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August 2010

Why people choose to join groups – The CLIC Theory

2017-01-17T17:22:47-05:00August 27th, 2010|5. Helping Others|

In my years as a member of Toastmasters International, I have noticed that people tend to gravitate and join a club for four reasons. I use the acronym CLIC to remember these reasons:

  1. C – Convenience
  2. L – Learning
  3. I – Idea of Belonging
  4. C – Characteristics that Define a Club

One of the first reasons a person chooses a club is because of the CONVENIENCE The club is convenient geographically and the time the club meets is convenient. For some a morning, lunchtime or evening meeting works best.
If the club isn't convenient for someone, he or she will often join a club because it is a place where he or she will be LEARNING a great deal. In this case, the club must provide significant value for the inconvenience.

Most importantly, a person needs to have the IDEA that the club is a place where he or she can belong. If the idea of belonging becomes strong enough, the person will want to join. People need to feel welcomed and see themselves as an integrated member of the group.

Lastly, […]

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The Gift of Time and Attention

2017-01-17T17:22:48-05:00August 20th, 2010|5. Helping Others|

Dove I have been reflecting on the blessings I have in my life right now.  I'm blessed to have good health as everyday, I am healthy enough to have the opportunity to walk my dog once or twice a day.  I find it to be a joy and a privilege as I know several friends and family members who are bedridden with sicknesses right now who would relish the opportunity I have to do this every day.  Every day is a gift, and I keep telling myself how wonderful each day can be.   

I also count my blessings regarding the privilege I have to work with nonprofits and others who are helping others overcome illnesses, strengthen communities and provide independent living.  I know despite any bad days I may have, I am very blessed to live my current life. 

In this down economy, although it may be difficult to give vast amounts of cash donations, giving […]

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Helping Others: Remembering Hiroshima – Aug. 6, 1945

2010-08-06T22:34:56-04:00August 6th, 2010|5. Helping Others|

Today is the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, and it also marks the first time a US representative attended the ceremony.   In this day and age of stress where people are worried about the economy, it's good to have these ceremonies to remember the days when war caused death and destruction to many innocent lives.  The days of a nuclear-free society may still be a dream, but the days may be closer if we worked toward removal of these devices and work toward a society where we can work together.

Many of you know that 1000 Cranes was named after the practice of
folding 1000 origami cranes as a sign of peace.  This practice was a part of Japanese culture for many generations and was
brought to the attention of the world by a young girl, Sadako Sasaki. Ten years after the bombing of Hiroshima at the young age of 12, […]

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May 2007

The Importance of Helping Others Freely

2017-01-17T17:24:33-05:00May 24th, 2007|5. Helping Others|

This week has been a great week of helping others in need.  Twice this week while walking my dog, I came upon neighbors who needed help. 

In the first case, a beagle named Sadie, ESCAPED from her owner’s yard.  I came across her while walking my dog, Logan, and another neighbor didn’t know how to handle dogs and was quite fearful of her. 

We contacted the number on Sadie’s collar, and although the owner wasn’t available, we rigged up a leash to attach to her collar, and I continued on my walk now with two dogs.  Fortunately, in only 10 minutes or so, the owner appeared on our walk, and Sadie was reunited. 

The look of JOY on both Sadie and the owner’s face made it worthwhile.  I didn’t need any compensation.  I didn’t need any recognition.  I didn’t ask for anything in return.  I didn’t want anything in return.  It was a gesture of […]

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