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What We’ve Done In

OUR ST 101 YEAR Dr. Vladimir Parpura

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Building on our Brand

USING PEOPLE FIRST LANGUAGE TRULY INTERNATIONAL Expanding Civitan in Nepal and South Korea


From The President

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Our 98th annual international convention in Reno is right around the corner now! I am looking forward to the convention to see many of our Civitan family all gathered together in one place again. We have some fun, exciting and interactive things planned for all attendees.

Editor in Chief Terry Schrimscher Contributing Writers Terry Schrimscher Scarlet Thompson Louis Stephens Megan Mindel Kendyl Massey Joel Hallman

As of today we have 100 participants registered to participate in the Putt and Chip (aka Civitan Fest) and raised over $30,000. We have corporate sponsorships for the first time for this event that exceed $6000 as of this writing! This year’s event will also include life size family games, Civitan’s grand prize game, a carnival type atmosphere with some prizes and snacks.

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The golf tournament has returned to the original name of “Breakthru Golf Tournament,” going back to roots of the event. This year, Breakthru is being hosted by the past international presidents and, to date, we have more than 40 golfers who have raised a minimum of $1500.00 each. The Somersett Golf Course is looking forward to hosting us for a private event the day of the tournament in their beautiful mountain setting. Our membership is at a loss as of the end of June which is not good for the longevity and stability of our organization long term. For us to have an opportunity to turn these numbers around we will need everyone’s help. To date we have only had six clubs chartered in North America – with a few more in the works. If you have thought of building a club, or if you have plans to build a club, I encourage you to please act on it and get new club organizational meetings planned and underway sooner than later. I encourage all of you to recruit a minimum of four new members into Civitan this year and join the ranks of the MST (membership sponsorship team).

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I want to recognize the Pisgah club in the Alabama North district. They held a club membership open house and added 17 new members to their 20 member club roster in June. They are a shining example of where there is a will there is a way to share and grow Civitan. Their active area director, Joel Hallman, has also been an integral part of his own club’s success and the Pisgah club as well. They are definitely “Kindling Their Fires for Civitan”!

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2017-18 International Officers President: Kendyl Massey, Maryville, TN President-Elect: Bob Jones, Concord, NC Immediate Past President: Duane Capps, Greensboro, NC International Directors: Barbara Holyfield, Meridian, MS; Lana Suggs, Jacksonville, FL; Tony Workman, Greensboro, NC; Patricia Jackowski, Middletown, CT; Bill Lawrence, Almonte, ON, Canada; Marta Ford, Eaton Rapids, MI; Fred Matthies, Lakewood, CO; Linda Colley, Altadena, CA; Michael Koneke, Beverstedt, Germany; Sae-11 Chun M.D., Republic of Korea Junior Civitan International President: Hadden Fulgham, Adel, Georgia; Executive Vice President: Scarlet Thompson, Birmingham, AL Civitan Magazine, like the organization it represents, is dedicated to service. The magazine will, at all times, emphasize the high ideals and purposes of the organization, disseminate ideas for greater service, and carry authorized announcements and notices regarding the activities of the organization. The magazine is an official Civitan International publication. Civitan International does not endorse or imply endorsement of any product and/or company by selling advertising space in this publication. Editorial opinions expressed in this magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Civitan International, its officers, or staff. Telephone: (205) 591-8910 FAX: (205) 592-6307 Email: civitan@civitan.org Website: www.civitan.org

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Mission Statement The mission of Civitan worldwide is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.

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Civitan created the Servant’s Heart Awards in 2018 to honor. people who serve others with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities.

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From the Editor What’s New in Civitan Magazine? The digital version of Civitan Magazine continues to grow. Our May issue had the biggest response from online readers since membership voted to move the magazine online two years ago. In fact, readership in May nearly doubled and we are very grateful. This issue of Civitan Magazine is a bit smaller than the last few. As we prepare for the 2018 Civitan International Convention in Reno, we have dedicated ourselves to making that experience the best it can be for our members attending. Our September issue will have a lot of club news and convention summaries. You won’t want to miss it! In this issue, EVP Scarlet Thompson details some of the many changes we have gone through in the past year as an organization. There’s a lot of good going on in Civitan world, and we are happy to share some of the accomplishments from our 101st year. Louis Stephens also contributes some news from his journey to Asia this past Spring. Civitan is growing in that important region and we expect great things in the years to come. For our Civitan International Research Center report, we have five questions with McNulty Scientist Vlad Parpura. The McNulty family did so much to shape the mission of Civitan International. It is always a nice reminder to see how their legacy is impacting lives today. We hope you enjoy this issue. Please keep sending us your stories and ideas. We are the stories we tell and Civitan has so much to share. Thank you for reading.

