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Friday, April 13, 2012

Mike Ghouse Speaks at the Dallas Parks Rotary Club

Thursday, April 13, 2012
Contact: Mike Ghouse, America Together Foundation, MikeGhouse@aol.com

Paul Wilson President, Sadie Sinclair, Mike Ghouse and Tony Watson at Dallas Parks Rotary Club

Mike Ghouse Speaks about Building a Cohesive America at the Dallas Parks Rotary Club 

Dallas - Dallas Parks Rotary Club members were intrigued by hearing Mike Ghouse deliver their message at Monica's Aca y Alla in downtown Dallas last evening.  The small crowd was enthusiastic about what Mr. Ghouse had to say and stayed after the meeting asking questions. 
President Wilson’s thoughts went off to the ‘60s when he served as a police officer.  He commented that he thought we had made a lot of progress from the harsh treatment of blacks and gays back then.  Mr. Wilson is happy to see that change but says we have a way to go toward equal treatment.
 The Dallas Parks Rotary Club, formerly Fair Park Rotary Club, is one of the oldest clubs in Dallas and was chartered in 1950.  Doug Rudman states “a highly successful and dedicated group. It strives to contribute both funds and manpower to all avenues of service”.
Mike’s passion for teaching everyone about respecting the otherness of the other, and accepting the God given uniqueness of each one of the 312 million of us is reflected in the 501(c)(3) he has founded, America Together Foundation. 
His reason for creating America Together Foundation meets the Rotary’s Four-Way test: 1. Is it the TRUTH?, 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?, 3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?, and 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?.
Mr. Ghouse’s message about the need for building a cohesive America also fits perfectly into the Rotary International theme for 2011-2012, “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.”  Embracing diversity where no American has to live in discomfort, anxiety or fear of the other is the foundation of building a cohesive America.
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world begun in1905.
Mr. Ghouse concluded, “I have a dream, a dream to see a cohesive America where we focus on safety and prosperity of every American.  Indeed, prosperity is pluralistic in nature; you cannot have it, unless others around you have it.  You cannot be safe unless others around you are safe.  As an Indian - Muslim - Indian American, I am committed to contribute towards the safety and prosperity of America.”

A few other pictures - http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeghouse/sets/72157629445006304/show/
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For more information about Dallas Parks Rotary Club, attend their meetings on Thursdays at 6:00pm at 2914 Man Street (Deep Ellum) in Dallas.
Mike Ghouse is a leading thinker, writer and a speaker on Pluralism/Interfaith and America.  He is committed to building a cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.  He is a professional speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, civic affairs, Islam, India, Israel, peace and justice. Mike is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity Show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks; he writes weekly at Dallas Morning News and regularly at The Huffington Post, The Smirking Chimp and several other periodicals.  TheGhouseDiary is Mike's daily blog.

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