11 August 2014 — Oh, The Places We’ll Go


Why do people join Rotary?  Is it because they want to be a member of a local Club, or something bigger?  As all Rotarians can attest, there are any number of reasons for joining Rotary.  Some join because they want to participate in service projects with like-minded people.  Others join to further their business through service with others who do business in the community.  

All these reasons have, as a foundation, the desire to give back through humanitarian projects locally, nationally, and globally.   This month in the Rotary E-Club of the Greater SFV, we are fortunate to have an opportunity to give back to the community.  On Sunday, August 17th, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, at Gelson’s in Sherman Oaks, we will host our quarterly Food Drive to benefit the Valley Food Bank.   If you’d like to join us, please contact Brenda Bradford (bwbradford@aol.com) for a shift assignment.

Interested?  Stay tuned to our Weekly Programs on our website (www.rotaryeclubgreatersfv.org), or stop by at our monthly Fourth Sunday Meeting (see our website for time and location) for more opportunities to participate in humanitarian service projects with the Rotary E-Club of the Greater San Fernando Valley.  

Linda Catran
President, 2014-2015


MONDAY, AUGUST 11 — 6:15pm — Club Board of Directors Meeting, The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, all Club Members always welcome, too.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17 — 10:00am to 4:00pm — ONE MORE ITEM FOOD DRIVE, Gelson’s Sherman Oaks, our sixth!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 — 12:30pm to 2:00pm — Our FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for August, with special guest speaker TBA and exciting team news! The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.

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.










The Rotary E-Club of New England is new to the Rotary World.  The key builder is Rotarian Greg Garofolo, a friend of our Club’s Programs Chair through the magic of social media.  It doesn’t hurt that, as he’s a Boston Red Sox fan and the Programs Chair is a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, we’re united in our un-Rotarian but quite honest hatred of the New York Yankees.

For this week’s program, we enjoy the opportunity to learn from Greg how they created the new Club they have created, how they balance what they do in the real world and online, and how they approach the concepts of Rotary.

Much of what they do is similar to what we do.  One key difference to keep in mind as we read this is that we have elected to maintain local-only membership–we are a local Rotary Club, as with all of the “terra Clubs” in the world, we just have a flexible meeting process–and you are participating in that flexibility right now.  Another is that the Rotary District that is the administrative home to Greg’s Club is quite different from our local District.

But, fundamentally, the only entity that matters is the Rotary Club.  Soak in the similarities and differences here, but as always please read our program material with the idea of sparking ideas for our Club to implement.

This essay was a recent online program for Greg’s Club, used by permission, of course, and we are grateful to Greg for sharing.  (He has even used one of our programs for his Club; like-minded Rotary Clubs can work together like that…)




(The Programs Chair also apologizes to Dr. Seuss; his title is “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” but in this case we are you.)


The opinions expressed by guest speakers, or in advertisements that appear on external websites linked to this program, are those of the speaker(s)/websites/advertisers and not necessarily of the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley or its members. No endorsement is implied. Programs are presented for informational purposes only.


4 responses to 11 August 2014 — Oh, The Places We’ll Go

  1. Sounds like some amazing work is being done in New England!!

  2. I would be interested in participating in an actual online meeting to see how it works. It seems like they use special software for that.

  3. Greg’s essay is inspiring, for it speaks to the importance of fellowship and collaboration. I appreciated what Greg wrote about the misconceptions that some potential members shared. I have heard some of the same questions uttered by colleagues and friends. The more community members learn about the wonderful impact Rotary has both locally and globally, the more likely it is for those same individuals to seek out a club and engage in meaningful service.

  4. What a thoughtful, well-written essay. I hope to get a chance to meet him one of these days when I’m in New England, to let him know how very much I appreciate his spot-on insights and observations.

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