1 September 2014 — PDG John T. Capps, from PETS


I am currently writing this from a comfy couch in Chicago, just down the way from the headquarters of Rotary International.  But in the true spirit of the E-Club it matters neither where I am, nor where you are, because we can all come together here – in our virtual meeting place.  Welcome!

Labor Day.  For many, it represents the last day of Summer, though neither school vacations, nor the official season, end on Labor Day.  Some see it as the last day to wear white clothing, but even that formal tradition has faded somewhat in recent years.  Labor Day, however, was established as a holiday for a reason.

According to Wikipedia, “Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.”

This week, in the spirit of Labor Day, let’s openly express appreciation to those who work hard everyday to make a living, support their families and, in the process, contribute the the benefit of our communities and to the well-being of our country.  Also, take a look at the John T. Capps presentation for ways that hard-working Rotarians make a difference around the world.


Linda Catran
President, 2014-2015


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 — 6:15pm  — Club Board of Directors Meeting, The Fireplace Room at Denny’s. All Club Members always welcome.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 — 7:00pm to 10:00pm — FIFTH ANNUAL DANCE FOR THE CHILDREN, in support of The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Fund and continuing the eradication of polio, Arthur Murray Sherman Oaks, 4633 Van Nuys Boulevard, just south of the 101 in Sherman Oaks.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 — 12:30pm to 2:00pm — Our FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for September! We have a special program planned, focused on “Vocational Service” (October is Vocational Service Month in Rotary and we’ll kick it off with this program), understanding how we use our businesses and professions in the furtherance of service.  Our special guest speaker is Alex Guerrero, Chief Operating Officer of Valley Economic Development Corporation (VEDC), which provides high-quality economic development services in its mission to create and sustain jobs and businesses in our community.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.




This month’s Rotary E-Club E-wareness campaign will present information about suicide prevention.  Late this month one entire online program will be focused on the topic, and our Club will provide resources gathered by our Club Members Reed Galloway and Sharon Gorrell, this month’s coordinators.  Stand by for information we hope will be helpful to you and to the people you care about.









PDG John T. Capps, who served in 1985-86 as District Governor of District 7730 (Southeastern North Carolina) (yes, the direction known as “west” feels left out), is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Rotary universe.  You’re about to find out why.  He is a member (and was Charter President) of the Rotary Club of Morehead City Noon, serving again in their 25th year “because only three people were around to remember the first term.”

The plan had been a one-on-Skype interview with the fabulous John T., but technical difficulties intervened.  John T. spoke at PETS (Presidents-Elect Training Seminar) in February of 2014 to the Presidents-Elect of the Clubs in six Southern California and Nevada Districts, and while our first choice had been a discussion about the importance of youth and Rotary youth programs, we’ll have to settle for this rip-roaring talk from a few months ago.  Watch the volume controls on your computer!

If the embedded video does not work, please click here to view it on YouTube.


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1 response to 1 September 2014 — PDG John T. Capps, from PETS

  1. John T. Capps’ excitement is contagious! Great ideas, fun presentation.

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