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Civitan Magazine is distributed six times a year to club members around the world. We need your news stories, events, and pictures! Is your club finishing an exciting project, organizing an event in your community, or approaching a special milestone? Just email pr@civitan.org, call us, or mail your story to the address on the right and your club could be in the next issue of Civitan Magazine! Please include as much information as you can – funds raised, how the event impacts your community and/or club, and any other important details. Pictures are always welcome, too. Please send in jpg format, sized 300 dpi or larger. We hope to hear from you soon!

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What is People First Language? What defines you as a person? People may answer that question differently depending on their perspectives of the world around them. Some may point to their career, their faith, their family, or their identity. For people with disabilities it has been challenging.

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It’s an inclusive way to speak and lifts the person above the condition, struggle or disability. We are all people, first.

People First Attitude

The norms of our language and our culture tended to define people with disabilities by their condition. It was a dehumanizing way to speak about our friends and neighbors.

In the late 1980s, dvocacy groups and speech pathologists began to adopt what has become “people first language” as a sort of etiquette for speaking about disabilities.

SPEAK UP!

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SHE HAS A SPINAL CORD INJURY SHE HAS A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE OR DIAGNOSIS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ACCESSIBLE PARKING, ROOM, AMENITIES, ETC.  HE HAS A CONGENITAL DISABILITY 

HE HAS A LEARNING DISABILITY OR DIAGNOSIS

SHE HAS DOWN SYNDROME OR A DIAGNOSIS OF... SHE RECEIVES SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

The Civitan Creed, written so many years ago, places great emphasis on treating everyone with respect and compassion. At Civitan International, we encourage each of our members to become familiar with people first language and put it into practice. All it takes is an effort to live by the creed we hold dear to our hearts and treat others as we would like to be treated. There’s power in words.

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The Resiliency of Civitan: A Look Back at Its First Year in Its Second Century By Scarlet Thompson, Executive Vice President

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ever has Civitan International’s hallowed halls at the world headquarters been busier than this summer. Besides getting ready for convention, we’re revamping a website, enhancing our philanthropic programs, and initiating member retention ideas put forth by our volunteer leadership. In another corner, we’re setting up a new accounting system or working on the launch of a pilot club model that would reach younger generations.

It’s been a year since a leadership transition happened here. A staff team who had managed the organization for over thirty years retired. A new one came in under my direction and the guidance of the Civitan International board.

As I have traveled to Civitan districts this year, I’ve gotten a lot of questions. Most of them involve how the organization is doing and how we are facing the challenges of today and tomorrow. I thought I would take the chance now to share those answers with you. The board and I have spent the last twelve months really delving into issues that relate to the organization’s overall health, specifically financial. This process has revealed several critical needs. One is to be realistic about the resources we have. Another is to make a bigger effort to use as much of those dollars as possible on making a difference. And, finally, we have a duty to protect the organization’s future, even if it means difficult decisions. We have some challenges to overcome, but none so great that it would hinder our second century in existence if we all work together We are making strides when it comes to transforming our organization into one that makes an even bigger impact and is viable for years to come. I am proud of the accomplishments we’ve made these last few months. They include: Administrative Costs – We carried out a staff reorganization that not only refocused our human resources on our organization’s true needs, but drove down salary and related costs by nearly $200,000. In addition, we’ve set up processes at world headquarters to contain costs through streamlining an order process for supplies, renegotiating building maintenance contracts, and implementing a bid process for printing and for supply house items. These efforts have resulted in savings of thousands of dollars.

A new pilot club called Civitan Action Board is being started in Birmingham to reach the millennial age group.

Human Resources – The world headquarters staff has a new employee handbook, and we have implemented a consistent performance evaluation process for all employees. During the reorganization we also worked with a well-respected human resources consultant to make sure salaries at world headquarters are in line with other non-profits in similar cities. Club Support – The reorganization has helped us take a one-on-one approach with our clubs by having three membership specialists assigned to specific districts. That gives us here at International the opportunity to truly focus on being proactive instead of reactive. I’m proud to see clubs utilizing this renewed help by inviting our specialists to support a membership meeting or talking through ideas as to how they can have a bigger presence in their communities. Our support system of you will continue to get better. We are planning new tools that will help you with recruitment, retention and awareness. One of them unveiled this year. The Servant’s Heart Awards is Civitan’s global awareness effort. We’ve provided a readymade toolkit on our website full of collateral and videos so this project can be carried out on a local level. I’m proud to see many clubs embrace this initiative this year. Stay tuned for more items like these coming from your world headquarters. Communications and Marketing – The organization’s social media platforms are now being used frequently, with consistent campaigns on Facebook and content on Instagram for the first time in two years. Collateral like brochures and flyers from

