The 73rd Convention, Dallas, June 6-9 with 13,222 in attendance

 The 73rd Convention, Dallas, June 6-9 with 13,222 in attendance

  Stanley E. McCaffrey, 

 (Moraga, California, USA) 

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It has always been an attempt on the part of the Rotary as well as all those responsible in the club to improve the life of fellow Rotarians as well as other people.

In today’s times, lives are no more simple and the level of stress has increased many folds. This has resulted in people not having the time to look after themselves or even spend enough time to cook healthy meals for themselves. With poor lifestyles and compromised dietary habits come conditions like obesity.

Obesity currently is one of the biggest problems that is sadly on the rise. Not only does it affect the person aesthetically and affect the person’s self-confidence but it also brings along with it many other problems. These include conditions like accumulation of fats over organs that hinder its normal functioning. These conditions include cardiovascular diseases, increased levels of cholesterol, high blood pressure. It also increases the risk of diabetes and the locomotor system of the body also takes a toll. As it brings along with it conditions like arthritis that makes movement difficult.

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The main ingredients of CocoSlimmer are natural coconut, this helps to increase the level of natural good cholesterol which is known as HDL. It also helps in reducing the abdominal fat and fats from the waist. It is also important in reducing the risk of cardio vascular conditions in the body as well as arthritis.

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‘Light Up Rotary’

RI president 14/15 Gary C.K. Huang chooses ‘Light Up Rotary’ as the presidential theme for 2014-15.
Photo Credit: Alyce Henson/Rotary International

RI President 14/15 Gary Huang: This is my challenge to you. How you Light Up Rotary, how you light your own candle, is up to you “Light up Rotary.”

Confucius once said: “It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness.” Although the Chinese philosopher died nearly 2,400 years before Rotary was founded, RI President 2014/15 Gary C.K. Huang calls him “the world’s first Rotarian.” Inspired by his teachings, Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15.

“There are so many problems in the world, so many people that need help. Many people say, ‘There’s nothing I can do.’ So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark,” Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.

“The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world,” said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.

After announcing his theme at the opening session of the five-day training meeting, Huang urged club members to Light Up Rotary in the coming year by hosting a Rotary Day in their community and including local Rotaract and Interact members in their service projects.

“How you Light Up Rotary is up to you,” Huang said. “You know where you are strong, you know what your community needs, and you know how you can help.”

Huang also shared his membership development goals, including the need for more women and young adults and his goal to increase membership to a total of 1.3 million members. He asked Rotarians to invite their spouses, family members, and friends to join Rotary.“We need to assume leadership for building strong clubs, and that starts with bringing in new members,” he said.

Addressing the status of the fight against polio, Huang noted that with the current momentum Rotary is on track to achieve full polio eradication by 2018.

“When we eradicate polio � and we will � we will have proved ourselves an organization capable of great things. And we’ll be even better equipped for the next challenge we choose to take on. We’ll have given the world a gift that will endure forever,” he said.

By continuing to fight against polio, setting an example in local communities, and growing membership, Huang hopes to see Rotary shine brighter than ever.

Light Up Rotary is our theme, but it is more than our theme. It is how we live in Rotary, how we think in Rotary, how we feel, how we work,” Huang said. “It is how we make a difference � every day, in every club, every district, and every country where we serve.”

Source: Rotary International

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Rick King

No longer active
The founding of a Rotary Fellowship is based on the idea that more than one person has a passion for an avocation or hobby.  As my husband, Don, and I roamed the Friendship House and various booths at the San Antonio RI Convention, I never imagined that some mysterious force would stop me in front of Graham Money from South Africa.  I was carting around the materials I needed signed to begin a Rotary fellowship for dog lovers.  I had worked on a name that was fairly universal (fido) and was trying to figure out how to accomplish my task.  After a couple of minutes talking with Graham about his Rotary Club project, the conversation moved to fellowships.  I told him what I was trying to start a fellowship for dog lovers and he immediately said “me, too!”  And, any of you that know Graham, he’s quick to action!  He was having dinner with then RI President-elect Rick King, who is also wild about dogs.  By the next day, he had Rick signed on as our Honorary Chair.  I chased down every DG I could find from multiple countries to sign my paperwork.  Although exciting and exhausting, we accomplished our task and were approved as a Fellowship in November of 2001.

