Theresa Sims, Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Keeper (Elder) shared traditional teachings with the Club, Janet Kelly presented a brief recap about Children's Fest and Bala Murthy introduced the "Yoga & Meditation Fellowship" initiative.
Theresa Sims, Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Keeper (Elder), began with an opening ceremony to thank creation, singing and playing the traditional drum. The drum is used to represent the heartbeat of mother earth. She then explained the the Ojibway story of the seven grandfather teachings that has been passed down from parent to child for many generations. The teachings share some of the traditional values of First Nations people and encourage us to love and respect one another. Elder Sims went through each of the seven teachings and what they represent. Click here to see her complete presentation.
Janet Kelly gave a brief recap of Children’s Fest and thanked everyone who was involved in making it such a success. Next year will be the 25th year, so expect big things!
Lastly, Bala Murthy, visiting Rotarian from Rotary Club of Washington (DC), spoke about Yoga & Meditation Fellowship, whose moto is “Where Wellness Meets Happiness”. He explained the concept of JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out), which to summarize, is the happiness felt when technology (such as your cell phone) is left behind and you can focus on the present. The goals of the program are to implement Yoga & Meditation practices to enhance mindfulness and wellness in schools , create communal harmony and promote peace (Yoga & Peace Summit), create a community of Yoga & Meditation practitioners in each Club, to connect Rotarian to share best practices and to train interested Rotarians & families in Yoga & Meditation. To learn more about this program, contact Bala at or 703-585-7547 or 248-930-1792