For my year as President, I plan to include two video links in each week’s Club Runner newsletter.  The first link will be a video on Rotary International (“RI”).  Likely topics will be videos of the RI president, members of the RI Board of Directors and other relevant Rotary related people and events.  My goal in having this link is for our club to develop a more broad understanding of RI beyond our local club’s boundaries.
The second link will be a video of something fun that can be watched within a short period of time.  When Bill Pritchard was our club president a few years ago, he spoke to us every month about a book.  My observation was that most people were not taking the time to read those books.  My idea is identical to Bill’s, but I am replacing his concept of a club sharing a book with video that will take 20 minutes or less to watch. 
The first RI video that I have selected is a speech given by our RI president Barry Rassin for the 2018-19 Rotary year.  He gave this speech in early 2018 to the RI District Governors.
The other video that I have selected is a TED talk.  If you haven’t heard of TED talks before, their motto is “Ideas worth spreading”.  They have put together over 2,800 talks designed “to stir your curiosity”.  Beyond hoping to peak your curiosity, I have a few reasons for selecting a video for you to watch each week.
First, if you don’t know the people that you are sitting with, but you have all watched the video, then the table will have a common experience with which someone can utilize to start a conversation.  Second, these videos can be interesting, educational, funny, and/or address many topics and issues that are relevant to our lives.
So why did I pick this particular TED talk?  I have two main reasons.  First, this video is inherently about design.  With our Club designing a Centennial Coin, this video is immediately topical.  Second, I really like flags.  (Yes, this is a video about flags.)  I actually believe that the right flag has the ability to spur world peace.  Ask me about it sometime.
As a final note, if you have recommendations for future links in our newsletter, please email those to me.  I love discovering new areas of interest from other people that I respect.