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Staff members have been visiting clubs as invited to teach workshops, share tools and meet their leaders.

all programs have been reviewed and worked on, with many new ones already in use – including a club toolkit that has customized recruitment flyers and graphics for social media. As mentioned, the main website is being revamped and will debut around the time of the Reno convention. The magazine is now being published more frequently and content has been strengthened. Philanthropy – For the first time ever for Civitan, we’ve provided an online fundraising platform for our events, allowing participants an easier way to ask for

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Scarlet Thompson and Kendyl Massey visited many clubs and districts in 2018

donations. We’ve also recently formed partnerships that are helping general income come through the door, even from non-members. Examples of this are Softgiving (which will be unveiled at convention) and Planet Fundraiser.

are pondering these questions right now to make sure we’re being good stewards of the resources we have while still trying to promote Civitan across the world. It will be a lot of work, but we’ll get to a better place for the benefit of this program.

Supply House – One of our biggest successes this year has been bringing our Supply House back home, to world headquarters. The change to use an outside vendor a few years back was not a good one when it came to customer service, shipping prices, and delivery times. We’re hoping you’ve seen a big difference now that you can deal directly with us again to buy your Civitan branded items.

Other Club Matters – We’ve updated our club treasurer’s training on the website. We’re putting some structure to some of the ways clubs rely on us for support in regards to IRS issues after seeing there wasn’t one. We’ve also done a lot to cleanup our dues remittance. When we hit the fall, around $80,000 was owed from clubs in back dues. So, we’ve spent some time to investigate why this was happening and offering help to clubs that may need it financially. I’ve shared to many districts that I don’t want to be a debt collector. I think when a club has past dues that there’s more to the story. They’re probably lacking members and leadership. So from there, what can we at International do to make that better?

Junior Civitan – One of the biggest improvements to this program has been its enhancement of its Governor Update, carried out at Sno-Do. The information presented by our Juniors and other speakers was fresh and impactful after we heard complaints about its staleness in the past. Work is already underway to update the scholarship application process too. Campus Civitan – This program has gone really untouched for years in regards to promoting it and supporting it the way we at International should. We’ve set up social media platforms for this program and introduced new collateral and ideas to hopefully revamp it. International Programs – We haven’t analyzed this portion of our organization for a long time. What exactly is being done to further Civitan? Are we being consistent from country to country? Are we setting up clubs in the right way? Are we getting our return on investment? An audit has begun of all of our efforts here, but the news for now is that we are doing a good job in some areas, but not in others. For instance, we’re growing significantly in Nepal and clubs seem to be set up right, with them paying a set dues structure and abiding by other rules our organization holds dear. However, in other countries - especially in some where we’ve spent significant dollars - we haven’t seen a single cent returned. On top of that, membership rosters have not been updated in years in some countries. Again, the board and an adhoc committee

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Relating To All Generations – As we’ve worked through all of the issues mentioned, we’ve been taking a good look at our flexibility in relating to all generations – not just millennials, but Generation X, baby boomers and so on. Are there options as to how we ask you to submit officer names? Do our guides and trainings to recruit and retain members reflect this attitude? We have started work on a pilot club model in Birmingham that we hope will reach people in the 21-40 age group in a better way than current club models that exist at Civitan. We launched the group in April during an autism friendly game of the local minor league baseball team and had a recruitment dinner for young couples just a few weeks ago. We’ve made progress, and I’m so hopeful for the future. But there’s more work to do. In this upcoming year the Civitan International board voted to trim expenses across the organization and revamp some of our programs to refocus on our “why.” It’s truly reminiscent of our past. Civitan’s founders broke away from another service organization to create our organization because they felt not enough of their money was being used for their community. When we look at spending over the past few decades, we can’t

The Servant’s Heart Awards initiative started this year to help clubs recognize unsung heroes in their communities.

