8 August 2016 — Empowering Those With Intellectual Disabilities


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, AUGUST 28 — 12:30pm to 2:00 pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for August! Speaker: Rotary District 5280 Governor Greg O’Brien, making his “Official Visit” to our CLub, as each annual District Governor does once.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Roy; Pledge, Daniele; Four-Way Test, Yoko; Rotary Minute, TBA.)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING that morning at 11:15 is instead the annual “business meeting” where the District Governor meets with the Club’s Board of Directors; the Board Meeting itself will be scheduled on a different date/time TBA and likely by conference call.


The Club’s sixteenth One More Item Food drive on August 7 saw four empty Valley Food Bank barrels fill up to overflowing before the end of the day at Gelson’s Sherman Oaks, where generous shoppers gave us XXXX pounds of non-perishable food to help the Food Bank serve those in need around the Valley. Our lifetime total is now over XXXX pounds. (TBA when the Food Bank lets us know the final count.)

President Brenda and Sharon at the East Door.

President Brenda and Sharon at the East Door.

Sara, Daniele, and Linda W at the West Door.

Sara, Daniele, and Linda W at the West Door.

One of the four full barrels at the end.

One of the four full barrels at the end.












With the Summer Games in Rio in full swing, it seemed a good time for a reminder that other forms of the Olympics are empowering to many people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to be a champion. Matthew Williams explains why one underserved community can thrive.

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


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8 responses to 8 August 2016 — Empowering Those With Intellectual Disabilities

  1. WOW! What a powerful statement and inspiration. Having spent my teen years working with a variety of intellectually disabled children, I know the truth that Matthew speaks. Acceptance is key. I especially enjoyed the comments regarding the record-breaking Power Lifter from Newfoundland. WooHoo!

  2. An extremely inspiring choice for today’s program. Thank you. It filled my heart and brightened my spirits.

  3. In his TED Talk, Mathew Williams truly exemplifies the spirit of Special Olympians. Thanks to our Programs Chair for highlighting these amazing athletes.

  4. Super good TED talk. Thank you.
    I’ve had the privilege of teaching both art and piano students with intellectual disabilities over the past 25 years. One is now a successful adult in charge of the filming of student events at a University. He can read and play piano music and draw and paint just about anything. We correspond on FB regularly. It’s an honor to have been his teacher for over a decade.

  5. What an inspiring talk. It is wonderful to see the impact that the Special Olympics has had on participants as well as the general public.

  6. Very inspirational. Thank you!

  7. Wonderful!! I’ve worked with many special needs adults who have been involved with the Special Olympics. The joy on their faces when they talk about their experiences are priceless.

  8. My amazing cousin, Bobby, has participated in the Special Olympics and proudly displays his medals. Words cannot express how meaningful the games are to the participants as well as their friends and family members.

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