Posted by James (Jim) Ferguson
Greeter this week: Lynne Ternosky

In 16 days seeds either germinate or not, reported to me by Ezequiel from Los Lagartos community in El Salvador.
I am working with a group of youth there whose dream it is to have a tree nursery and plant 20,000 trees in their region where there is no nursery. This is a new agro industry for their community that lost its main income source of coffee production.
The youth age 13-27 meet Saturdays to help their community and learn to work as a team. By evening they go home tired and are distracted from gang and drug life so prevalent in El Salvador, well anywhere really.
This group calls itself  "Superacion Entre Amigos". in English "overcoming among friends".

"What is the connection to the Rotary E-Club of Canada One", you ask? Several years ago, our club supported a small group of teenagers to learn prefabrication of houses and building them. These same  community leaders,  with no prefabrication materials but armed with knowledge and team spirit gathered locals to help a lady and her family build a house out of adobe to save her losing her land.
They then realized she had no food, so it was suggested in our emails he plant some vegetables on her small lot. The community saw this and started a nursery for vegetables with $5000 seed money. Soon they started a tilapia farm using tanks.
Now they want to start a tree nursery, and so picked up seeds that had fallen from native trees and found $.10 for plastic bags and began to germinate trees.
i am watching this grow. In 6 months their seeds will be trees ready for sale and they have bought a few from neighboring regions more advanced to sell.
With funds, they started a small rabbit farm for protein, waste for fertilizer and skins for crafts.
They have offered to revive and reforest a nature reserve with help of the Ministry of Environment in planning to celebrate with the Rotary E-Club of Canada One our Canada 150 project.
 More to come on this!

Inspirational Moment

Canadiana

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.
Following are some of the comments we have received. Would you send us your comments please?

I wouldn't call this video plus the aboriginal history video "enjoyable." But they are important topics for us to know and experience as best we can. It sure makes me thankful for what I have. Now I want to go home and hug my kids...
Dylan Bressey, RC of Swan City, Alberta, D-5370

I enjoyed the solar eclipse presentation, the prisoner program good and airline seating program was a nice change of pace.
Mark Rowe, RC of Calgary Heritage Park, Alberta, D-5360

Very inspirational-- saw 70% of the eclipse in Canada. Would like to see a total one someday. Peace on earth. Also loved the humour re the safety message on the plane.
Bill Bartley, RC of Canmore, Alberta, D-5360

Escape from Syria
It was enlightening to see the strength and reserve of those wanting to change the life situation they are in, but also disheartening that many take these safe life situations for granted.

Joseph Kapron, RC of Peterborough, Ontario, D-7010

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Sabine Gueffroy, who lives in Germany, joined our club on  March 27, 2017.
Sabine enjoys attending our web-based meetings, but due to the time difference she is unable to join any live meetings, and present her classification talk in person.
She has done a great job writing about herself.

Meet Sabine from her Classification Presentation

Feel free to send her a message at s.gueffroy@gmx.de
 
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A Little Humor
An elderly man is stopped by the police around 2 a.m. and is asked where he is going at this time of night.
The man replies, "I am on my way to attend a lecture about gambling, hookers, alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body, as well as smoking, and staying out late."
The officer then asks, "Really? Who is giving that lecture at this time of night?"
The man replies, "My wife."

New Members Corner
Submitted by Elly Contreras

Rotary's People of Action
Where others see problems, Rotary members see solutions. Our 1.2 million members see opportunities and possibilities in their communities around the world. Here are some of the stories of our People of Action.
For the past 60 years, the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island in Washington, has held an annual auction and rummage sale that raised more than $7 million.
The long-term success of the auction has made it a cultural event. Proceeds of the event help almost every corner of their community, including feeding the hungry through the local food bank, buying cribs for infants in need, funding a school robotics program and helping seniors with dental care.

Rotary Minute/Food for Thought
Submitted by Peter Denooy

Why Our Service Organizations Are Dying (and how to fix them)
by Michael Brand

Nothing more American than a service club.  Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, IOOF, Altrusa, Shriners......   Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville rode all over the United States in the 1830s and was struck by the influence of religious, fraternal and civic organizations, and secret societies, on American democracy and concluded that they made communities stronger, more interesting, and more engaged.
But there are some reason for concern. All of these service clubs, once the backbone of community life in America, have been in significant decline over the past 2-3 decades.

Read more HERE

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Submitted by Peter Denooy

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