Katha Danz, programs chair, mentioned that we are delighted to have Tara Abraham as our speaker today. Tara is known to us as the daughter of esteemed member George Abraham and has been participating in many of our Club's projects from Special Olympics to Rise Against Hunger. We have watched her grow up from teenager to young woman in college, having gone to Folsom Lake College and now finishing up at U.C.D. She is talking to us today on an important and interesting subject, Inter-Generational Relations. If you want to learn more about Tara, she maintains a website at https://www.taratakeson.com 
Tara started her talk (and showed slides) about the importance of building a bridge between generations. She asks the question:
When was the last time that you spent time with someone of another generation other than family?
We isolate ourselves, we are guilty of prejudice and age-ism and we miss opportunities. Below are a few of the slides Tara showed us, left, on her talking points and right, showing that the older population is growing larger as compared to the younger.
There are preconceived notions about the "entitled" millennials and the "OK Boomer" generations- a kind of "not us vs them" mentality. Tara recommends people to "step out" and tell your story, the older can provide wisdom and and the younger person can give a fresh new perspective on life - beneficial to both. Tara now talked about her own experience. As a high school student, she enjoyed volunteering for the kindergarteners and 1st graders at the Gold River Elementary School and arranging Christmas caroling at the Eskaton in Gold River. She joined Toastmasters in 2018 at the behest of Alan Gallaway (another little known fact is the Alan brought father George into our Rotary Club). During the pandemic, Tara thought of how lonely older people must feel, and looked for a way to help. She found her chance in a Eskaton program where she calls older people weekly, checking in on them. She loves doing this and tells by way of example how she has talked to Ross. Ross, when not trying to convert Tara to veganism, tells her that he has a masters degree in computer science but has earned a living for forty years as a magician - and will sing to her while playing his guitar and does magic tricks. He has recently lost his wife to Alsheimers.
The above slides she provided tells of the benefits reaching across generations. Tara ends with the statement:
whether 20 or 80, purpose, fulfillment, and pure joy can be had by interacting with people of other generations.
President Thorman was full of joy when he complemented Tara on her excellent talk and told her that a book, in her honor, will be donated to the Carmichael Library (subsidiary of the Sacramento Public Library)