30 November 2015 — Why Everything (and Everyone) is Local


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The calendar year finishes quietly, with only the December 13 informal holiday party on the calendar. We look forward to the launch of a huge second half of this 2015-2016 Rotary Year.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for January! Speaker TBA.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Richard; Pledge, Linda C; Four-Way Test, TBA; Rotary Minute, TBA; Mini Craft Talk: Daniele.)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING in The Fireplace Room at 11:00 a.m.


We have launched our Clunkers4Charity fundraiser! If you know of anyone (yourself included) who wants or needs to donate a car for tax purposes, send them to our website…and to the Clunkers4Charity “Link” you see at the right side of this page. Funds we raise will go right into the community for our projects.




This month’s Rotary E-Club E-wareness campaign presents information about anti-bullying efforts.  Throughout the month our Club will provide resources gathered by our Club Members.  The information will be helpful to you and to the people you care about. Click here to visit the Campaign page.












Rotary International is, as the name suggests, international in scope. Fundamentally, however, the Rotary universe is a network of approximately 34,000 Rotary Clubs, each dedicated to serving a local community. As Rotary International itself suggests in creating a template for a Club Brochure–that’s the brochure’s front-page image here on this page–“It’s All Local.” Even our Club’s international projects are, fundamentally, very local to the people we serve, whether orphans in Mexico or new business owners in Uganda.

That concept inspired the question: what does local really mean? In a vast and global interconnected world, people of different backgrounds find themselves on one place–which becomes their “local.”

There was a time, in a previous Rotary Club around town, when the Membership included people born in the United States, Canada, India, Bangladesh, Japan, and Israel. Yet, to that Club and its Members, “local” was Sherman Oaks.

What does local really mean? This interesting TED Talk asks that question and suggests a new answer…and that the question “where are you from” should never define you. This week’s Program, we hope, provides another helping of food for thought as we consider how we find our place and what it means to be local.

The speaker is author and photographer Taiye Selasi and you can read a brief bio here.

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



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3 responses to 30 November 2015 — Why Everything (and Everyone) is Local

  1. Eloquent presentation. Love the concepts discussed. I’m from Orange County, but am truly a Valley Girl at heart.

  2. “Where are you from?” has always been an interesting question…especially depending on the tone used, the location where the question is posed, who is doing the asking, and at what point in one’s life it is asked. If a person is the sum total of all of his/her experiences, the answer becomes all the more interesting. Thank you for sharing.

  3. A vague question such as, ” Where are you from?” Shouldn’t result in such a complex answer. That question is generally used to say, ” Where were you born?” Which there is only one answer. If you misinterpret it as, ” Where were you raised?” Then if you were raised all over the world I’d expect such a complex answer.
    Maybe the vague question needs to be more refined?

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