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Labor Day: No Meeting 9/2/2019
Although we are not meeting on Labor Day, September 2, 2019, here are some thoughts to ponder:
 
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
 
Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. This picture shows the first United States Labor Day Parade in New York September 5, 1882.
 
Rotary holds high regard for the worthiness of all occupations recognizing in the club constitution Vocational Service as one of the five Avenues of Service providing the philosophical and practical framework for club projects stated as:
"Vocational Service, the second Avenue of Service, has the purpose of promoting high ethical standards in businesses and professions, recognizing the worthiness of all dignified occupations, and fostering the ideal of service in the pursuit of all vocations. The role of members includes conducting themselves and their businesses in accordance with Rotary’s principles and lending their vocational skills to club-developed projects in order to address the issues and needs of society.
8-26-2019 PJRH Initiative: Professor Douglas McGetchin
During our meeting August 26, 2019 Professor Douglas McGetchin provided a brief introduction to Mahatma Gandhi, including his leadership qualities, personality, international connections, and his technique of Nonviolence that has spread around the world to end legal segregation in the United States, Communist oligarchies in Eastern Europe, and Apartheid in South Africa.  We learned that Doug will featured during a special conference October 18-27 when he and co-author Bhagyesh Jha will launch their book Gandhi @150: A Century and Half of  Gandhi and Nonviolence celebrating 150th year since Mohandas K (Mahatma) Gandhi's birth.
 
During this quick tour through Gandhi's life, Doug share a few interesting stories highlighting some of the nonviolent techniques for protesting and sometimes correcting unfair treatment or oppression among social or racial classes.  One story described a situation on a stage coach where his class was required to sit on the roof of the stage coach while the white privileged class rode inside the coach; but in this situation, the inside of the coach became much hotter than the breezy roof and one of the people inside desired a respite on the roof requiring Gandhi to move from his perch to make room; Gandhi refused and the white privileged person began to beat him, with no resistance Gandhi accepted the beating without yielding but the other privileged folks recognized the unfair treatment and made the one white privileged person stop and Gandhi remained.  This story was reminiscent of another we are more familiar with, that of Rosa Parks.  
 
As Doug wrapped up Gandhi's contribution to nonviolent protest and influence toward change in society behaviour, he highlighted some of the methods of nonviolent protest and levels of intensity.  Doug identified the more intense methods that are intended to provoke violence providing a more dramatic emphasis on the unfairness, but he also compared the effect of resisting provocation vs responding with the violence reminding us of the difference between Albany (1961-2) vs. Birmingham (1963) recalling no violence in Albany and issue unrecognized, whereas violence in Birmingham initiated civil rights movement.
 
Following an interesting discussion about nonviolent protests occurring today, Doug reminded us about the Gandhi event October 21-27 and the Peace Day event we are planning together for September 21 at FAU. 
 
The Peace Day event will offer two sessions: a morning session expecting mostly students from 10:30 to 11:50 including video streaming of the 2019 Merida, Mexico Nobel Peace Laureate Summit Plenary Session 6 "The Power of Law vs The Law of Power;" and the evening session including welcoming thoughts from Doug as well as Rotary District 6930 Governor, Dance portraying Nonviolence, and streaming connection with Merida, Mexico for the Awards and Final Declaration for 2019.
 
Dr. Doug McGetchin is Interim Director of the FAU Peace, Justice, and Human Rights (PJHR) Initiative and Associate Professor of History, teaching World, German, and South Asian history. He had a Nehru-Fulbright senior research grant in Calcutta, India, 2013-14.
8-26-2019 Visitors and Guests
Dr John Strasswimmer, dermatologist and member of Rotary Boca Raton (Wednesday noon) visited us August 5, 2019.  Nice to see you again John, we always enjoy your visit and hope to see you again soon.
 
President Sue welcomed District 6930 Governor Donna Geiser with her husband Carl visiting to learn more about our World Peace Day event with FAU September 21, 2019.
 
PDG Steve Laine introduced us to his entourage of friends Eric Shaw, Joan Criscione, Herb Solomon, and Denise Falabella   accompanying him to meet our speaker Professor Doug McGetchin and to learn more about our World Peace Day event.
World Day of Peace Celebration with FAU 9-21-2019
Past District 6930 Governor Steve Laine is leading our club in a plan to celebrate the International Day of Peace with Florida Atlantic University Saturday afternoon September 21, 2019. The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.
 
The Peace Day Event will be held on FAU Boca Raton campus and will offer two sessions: a morning session expecting mostly students from 10:30 to 11:50 am including video streaming of the 2019 Merida, Mexico Nobel Peace Laureate Summit Plenary Session 6 "The Power of Law vs The Law of Power;" and the evening session from 4:30 - 8 pm including welcoming thoughts from Doug as well as Rotary District 6930 Governor, Dance portraying Nonviolence, and streaming connection with Merida, Yucatan, Mexico for the Awards and Final Declaration for 2019.
 
Parking registration is necessary, please register ($5 fee) at least one week prior to event:  http://fau.edu/parking/
Rotary Website Tips - Jerry Leitherer
Accessing Public Documents 
On our home page clicking on "About Our Club" transfers the screen to a description of our club; however, before clicking a menu drops down and options appear for "Board of Directors," "Bulletin Library," and "Club Documents."  When Club Documents is selected with a click or touch, the screen will transfer to the Club Documents page and provide a selection for Club Constitution, Club Bylaws, and Rotary BR Sunset Scholarships, Inc Bylaws.  Rotary BR Sunset Scholarships, Inc is our 501c3 charitable organization able to receive donations qualified for tax deduction.
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Sep 21: Peace Day celebration with FAU. PDG Steve Laine coordinating event,  which will take place on FAU campus with streaming tie-in planned to unite with annual Nobel Peace Laureate Summit gathering in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
 
July 8-Nov 30: 2019 PAL Half Marathon Phase 1 began June 10, 2019 to recruit sponsors for the race.  Second Phase 1 milestone is 10/1/19 for website presence.  Donations benefit Boca PAL and Rotary vocation awards.  Phase 2 begins 9/1/19 to recruit donors for supplies, food, and drink for race day.  Race is scheduled for 11/30/19.
 
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