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We care for ourselves, all others and our environment.


Caring for ourselves means: developing our minds to their greatest potential; keeping our bodies mentally and  healthy; physically and following the values by which we live to be productive, thoughtful citizens of the world.

 

Caring for all others means: respecting individuals and their contributions to our society; understanding the effect our words and actions have on the feelings and well being of others; defending the rights of all people as well as animals; and sharing our time, resources, and talents to improve the lives of others.


Caring for our environment means: being aware of how our actions affect our surroundings; realizing our impact on future generations; and making thoughtful choices to ensure a healthy planet.


"We do not inherit the world from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."
Native American Proverb

 

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Community Meetings 2016 - 2017

September 28th Caring/Kindness canadiangeese
October 19th Friendship
November 16th Gratitude
December 21st Compassion/Empathy
January 18th Responsibility
February 15th Respect
March 15th Courage/Assertiveness
April 12th Teamwork/Citizenship
May 17th Honesty
June 14th Happiness

 Working Together

 "When you see geese headed south for the winter flying in a V formation, you might be interested in knowing about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back and another goose flies point.

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their group."

From "Why Fly that Way? ~ Linking Community and Academic Achievement", Kathy Greeley

 

Some of the many lessons to be learned from this story (adapted from the work of Dr. Angeles Arrien):

1. People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

2. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go and be willing to accept their help, as well as give ours to others who are looking for support.

3. It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing the leadership. With people, as with geese, we are interdependent on each other's skills and capabilities and unique arrangements of power and resources; no one person is right to lead in all circumstances and at all times. Leaders need to learn to let go at times, and other must feel comfortable in stepping forward – no false modesty – no greed for power and position for its own sake.

4. If we have as much sense as geese, we too, will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

5. We need to make sure our honking from behind is encouragement and not something else! In groups where there is great encouragement against great odds, the production is much greater by the power of encouragement. The word "courage" means to stand by one's heart, to stand by one's core, to encourage someone else's core, to encourage someone else's heart – that's the quality of honking.

 

 

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