A Message to Civic Organizations from a Rotarian President,
regarding World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
|World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day and International Rotarians have much in common . . . a desire for world peace and international cooperation and healing.
International Rotary Clubs do good works worldwide, with scholarship funds, clothing drives, water well projects, and immunization programs in developing nations worldwide.
|T'ai Chi & Qigong teachers worldwide should contact their local Rotary, and other civic clubs to do presentations.||
Contact your local Rotary Club, and other civic organizations to hold a T'ai Chi or Qigong (Chi Kung) seminar at one of their local membership meetings.
You may find several you can interview for possible presentations at your club meeting.
Rotarians worldwide can find local T'ai Chi & Qigong school contact information for their area by clicking here.
|If you are a Tai Chi or Qigong teacher who does a Rotary, or other Civic organization presentation on T'ai Chi & Qigong for health & healing, send us photos (2 x2 72 dpi), and a brief description, and we'll post it here at www.worldtaichiday.org||
World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day Founder does a presentation on Tai Chi & Qigong benefits to about 100 Warrensburg Missouri Rotarians, followed by a Qigong (Chi kung) relaxation therapy workshop. The entire event was about one hour long.
Participants loved it, and many are now practicing Tai Chi and Qigong.
A Message to Civic Organizations & Rotarians,
from a Rotarian Club President, Regarding T'ai Chi
I recently invited World T'ai Chi and Qi Gong Founder Bill Douglas to present
a program for The Warrensburg, Missouri Rotary Club. Bill's presentation
focused upon the health benefits that can be derived from Qi Gong and T'ai
Chi. He gave a 20-minute talk, then he led interested participants through a
few basic Qi Gong and T'ai Chi exercises.
Since our Rotary club is comprised of many members 60 years of age and older,
I was a bit worried as to how well the program would be accepted. Much to my
surprise, the program was very well received, and it was many of our older
members who were interested in following up, by acquiring T'ai Chi/Qi Gong
materials and arranging for private instruction.
T'ai Chi and Qi Gong has a positive impact on reducing stress, improving
breath support, maintaining joint suppleness and improving balance. These
are all primary health concerns for for senior adults. Bringing this
information to members in your local club could be one of the most important
things you can do for your membership.
I would recommend that Rotary Clubs and other social and civic organizations
consider inviting a local T'ai Chi or Qi Gong practitioner to do a program for
their club on the health benefits of T'ai Chi and Qi Gong. Certainly it will
awaken your membership to a time-tested means of improving one's health and
Mark Pearce - President
The Warrensburg Rotary Club
Dear World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, how would I approach my local Rotary Club ?
WTCQD: Use the Medical Research section of www.worldtaichiday.org to put together a proposal for your local Rotary, and include the letter from the Rotarian President (above to World Tai Chi & Qigong Day) and approach your local Rotarians to see if they want a Tai Chi workshop.
Decide what you want to be paid for it, as they may offer a small stipend to their speakers, or you can just ask what their typical stipend for speakers is.
They will likely be most interested in health, stress management, balance improvement, and depression lessening qualities of Tai Chi and Qigong, moreso than the martial applications. You'll need to create a simple direct way to explain Tai Chi and/or Qigong without the esoterics, just straightforward common sense images relying on medical research and science.
You should also create a succinct 30 or 40 minute presentation that will include a simple Qigong exercise that they will be able to feel some dramatic benefit from immediately on that day. On the day I did my Rotary presentation, I gave a 15 minute talk to the entire meeting at the end of their formal meeting, and then the moderator invited all who wanted to to join us in another room area for the Qigong exercise. I took them through the Moving Qigong warm ups I describe in my book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong, in the Moving Qigong section. But, my point is that I used those simple easy repetitive movements as internal awareness meditative exercises so that these people would feel calmer, looser, and more centered after we were done, getting a real taste of what Tai Chi & Qigong offer them.
This is better than confusing them with alot of intricate Tai Chi movements, because if they actually "feel" something from the experience, they will want more. If they feel befuddled and confused, they'll be done with it. Many of the people there subsequently wanted to start a Tai Chi class in their community after the workshop.
All the best, let us know how it goes in your city or area.
Bill Douglas, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, www.worldtaichiday.org