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First. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
Second. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
Third. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
Fourth. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.;
Fifth. The empowerment of a new generation of global leaders through service, mentorship, international exchange, and leadership development opportunities

The Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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Westshore Sunrise

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We meet Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Coastal Offices,
Rear of 328 Wale Road,
Olympic Room,
Victoria, BC  V9B 0J8
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Speaker, Superintendent of Schools in School District No. 62, Jim Cambridge (Heather) Welcome back to Rotary, Jim Cambridge it's great to see you once again. Jim has worked in Sooke schools for over 30 years as a teacher, principal, District administrator and most recently, as Superintendent. His areas of special interests include an expanding view of student success, the role of arts in public schools, and the development of a district model of distributive leadership with the aim of working it into an appreciative inquiry project. Sooke School District once a small rural one continues to embrace change and innovations of 21st Century learning and has become one of the fastest growing districts in the province. Jim, an avid runner and triathlete strives for a healthy work-life balance between the joy of parenting and managing a world of students and staff in a large organization. As mentioned there have many changes in SD No. 62 over the past 36 years. I work for a Board of Education in Sooke School District and am responsible for directing and managing it. School Districts are large organizations with over a $1m operating budget with 1400 to 1500 employees. Currently, SD62 has 25 schools and is the fastest growing school district in the province in student enrolment. SD62 added over 520 new students this year and over 400 last year putting the district at 6.5% growth and having to absorb this growth into the existing school district schools. This fast growth creates new opportunities and with it new challenges. Most of our schools are over capacity and using more portables. Key consideration is that there are over 600 teachers in district and 100 of them have less than
two years of experience teaching so important to that continued growth and development is new mentorship programs and support. The municipalities have reported that there is expected residential growth to continue and this will continue to increase the student population. The municipalities continue to development their neighbourhood capacity in the way of parks, programs, and facilities which is very attractive to families.
So ... Working on earning some "growth asks" from government for new schools, for this school district.
Long range facilities plan asks include: expansion, seizement, extension and land e.g. 700+ more seats to
RBSS, Middle School needed, 4 more Elementary schools needed. An important design feature of today's
new schools are intentionally created social and open working space for students. Also in our two new
secondary schools are the Neighbourhood Learning Centres - considering schools as community assets.
The two new high schools have spaces for community learning. Royal Bay has a large space that is
leased by Westshore Parks & Recreation for the entire year. This includes a Day Care. The new Belmont
has an innovative space for Neighbourhood Learning where Belmont has partnered with Camosun
College with dual credit programs, University Transfer courses, and trades. Another partner is the Pacific
Centre who has one of the most innovative Day Cares. And finally, Highland Health set up in Belmont a
Wellness Centre (open daily with 2 Nurses, 2 Healthcare Practitioners, drug and health counsellor,
medical reception) and this partnership creates more youth accessibility to Heath Care. Best part of this is
that it's a clinic that youth access. Thank you!
• Lorne Olson thanked Jim Cambridge for his leadership in education and presented Jim with a book to
sign for 1000 x 5 in support of Literacy in the community.

Speakers Bob Beckett (Haiti) and Katie: Bob provided an overview of the Haiti project introduced Katie and Hilary to talk about what it means to be going to Haiti. Bob presented a few slides to contextualize the setting for the orphanage in Haiti. The first picture showed barb wired compound.
The club has been involved in two Orphanages - Baby Jesus and now the Divine Hands. A collage of photos of children and Rotarians interacting was shown. There are some immediate needs of the orphanage such as a new generator to provide additional power, an inverter, batteries, and looking to upgrade their chicken and egg operation, a bread oven as a source of an income, food provisions, elevated water tower needed, cost of a solar panel and also a secure fencing wall barb wired. Total cost of operations $11,609.95. Katie Engquist, The Gazette is excited to be going to Haiti and she will be covering the story and putting faces with the stories. Hilary has followed the club projects for some time and has been interested in helping the project along. Hilary speaks many languages and having French will assist the trip to Haiti. Hilary spoke about the importance of being part of this Rotary initiative and bringing the female perspective to the activity. Also mentioned was that Rotary International and Regional Rotary Grants have supported the chicken project. President Lew presented $16000. USD to the Haiti project as funds raised and donated from many community members