Dogs can make such a great difference to our lives on a daily basis. They bring in abundance joy and a bundle of energy that never seems to tire. Even if you are a little under the weather, they can sense it and make it their responsibility to get you out of your chair and back to your old self, within minutes. They try and get you to play with them, they make you move around and as a result, you start feeling better and you are distracted from whatever problem you are facing.

Taking care of a dog is a full time job too and that can keep you occupied well enough, to make you forget not only your problems but your regular routine too. There will be times when a dog owner loses track of time because they were so engrossed in giving their furry pet a nice long bath, only to see them run out into the garden and roll around in dirt.

Dogs are pure joy and only do owners can understand how owning a dog is not a responsibility but joy. One stands to gain a lot from having one of those loyal creatures next to them.

Apart from the joy factor, they get you into physical shape too. No matter how many cups of Chocolate Slim, you consume, you will still need some exercise if you want to lose those extra pounds fast or just stay in shape. When you run with your dog, you will never realize how long you have been running or how many calories you have burnt. This is because, there is no clock around and you are not running on a treadmill with a timer.

When you run so much, you are physically active and will be fit in no time. Whether you play with your dog, give it a bath or walk it, you are getting a good amount of exercise. And, if you are taking care of the dog all by yourself, you tend to get more exercise.

This is why we at Rotary wanted to host a fellowship for all dog owners. No matter how much you love dogs, you cannot share the experience of owning one. Owning a dog and just playing with it once in a while are two completely different situations.

When you own a dog, you are responsible for it completely, all the time. There is no pause on the responsibility clock. When they are growing up, not only will they eat a lot of food, thus increasing your monthly expenses, but they will knock down quite a number of things too. When you don’t own a dog, you will not experience all this.

Going to a dog shelter and playing with them is a big deal but it is not the same as adopting one. Only one dog owner can understand what another owner can go through. Hence when such Rotarians get together, there will be a number of dog stories to share and laugh about, thus fostering friendship and cementing some friendships for life.

A dog is not just a man’s best friend, sometimes it helps him find that best friend in another dog owner.

Traveling and Hosting

Traveling and Hosting

The ITHF has grown from the original experiences of an American Rotarian and his wife who “connected” with several Europeans during an extended visit there in 1986.  As a result, they discovered many Rotarians who were prepared to offer hospitality as a chance to meet and enjoy fellowship with foreign Rotarians. Thus the idea of ITHF was born.

Only when people mingle and meet other people will they get to know them and this will widen their relationship horizon. When people meet, they tend to discuss general things and then move on to topics that interest them. In this process, they get to know each other very well and discover similar interests.

Rotary needs people who are interested in helping the mankind by really contributing rather than just sending a cheque. These members should be willing to spend good money and quality time on the number of projects taken up by the organization.

When we don’t move around and meet people, we tend to live in our own world and assume everything is limited. When you move around and meet people, which this fellowship stands for, you get to discover a lot of new information about other members and countries too. This will give rise to many new projects and encourages people to join the organization.

When people go to a foreign location, they are keen to learn new things and experience something new. They go to a foreign land with a blank mind or a prejudiced notion that has been created by someone who has already been there. But only after going to the place and getting to know the local people can they have an opinion about the country.

In such attempts to know each other is where new rotary ideas and projects are born. We find new members who want to come onboard to serve the mankind. Just like how weight conscious people swear by Eco Slim, Rotarians swear by such experiences that adds value to them both personally and socially.

In 1989, an Australian Rotarian and his wife, on tour in the USA, contacted these same Americans. All were members of the Home Exchange Fellowship and had listed their preference to exchange visits rather than houses. The Australians had the same idea. Contact and arrangements were made and from those small beginnings the ITHF has evolved over the past twelve years. The fellowship was formally started at the International Convention in Portland in 1990. Later, adding group tours to the list of member benefits, the ITHF arranged a “Down Under” tour in 1993 for 38 members who traveled through Australia for three weeks staying in the homes of Rotarians. Then, in 1995, 33 members traveled for 16 days through Europe. Subsequently, 73 signed on to a most successful “Celtic Capers” tour of England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. In 1999, 86 ITHFers congregated in Hong Kong to begin a phenomenal 16 day “Into the Orient” tour which included the International Convention in Singapore. All of our tours are in conjunction with International Conventions and so in 2000 56 members met in Rio de Janiero to tour into Buenos Aires and just this summer we had 75 members tour through Portugal and Spain on the way to the Barcelona International Convention. From a simple start in Portland, with 300 members, we have grown to 2800 members and and spouses in 350 districts and in 70 countries. Most new members are signed up at the International Conventions and we had 107 join us in Barcelona.

