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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Haiti Literacy Project Partners Sought

The library coming together
According to Dr. Sara Mansbach, the Partners in Haiti Literacy Project of District 7750 is well underway and seeking further support. Says Sara:  

"We have held 2 work trips in 2011 and 3 are planned for 2012. Guided by our Haitian partners, we have provided Frenchand Kreyol books and learning supplies to a library, schools and homes. Using best practices, we also have begun training 21 teachers in building Reading skills and serving parents with classroom bins of 26 books. for preschools which are in the highest poverty in Haiti. The Rotary Club of Hinge will be a partner with us.

We ask you to join us. We are trying to serve 21 rural schools, As a member of the Caribbean Partnership you care about the future of these children. Please come with us on work trips and help us help these children learn. Contact me for work visit dates and an item list with costs."

Please consider making a 2011 donation for an air conditioner and simple Kreyol books for family reading. Visit www.haitiliteracy.org or send a check to:

Pleasantburg Rotary Club Foundation Attn: Dr. M. H. Varn / Partners in Literacy Haiti 27 Stillwood Drive Greenville, SC 29607.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Is Your Club Family Friendly?

Here's an idea for Family Month -- bring your kids to Rotary. Read how one club encourages family involvement, and find other resources on being a family-friendly club. Read the story   See a photo gallery  Watch "Is Your Club Family Friendly?" From RI Weekly Update.  

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New Year's Message from President Kalyan Banerjee

Dear Friends,

As many of you enjoy the holiday season and approach the beginning of a new year, Binota and I want to take this opportunity to send each of you, our warmest good wishes.

During this past year, we have worked together to make a positive difference through Rotary, in the many corners of the world. We have walked a long journey in our quest to eradicate the scourge of polio. We have learned we can do so much more together.

We thank you for your good work and support during 2011 and send you and your families the Best of Wishes for the New Year as we continue to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.

Warmest regards,
Kalyan and Binota Banerjee

Christmas Service- San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago Rotary Club Highlighted

Note: Picture not taken in
Trinidad & Tobago
From the Rotary PR Tips E-Newsletter:  Don’t miss the opportunity to tell local media about your club’s holiday service projects. Whether the activity is collecting items for the disadvantaged, raising funds, or just spreading goodwill and cheer, be sure local news outlets know about it. During the holiday season, media are always looking for stories of service, so share your news and raise your club’s local profile.

Read how the Rotary clubs of Springfield, Ohio, USA, and San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago, are making a difference in their communities.

Picture at right from the T&T Project and courtesy of Trinidad & Tobago Newsday. See link at www.newsday.co.tt

Friday, December 16, 2011

Rotary teams with UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education

Rotary and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education have teamed up to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis.

Together, they will work to increase the ranks of critically needed trained professionals to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing and emerging countries, where the problem is most prevalent.

Read more about the partnership. From International Service Update. 

Rotary Thailand Disaster Relief

The Rotary Foundation has established the Rotary Thailand Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund to provide help in flood-ravaged areas of the country. Learn how to contributeFrom International Service Update.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rotary Minute videos now on iTunes

Rotary Minute, a series of brief Rotarian video interviews (in English) on a variety of topics, is now available as a free download on iTunes.

Visit the iTunes store online and type in “Rotary Minute” in the search box to download episodes of Rotary Minute. Each video features Rotarians from around the world, answering questions such as:

What have you learned from being a Rotarian?
Is your club family friendly? and
What will Rotary be in the future? Once you've downloaded the videos, you can show them at your next club meeting, embed them on your club or district website, share them with your contacts on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, or simply store them on your smartphone or tablet to show to the next person who asks you “What is Rotary?”

And by subscribing to Rotary Minute in iTunes, you’ll always have the latest videos ready to view. From Rotary Training Talk. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Using social media to promote Rotary

From Membership Minute. Rotary recently conducted a social media webinar series to help Rotarians use social media to promote their club’s good works.

The webinars provided step-by-step instructions for setting up a club Facebook page and Twitter account. Experienced Rotarians from around the world led the sessions, sharing best practices and easy steps for customizing pages and accounts, including when and how to use hashtags.

