Welcome to meeting No. 49 of
the Rotary eClub of Latitude 38

Queen Elizabeth I
May is Rotary's Youth Service Month
President's Message
Welcome to Meeting No. 49. This week's meeting material includes a Rotary Song, a piece on Rotary Youth Leadership and three powerful speeches by women which I hope you will enjoy.
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Enjoy the meeting and have a good week.
Yours in Rotary
Kerrie S.
This week's meeting material
  • Come Join Us - A song about Rotary written by Jerry Mills which was inspired by RI President Ray Klinginsmith and the work of Rotarians worldwide. Published 2010. Suggested by member Martin S.

  • Case Study: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - On October 2014, 100 Young Rotaract members, aged 18 to 26 participated in our i4 Neuroleader Program. As we began the project, we found out that 97% of the participants had never undertaken a 360 feedback assessment. We asked if they were interested in developing their leadership abilities and most of them agreed that leadership was of extreme importance in their current roles and for the future. The astonishing piece of information we discovered was that less than 21% seek feedback on a regular basis… despite this - all participants acknowledged that it is essential to receive feedback if they want to become better leaders. To read more about the i4 Neuroleader 360 Feedback Assessment Tool visit: aboutmybrain.com/i4tool

  • Powerful Speeches by Women (Comments by Kolarele Sonaike) 

    • Queen Elizabeth I - Tilbury Speech 1588 - Faced with an invading Spanish armada from abroad, domestic challenges at home (she had just executed the challenger Mary Queen of Scots), and religious condemnation from the Vatican, who declared her an evil heretic, there was a lot riding on this speech. On top of it all, she really was a woman in a decidedly man's world, taking on a traditionally male role, in front of an entirely male army. No pressure then! It's astonishing that you cannot find a full video version of this great speech online despite the many great actors that have played Elizabeth 1 including Helen Mirren and Dame Judi Dench. Here, at least, is an excerpt featuring another great, Cate Blanchett.

    • Severn Suzuki speech to the UN Earth Summit in Rio (1992) - A remarkable speech on many levels. Firstly, it's content is powerful and filled with insightful observations about the perils facing the planet. Secondly, it is full of rhetorical flourishes that would make even the greatest speechmakers proud  - listen out for her expert use of repetition 'I'm only a child yet...'. Finally, the poise and control with which she delivers her speech is remarkable for a 12 year old. It's the perfect mix of passion and logic to sustain a compelling case. Most impressive of all is the way she holds a room full of jaded and seasoned political world representatives transfixed until her last word. And then I love the way they all applaud with fervour like they're the school kids and not her.

    • Michelle Obama at the 2012 Democratic Convention - We all know about Barack Obama's public speaking prowess, but it shouldn't be a surprise that his wife, a high powered lawyer in her own right, and his former supervisor, can give a pretty mean speech when occasion demands. The content and style of delivery is masterful as she straddles the delicate balance between being real and being political. No surprise then that her approval ratings have remained consistently high even whilst those of her husband have waned. I wonder if she's also thinking of doing the Hillary shuffle from First Lady to President.
Brian Norris
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This officially ends meeting No.49
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