28 November 2016 — Teamwork and Team Building


Effective July 1, 2016, by new Rotary International rule, Clubs must meet a minimum of twice each month, regardless of format (in person or online) or date/time. Accordingly, our Club has adopted a policy of two meetings per month, on a mid-month Monday at noon and the usual Fourth Sunday in-person meeting. If time and topic call for additional online Programs, we will be pleased to provide them.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 — 12:30pm to 2:00 pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for November (even if it lands in December, pushed back to avoid U.S. Thanksgiving Weekend)! LOCATION: Denny’s Sherman Oaks, corner of Burbank and Sepulveda Boulevards, our first time in the newly-renovated location. Board Meeting precedes main meeting (Directors: follow the e-mails, this meeting may be conducted online).









Our program is curated by President Brenda Bradford, who offers this accompanying message:

Teamwork: cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause.

The very thought harkens back to high school when we were assigned the dreaded group project. I think most of us disliked the extra effort involved in planning and implementing a group project even as it taught us valuable life skills. We quickly learned the ups and downs of working as a group and how best to thrive as a team.

Little did we know we’d be faced with group projects throughout our adult lives. Planning family outings, evenings out with friends, group travel, and yes, Rotary Club projects all involve teamwork.

As we enter the holiday season we will be faced with many instances where teamwork is a necessity. From decorating for the holidays to preparing a family dinner we will be challenged to work together for the greater good. I know, as Rotarians, you will rise to the occasion.

I leave you with this quote:

Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. — Vince Lombardi

Have a wonderful December!!


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


The second important piece of this week’s Program is here on this webpage, where you will find excellent ideas for efficient team actions.


Finally, this additional and very enjoyable TED Talk serves as a supplement to this week’s program, with a whimsical but still serious look at why collaboration and civilization go together.

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


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6 responses to 28 November 2016 — Teamwork and Team Building

  1. Extremely interesting. Thank you for the video.

  2. Interesting..I have found that each team member serves a unique gift to bring to the table. It takes a team made up of va. We each contribute from our individual experience & ability. There is also, usually in successful teams a sence of familiarity,fellowship, friendship..

  3. An important message, especially right now. And entertaining as well as informative. Thanks for sharing this, Brenda.

  4. Nice. I’ve found that groups succeed when the emphasis is on Friendship and Fun regardless the goal.

  5. Thanks Brenda. Maybe we should try the spaghetti/marshmallow project. There seem to be lots of lessons there.

  6. Without collaboration and cooperation, our growth is limited. We are limited by our own ideas, perspectives, and even energy levels at times. With a growth mindset and the willingness to maximize our potential, we are capable of great things that in turn inspire others to do more great things. Mistakes and small failures truly teach us more than immediate successes, especially when we learn, together, how to grow.

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