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Assad Khan introduced November 30 2021 speaker – Hafiz Haq, an independent entrepreneur from the United Kingdom.  He is presenting via Zoom and will be providing remarks regarding his 52 year professional journey….
 
Mr. Haq has amassed a remarkable professional record across the past 52 years – from manufacturing and logistics to a business development consultancy. An engineer by education, Hafiz’s professional journey has taken him all across the world, providing invaluable experiences that have helped shape and expand his knowledge of the inner workings of business.  He attributes his success to a subscribed set of themes that have served as guiding principles:
 
Self-development and competitiveness – This comes from within.  An individual must make a whole-hearted indivisible commitment to the idea or notion of success. 
Ambition and Passion - Cited an example from a former mentor who gave him an impossible task.  What he learned from this experience was that it was not good enough to be good…one must strive to be different.
Managing people -         What was key here is the importance of catching people when they achieved success and to reinforce the same. People need to know their contributions are valued – cultivating ideas from them will help boost your relationship to develop a chemistry necessary for successful collaborations.
Learning from Cultural aspects – Helps develop / foster better understanding; needs/desires; behaviors and work ethic.
 
In closing, Hafiz shared with the audience what occupies his time today – an organization called Transformation Beyond Imagination.  It was founded out of the need to pay the lessons of success forward.  The program is geared towards individuals and provides professional scholarships to those who lack financial resources to receive the proper educational opportunities to improve oneself.
 
Today’s responder to the program was Tom Larkin.
 
President Kathy Myers presented herself as the speaker on November 23, 2021 with little fanfare, noting most everyone knew all about her. Her topic for the program was Attitude of Gratitude and she utilized a series of slides to organize her presentation into various parts.
 
 
 
The introduction included an overview of research studies she had reviewed, listing the definition and the underlying benefits derived from gratitude:
-it may be broadly defined as the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to 
 ourselves.
-it makes you happier.
-it helps you sleep better
-it improves you physical and mental health.
-it can help our financial life.
-it improves our work life
 
This set the stage for a participatory exercise by the members of the club in the form of a Gratitude Quiz. Using booklets on the tables, they were given a list of statements and asked to individually rank them 1 thru 7: 1 STRONGLY DISAGREE, 2 DISAGREE, 3 SLIGHTLY DISAGREE, 4 NEUTRAL, 5 SLIGHTLY AGREE, 6 AGREE, 7 STRONGLY AGREE.
 
The statements were:
  • I have so much in life for which to be thankful.
  • If I had to list everything, I feel thankful for, it would be a long list.
  • When I look at the world, I don’t see much to be grateful for.
  • I am grateful for a wide variety of people.
  • As I get older, I find myself more able to appreciate the people, events, and situations that have been part of my life journey.
  • Long amounts of time can go by before I feel grateful to something or someone.
Club members were directed to add up their scores for items A, B, D, & E. They were directed to invert their scores for items C & F (1 becomes 7, 2 becomes 6, etc.), add them to the total. President Kathy speculated, based on our club membership being a “happy group,” most of us scored between 35 and 42, demonstrating a high degree of gratitude and appreciation in our lives. She indicated that, based on research, there are various ways to impact gratitude.
 
In the last part of her presentation, President Kathy explored these practical, researched ways, by posing the question “How Can We Cultivate Gratitude?”
 
Write a Thank You note
She noted that a thank you note becomes a treasure and provided note cards, and envelopes the members could take home and utilize for this activity.
 
Thank someone mentally
Simply find ways to do this, such as while driving, etc.
 
Keep a Gratitude Journal
List each day a pre-selected number of items you are thankful for that day. Include items you may be thankful that don’t happen.
 
Count our Blessings
Take a moment to think about all the things that went right and how moments of gratitude make you feel. Especially those moments of giving.
 
Prayer
Even if not religious, a small prayer of gratitude.
 
Meditate
Practice mindful meditation, focusing on the present without judgement, being grateful for the simple things of nature, etc.
 
Kathy summed up her presentation by reminding us that as we move forward this Thanksgiving week, take the booklet with us. Start writing down those things we are thankful for. Take the note cards and write a thank you note to someone you care for. Let them know how much you appreciate them. Citing author Lisa Ryan, “If you tell someone, you leave a memory. If you write it down and give it them, you have given them a treasure”, Kathy encouraged us all to follow through in this exercise. She encouraged us to share with someone why you are grateful for them this week and ending her presentation.
 
Asad Khan prefaced a question by thanking Kathy and asked what her inspiration for the program was. She indicated that her happiness is linked to maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” and keeping things in perspective, especially during this week of preparing for the Thanksgiving celebration.
 
