Rotary District 6080 Newsletter, June 1, 2015
A message from John Hewko, General Secretary, Rotary International
I am pleased to report that Rotary has received significant and high-profile media coverage over the previous two months that highlight who we are and what we do, particularly our efforts to eradicate polio.
- New York Times: Rotary was featured in the ‘Your Money’ section alongside the Peace Corps as a volunteer and community service option for active retirees.
- National Geographic: Dr. John Sever, vice chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee, was interviewed about the history of the polio vaccine and Rotary’s efforts to end polio.
- Tages Anzeiger: Rotarian and polio-survivor Urs Herzog (story attached) was interviewed about the importance of immunization and the current fight to end polio.
- National Public Radio: Carol Pandak, director of PolioPlus, was quoted extensively about the planned introduction of the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into routine immunization programs in 2015.
- Voice of America: Dr. John Sever, vice chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee, was interviewed for a story on the 60th anniversary of Jonas Salk’s inactivated polio vaccine and recent progress to end polio in Nigeria and Africa.
- Toronto Globe and Mail: A joint op-ed was by former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and virtuoso violinist and Rotary polio ambassador Itzhak Perlman – both polio survivors, was published.
- Jerusalem Post: An op-ed by virtuoso violinist and Rotary polio ambassador Itzhak Perlman was published about his personal experience contracting polio as a young boy in Israel, and his work with Rotary to eradicate the disease.
- In March, Rotary polio ambassador and Brazilian supermodel Isabeli Fontana posted messages on social media about her trip to India with Rotary to immunize children against polio. High profile fashion magazinesGlamour Brasil and Vogue Brasil reposted her Instagram messages – reaching more than 13,000 people.
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Rotary Club of Pulaski County receives 2015 Partners in Service Award
The Rotary Club of Pulaski County was honored to receive the 2015 Partners in Service Award from the Missouri Community Service Commission during its Annual Celebration of Service and Volunteerism banquet in Jefferson City on Thursday, May 7. The award presentation was accompanied with a proclamation from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
The Partners in Service Award recognizes outstanding organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit from across the state, who recognize the importance of service and then encourage and instill those values in their members.
This Rotary year, the 42 members of the Rotary Club of Pulaski County provided more than 350 hours of service to the community. They also donated more than $5,000 to support community projects with a key focus being the Waynesville R-VI School District’s Snack in a Pack program. This year the Pulaski County Club donated $1,300 worth of peanut butter and jelly in December to help supply food to 315 Waynesville students over the Christmas break. Additionally, 14 Rotarians volunteered 22 hours to package the food during the weekly packing times.
(Watch the Pulaski County Rotary Club program hereWaynesville Snack in a Pack Program(FIRST video) then click onWaynesville Service and Volunteerism Film)
Additionally, through a partnership with the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce, Rotarians helped present the Choices Program to all 28 eighth grade classrooms in Pulaski County. This two-hour seminar, presented over two days, teaches students about how the choices they make today will impact their future opportunities. Rotarians donated 69 hours for training and presentation of the program, as well as donated $1,000 to cover a portion of the program licensing fee.
By partnering with Drury University, the Rotary Club gave 600 dictionaries — one to each third grader in Pulaski County.
Each month, Rotary members volunteer at the Fort Leonard Wood USO, providing at least 6 hours of service per month.
The Pulaski County Club also has built a number of partnerships with local schools, businesses, governmental groups and organizations since it was established 13 years ago and eagerly looks to the future for more partnership and service opportunities.
The Rotary Club’s motto is “Service Above Self” and members are motivated to continue to support their community and to involve others by developing meaningful partnerships.
Rotary Club of Pulaski County and international military student float
Nearly 50 international military students, Rotarians and guests experienced a unique Ozark outing on a recent Saturday – floating the Big Piney followed by lunch at the iconic Elbow Inn on Route 66 in Devil’s Elbow, Mo. Members of the Rotary Club of Pulaski County and the international military students enjoyed learning more about each other’s cultures and countries. Rotary and the International Military Student Office on Fort Leonard Wood partnered to make the float trip and lunch a reality. The Rotary Club of Pulaski County works to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education and grow the local economy.
It didn’t take long for the international military students to find their balance and make their journey down the Big Piney. All made it ashore safely and remained dry during their beautiful spring float through the Ozarks.
CMCA Names the Jefferson City Rotaract Club as Community Partner of The Year
Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) has recognized the Jefferson City Rotaract Club with its Community Partner of the Year award. CMCA staff members presented Rotaract with a plaque and flowers at the club’s April lunch meeting. CMCA issues the Partner of the Year award annually to just one partner agency in its eight-county service area. Kishia Brown and Lisa Cumins of Cole-East Head Start nominated Rotaract for the award.
“Jefferson City Rotaract models the attitude that we are all responsible for the success of our children,” says CMCA executive director Darin Preis. “They have supported our Head Start center in so many ways to make sure that at-risk children in Jefferson City are ready for school. I always say that no organization can be fully successful without robust partners and buy-in from the community. Jefferson City Rotaract makes that happen for CMCA and the families we serve. I can’t thank them enough.”
Since January 2014, Rotaract members have volunteered their time at CMCA’s Cole-East Head Start program, which provides education, health, nutrition and social services to preschool children from low income families. Rotaract members have participated in many activities at Cole-East Head Start, including reading to students, cleaning up the school grounds and helping at monthly parent meetings. Rotaract presented a check for $2,750 to Cole-East Head Start in November 2014. The money came from Rotaract’s third annual Kicks in the Sticks Trail Run.
“Rotaract chose CMCA as our local service partner because we believe that investing time in children is always a great way to serve the community,” says Rotaract service co-chair Kelsey Sandbothe. “Working with Cole-East Head Start has been a winning situation for all involved. The kids get a positive experience and role models, while we get to make a difference. We are extremely grateful that Central Missouri Community Action chose Jefferson City Rotaract as their Community Service Partner of the Year.”
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JUNE – Rotary Fellowships Month
June 27 Service project on June 27thor a date nearby—as a kickoff to the new year, we as a district are having a Rotary day at the food bank/food pantry or whatever food facility is available in your community to help alleviate the hunger problem. This will be a great way for us to show what we Rotarians are all about—Service Above Self . We are inviting not only Rotarians but also family, friends, potential Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, etc. to partake of this opportunity to help our communities.
Enter The First Annual ROTARY DISTRICT 6080 NORTH-SOUTH FOOD FIGHT
The goal is for each region to accumulate as many points as possible by doing volunteer work or donating money or food to regional food banks and pantries or other charitable organizations which provide food for the needy and hungry. The Competition will run from June 27th through July 31st.
27 Installation of Rotary District 6080 Governor Steve Dulle, Columbia, MO Noon, during the Columbia food bank/food pantry project at 2101 Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO. (see above)
July 26-31 Rotary Week at Wonderland Camp see this flyer for more details.
ROTARY GLOBAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2016-2017 FOR STUDY ABROAD
The deadline for submitting the completed Global Scholarship application to a local club in District 6080 is October 23, 2015 for the 2016-17 academic year. For details click on Rotary Global Scholarships | Rotary District 6080
Deadline for contributions to The Rotary Foundation and PolioPlus for this Rotary year is June 30. Please contribute to The Rotary Foundation – $125 per member per year – and PolioPlus – at least $25 per year. Every Rotarian Every Year.
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