Doug spoke about his experiences in Rotary in 1991 growing up in the Westshore having gone to school at
Belmont, UVic, Royal Roads, Colonel in the Airforce and enjoyed a career as an Engineer in many executive
positions and retired at 48 twelve years ago, and now owner of local business Bytes in Colwood.
• Doug talked about his many years and experiences involved in many Boards, Non-for-Profit, For Profit and the
responsibilities of the work of Boards. Doug teaches people about being on a board. Before accepting a role on a
board you must know your role and responsibilities and liabilities. He reviewed many aspects of being on a board,
some of which were outlined below in his presentation.
• Responsibilities and Duties:
- Look for diversity and skill set e.g. accountant, legal side
- Appoint President & CEO
- Approve term as of reference for Board
- Succession Planning
- Approve strategic plan and budget, external auditors, policies and procedures
- Approve external auditors
Rotary Club of Westshore may
• Legal Obligations:
- Directing management to ensure legal requirements have been met and documents and records
maintained properly
• Personal Liabilities:
- Liability in tort e.g. Unsafe condition on company property leading to personal injury
- Liability of breach of trust when dealing with a charitable property, involving investment decisions, for
lack of corporate authority
- Statuary liabilities
• Summary: Doug provided some examples of where things can go wrong for Board members if
due diligence is not exercised. His advice, "Go in with your eyes wide open and ensure there is
due diligence."

Speaker: Allan introduced Dr. Yanni Argon, Director of Technology of Integrated Learning and Director of the Technology and Society Program at UVic. Dr. Yanni Argon's research interests include: Gender and Politics, American Politics, Women and Technology, Third Wave Feminism, Social Movement, and Transnational Feminism. Today she spoke about the political, "Elections Spectacle" of recent events in the USA. The advent of technology since TV continues to change the face of the election process. Thoughts of "it can't get any worse," and it does get worse. To even go into Senate or any elected office in these times you have to be very wealthy and one of the elite. Yanni explored the many facets of the election process unpacking the concept of "cultural wars." People want to be edutained and watch the elections like reality TV. In Canada political changes are also happening here. The concern is to keep the flavour of the USA political out of Canada and keep high standards for elected offices. The old Clinton baggage continues to surface while Trump continues to behave badly like himself. Based on past performance at election time, research says that Americans tend to be more extreme and even racist in the privacy of the voting booth. As to the recent comparing of the the two candidates, Go to conserveepidia to check out entries for Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. Interesting! Q: What about the two party notion? What would happen if there were more parties? To make a difference , you would have to have more traction at the municipality level and state level. Note: Our new location is at the rear of Coastal Offices 328 Wale Rd. To be accessed by the the East side entrance
Speaker: Allan introduced Doug Kobayashi, former President of Rotary, Rebels, Chamber to speak
about participating in a Board of Directors
• Doug spoke about his experiences in Rotary in 1991 growing up in the Westshore having gone to school at
Belmont, UVic, Royal Roads, Colonel in the Airforce and enjoyed a career as an Engineer in many executive
positions and retired at 48 twelve years ago, and now owner of local business Bytes in Colwood.
• Doug talked about his many years and experiences involved in many Boards, Non-for-Profit, For Profit and the
responsibilities of the work of Boards. Doug teaches people about being on a board. Before accepting a role on a
board you must know your role and responsibilities and liabilities. He reviewed many aspects of being on a board,
some of which were outlined below in his presentation.
• Responsibilities and Duties:
- Look for diversity and skill set e.g. accountant, legal side
- Appoint President & CEO
- Approve term as of reference for Board
- Succession Planning
- Approve strategic plan and budget, external auditors, policies and procedures
- Approve external auditors
Rotary Club of Westshore may
• Legal Obligations:
- Directing management to ensure legal requirements have been met and documents and records
maintained properly
• Personal Liabilities:
- Liability in tort e.g. Unsafe condition on company property leading to personal injury
- Liability of breach of trust when dealing with a charitable property, involving investment decisions, for
lack of corporate authority
- Statuary liabilities
• Summary: Doug provided some examples of where things can go wrong for Board members if
due diligence is not exercised. His advice, "Go in with your eyes wide open and ensure there is
due diligence."
Guest Speaker – Lanny Seaton with City of Langford
The City of Langford has been waiting for the completion of roadwork such as Leigh Road, etc before beginning on work on boulevards and parks.  Now that some roads are completed, this work is underway. Many of these areas has had wells put in where possible for watering of trees and grass.  Where wells have not been possibly, the City has put in artificial turf.  There is a well at the corner of Jacklin Road. Much of the work has now been completed for parks around Westhills and Bear Mountain, and the City now has attracted such groups as Rugby Canada, Golf Canada and the Canadian Biking team which now train in Langford. The City is working on a boat launch on Langford Lake and opening a trail from Savory to Atkins and another trail from Jacklin to Humpback.   As for transportation, the City has worked on getting a 50 passenger bus to commute from Park and Rides in Langford to downtown Victoria direct. They are still in negotiations on a rail line, but that is going slowly. Future plans include washrooms and a dog park at Irwin Park, and a new weed machine for the lakes.