Responder
The response was provided by Nelson Burns. He Thanked President Kathy for her presentation, noting that her husband Tom and son David were happy they did not have to respond. He noted that her message reminded him of the idea that in giving gratitude, you get it back twofold! He pointed out that we all can apply the ideas she presented over this Thanksgiving holiday.
 
Sri Peruvemba is CEO of Marketer International Inc., a marketing services firm specializing in the global high-tech industry.  Sri’s Zoom appearance was arranged by Program Chair Asad Khan, as part of his “Immigrant Success Stories” month.
 
Peruvemba was previously Chief Marketing Officer for E Ink Holdings, where he played a major role in transforming the startup to a $1 plus billion global ePaper company.  With over 30 years of experience in the technology industry, Peruvemba has been an influential advocate in the advancement of electronic hardware technologies.  He is an acknowledged expert on sensors, electronic displays, haptics, touch screens, electronic materials and related technologies; and consults, writes and presents on those subjects globally. He is a personal mentor to 35 people and involved in a number of activities, including a cricket club he started in Silicon Valley.
 
            Sri told stories about his academics in India and journey to the U.S., where he took his first job at Pizza Hut to help pay the bills while studying for an MBA.  He was frustrated with the slow pace of business in India and thrilled with his quick promotions in America.  He shared stories of his “lessons learned” and positive attitude and work ethic with the group, including a breathing exercise and gratitude habit.  He says the key to success is to have people who believe in you—and to be a person who believes in others.
On October 26, Asad Khan, continuing his theme of “Immigrants in Leadership,” introduced Shila Garg, PhD, emeritus professor of Physics at the College of Wooster, who told us her life’s story of growing up in South India where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree and then went to England where her father had ties, completing her doctorate in studying the composition of Plastic Crystals at the University.  She settled in Wooster, Ohio with her husband and was a stay at home mom for 10 years raising her two children.
 
Opportunities to audit courses at Wooster College perked her interest and after auditing as many as 15 courses, she became enthralled with the idea of a broad liberal arts education.  She took a job as an assistant in the physics laboratory and in 1987 was hired on a part-time basis to teach physics to undergraduates.  Eventually she was hired full-time.   A good networker, she formed a relationship with the Liquid Crystals Institute at Kent State University, where she was able to renew her studies and also provide summer research opportunities for her students at Wooster College. Her program became widely recognized and she was asked to give presentations to intercollegiate faculty and administrators who wanted similar opportunities for their own students.  Her administrative talents and initiatives led to her becoming Chair of the Department and then Dean of the Faculty, a position that spread her so broadly she convinced the president of Wooster College to divide up the job and name her Provost.   As Dean and then Provost, she worked to get all Wooster departments to use the same software to end silo type planning.  She became active in globalizing education at Wooster College and was active in intercollegiate academic associations.  She also set up short term programs for students in the sciences in Europe and Asia.  Science students, she explained, are too busy to experience many of the liberal arts opportunities like this that students in the Humanities enjoy.  She also led faculty short term seminars in India to benefit the Wooster College faculty.  Professor Garg said that the Wooster Rotary Club became involved in efforts to restore one of the villages that was wiped out when the 2004 tsunami destroyed so much of the coastline along the Bay of Bengal.  The word for village is Nagar and the village has been renamed Wooster Nagar.
 
Professor Garg retired from administrative duties and returned to teaching before finally retiring. She continues to serve in an emeritus position that enables her to remain active in the study of Physics.  As a resident of Wooster, she also volunteers with AARP to help the elderly fill out their tax returns.  She mentioned that her older brother, who became an engineer, emigrated to the USA and currently resides in Brunswick, not far from Wooster.  In his introduction, Asad said that Professor Garg had been his advisor when he was a student majoring in physics at Wooster College and credited her for his success in academia prior to going into business at Kent Displays.  Professor Garg said that teaching students and experiencing their enthusiasm as they mastered their studies was the most rewarding part of her career, but she added that she enjoys organizing and liked being an administrator also.
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VIDEO PRESENTATIONS
 
Mr. Knaack, who resides in Germany, was unable to attend our celebration and sent this video in his stead.
 
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has a longstanding relationship with Rotary International’s initiative to end polio.  Richard Wiland, Kent Rotary President in 1949 – 50 raised $100,000 to end polio and the club has made a substantial contribution to this effort in recent years as well.  For this reason, the 100th Anniversary Planning Committee selected this video to be shown during the celebration of the Club’s 100 year history.
 
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