In the wake of her mother’s “miraculous recovery” from ovarian cancer, Dawn took on the role of Executive Director of the Humboldt Breast Health Project. She held that position for five years, balancing the demands of family and business. Finally, she began looking for a way to give grants rather than applying for them. The timing was perfect, as the Headwaters Fund Coordinator was stepping down. So Dawn stepped in.
Laura said that now that her daughter and sons are adults, she is seeking a buyer for Nugames. She is busy creating videos and commercials, and she works as the Marketing Director for Coldwell Banker Sellers Realty. In addition, she is the Casting Director for Redwood Curtain and she volunteers for KEET-TV. In her “spare time”, she plays steel drums with Pan Dulce.
Both women were attracted to the ideals of Rotary. They said that it is a good fit with their lives. We’re happy (and lucky) to have them both as Sunrisers!
Bob Johnson’s Recognitions
Lori and Dave Breyer’s anniversary celebration was postponed for a week due to circumstances that were unforeseen, however the fireworks were rescheduled for last Friday night. Let’s here it for 15 great years of marriage!!
Sir Charles (aka Chuck Giannini) was evicted … sorta. He and his wife Barbara have moved to Sutter Estates. I’m not sure where that is, but he said that their new home is a bit smaller. The new owner of their old digs is their daughter. I guess she was ready for more room for Chuck’s grandson Rocco – a very active youngster. Grandpa Chuck was very proud of Rocco for winning the 2nd grade chess championship recently.
Our guest speaker last week was Dave Berman of Manifest Positivity. Dave is a certified hypnotist, life coach, and master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). Dave received his B.S. in Communication from Cornell University, and he is continuing his education in hypnosis on a full tuition scholarship to the Hypnosis Practitioner Training Institute.
|Dave Berman of Manifest Positivity|
Dave began by explaining that hypnosis is a natural altered state of consciousness. It is more common than most people realize. For example, you may get a cut on your finger and you may not feel it until your attention is drawn to it. Dave said that this is a form of hypnosis. In fact, he said, hypnosis can be used as a natural form of anesthesia, and it is recognized as such by medical professionals.
The reality of hypnosis is quite different from how it is portrayed in the popular media. Dave reminded us that no one can hypnotize you and then make you “do something you don’t want to do.”
He uses hypnosis and NLP to help his clients with smoking cessation, emotional issues, and phobias. Dave says that standard therapy works with the conscious mind. The techniques he uses reach the subconscious, which can be more effective in many areas.
Dave describes NLP by comparing the human brain to a filing cabinet. “We interact with our perceptions of the world,” he noted. If we can change those perceptions, we can “re-file” our thoughts. He said that the way that we visualize things has a strong effect on how they impact us.
He said that hypnosis and NLP are very effective techniques. Clients rarely need to come in for more than four or five sessions. For more information, check Dave’s website at www.ManifestPositivity.com.