Every Rotarian – Every Week

Sherry Nielsen Foundation

If every one of the 1.2 million Rotarians contributed just $2 a week, in one year the Foundation could raise almost $125 million. That’s money that goes back to Rotarians in the form of scholarships and grants for projects that bring hope and make a difference in the lives of countless people. Rotarians have used grant money to bring sight to those blinded by cataracts, bought wheelchairs for those who could not use their legs, gave clean water to those made sick by contaminated water, and opened up new worlds by helping people learn to read.

Areas of Focus for Club Support

Don Alberti Club Support

The District Assistant Governors, the Chairs of Club Visioning, Vocational, 4 Way Test, and Family of Rotary will be increasing their efforts in your club operations. This will give you the opportunity for greater emphasis of service in your communities.

‘Reach Within to Embrace Humanity’ is 2011-12 RI theme

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RI President-elect Kalyan Banerjee will ask Rotarians to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity during the 2011-12 Rotary year. Banerjee unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2011 International Assembly, a training event for incoming district governors. He urged participants to harness their inner resolve and strength to achieve success in Rotary. “In order to achieve anything in this world, a person has to use all the resources he can draw on. And the only place to start is with ourselves and within ourselves,” Banerjee said. Once Rotarians find their inner strength, he continued, they can accomplish great things in their communities and around the world. “Discover yourself, develop the strengths within you, and then unhesitatingly, unflinchingly, go forth and encircle the world, to embrace humanity,” he said. Banerjee emphasized the family as a starting point in serving others. “The communities we live in are not built of individual people but of families — families living in homes together, sharing their lives and their resources and their common destinies. Good families lead to good neighborhoods, and good neighborhoods build good communities.” Rotarians can focus on projects that support families, such as those that provide safe housing or improve maternal and child health, he said. Continuity in Rotary’s work, including polio eradication, is also important, Banerjee said. “There are so many things we are indeed good at: working for clean, safe water; spreading literacy; working in so many ways with the New Generations, our youth, in our newest Avenue of Service and assisting …

Rotary Club breaks ground on $270K baseball field

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By: Geoff Pickle at Springfield Business Journal The Rotary Club of Springfield North and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board held a groundbreaking ceremony today for a $270,000 baseball field, which is designed for disabled children and young adults. Miracle League field, set to be about one-third the size of a standard field, will be located in southwest Springfield at Dan Kinney Park, 2701 S. Blackman Road. The Rotary Club donated the funding to the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, which was gathered through fundraising efforts in conjunction with the park board, according to a park news release. “We believe this field will be a major step toward Rotary’s goal of making dreams real,” Rotary Club of Springfield North member Joe Stokes said in the release. “This gives children and young adults who have disabling health conditions a chance to play baseball or softball on a field built just for them.” Mike Freitas, project manager for Joplin-based R.E. Smith Construction, contractor for the project, said via phone that the field is scheduled to be completed for a September opening date. The field would be designed under guidelines established by the National Miracle League Association, which sets standards for fields to be built with cushioned, rubberized surfaces, wheelchair accessible dugouts and flat surfaces, according to its Web site.

Show Me Rotary – 2011 Resources

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PETS/SETS President-Elect Training Seminar Secretary-Elect Training Seminar Hosted by District Governors-Elect: 6040 – Dan Hall 6060 – Eric Park 6080 – Rita Esterly Strengthening Clubs Best Practices Enhancing Your Club’s Public Image Increasing Humanitarian Service Your Rotary Foundation for Non Pilots Resources for Club Presidents-Elect Resources for Club Secretaries-Elect

How RYE Changed Me – Samy – Switzerland

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From Samy who spent the year in Switzerland I left the United States crying my eyes out, hugging my family, and wondering, in the clearest of words: “What have I gotten myself into this time?” I did not know, at that teary-eyed, made-for-tv-moment, that I had gotten myself into the change of my life. I was also, blissfully unaware, that my entire worldview, self-image, and hopes for the future could so dramatically change in the span of one year. In short, I had not fully comprehended the tenacity of a Rotary Exchange Student. Upon arriving in the Zürich airport; I stared blankly at the crowd of people waiting outside for the arrival of a friend or family. It was then that I heard the voice of my first host mother, yelling out, accompanied by my host father and sister: ‘Sääääämy!’ I smiled up at them and gave my first host family a huge hug despite my jet-lagged exhaustion. On the car ride to my new home, I was desperate to show off my (depressingly minimal) German, and stuttering through my words I managed to say that I had a father, two brothers, a stiff mother, and two stiff sisters. My first steps into the German language were greeted with friendly laughing that I happily joined into, thusly teaching me my first lesson of living abroad: don’t take yourself too seriously. My first month in Switzerland could easily be renamed: “Sämy-Acts-Like-A-Tourist”. I believe my camera shutter blinked more often that I did. It passed by quickly …

How RYE Changed Me – Mia – Germany

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From Mia who spent a year in Germany “Things aren’t better or worse, they are just different.” This sentence affected me the most during my exchange year. This year changed the way I think about myself, and my comparison to others. I learned a lot about myself. In my letter about myself, I essentially said I enjoyed being loud and having fun with my friends, played sports all the time, I enjoyed spending time with others more than being alone and that I wasn’t a shy person. If you met me now, after reading my letter, you would think I a) lied through most of the letter or b) am a completely different person than the one who actually wrote it. The Mia in that letter is who I thought I was. After this exchange, I feel like I have a much better picture of myself. I am shy, and furthermore, I enjoy the quietness of being alone ; I just always thought it was “uncool” so I never wanted it. I enjoy sports, but learned it was the competition that I loved, not the actual sport. I don’t have a million friends, but I really enjoy the fantastic best friends I have and the accompaniment of others I know. I also realized I am brave and self-confident and willing to go first and try new things, regardless if it is jumping from a 24.5 feet diving board into a cold pool or eating “traditional German food” day after day. This knowledge made it easier …

