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consider and leverage our diversity when making your long range strategic plans for our chapters. Last month, I shared a short article on things we can do to help our memory and this month I was able to find more. The Harvard Medical School recently published the effects of dancing on the brain in their Newsletter “On the Brain.” Dancing helps improve your cognitive skills, your memory, and your overall mental health. This is what happens in your brain when you dance: The “Music stimulates the brain’s reward centers, while dance activates its sensory and motor circuits.” Dancing will also provide a good cardiovascular workout.
Companions, I hope when you receive this message, you are in good spirits and in good health. I recently had the privilege to take part in ceremony in Northern California’s East Bay where the local Chapters, Council and Commandery honored four Companions and Sir Knight with their York Rite Awards. The part of the ceremony I always enjoy is the reading of honoree’s biography and this year was no different. Learning and hearing their Masonic and their professional accomplishments is always a treat. What really stood out was how diverse our members are. Our honorees this year included an orchestra conductor, a caterer, a singer and a surgeon all with the common thread of being a York Rite Mason. Our diversity is a strength with the primary advantage that it gives flexibility. A diverse group is better at handling a variety of complex challenges rather than a group of members that are similar to each other; quite simply because the latter group are similar to each other, what is a weakness for one is likely to be a weakness for all. Let’s
So, go ahead and ramp up your favorite music and dance with the family, friends, or your favorite person and celebrate National Dance Day on July 29 and get smarter! If you are interested in reading the entire article here is the link: http://neuro.hms.harvard.edu/harvardmahoney-neuroscience-institute/brainnewsletter/and-brain-series/dancing-andbrain In July, I was at several receptions in northern and southern California and looking at the calendar, August will be just as busy so “Be safe and I hope I can see you in my travels”. Fraternally, Anthony “Tony” Yuson, KYCH High Priest, Golden State Research Chapter GRAND CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIPS For further info about Scholarships, go to the following website:
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