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Rotary Four Way Test

I’m a RotarianRotary has had an incredible impact on this planet. And, Rotarians carry with them a simple code for daily living called the Four Way Test.  These are questions we use everyday to benchmark our words and deeds:

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– Is it The Truth
– Is it Fair to All Concerned
– Will it Build Good Will and Better Friendships
– Will it Be Beneficial To All Concerned

I encourage you to seek out Rotarians and Rotary Clubs.  Formerly an "old guys" organization, youthful exuberance, entrepreneurial spirit and creative community fundraising are the new Rotary of today and tomorrow.

I helped charter our three year old Rotary Club of Historic Folsom and we’ve reached fourty members with a nearly 50/50 male/female balance.  We have a blast and have a great list of accomplishments in our short history.  Come see us on Thursday mornings if you’re in town!

Healthy is Effective

Dr. Roger Brisbane cam to speak at my Rotary Club this AM and said, "HEALTH = our ability to adapt to the environment."  He reminded me of how very connected our physical health, mental health and ability to adapt and deal with change really are.   

A professor at the Wharton School told me, when we discussed my first business in Philadelphia, "You better be in shape if you’re going to run a business.  If you’re not physically fit, you won’t be equipped to deal with the emotional stress."

Thanks Roger, I’m grateful for the reminder.

show up and have fun

I had a wonderful time last night on a date with my wife, Liz.  We enjoyed a terrific dinner at Pachanga, a swinging place in Folsom, CA.  Owners Larry and Erin, and infamous bartender Brian, will take great care of you.  We then went to visit our friend and fellow Rotarian, Tom Paniagua.  He had his beautiful photography show on display at American Visions Art Gallery.  This gallery is a Folsom staple of fine art.  It’s the place to visit to browse or buy if you’re in town.  It’s also a fun place and not too stuffy due to the spirit of Director, Giovanna Stark and daughter Ginessa (ask her about her memory!)  We were pleased to run into a number of friends that came out to support Tom.  Rae Howard attended, another Rotarian with a Sacramento growth business specializing in home cleaning called The Team Cleaners. She was there with Deborah Grassl who does terrific work for the Folsom History Museum.  Our club, The Rotary Club of Historic Folsom, is raising money for the museum through our "Brick Project."  I appreciated the loyalty and friendship that I witnessed all evening.  Folsom is made up of great people that help and support each other.  And, Rotary is a wonderful organization that truly fosters "Service above Self."

Liz and I went upstairs to My Brother Vinny’s for dessert and drinks and were joined by friends Gordon and Lola Purdy (truly busy folks out showing support for a friend!). It’s worth mentioning that My Brother Vinny’s is a class act with great food including wonderful desert by chef Erin and the famous Gelato of co-owner Tony Barton…mmm…Cannolis too!