Rotary Membership-Development Training hand-outs

Excerpts & insertions to IT’S ABOUT TIME by John Denver

There’s a full moon over India and Gandhi lives again   Who’s to say you have to lose for someone else to win   In the eyes of all the people the look is much the same   For the first is just the last one when you play a deadly game      It’s about time we realize it we’re all in this together   It’s about time we find out it’s all of us or none   It’s about time we start to face it we can’t make it here all alone   There’s a man who is my brother, I just don’t know his name   But I know his home and family because I know we feel the same   And it hurts me when he’s hungry and when his children cry   I too am a father and that little one is mine     It’s about time we begin to turn the world around   It’s about time we start to make it the dream we’ve always known   It’s about time, it’s about changes and it’s about time   It’s about peace and it’s about plenty and it’s about time   It’s about you and me [& Rotary] together and it’s about time


Teamwork & leadership of Rotary International     A Spirit of Teamwork & the Flight of the Great Northern Geese from an art print by Richard Cowdrey*

Formation Flying     Flying in a V-formation, the noble geese travel thousands of miles with ease & precision. As each bird moves its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird following. Formation flying is 70% more efficient than flying alone.

Accept and Give Help     When one of the great birds falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag & resistance of trying to fly alone & quickly rejoins the formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.

Everyone Leads     At a distance, the flock appears to be guided by a single leader. The lead bird does in fact guide the formation, winging smoothly through the oncoming elements. If the lead goose tires, however, it rotates back into the formation & another bird flies at the point position.

Honk and Encourage     Each flock finds its own rhythm. The pulsating sound of the great wings beating together excites & energizes the whole formation. The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Good Times or Bad     When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation & follow it down to help & protect it. They stay with it until it is able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on their own into another formation, or they catch up with their flock.


Five, geese-related bonuses:  [1]  Ask for a  document of this page from;  [2]  view the vignette 24/7 at & select “Your speeches” from the right-hand menu & then use the upper, right-hand Search engine by entering & searching for “geese;”  [3] The Great Wing by Louis A Tartaglia, MD, 1997, a deceptively easy, innocent book for youth & others who are young-at-heart.  The book is an amazingly wise, powerful, enduring parable about an inspirational community of migrating Canadian geese & their consciously empowered Master Mind Principles of aerodynamic flight; [4] * the 1990s limited-edition Spirit of Teamwork print from “Ducks Unlimited;” & [5] Winged Migration, Jacques Perrin’s 89-minute DVD, nominated for the Academy Award’s “Best Documentary Feature 2002.”


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