The Contribution of Donald MacRae

The Contribution of Donald MacRae



There are many venues where organizations like Rotary can make a difference but only when they do something different, will their contributions be recognized. It is like how Orion Code contributed to the trading industry. The developer of this software contributed to many lives by being a good and a well reputed trader but his automated trading software is what got him more name and fame. Now this contribution is an important one and has changed the lives of many investors as well as the trading practice itself.

Because, as late as 1920, Rotary had been operating under the constitution of the old National Association of Rotary Clubs, changes were deemed necessary to bring Rotary into line with its evolving international character.  At the Atlantic City convention in 1920, Halifax Rotarian Charlie Burchell, a member of the Committee on Constitution and By-laws, offered a successful resolution instructing the incoming committee, in 1920-21, to prepare and submit a revised constitution and by-laws in time for the next convention. Subsequently, Rotary International President Pete Snedocor appointed Donald MacRae, a recognized expert legal draftsman, chair of the incoming Constitution and By-laws Committee.


Donald MacRae was born in the tiny village of Canoe Cove on Prince Edward Island on 13 June 1872.   After graduating from high school, he worked in a clothing store for seven years.  In 1894, at the age of 22, he entered Dalhousie University on a scholarship, graduating four years later with high honours in classics and the university medal. He next spent six years at Cornell University, teaching Greek and earning an A.M. degree in 1899 and a PhD in 1905. Between 1905 and 1909 he lectured in Greek at Princeton University. In 1909 he returned to Canada to study law at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. He graduated in 1912 and was called to the bar in 1913. After practising law for one year in Toronto, he accepted an appointment as Dean of the Law School at Dalhousie University, a position he held until 1924, when he returned to Osgoode Hall as a full-time lecturer.  He retired in 1944.


MacRae presented a host of constitutional amendments to the Edinburgh Convention. The most significant one, which has had the greatest long-term effect on Rotary, was a resolution adding the Fourth Object. Drafted by MacRae, himself, it was approved earlier by the Board of Directors. The wording was similar to the present wording:  �To aid in the advancement of international peace and goodwill through a fellowship of business and professional men of all nations united in the Rotary Ideal of Service.�          (see the Five Avenues of Service)


It is not surprising that MacRae should propose the fourth object of Rotary which now reads: �The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional people united in the ideal of service.� He had been thinking about it for a long time. In an address to the International Convention in Kansas City in 1918, while World War 1 was still raging, MacRae outlined his philosophy of peace and proposed that Rotary become an agent for the promotion of goodwill and peace among nations – the first time this vision of Rotary was expressed publicly.


In the Kansas City address, MacRae spoke of three kinds of peace. One was the peace of primitive man, which he called barbarism; the second was peace imposed by a world power – imperialism.  The third, and to him the most lasting kind of peace, was what he called the �peace of cooperation.� He defined it as �peace founded on goodwill, on sympathy and trust, the peace of free play and fair play.� He urged Rotarians to become involved in creating this kind of peace. �Goodwill implies sympathy and sympathy and goodwill beget trust,� he said. And then he added: �On these foundations then, on the foundation of goodwill, sympathy, and trust, to which may we not add, to make it four-square, the Rotarian spirit of service, must we believe, be erected the structure of peace.�


MacRae ended his address with these remarks. �The ultimate and final security of peace is to be found in individual hearts and minds.  The spirit of goodwill, the spirit of sympathy, the spirit of trust, the spirit of service (emphasis added), the new sense of community of purpose, the new sense of unity of life, these are things which must have their birth and growth in the  hearts and minds of individual men and women.� MacRae mulled these sentiments over for three years as he devised a strategy whereby the service ethic of Rotary could be used to create the foundations on which international peace might be built.  His strategy was the Fourth Object of Rotary, which he, and he alone, devised. It was fortuitous that he had been appointed chair of the Constitution Committee when he was.


