-5020

It was a very insightful look into weather schools destroy creativity.  I can say that I can agree with a few of the comments, but I also think as Canadians we are exposed to one of the best education systems in the world.  This means we are exposed to programs such as music, arts that other countries do not think as important.  Therefore we are very exposed to creativity, and we should continue to cherish that.
Agamani Chakrabarty, Rotary E-Club of Canada One, D-5370
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A Little Humor

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Rotary Minute
Submitted by Elly
Rotary recognizes six women for their leadership
Rotary's Global Women of Action discussed their projects during the annual Rotary Day at the UN in New York City on 7 November. These Rotarians have organized and led efforts that have improved the lives of thousands around the world. Read more about the Global Women of Action.
Food for Thought
Submitted by Elly

Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., Girl Receiving her first DPIL book from the E-Club of Canada One

WHAT IF... money does buy happiness after all?
RESEARCH SAYS: Money does buy happiness...if it's spent for the benefit of others. Scientists have found that spending money on others leads to higher levels of happiness than spending money on yourself. They also found that the giving doesn't have to be extravagant. Even spending as little as $5 on others has positive emotional benefits.
TRY THIS: Yep. You guessed it. Spend money on others! Find a cause you're passionate about to support, buy a special gift for someone close to you, treat someone in need to a spectacular lunch.  Reap the happiness of money through giving.

Rotary Jukebox
Donate to our E-Club below and request a song.
Every week we'll have a draw and the lucky person will see their song displayed!
Requested and Donated by Lynne Ternosky

"I would like to dedicate this song to my mother Isla Mae Gordon McLeod and my father Samuel Malcolm Hurd McLeod"

Speaker Program
Submitted by Anre

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