10 November 2014 — Tribes and Movements


What do you see that needs changing?

How will you make connections? With whom?

These questions, among others, are raised in the TED Talk which is our program this week. In his talk, Seth Godin gives us much food for thought…and discussion. Consider the premise of the talk, and post your perspectives in the comments section, below. How can we apply these concepts to the E-Club? How does it apply to what we do as Rotarians?

Projects in the works at the E-Club currently include our E-wareness campaign – this month curated by Roy Glickman. Click on the E-wareness link in the right-side menu to read about how Bone Marrow donation saves lives, and check back each week for resources and more information on this important issue.

Also coming up is our quarterly One More Item Food Drive at Gelson’s in Sherman Oaks, from 10 am to 4pm, on Sunday, November 16th. Do your shopping at Gelson’s next week, and buy just One More Item to donate to the Valley Food Bank to be distributed to those in need.

Make a change…and have a good week!

Linda Catran
President, 2014-2015


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 — 6:15pm  — Club Board of Directors Meeting, The Fireplace Room at Denny’s. All Club Members always welcome.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16 — 10:00pm to 4:00pm — The next ONE MORE ITEM FOOD DRIVE, in support of Valley Food Bank, at Gelson’s in Sherman Oaks.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 — 12:30pm to 2:00pm — Our FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for November! Our special guest speaker is Carolina Sheinfeld, a former Rotary Peace Scholar who serves as Project Coordinator at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’ Torture Survivors Project.  The Peace Scholars program is a signature effort of The Rotary Foundation,  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.





This month’s Rotary E-Club E-wareness campaign presents information about bone marrow donation.  Throughout the month our Club will provide resources gathered by our Club Member Roy Glickman, this month’s coordinator.  The information will be helpful to you and to the people you care about.  See the campaign by clicking here.









How to Rotary Clubs lead?  Not leadership with a Club, or within the structure of the concept known as “Rotary,” but in the community and in the world?

In 2009, Seth Godin presented a Ted Talk about movements and how they change the world; about tribes, and how we find them and lead them to build movements.  Mr. Godin’s presentation offers a lot of food for thought about two aspects of Rotary that might not be immediately obvious.

He is talking about Rotary Club Membership Development.  How do we gather people to our team to become part of our movement to change the world for the better, one child learning to read at a time, one family down on its luck getting a meal, two sides of a conflict achieving peace?

His is talking about service.  What are the problems we see in the world, and how do we gather the tribe, the resources, to solve those problems?

He may not have known he was talking about us, but he was.  What else about our team, our tribe, do you hear in this presentation?  And how can we use these ideas to accomplish even more?


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1 response to 10 November 2014 — Tribes and Movements

  1. I am in accord with what Seth Godin proposes herein. The fact is that it is through the small, incremental efforts of individuals that change is made. Movements are very much the ripples in a pond, caused by one stone being dropped in. We can very much look at our membership development efforts in a similar fashion. For every new member, there are – or should be – perhaps a dozen invitations or more of individuals to whom the opportunity to explore and, hopefully, join Rotary. But it is not so much a question of “whom have you offended?” Meaning, simply, “how many people have you approached with your idea?” Our “idea” is “Service Above Self.” So the question for us is “with whom have you shared Rotary?” 1983-84 R.I. President Bill Skleton had as his official president’s theme, “Share Rotary — Serve People.” In order to effectively do the latter, we must continuously do the first.

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