Given the timing, this was a remarkable speech. The sentiments are commonplace today, but to have spoken about peace based on goodwill, sympathy, trust, and service at a time when the peoples of the world were consumed by anger, hatred, and violence was courageous, if not revolutionary. The sentiments did not end with MacRae�s speech. Soon Rotarians everywhere were speculating that �Rotary was or might be a medium for the promotion of international peace and goodwill � and was particularly emphasized at the 1920 [Atlantic City] convention. It occurred to MacRae that there was one amendment to the constitution which, though not specifically proposed at the 1920 convention, might nevertheless be proposed for consideration at the 1921 convention. In a letter to James Norton of Moncton, New Brunswick, dated 18 November 1929, MacRae explained the origin of the Fourth Object, which at one time was the Sixth Object.


�The usefulness of international Rotary as an agency in the advancement of international peace and good will had become so apparent, and had been so frequently averted to in the literature of Rotary, and particularly by speakers at the Atlantic City Convention of 1920, that I thought the time had come for formally recognizing this as one of the great objects of International Rotary. I communicated this suggestion to Chesley Perry, the international secretary, and he laid the matter before the Board of Directors of the I.A. of R.C., with the result that my suggestion was adopted and approved by the Board. Consequently I was able to present the amendment at Edinburgh as one offered by the Board and as such it was adopted. � I suppose it can be claimed that the    proposal for the recognition of what you in your letter call the �now famous Sixth Object� did originally emanate from myself, though I have little doubt that it would eventually have been the proposed by someone else, if I had not thought of it at the time I  happened to be Chairman.�


Before the Edinburgh convention, the Object of Rotary had been limited to domestic affairs. Other than its inclusion in the name of the organization, the word �international� did not even appear in the organization�s constitution or by-laws and not much of its literature. �Service� meant �community service;� �fellowship� implied only �club fellowship.� But MacRae�s fourth object would change all that.


Rotarians� commitment to �international understanding and peace� is what distinguishes Rotary from all other service clubs. Cliff Dochterman, a recent RI president updated MacRae�s Fourth Object by explaining how Rotarians promote peace. Dochterman wrote:

�It is the conviction of Rotary International that the lasting peace which the world seeks

is built on friendship, tolerance, and goodwill among people. Our instruments of peace

are food, education, health care, environmental improvements, respect for all persons,

and many other activities we call humanitarian service.�


And so the Fourth Object was to become the engine that drives Rotary�s international service; it has become the watchword of the Rotary Foundation. All the marvelous international service programs in which we participate can be traced to the Fourth Object � Youth Exchange,  Group Study Exchange, World Community Service projects, Scholarships, Health Hunger and Humanity projects, Matching Grants, Peace Forums, and the magnificent Polioplus program.

Prepared by our Canadian Historian PDG Jim Angus

International Marathon Fellowship of Rotarians (IMFR)

International Marathon Fellowship of Rotarians (IMFR)
IMFR is the shortcut for �International Marathon Fellowship of Rotarians�. The idea of founding this organisation is based on the marathon of Paris in 2005, where a group of enthusiastic running Rotarian friends from Toulouse with Jean-Claude Brocart and Christophe Cruzel as the leaders were invited to run in occasion of the 100 year jubilee of Rotary.

The charter party of this international fellowship was celebrated in 2006 during the marathon in Berlin.

The main idea of this fellowship is to organize one Rotarian event a year during an international marathon, where you can find new Rotarian friends and run for a beneficent purpose.

Other big events were organized in Amsterdam 2007, New York 2008 and M�doc 2009.

The Fellowship of Rotarian Gardeners by Jim Toth



History of Global Networking Groups

Rotarian Action Groups
Fellowship of Rotarian Gardeners
The Fellowship of Rotarian Gardeners by Jim Toth. It started back in 90-91 about, and met the needs of Rotarians interested in all aspects of gardening, greenhouse, inside outside etc. Jim ran a green house all year -round way up here in Canada and had an avid interest in beginning this Fellowship. The fellowship is no longer active today.

Literature plays an important role in our history. Though many were just stories, they were truly inspired by real life characters. Many people read books and watch plays, but only a few are well versed in their literature.