Showing others our service has been a focus of many of International’s new trainings. Potential members want to see you are making an impact. Here, the East Cobb Civitan Club in Georgia along with other surrounding clubs support Camp Big Heart.

say for certain we were doing our very best job in doing what Courtney Shropshire so passionately desired as he created Civitan. But from this point forward, we’re going to and I hope you will join the board as advocates of this mission to stay on mission. Thank you for all that you do in your communities through Civitan. We here at International would not exist without you and all the wonderful work you’re doing. I am also so appreciative for the International board for their courage, dedication and leadership. And last but not least, I am grateful to my staff team here at world headquarters who are just as committed as me to seeing us through this first part of our second century of service. It is absolutely the greatest honor of my professional career to hold this position and to serve and support you all. Please let me know your ideas and feedback as we together ensure Civitan is bigger, better and around for years to come.

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Highlights from Historical May Events in Asia Korea District’s 41st Annual Children’s Festival

Nepal Five New Clubs Charter Celebration

The annual festival for children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities was another huge success. Over 25 clubs and nearly 200 Civitan members gathered in Wonju, South Korea for the one day event. Clubs host different activity booths which includes making crafts, face painting, baking desserts and interactive games. Plus singing groups and band perform. This makes for a great day of celebration for these young people. The members of the Korea District leave the event with renewed energy.

Super Civitan Club Builder Deepak Bhandari, MST organized the charter celebration of five new clubs on May 19, 2018. It was an historical event for Civitan and the country of Nepal. The all-day event included members/ officers training, reading of the Civitan Creed, installation of each club’s charter members in attendance and installation of the charter officers. The Creed, installations and initiation were all conducted in both Nepalese and English. The highlight of the day included presentation of the five framed charters, and presentation of backpacks to underprivileged children/adults in the community. Plus, delegates from the five clubs approved proposed bylaws to form the Nepal District. The day concluded with a banquet dinner, dance and traditional folk dancing.

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Five Questions with Civitan McNulty Scientist Vlad Parpura By Terry Schrimscher

When Civitan selected the University of Alabama at Birmingham as the site for the Civitan International Research Center (CIRC) in 1989, it was the realization of a dream that had been a driving force of Civitans around the world since the 1950s. The story began when Civitan Thomas McNulty aand his wife began raising funds to provide school teachers with special education training. Their son, Tommy, was born with Down Syndrome and the McNultys refused to follow the advice of doctors who suggested they institutionalize their son. As a result of their relationship with Civitan founder, Dr. Courtney Shropshire, the McNultys persuaded Civitan to devote resources to helping children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). In 1956, Civitan’s membership voted unanimously to make service to children with I/DD the major project of the organization. Tommy McNulty passed away in 2002. Since 2005, the Foundation for Children with Intellectual & Developmental Disbilities has awarded the Civitan McNulty Scientist grant to a researcher at the CIRC. Dr. Vladimir Parpura, the current McNulty award recipient, was kind enough to share some thoughts about his work with Civitan Magazine. What is the primary focus of your research? I work on secretory function of glial cells in the nervous system. Glial cells were long thought to serve merely as the supporting cast and scenery against which starring roles would be played by neurons. Relatively recent evidence, however, indicates that glial cells are intimately involved in many of the brain’s functions, including its computational power. My research has been instrumental in demonstrating a novel functional role for glial cells. I showed that astrocytes, a sub-type of glial cell, can release the transmitter glutamate and in turn, that glutamate released from astrocytes can signal to adjacent neurons. We know today that among the processes regulated by this astrocyte-neuron signaling, a.k.a. gliotransmission, are sleep-regulation, respiration, and learning/memory. Recently, we expanded our investigation into gliotransmisison in the enteric nervous system, i.e., the second brain, residing in the gut wall. Enteric glia in the enteric nervous system can

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modulate neuronally regulated gut functions. We showed that two distinct mechanisms of gliotransmitter release, connexin 43 (Cx43) hemichannel vs. Ca2+-dependent exocytosis, have differential effect on gut function. Cx43 plays a role in gut motility in vivo, while Ca2+-dependent exocytosis regulates the fecal pellet fluid content. What could the research mean for patients in terms of treatments, cures, etc.? Mutations of Cx43 underlie occulodentodigital dysplasia, a hereditary human disease affecting the brain, causing a variety of neurological deficits in humans. The patients also have some gastrointestinal disturbances. In the above work, we used a mouse model with a Cx43 mutation that causes human pathology. It is enteric glia but not neurons that bare this mutation. The study provides new sites for possible therapeutic intervention and raises the issue whether pharmacology-based modulation of Cx43 could be used for the treatment of gastrointestinal disturbances. How has the Civitan McNulty Award been helpful to your research? The Civitan McNulty Award has been enormously helpful. It has kept my laboratory open in the time period that I run out of federal support for my research. You have a medical degree from the University of Zagreb. How did you become interested in neuroscience as a career? Early in the medical school I took a neuroscience class and I was fascinated how little was known about glial cells that represent at least ½ of the human brain by volume. At that juncture I wanted to know more about these cells. Do you have any advice for young people interested in learning more about neuroscience? Study neuroscience. You cannot go wrong. It is an interdisciplinary area, and you will be trained to become a jack of all trades. At the end of your education you will be well-trained and invaluable for academic, private industry or governmental environment.

