President’s Letter – November 6, 2019

President’s Letter – November 6, 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

With apologies to Jerry Maguire, you had me at the four-way test. As soon as I learned about that pillar or Rotary I knew I wanted to be a part of the Rotary community. Such simple, elegant, and insightful principles to live and and do business by. The recent public attention on the preventative power shutdowns, and PG&E’s response to public and governmental outcries over the company’s management, got me thinking. What if government agencies and public utilities operated under the principles of the four-way test?

People seem to rise to their best selves during times of crisis (not the looters but, you know, regular people). We see people giving, sharing, volunteering, supporting neighbors, finding ways to help individuals and the community as a whole (shout out here to the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade as an example). Yet somehow that natural human compassion and empathy gets lost when the forces of capitalism become too strong. Sometimes we need a nudge and a reminder of our best selves when the temptation of personal gain becomes too strong. It is a healthy reminder at our club meetings each week when we see that banner reminding us to be our best selves, in four easy steps.

I think we will see the principles of the four-way test in our program this week. The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation has a great story to tell, about compassion and determination to help others — across species! Make sure to register so that we order enough food. We order based on how many people RSVP/register for the meeting. There is a link in the email you received, so it only takes two clicks. If you are bringing a guest, you can register your guest at the same time (one more click). We give Mulligan’s the headcount on Wednesday afternoons.

As always, I am looking forward to seeing you on Friday!

Warmest regards,


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