In today’s fast paced world, people hardly have time to read. The maximum one gets to read are the messages on their phones or stories on their social media pages. Even the news are delivered to their phones and hence one needs nothing more. With such technological advancement, the art of reading is lost and so is literature.

However, there is a part of the society that still finds time to read and finds true happiness in reading the classics. They allow the author to transport them to the scene in the story and they get lost in the words. Such people find it hard to find people with similar interests.

When people with interest in literature get together, what you see is a room full of people who can transport you back in time. Such is their knowledge in literature and the enthusiasm is just infectious.

Rotary recognizes this to be a selective crowd and hence organizes a fellowship for the literature lovers. One of the most famous stories that makes the round every fellowship is the Pride And Prejudice. Of all the characters in this story, Gardiner is what gets the most attention after the lead characters.

The fellowships not only discusses the stories and what could have happened or how one particular character should have behaved or been portrayed, they even have book reading sessions. These sessions are very relaxing and make you forget the fast paced world you live in.

Sometimes, the costume parties or the literacy parties where people come in various characters are sheer fun for the members. This brings out the other side of th e Rotarians that one does not get to see in a regular day. People will be in character the whole time, and even talk in the accent and use the words given in the books. Such get together are a real ice breaker.

Sometimes you can see the members religiously using their Goji Cream, to avoid getting wrinkles, so that they can look as young as the character they are portraying. So much dedication and so much fun – is what these fellowships are about.

The Outcome

The outcome of such events is people finding others who share their passion for literature and the Gardiners. When members have a common ground and an interesting topic to talk about, they bond and get to know each other very well.

When these people get together for a project, the work is done very smoothly and with some quotes being used in between to break the tension, if any. When members are friendly and work in sync, the projects are a great success and more such projects can be undertaken.

The final result is impressive as these projects touch the lives of many people and make a difference to those who really need such an intervention.

District 5370


Chartered on 1 July 1998, District 5370  was formerly part of District 536 (and later 5360), which at that time was one of the largest districts in Rotary. This original district was known as District 18, when first constituted in 1916. The first district conference was held in Edmonton on 10-12 February 1918.

Discussions on dividing District 5360, involving all the clubs, began in 1991, but it was not until 1998 at a district conference in Lethbridge that the final decision to divide the District into northern and southern halves was made. The demarcation line chosen is 52 degrees, 45 minutes north latitude, which is approximately 60 miles south of Edmonton and 120 miles north of Calgary.

District 5370, which covers an area of 520,000 square miles, began with 39 clubs and 1,900 members. As of 1 July 2003, the District has grown in five years to 51 clubs and approximately 2,500 members, representing a growth or 32 per cent in clubs and 38 per cent in members. The District has clubs in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, and Saskatchewan.

Rotary has been an active force in this area since the Edmonton Club was formed on 13 March  1916,  sponsored jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Winnipeg (1910) and Calgary (1914). In the early years  extension of new clubs proceeded slowly. For example, the next club after Edmonton was not chartered at Camrose until 1924. In the first 50 years of Rotary only 11 clubs were formed in the area that is now District 5370.

Rotary grew slowly, but effectively, providing many community services. Prior to the introduction of the Hospital Services Act in 1957, many Rotary clubs participated in building medical facilities in their towns and cities. In 1917, the Rotary Club of Edmonton introduced a day care centre and, in 1918 started a youth emergency shelter. In the early years the Club purchased Christmas hampers and delivered them to needy families. They also supported  the Edmonton Eskimos football team, Hockey Edmonton, and the Commercial Grads, a championship women�s basketball team, coached by Rotarian Percy Page. On May 11, 1922, CJCA radio station broadcast live a meeting of the Rotary Club of Edmonton. Later the Club assisted, financially, both the vocalist Robert Goulet and the opera singer Ermanno Mauro. Most recently this Club has completed Rotary Millennium House, a residence for low income seniors. Moreover, the District has supported seniors by forming four very active Probus clubs since 1990.

