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Dear Friends and Rotarians,
The month of February is marked by two dominant themes in 2019:  Peace and Love.  On February 9 our District 5890 is hosting a Peace Conference and an All-Club Gala Dinner.  "Peace"is one of the six major focus areas of Rotary International.   This will be an excellent program with inspiring speakers.  I will be there and hope you will join us, too, if you are in Houston.
Are you aware of the Rotary PeaceCenters program?  Rotary International  began this program in 2002 and has trained more than 1.100 Peace Fellows around the word who are now working as leaders in government, nongovernmental organizations, the military, law enforcement, education, humanitarian assistance, restorative justice, and international governance organizations.  The Rotary Peace Center’s mission is to promote world peace by educating and empowering peacebuilders through rigorous academic training, applied field experience, and global networking opportunities.  Rotarians share the task of recruiting qualified candidates for the program.   The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals who have already worked in careers related to international relations or peace and conflict resolution and who are committed to community or international humanitarian service and working for peace. The fellowship is not intended for recent college graduates with little to no relevant professional experience.  Six Rotary Peace Centers operate in partnership with seven premier universities in six countries around the world (in the United States, the peace center is associated with both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Each Rotary Peace Center offers its own customized curriculum and field-based learning opportunities that examine peace and conflict theory through various frameworks.  The application is available only between February and July.
Also, this month is our traditional Valentine's Day.  In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.  Share the love with your family and friends on February 14th with the usual candy, flowers, and greeting cards, and also consider purchasing one or more Teddy bears to share with hospitalized children.  It warms a person's heart to give to others a message of caring.  As Rotarians, let us demonstrate how we care about helping others in some small way.  In Houston, you may deliver your bear(s) to a local hospital or deliver to my home for the Venezuelan children.  Travel is not recommended at this time to Venezuela for political reasons, but we do share the stuffed animals to comfort the refugee children in Columbia.  Enjoy your celebration of love this month and find an outreach to others to share your caring heart.
Yours in Rotary,
Robin Charlesworth, President
Rotary e-Club of Houston 2018-19 

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the boiled eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.

However, each one reacted differently.

The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.

The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “

Moral:In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

Which one are you?

February 9    PEACE CONFERENCE - Houston, Texas
                        Crowne Plaza Reliant Center     8686 Kirby 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. $75.00
                        GALA ALL CLUB MEETING -  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm.   $80 for individual seating (dress in festive cultural attire!)
February 8 - 10  Camp RYLA
February 14   Valentine's Day. (this month please collect Teddy bears to donate to children in a hospital)
February 16   Board of Directors meeting @ 9:00 am
February 18   Zoom Meeting - Social online  "Museums Around the World". *All participants to share personal experiences
PLUS our two newsletter during the month.  Please let us know if you would like to be added to our email list to receive our newsletter.  
A BIG round of applause to Wind Nguyen who exemplifies "Service Above Self!" Wind worked hard for the three days during last week's Peace Conference. He was there early in the morning, through lunch and dinner taking pictures. Thank you Wind - we look forward to seeing the rest of the event photos! And Marc Moro's name was mentioned numerous times with thanks for his consultation in planning this terrific Peace Conference. Kudos to both of you! 
Stay tuned for more event photos from the 2019 Peace Conference and Gala!
The Rotary International Convention 2019 will happen June 1-5, and it promises to be one with great moments to capture. If you haven’t registered, there is still time to do so and enjoy the biggest convention in Rotary. If you cannot make it for this one you can start planning for future ones in Honolulu (2020), Taipei (2121), and in Houston 2022.
A funny and creative short video explaining what Rotary is. We hope you are having a great beginning of 2019, and are planning ways to serve above self. We welcome any articles about members who are helping their communities in the spirit of Rotary. Please send your story, article or ideas accompanied by a photo or video to one of the newsletter editors. Share to inspire!
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On the membership application you will be asked if you have attended two Rotary e-Club of Houston meetings on-line. Look for the Weekly Program and either view the video or read the article, then go to the tab for Weekly Meeting beneath the banner of the page and submit the attendance form to receive credit. 

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