Weekly Meeting - Diane Steumer - Around the World

Diane Steumer spoke of her family's decision to sail around the world but first assured us that she originally did not like sailing - did not even like the water! However, after sailing the Ottawa River 6 times in Northern Magic[http://www.northernmagic.com/], the family decided that sailing around the world was what they really wanted to do and that their children were at the proper age for such an adventure. Of all the countries they visited, Indonesia (and the jungles of Borneo) and Africa made the greatest impression on them and they continue to financially support families in these two countries through donations and the sale of T Shirts - which, incidentally, she sold out her supply at our luncheon. Through her writings in the Ottawa Citizen during their trip, and her tale of poverty and need in these countries, the people of Ottawa gave money and became part of their trip; they still continue with the Educational Fund set up for the family in Africa.

Thought of the week: What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn't have any doubt - it is sure to get where it is going and it doesn't want to go anywhere else.

- 2001-12-07eDGE.pdf