During the 1960s, Rotary clubs were organized in many small centres; they have made significant contributions to their communities. At least 30 clubs have built �Rotary Parks.� In 1934, clubs in what is now District 5370  participated in the formation of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, discussed above in Ninety-five Years of Service. Several clubs have sponsored music festivals and cadet corps. The Rotary Club of Camrose has sponsored an Air Cadet Squadron since 1957. Rotary is the third largest sponsor of cadet programs in Alberta.

Rotary clubs in Edmonton participated in the construction of Fort Edmonton park. The park was started by the Edmonton South Rotary Club in 1971 as a club project, but all the Edmonton Rotary clubs contributed to a start-up fund of $200,000.  Eventually the clubs contributed $1.5 million to the park which officially opened in 1974.

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Retiring local farmer Ottie Toane heard about the Fort Edmonton project and offered the Edmonton South Club antique farm equipment for the park. The Club accepted his offer, and asked him to show them how to use the equipment.  He refused, but said he would operate the equipment for them. Plans were made to start a harvest festival on the Labour Day weekend. Ollie demonstrated old-time harvesting methods from the days of scythe and flail, through horse-drawn binders, balers, and grinders to early-day steam-tractor powered threshers.

Over 44,000 people observed the first performance, which became an annual affair.

Jack Edworthy, chair of the start-up group, asked Ottie Toane why he was not a Rotarian. Ollie replied �Nobody asked me!� Needless to say Ollie had a speedy proposal, approval, and induction to a Rotary Club. He remained a dedicated Rotarian and participant in the harvest festival for the rest of his life.

The Rotary Club of Edmonton sponsored the Rotary Club of Fort McMurray in 1977. Two years later, the young club obtained a lease of about 500 acres near the airport, which it developed into an RV park with 40 serviced and powered stalls. The park now produces an annual profit of $100,000. The Club has been very active in student exchange,  as well as RYLA and RYPEN. The Club is a good supporter of the PolioPlus and a World Community Service medical project in Ecquador.

This very active club raised $2.5 million for constructed of Rotary House, an assisted living complex with 40 units, now celebrating six years of service. The Club�s Rotary Centennial Project is the construction of a large gazebo-shelter on a major walking trail. The Club hosted the 2001 District Conference.

The Fort McMurray club sponsored the Fort McMurray Oilsands club in 1982. This small club, now with only nine members, has supported a music festival; raised funds to purchase two tour buses for seniors; sent students to RYLA and RYPEN; and donated generously to the PolioPlus program.

District 5370 offers RYLA and RYPEN programs (described  elsewhere I this history).started a unique youth program called Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN). Both have had a profound effect on the development of  youth. One wrote the following about RYPEN: �You will never know how you changed my life. I was failing at school, but this year I graduated with Honours�. The District now operates two RYPEN camps every year. Youth  programs is a major focus of District 5370. In addition to RYLA and RYPEN, the clubs participate in international youth exchange, Snacks for Inner City Schools, and scholarships. The Rotary Club of Edmonton West provides three annual scholarships at the University of Alberta, each valued at $7,500.  Rotary International has judged the districts youth program one of the best in North America.

The District has received other honours too. In its first and second years of operation (1898-2000) every club in the district received a presidential citation. In the third year, 89 per cent of the clubs received the honour. Many individual Rotarians have been honoured. Three District Rotarians � Maryann Bibby, Zen Mosisey, and Eunice Mains – have received the Service Above Self Award.

Technology has come a long way today

Everyone depends on some form of technology for their everyday life. With internet, everyone has a device on which they can access the internet. It has become a staple in every household. Gone are the days when Rotary clubs would think a number of times about what to do for a particular school or a house, that would teach them a skill good enough to support themselves and earn a good living as time goes by.

With the onset of technology and everything getting done over the computer, the biggest skill one can be taught is the computers. Anyone with a basic education can be taught to use the computer and this could help them secure a decent profession somewhere. Though higher paid jobs require more learning, the basics can be taught as a start. Those who are keen on this profession and have the talent to learn can go ahead and learn from other places.

Still wondering if teaching computers could really be a good idea? Today, even stocks are traded on the computer by the computer. It started off with people having to be physically present to buy and sell shares to one another. Then it moved on to traders sitting huddled around the computer to make the right moves at the right time as every second mattered. Within this short span of time, a trader will have to gauge the movement of the stocks, make a calculation and then make his move, for a wrong move could cost him all his money.