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CLUB SHOWCASE

Membership Drive Nets 15 Members By Joel Hallman, Area Director What an eventful and joyous time we’ve had in Alabama District North this year. With the “Kindle Your Fire” motto, we’ve had some clubs take it to heart and they have exceeded the expectations. Alabama District North has been a very successful district and they continue to drive for improvements and do whatever it takes to make the Civitan organization successful. A couple of the clubs within the district are really standouts this year. Let’s begin with the Scottsboro Civitan Club. This club has been a driving force within their community. They have been very active with fundraising as well as completing many community projects. In addition to their own fundraising events, they have also partnered with local charities to assist them with their own fundraisers. Lack of activity has not been an issue with this club! More excitingly, the club held a membership drive on June 14th and the results were very positive. There were 8 visitors who attended the meeting and by the end of the presentation, all 8 members joined. Even though this club is a newer club (they chartered in June of 2016), they immediately raised the bar for club activities in their district. They have become the “go-to” resource within their community when help is needed. The most impressive club in the Alabama District North this year has been the Pisgah Civitan club. By April 1st, the club had a total of 18 members, with only 6-8 attending the meetings regularly. The month of April was the breaking point. The club felt that they were on the brink of having their club fold. The club then decided that a change was needed and that they needed to “rekindle” the fire within the club or the club would continue to reduce in size. They also recommitted to the need to become a bigger supporting organization for their community as well as for the Civitan International Research Center. The club set a date of May 14th for a “Discovery” meeting. During the following weeks, the club worked diligently to send out invitations as well as create social media accounts to promote the meeting and their club. Within just a few weeks, the club had over 500 “friend requests” through Facebook and there was astounding feedback within the community for interest in the club. When the special “Discovery” night finally came, the house was packed. There were over 25 visitors attending the meeting and by the conclusion of the meeting, 17 new members joined. With the decision being made to make changes within the club, they also decided to go ahead and start fresh with new officers. On June 25th, the club had new member and new officer installations with, once again, the building being packed. Many visitors from Civitan International as well as many district officers attended the special ceremony. By the time the ceremony was over, this amazing club went from 18 members in April to 36 members in June. The new and existing members have vowed to be a driving force within their community and to show the rest of the Civitan organization what can be done with a new vision and the motivation to make a change. We look forward to seeing this club continue to grow and the great things they are going to accomplish.

Civitan selected to compete in Special Olympics Civitan Barbara Green, of the South Huntsville Civitan Club, has been selected to participate in the world games of the Special Olympics. Green will be representing Alabama in Bocce Ball. The 2019 games will be held in Abu Dhabi. Congratulations Barbara, your Civitan family is very proud of you.

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MY SOUL knows no fear but its own unworthiness. MY HOPE is for a better world through Civitan. MY M Opening Ceremonies – We’ll gather together to kick off this great event, with a retro twist. International Honor Keys will be awarded and you’ll experience the creed in a whole new way. Remember to wear your Welcome Party attire for this function too!

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Golden Rule and to build upon it a better and nobler citizenship. I AM CIVITAN: as old as life, as young a Welcome Party – Get ready to boogie and relive the 1970s with a fun photo booth, costume contest, and food

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children and the call throughout the world for peace, guidance, progress, and unity. MY EYES search for Business Sessions – We’ll hear updates from our volunteer and staff leadership, elect our next leaders and vote on a proposed bylaw amendment that extends the terms of the International board of directors to three years.

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injury to humanity, and throbs with joy at every triumph of truth. MY SOUL knows no fear but its own u Workshops – This year we’ve added a lot of new sessions to help you when it comes to recruiting, fundraising and protecting your club from risk.

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guidance, progress, and unity. MY EYES search for others to join in the fellowship and service of Civitan Membership Extravaganza – Celebrate our successes with us as we show off the service, accomplishments and fellowship from Civitan clubs across the world. We’ll also introduce the presidential theme for next year!

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MOTTO: builders of good citizenship. MY BELIEF: do unto others as you would have them do unto you

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