How RYE Changed Me – Jacqui – France

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From Jacqui who spent the year in France I find it next to impossible to explain the changes I have found in myself as a result of this year. I have grown so much – mentally – and, unfortunately, physically. I am much more patient, confident, and independent. I arrived in France as a very strong and determined person, but at the same time, I was shy and naive and not quite ready for what was in store for me. Luckily I had great friends, host families and a wonderful family back home to support me and get me through the tough times. When I burst into tears on the bus, I had a great friend to hold my hand and tell me everything would be ok. When I panicked on my first day of school because I couldn’t find the entrance to my school, my host mom walked me in to show me the way. And when I felt lonelier than ever, it was my mom who I called to ask for advice. All of these difficult experiences led me to become the stronger person that I am today. Each experience, good and bad, has shaped me as a person. As a young American, I had gotten so wrapped up in “who said what” and what color my nails were that I never really realized that there was another world outside of my own. In fact, I had become bored with my teenage life. So, I decided to look for something more important to …

How RYE Changed Me – Ellen – Brazil

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From Ellen who spent a year in Brazil My Youth Exchange experience has changed me in many ways. Some of these changes I anticipated, but most I could never have imagined. Most obviously, I have learned another language and learned about another culture. This has been important to me, but it only scratches the surface of what my experiences this year have taught me. The rose-colored glasses have definitely been taken off. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just the truth. One change I see in myself has to do with the way I communicate with others from day to day. I am better at communicating with people— or at least I communicate differently—I am more direct now. I feel that I am more open about what I tell people. I have always been a person who likes to express myself to others, but before my exchange I tried harder to please people. I still do like to please people as much as possible, but I know when to hold my ground. I am more assertive. Now I may even run the risk of being forward, whereas before I was too polite. I am still polite, but I am no longer afraid to ask things of people when it is necessary. All things considered, I believe the change was for the better. My exchange experience was wonderful. It taught me to better appreciate the things I have in this life: my family, the awesome relationship I have with my parents, the access I have to …

How RYE Changed Me – Diana – Japan

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From Diana who spent the year in Japan As a Rotary Youth Exchange student I have experienced many changes in myself and in how I think and view the world. Developing the ability to see from other point of view, accepting that there are things that I cannot control, having a more mild temperament, and being more open to new people are just some of the changes my year abroad has brought about. One of the main changes I see in myself is that I have developed the ability to look outside of myself. In my everyday life, before the Youth Exchange, I made most decisions for myself without much concern for how they affected others. My first concern was myself. I ate when I wanted, went wherever I wanted, and developed my own opinions with very little care for anyone else. Having this mind set and living in a place such as Japan, which is very group-oriented, is not possible (or would be very difficult). If I had continued with my self-centered thinking while in Japan, I’m very sure I would not have completed my exchange. I had to begin to consider others around me and how they would be affected by my actions. Before I could make plans with friends, I had to consult with my host parents first, in case they had planned something. If I were to go ahead and do whatsoever I pleased I would have ended up either disappointing one or angering the other. Before expressing a bold opinion …

How RYE Changed Me – Claire – Belgium

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From Claire who spent the year in Belgium My exchange year has been challenging, fun, enlightening, frustrating, shocking and interesting. For instance, I’ve learned that the bus will turn around and take you back to your bus stop if you didn’t recognize your bus stop to ring the bell in time. Also that singing in Portuguese with 200 other exchange students in the middle of the grand place in Brussels will attract Japanese tourist to try to take pictures with you. That dressing for winter means more than wearing a long sleeved shirt – but two sweaters and long underwear even though you’re going to school and it’s not below zero. That chocolate is made to spread on bread to make a quick lunch. And that fries and mayonnaise is a nutritional and balanced meal. During my exchange year I’ve also learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned that I’m strong and capable of living through new and difficult situations. I’ve learned that I don’t need anyone else to feel comfortable nor better about myself. I’ve learned how to be self confident and proud of who I am, my family, my country and my culture. I’ve learned that the key to happiness and getting along with others is to be flexible and to understand that their world is a lot smaller than mine. I’ve also learned how to be more open with others and that sharing my deeper emotions is essential at times. Before my year in Belgium I would never have described myself like …

How RYE Changed Me – Anne – Germany

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From Anne who spent the year in Germany I think back on the person I was when I arrived in this country and, well, I don’t cringe, but I do feel like that girl is a different person than the person who I know myself to be today. And then I reflect: what is it about being exchange students that changes us? The uncomfortable situations that we somehow have to deal with, the tendency to forget our mother languages, the distance from our friends and family, or the way our eyes are really opened up to the world in this year?? I still have no idea. But I know that I am now more mature, more open, smarter, less serious, less naive, a little bit crazier, and without a doubt a better person due to this experience. When I arrived in Germany I expected to have a year filled with intensive German learning, a brutal workload at school, and travelling stuffed into the spare slots. I took it all rather seriously. I think I probably scared the first people I met. But whenever you are forced into a situation where you can either a) take initiative, be proactive, be approachable, make friends, and have a blast or b) be shy and alone, you are likely to suck up your pride, put a smile onto your face (although that smile may feel fake at first), and choose choice a. In such a “do or die” situation, (not to be dramatic at all) you will probably take …