Now, the details and the history are all fed into the computer and the system does all the analyses and the investments are done according to the parameters fed into it. With such systems in place, one need not learn about the stock market or to analyze the various charts, to deal with stocks. One has to learn to use HBSwiss and other similar software and how to feed in the details, so that the system can make the investment moves without a hitch.

When one has such education added to his skill set, he becomes more employable as not only will companies want such a qualification, but individuals too. This software has made it possible for individuals with no knowledge about the stock market, to invest in it fruitfully. Hence if a person is taught the basic about computers and some software, he will be employable.

When one is employed, not only will he get a regular income but will also learn to be self sufficient and will also learn to manage his finances well. When the money is donated to them, people will not realize the true value and may end up spending is faster than required, in the fear of losing the opportunity to get something. However, if it is a source of income that is created for them, the self confidence will increase and they will prioritize as they know for sure that there will be an income the next month and the month after that too.



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 Comely Bank  Comely Bank Path Dining Room Table Living Room

“Comely Bank” where Paul and Jean lived for 35 years in suburban Chicago. On the right Paul cares for his bird friends while neighbor (Rotary’s first president) Silvester Schiele looks on.

 Also See the effort to purchase Comely Bank  

Jean and Paul at home where they observe “our ever changing picture of hillside, friendship garden, pines and spruce, gnarled oaks, Winter snow drifts, Spring flowers, Summer verdures Autumn colors, wary rabbits, impudent squirrels, quarrelsome sparrows, voracious starlings, raucous Blue Jays,


…  tuneful redbirds, the milkman’s flashlight, newspaper boy, mystic sunrise, plodding mailman, friendly neighbors, and at eventide gleaming headlights of thousands of gliding motorcars bearing wearing city toilers to the light, warmth and love of their homes.”

In today’s times, if you are overweight or trying to get your slim figure back, there are plenty of ways that one attempts to try. One of the commonest attempts is by curbing a normal diet or starving oneself. This method tends not to last for long, and it is usually not long before one gets back to eating a regular diet and all the lost weight comes back again.

Another option is by sweating it out at the gym. But not always does one have the time to spend hours at a gym. Additionally, a stressful lifestyle does not help either. The next option one tries are the commercially available products that promise weight loss. But these are not just expensive but quite ineffective too.

So when one is looking for an easy option to lose weight and burn all the extra fats in the body, there are many features to look out for. The product must not be over expensive, it must be made of natural substances, it must be highly effective. And there must be some way to satisfy the cravings for chocolates.

Chocolate Slim satisfies all the criteria and much more. It is a specially designed dietary supplement that helps in weight loss. It is made up of natural ingredients that boost fat loss and it also comes along with a delicious flavor of your beloved chocolate.

It is an established fact that chocolate is one such food product that tempts everyone right from young children to adults, men and women alike. So when weight loss is being attempted, it is often chocolate craving that people give into.

With Chocolate Slim, one need not succumb to fattening chocolates, but instead, relish their taste and still lose weight. Chocolate Slim is not just a mouth watering delicious drink that satisfies the craving for chocolate but is also a great option for fat burning. Its natural ingredients are such that they boost weight loss.

Some of their key ingredients include:

Seeds of green tea: Just like green tea, this boosts burning of fat and suppresses the desire to eat. It is also a natural antioxidant that provides energy.

Asian: This is a natural Adipocyte, which means it blocks the deposition of fat cells in the body. It is also an antioxidant.

Natural Cocoa: This is the factor that gives Chocolate Slim its natural chocolate taste. It also helps in the oxidation of fats and improves the immune system of the body. It gives a feel good factor because of its mouth watering chocolaty taste.

Gotz Beri: It prevents the accumulation of fat cells in the body.

Goti Beri Seeds: these also help in destroying fat cells and are also an excellent source of energy.

Rajish extract: It helps in better digestion of fats and improves the general condition of the body.

It helps in slow and steady loss of weight, prevention of appearance of cellulite in the body and gives the body a natural tone and elasticity.

This drink contains all the nutritional requirements of a complete meal and so is an ideal meal replacement.

It is available in powder form. One has to mix about 2 spoons full of this powder to skimmed milk and drink it in place of breakfast. You can also increase the consumption to twice daily for improved results.