Speaker: Etta Connor  Restorative Justice is alive and well across North America, Australia, Romania, New Zealand and many other parts of the world.  New Zealand looked to the Maori people's family circle for how they resolved issues.  Restorative Justice is about how are we going to fix this?  There are many examples of Restorative Justice being implemented in local communities to resolve issues and keep youth out of custody.  In BC working with RCMP, municipalities, families, schools, a framework was developed for programs and volunteers implementing Restorative Justice in community.  This included facilitative training and volunteer training programs.  Circle conversation evolved - guided dialogue between offender/s and victim to create a contact to "make things right" and that was relevant to the victim and doable for the offender.  The process being one of participation in facing up to the "crime" and making amends.  Difficult process to develop in communities particularly when the common expectation to justice is punishment. Restorative Justice provides a process where the victim has the opportunity to confront the offender directly and speak about their experiences.  Thank you Etta, for sharing your knowledge and deep experiences with Restorative Justice, a very relevant topic with Rotary.  
 Lorna Curtis - updated club on the Rotary involvement with the Food Rescue Program in the GV area:  20,000 people access food banks and 30,000 more people are food insecure.  Rotaries with Victoria Foundation sponsored a Food Coordinator to improve the efficiency of the Food Share Network.  RFP process to take on the food glean, storage, and clean process and project.  Mustard Seed was selected for this project and leased a warehouse, Rotary put coolers for food to the Coalition of Neighbourhood Houses who identify and get the food out.  Now Rotary is working on connecting this project to the school food programs in the school districts and also connecting this with fundraising ideas such as the Rotary International Golf Tournaments.


Our first App'n Yap was a great success. We are hoping to hold other evening meetings to make it easier for people to join Rotary who cannot make breakfast at 7:00 am. 


John Lyall, Edward Milne, SD 62 Sooke updated the club on the successes of youth Rugby. He
reviewed the season and tournament fun and that the district Rugby players Boys Team from Belmont
Secondary and and Girls Team from Edward Milne were winners in the Westshore Rotary Sunrise
Tournament. John accepted a cheque from our Westshore Sunrise Rotary club on behalf of the Vancouver
Island Thunder Club.
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Speaker: Teen Fest Ali Berman spoke about the founding of Teen Fest. One day event 11:00-5pm.
November 5th, 2016 at Pearks. Events are free to youth and have exhibitors and speakers to come for
free and have them be interactive. Goal is to make a difference for youth in communities and move this
across Canada. Youth is the next generation and this works well as Rotary is philanthropy and this is
important for the future. www.teenfest.ca hope that all Rotaries (11) and Rotaract and 5 Interacts in the
South Island to join together and have a booth. Lorne to bring contact information of the Rotaract to
coordinate the youth. Determine ali@teenfest.ca


