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Shellie Peterson
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The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club is a diverse group of engaged individuals participating through friendship and camaraderie in opportunities to serve our community and other communities around the world.
Pat Love - The Biggest Thing We Don't Talk About
Guest Speaker: Dr. Pat Love spoke on the topic “The Biggest Problem That No One Talks About”.
Pat started with saying that this malady #1 is more highly correlated with early morbidity than obesity, smoking and drug abuse. #2 It is also correlated with violence, careless acts and substance abuse. #3 It is not as simple as you might think. This condition is “loneliness”. The greatest predictor of longevity is close social contacts.
She talked about these five questions as an antidote to loneliness.
#1. Who Are You? Specifically, what are your core values, what do you stand for, what are the principals, traits that without which you would not be you. An example is Kindness something that you do daily and can affirm at the end of each day.
#2. Are you connected? Are there at least three people in your life that show up when needed, are tuned in, they understand you and their behavior shows it.
#3. Are you in community? Do you feel good about the community where you live? Do you have a sense of belonging, connected and secure in your community?
#4. Are your talents being utilized in meaningful work? Is your work a job, a career or avocation? An avocation is a calling like who you are. Are your talents utilized in meaningful work? If your work is not meaningful, there is a missing element that contributes to a feeling of loneliness.
#5. Are you living out the purpose of your life as referred to by author Rick Warren in his book “The Purpose Driven Life”?  One of his notable quotes is “Being successful and fulfilling your life purpose are not at all the same thing: you can reach all your personal goals, become a raving success by the worlds standards and still miss your purpose in this life.”
In closing, Pat stated that it is “smarter to strive for contentment than happiness”
News & Happenings
Invocation: Cindy Galabota
               Speech by Former Coke Cola CEO Bryan Dyson: Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. They are Work, Family, Health, Friends, and Spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls-Family, Health, Friends and Spirit- are made of glass. If you drop one of these they will be irrevocably scuffed, mark, nicked, damaged or even shatter. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. There is more to this speech that you may find online.
Pledge of Allegiance: Jeff Switzer
Song by Kim Moore: Jolly Good Fellow
Guess of Rotarians: Ken Peterson guest and spouse of our President Shellie Peterson
                                     Kathleen McFadden guest of Pat Love
                                     Laura Eastland guest of Pat Love
President Shellie announced the Rotary Board meeting scheduled for tomorrow.
Kim Moore announced that there will be a celebration of life for Lassie Olin’s husband   Larry Olin on January 19 at 1: 00 pm at PLPOA.
Cindi Galabota circulated a sign-up sheet for others to do invocations. With 52 weeks per year each member would only have to do one per year.
Livia Lynch announced the scholarship committee meeting immediately following today’s Rotary meeting
Theo our exchange student wished us all a Happy New Year and that he enjoyed celebrating Christmas with food and presents. He went skiing 5 times and fell two times with no injuries reported. His wrestling is going well and he’s excited about tournaments this weekend. Theo calls his family 1-2 times per month.
Cata likewise wished us all Happy New Year.
She enjoyed Christmas but noted that celebrations were different from home. She went ice skating and had difficulty standing. She then went to Durango and spent time with Rotary friends. She has her last swim meet this Friday and hope the team does well. She was home sick during the Christmas holidays and does call her family back home daily.
Lisa Scott gave us an update about previous inbound exchange student Leo who sent a letter stating that he really missed Pagosa and the mountains, the snow, the school, the soccer team and talking in front of the Rotary Club.  She also heard from Ana of Brazil who was a Pagosa exchange student in 2007-8.  She informed that she will be visiting Pagosa Springs this year in September.
Introduction of new Rotary members: Bryan Wentzel and Cindy Heitz were welcomed and introduced as new Rotary Club Members by Sam Pittmon. They were each given a certificate of membership, a Rotary Pin and a Rotary badge by David Campbell.  They each talked briefly about themselves and were given a warm welcome applause by all club members.
Sunshine and showers by Betty Switzer.  David Smith had a sunshine for recently deceased Rotary member Dick Bond. He told the story of Dick that occurred about 12 years ago. They were working on a project in Pakistan and Dick initiated a fund-raising campaign to raise money for a supply vehicle to be used in Pakistan. He requested donations of 42 (the # of years he had been in Rotary) such as 42 cents, 42 dollars or 4200 dollars. He apparently raised 12-14,000 dollars which was enough to make the purchase. David finished the story with “Let the sun shine where ever Dick is”.
Kim Moore shared a sunshine for Dick Bond saying that his wife Mary reported that they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the fall with a 5-week tour of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She also stated that Dick died from ALS.  Kim finished her comments with “Dick was a kind man”. Kim shared another sunshine stating the she attended the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena.  Jessie Formwalt shared a shower that her mother passed on December 22 with a donation equal to her age at death.  Meg Whitman gleefully shared a sunshine that her favorite college football team the Clemson Tigers won the National Championship game.Cindy Galabota shared a sunshine in honoring Dave Richardson for volunteering to teach her students chemistry.
January is Vocational Service Month
Find inspiring examples of ways to take action through vocational service. Consider doing some of the described activities
or introducing similar ones in your club. Alternately, you may want to expand on current efforts.

Rotary emphasizes integrity and high ethical standards. Two standards developed by Rotarians — The Four-Way Test and the Rotarian Code of
Conduct — provide a road map for ethical behavior in the workplace and other areas of life.


The Four-Way Test was conceived in 1932 by businessman Herbert J. Taylor, a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, who served as Rotary International president in 1954-55. Having taken on the task of saving a company from bankruptcy, Taylor developed the test as an ethical guide to follow in all business matters. The company’s survival was credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary International in 1934, The Four-Way Test remains an essential standard against which Rotarians measure ethical behavior.

It has been translated into dozens of languages and promoted by Rotarians worldwide.
Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all

The Rotarian Code of Conduct provides a framework for ethical behavior that all Rotarians can use, together with The Four-Way Test,
in their business and professional activities. As part of Rotary’s guiding principles and the Avenues of Service, Vocational Service calls on Rotarians to empower others by using
their unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new professional opportunities and interests. This handbook can help you gain a better understanding of vocational service and provide you with ideas to practice it through your service activities, in your personal life, and in your career.

As a Rotarian, I will

1. Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life
2. Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect
3. Use my professional skills through Rotary to mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world
4. Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians
Bulletin Editor
Shellie Peterson
Jan 17, 2019
Pitcher History
Jan 31, 2019
Report of this years' Bell Ringing efforts
Mar 07, 2019
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