Posted by Bonnie Branciaroli on Feb 13, 2021
February is Black History Month and our E-Club member, Lisa M. Gum, will be offering a virtual workshop called “Anti-Racism and You” on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., February 20, 2020.
This educational opportunity connects into Black History month by relating the need for awareness of the Black experience that results from racism.


PRESIDING TODAY IS: Bonnie Branciaroli, President

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Welcome, all – visitors, fellow Rotarians, and guests alike to this E-Club program!

Remember the Four-Way Test!

At the beginning of each meeting, we remind ourselves of The Four-Way Test.  Therefore, please remember to ask yourself always . . .

Of the things we think, say, or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

Reflective Moments

“A riot is the language of the unheard.”
       – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.”
       ― Bertrand Russell

“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
       – James Baldwin

“Racism is not getting worse, it's getting filmed.”
       ― Will Smith, The Late Show, August 2016
“People don't realize what's really going on in this country. There are a lot of things that are going on that are unjust. People aren't being held accountable for. And that's something that needs to change. That's something that this country stands for freedom, liberty, and justice for all.”
       ― Colin Kaepernick, KTVU Fox 2 San Francisco

Leadership Quotes

“No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as might otherwise.”
       – Marian Anderson, Singer without a Stage during WWII
“You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, “There's a world waiting for you. Yours is the quest that has just begun.”
       – James Weldon Johnson
“There is always light if only we're brave enough to see it; if only we're brave enough to be it.”
       –  Amanda Gorman, 2021 Inaugural poet reciting the poem: 'The Hill We Climb'
“The beauty of anti-racism is that you don't have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. 
And it's the only way forward.”
       – Ijeoma Oluo, author -  New York Times Best-Seller 'So You Want to Talk about Race'
“History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”
       – Michelle Obama, former First Lady, and author



March 6 – District 7545 Paul Harris Society Virtual Coffee Hour, 10 a.m. on Zoom with Paul Harris Society Chair, Jordan Feathers. Zoom link to come.
March 13 – District 7545  RLI - Part 1 - Virtual   Follow the link to register. Limited space.
April 29 – May 1 – District 7545 Virtual Rotary Clubs Conference – more info to come

Anti-Racism and You: a workshop with Lisa M. Gum

February is Black History Month and our E-Club member, Lisa M. Gum, will be offering a virtual workshop called “Anti-Racism and You” on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., February 20, 2020.
This virtual educational opportunity connects to Black History month by relating the need for awareness of the Black experience that results from racism.
“As we explore more about ourselves and become more aware of the impact race has on American society, we can better appreciate and understand the critical parts that African-Americans have played in the foundation of this country,” Lisa explains.
The e-workshop Lisa will be facilitating stems from a program developed by Jasmine James, a Middle School educator whose praxis is based in trauma-informed teaching and anti-racism. James is currently a Doctoral student at National Louis University conducting research in Community Psychology. Her research focuses on how ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) impact students’ psychological ability to excel in traditional school settings. She imagines a world where African American children regardless of their backgrounds are able to achieve their dreams and goals no matter how big.
“The goal of this educational workshop,” says Lisa, “is to create space for people to unlearn their personal, familial, and/or communal prejudices in order to align with anti-racism. It seeks to create a learning space for people from all backgrounds to commit to the work of anti-racism daily and not just when it is comfortable.”
The education section of the workbook has links to materials for review prior to the workshop.
These are two links also provided within the workbook.
Join Zoom Meeting on Feb. 20 at 10 a.m.
Topic: Anti-Racism and You - Zoom Facilitated by Lisa Gum
Time: Feb 20, 2021 10:00 AM US/Eastern

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 726 1852 0903
Passcode: X0mv4w

Lisa M. Gum Bio

Lisa M. Gum, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist works in North Carolina for the Elizabeth City – Pasquotank Public Schools. She has been an SLP for 25 years and her passion is helping people, especially children, with disabilities to communicate better.
Lisa has been a member of the E-Club of District 7545 since November 2018 and sits on the Board of Directors. She serves as secretary and appreciates the service-oriented approach to improving the lives of others that Rotary implements.
Native to Buckhannon, West Virginia, Lisa and her family now reside in Camden, North Carolina, near the Norfolk, VA naval base where her husband is stationed. She brings to the workshop her experiences of adaptation to a part of the country that demonstrates a snapshot of racial disparities and divisions, as well as opportunities to improve the relationships and lives of others.
“I have attended workshops in diversity training, racial justice, and communicating without biases, 
And would like to open this discussion about opposing racism in America with an open mind and a willingness to assume perspectives other than our own. I look forward to viewing other perspectives with a wide lens while narrowing in on how we can increase awareness and communicate better about issues related to racism.”

Jasmine James Bio

Jasmine James’ education began in Oberlin College, Class of 2016 BA in Sociology and Africana Studies; National Louis University, Class of 2017 MAT in Elementary Education National Louis University Class of 2023, Doctor of Philosophy.
According to James her teaching style is “rooted in anti-racist educational praxis and psychologically responsive trauma-based learning.
“I use education as a tool that allows my students to grapple with their own identities and then help reshape them into the student and person they want to be. I incorporate different learning modalities/styles to ensure that every student feels as if they are valued in the classroom.”
For more information on Jasmine James for homework prior to the workshop, visit:
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