• Scholarship Committee: Jim and Lorne presented Scholarship awards to students from Royal Bay and Belmont
- Ana Mendez, Royal Bay
- Josh Gage, Royal Bay
- Kennedy Locke, Royal Bay
- MacKenzie Locan, Belmont
- Haley Thompson, Belmont
- Ryan Weins, Belmont (Absent) - Christie Ranns, Parent
Notes: Youth Housing Task Force Meeting,
Centennial Centre, June 13, 2016, 5:30-6:30 pm
In attendance: Jesse, Ravi, Bill, Christine, Mark, Amy, Lajah, Maureen. Regrets: Jen, James, Markus.
1.  Meeting called to order at 5:35 pm
2.  Introductions and Updates: Maureen reported that WestShore Rotary-Sunrise has received a cheque in the amount of $2200 earmarked for WestShore Youth Housing. WestShore Rotary-Sunrise has also committed to do a serious fundraiser and will liaise with WestShore Rotary to get them on board.
3.  Survey: Ravi reported on the recent Housing survey.  Belmont did not participate as they felt overwhelmed by a spate of recent surveys.  However, there were 333 responses from Edward Milne and 91 from Royal Bay.  This is a reasonable sample size to provide good data. 
Some results, pending a more thorough review:
  • 17% of Royal Bay students spend one or more nights away from home, mostly couch surfing with friends or relatives.  The number one reason for leaving home was family conflict.
  • 27% of Edward Milne students had left home for one or more nights and had spent that time couch surfing with friends or relatives.  Again, the main reason was family conflict.
  • A more comprehensive report on the results will be distributed to the Task Force before the end of June.
4.  Report to Rotary: Bill prepared a draft report, and a few suggestions were made to correct errors.  Ravi asked if the report could be made available to SD62 Trustees and the group agreed that was OK.  After some discussion, it was decided that we would hold off on sending the report until we could include the results and analysis of the survey.  Bill will do the analysis and distribute a draft report before sending it to Rotary.  Bill also agreed to prepare the results and put it into a rack card format, so that the info would be easy to see.  Mark mentioned that these results gibe with the “Point in Time” report, which noted that many homeless people first became homeless under the age of 18.  Preventative action for youth is one of the best ways to prevent long-term homelessness.
5.  Next Steps:
  • Hold another group meeting in September at the Colwood Golf Course to discuss the findings to date.  Maureen agreed to make the arrangements.
  • Bill will crunch the numbers from the Survey.
  • We will make sure Arnold Lim at the Goldstream Gazette gets the results of the survey.
  • Students will go ahead with interviewing their principals, many of whom have important insights into youth housing.  We will also try to get a survey done at Belmont, maybe in September.
6.  Meeting adjourned at 6:35. Next meeting in July at the call of the Chair, place and date to be set.


Rotary's Response to Panama Papers (David Stocks, Westshore Rotary Club)
Rotarians all over the world volunteer to support developing countries by drilling for fresh water, building schools and orphanages for children. Malawi is rich in resources and tourist potential. So, Why are countries like Malawi so poor? David provided a historical review of Tax Havens and the impact globally, especially on developing countries. He implored Rotarians worldwide to take action. He walked us through evolving money systems and allocation of Capital & Risk and the impact of the "computer" shifting the world to high frequency trading. Concepts were explored like unregulated banks, illicit financial flows such as paying too little for exports and paying too much for exports.
Tools of Economic Theft:
• Tax Havens (Cayman Islands, Double Irish)
• Secret Ownership of Bank Accounts
• Secret Ownership of Corporations
• Placing Intellectual Property in Tax Havens
The Effect on Taxation
• Lands can not move so more taxes on land
• Most people can not move so more taxes on people
• Local business can not move so taxes on local business go up • Profits can move anywhere so multi corporations can escape taxation
Rotary needs to press ethical response:
What laws should we demand?
• Identify human beneficial owners of private corps, bank accounts
• Force corporations to report income and expense by country
Rotarians should demand and advocate ethical behaviour guided by principles like the 4
Truths. For more information, see Facebook, Rotarian Advocacy Group for Business Ethics. Check out, The Price We Pay - Documentary Movie
Thank you, David.
Presentation - Linda Vansicle and Hilary McKay
Linda and Hilary are with the Westshore Refuge Sponsorship Group
This organization is made up of a group of private citizens from the Westshore. Their goal is to raise funds in order to help a refugee family come to the Westshore.
Rotary Club of Westshore Sunrise
There are a number of different programs available to new refugees but they require the grassroots community support.
WRSP is raising the funds to bring in one family of four. It takes about $45,000 to support a refugee family for a year. There are a number of subsidies and grants available so the group needs to raise about $18,000 of the $45,000. They are doing a dinner and auction with entertainment by local jazz artists. Otherwise they depend on the support of local organizations and individuals to raise the funds.
The funds would go directly to the Westshore Refugee Sponsorship Group. They are also looking for furniture and other items for the families.
Action: Rotary executive will discuss whether to donate some gaming funds for this group, if they qualify.
Speaker: Ron Rice, President of Victoria Native Friendship and employed with BC Aboriginal Friendship Centres; Vice Chair of Camosun Board
Good morning everyone.  There are 25 Friendship Centres in the province and 115 in Canada.  Friendship Centres initially began as a way to support aboriginal people in urban centres.  Victoria Friendship Centre is located in the former Hampton Elementary School site on Regina Avenue.  NFC's offer many educational and training programs including: Adult Education, Daycare, Drug Addiction Program, Employment Training, Retention Program, as well as integrating cultural aspects.  1100 people employed with the Friendship Centres as well many volunteer hours to make these happen. Victoria Friendship Centre launching new project - Siem Lelum Respecting Home - and new housing  projects, includes new Studios and Suites supporting students, elders, families, teen parents.  Of special mention, Aboriginal Back to Picnic, a regional project brings together many aboriginal agencies and families with over 2000 students hosted last year to be held again at the Government House.  Mike presented a children's book to Ron for signing and presenting to 1000x5 Literacy Project.
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Earth Day at Royal Bay Secondary School

A great display created by Maureen and Jeremy and hiding the display are Ron, Sheila, Dave, Bonnie and Jeremy. Other standard bearers were Alex, Lorne, Darrell, Doris, Sipili and Mike.
We were highlighting our activities in our neighborhood and in Haiti. The event was held in our brand new secondary school; our Youth Homelessness project seemed particularly relevant.
Suchil Saini, BA, MES Executive Director The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Canada  ssaini@dukeofed.org    250-385-4232   4086 Shelbourne St., Victoria,B.C. V8N 4P6
What is The Duke of Edinburgh’ Award  (TDEA)
ED for BC & Yukon main office is based in Victoria, but most involvement has been on the mainland.  However Victoria is the 2nd largest unit and fastest growing group.
This is a self-development leadership program available to your people across B.C & Yukon ages 14- 24.  Their mission is to provide youth with the opportunities to challenge themselves and develop into the best possible versions of themselves.
TDEA inspires youth to set and achieve goals in 4 activity areas:  skill development, volunteering, physical activity, and adventurous journeys in nature. 
The skill activity is personally chosen by the youth and it is limited only by their imagination and passion.
Volunteering develops empathy, self-esteem, and provides perspective on community for youth growing into adulthood
Physical activity is key to emotional and physical wellness
Presentation Trends on Sustainable Land Use Planning
Presented by Kim Fowler, Urban planner
Definition of sustainability is the quality of a process or state allowing it to be maintained indefinitely, encompassing social, environmental and economic
Kim was involved in the planning and development of Dockside Green in the old Queen Mary site in the Inner Harbour.  Dockside Green has its own septic treatment system.  It is an exceedingly sustainable development and has one of the highest ratings in the world for efficiency, meeting and exceeding LEEDS standards.
Kim has also been involved in the transition of an old motel to Queens Manor which contains low barrier housing units, housing over 20 homeless people, as well as the Siem Lelum housing.
She advises that the government needs to change its way of funding and promoting new development rather than focusing funding on creating a sustainable infrastructure model.  With the increase in climate change and risk of damage to current infrastructure, we need to look at more than just a band aid solution to current infrastructure maintenance.

Guest Speaker:  Elaine Harvey, nurse and author showed slides of her volunteering as a nurse with the Red Cross in Cambodia during the 70’s & 80’s.  Elaine also read excerpts from her book, Encounters on the Front Line, Cambodia: A Memoir.  Elaine brought to light the real life struggles for people of Cambodia.

In appreciation for her visit, we asked Elaine to sign a child’s book and her photo was taken with Maureen and Mike. 

Action:  Mike will order labels for the books.  

Lorna Curtis introduced Colin and Rudi who spoke on the Food Sharing Network
Rudi is director of Mustard Seed and Colin is with St. Vincent de Pauls.
Over $100,000 was raised in the car raffle over the summer and the Victoria Foundation matched these funds.
The challenge is how to get food from the stores out to the various organizations that need it.
In order to keep this sustainable, they need to shift the thinking from nonprofit to business enterprises.
Food Rescue Project
This project represents more than 40 organizations in the CRD, working collaboratively for only 3 years.  They want to serve the community as best they can.
Thriftys Foods has been instrumental in this project.
There are about 20,000 people who access food banks in the CRD region, and a food distribution service would help to supplement food donators with fresh fruit and vegetables, providing much healthier food options. Lots of food in the stores and our community goes to waste.  Food waste is $31 billion in edible food.  And there are a number of identified populations who still do not have good food access.  Some of these are school breakfast or lunch programs and the working poor who have to buy cheap, often unhealthy food. 
There are about 50,000 other people who do not have access the food banks and cannot afford good healthy food.  1/5 of school kids are below the poverty line and go to school hungry. 
The Food Rescue Plan is looking into how to subsidize the food access for these other groups on the fringe and reach people who are not currently being served.
Where is the Food Rescue Plan now?
They have to make sure this is a sustainable plan.  They are trying to shift the organization of the distribution so it is not a one-time thing.  They must follow many food regulations. Organizations are now sharing information.  They are identifying what assets they have and what their needs are.
Lots of grocery stores in the region and there is lots of infrastructure in place, but challenges remain.  Challenges include lack of storage space and lack of cooler storage access. Mustard Seed has refrigerated trucks and fork lifts, but not nearly enough. They need to look at how to adapt grocery stores to a model of discounts for "ugly" produce and not dump edible food.  Being done in some Ontario food stores.
Victoria is trail blazing the Food Rescue Plann process in Canada.  VanCity and Vancouver Foundation are interested. A decentralized model best serves outlying communities, giving flexibility. Project implementation begins in April 2016.
Thank you to Rotary members who have helped in this project.
Discussion Youth Homelessness:
Reporting on directions, Maureen spoke about the need to build momentum through awareness and educating community about the issue of youth homelessness. Key to educating ourselves, she stressed that this not a "quick fix project" but more one that involves community through consultation beginning with youth in the adult, alternative school as well as the two secondary schools Royal Bay and Belmont in the Westshore and the local municipalities to address concerns, barriers, and interests. Also it is key to not reinvent the wheel and be able to build on successful practice and models of housing such as Hope House in Sooke and M'aKola Housing projects which are underway. Next meetings will involve community via schools. Maureen invited questions and input from club members:
• What do you see being done to bring it together as a rotary project? For example, what kind of package will be need to drive or support the project? (Hugh)
• Looking at a Continuum of 1 .............................................10 with the beginning being building awareness and consultation of sectors including engaging youth, key stakeholders towards developing a focused vision, clear outcomes and a strategic action plan. I see Rotary as facilitating the process and the club choosing what we want to do specifically.
• Other questions for consideration:
• Where do I fit? As in, how do I bring my ideas forward to the project e.g. Mentoring and housing (Darrell)
• What timeframe are we developing? Dates, steps, action to check off
• What's the rotary project? Need to clear define the what. (Jim)
• What consultation? It's important for neighborhoods to be involved in the beginning and not just told what is already decided. ( Doris)
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