Check out these resources to learn more:
- Listen to a recording of “Using Social Media to Promote Your Club or District.”
- Register for other Rotary webinars.
- Find more tips for promoting your club by watching “What Is the Best PR for Rotary?”
- Learn how to use Rotary’s public relations resources by watching“Welcome to the World of Public Image.”

Making Water Pure and Simple: Fluorosis Projects

Millions of people in India suffer the consequences of fluorosis, an irreversible condition caused by elevated levels of fluoride in drinking water. Find out how a Rotary Foundation Global Grant project provided fluoride filters to families in Patari, Uttar Pradesh, along with safe drinking water, toilet blocks, and hygiene training to schools. From The Rotary Foundation - Future Vision News December 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Polio Update - December 2011

The end of the year and the holiday season are almost upon us, and hopefully most of you are more ready than Jo and I are. But we are slowly getting there. As we approach the end of the year, you all know we have gone from a $200M Campaign, three years ago, to a less than $5M Campaign this month. Because of your dedicated efforts we have almost ensured a successful end to this particular polio challenge fundraising effort prior to the end of the “campaign” June 30, 2012 and a joyous celebration of everyone’s efforts in Bangkok at our annual convention.

But, the goal we started out with in 1985 and together with our partners, WHO, UNICEF, The Centers for Disease Control and our many nation states of the world, was the eradication of the “wild polio virus from the face of the earth.” When we end, successfully, this particular fund raising campaign, we should celebrate our efforts, but we must not lose sight of our primary GOAL … Ending Polio Now! As we continue to work in the four endemic countries and other areas where the “mobile” virus has recently spread, we must remember, until our GOAL is completely fulfilled, we will have polio cases spring up around the world and we must be vigilant and continue our efforts until every country in the world is certified “polio free.”

... I received recently from Chairman Germ his December 2011 Polio Update, and the Fall Polio Plus Fact Sheet. Please feel share to share this information with your colleagues as you see fit.

Jo and I wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a joyous Holiday Season. May you be able to celebrate and relax with your families and friends and get reinvigorated for the start of a very busy new year!

Again, thank you so much for all you do on a daily basis to insure that within the next few years we accomplish Rotary’s Number 1 Priority, the eradication of the wild polio virus. Happy Holidays.

Rocky Jacobs, Zone 33 Polio Challenge Chair  

Sunday, December 4, 2011

New Generations First Steps

The first step to being involved in NG Service is to ensure that all four New Generations programs are active in your school or community. Start a New Generations program or to find out what opportunities are available in your district. Then help your young leaders take their next step toward a lifetime of service.
  • Ask school administrators to promote RYLA and Rotary Youth Exchange to Interactors and other students
  • Invite Rotaractors from a local university to volunteer at your next RYLA event
  • Encourage Youth Exchange students to share their experiences with your Interact club
  • Start a community-based Rotaract club for young professionals
  • Recognize school leaders and New Generations program participants at your next Rotary club meeting
From New Generations E-letter, Dec 2011.

Sign Up for New Generations Webinar

Do you see yourself as a New Generations programs champion? We Do!

To learn more and share your own success stories, register for the New Generations webinar on 13 December in English (Session 1 or Session 2) or 16 December in Spanish. Invite your colleagues or fellow club members to join you on this webinar with an e-mail that links to our new video and some basic information about New Generations programs. Rotary also provides tips (PDF) to help you guide students and young professionals to their next Rotary opportunity. Information from Angela M. Forfia, New Generations Supervisor, RI Programs.

January is Rotary Awareness Month

Rotary Awareness Month is coming up in January, providing the perfect opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a Rotarian. Rotary’s strength lies in the more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas, and this is the time to make sure your community knows who we are and what we do. Here are some tips on how to do that:
  • Watch and share Rotary Minute videos with others.
  • Invite local media to a question-and-answer “press conference” during one of your meetings in January.
  • Post video of a club meeting or service project on your website, and tell people about it on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Coordinate a community service project with another local organization, and invite the media to come along.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about your club’s community and international humanitarian projects.
  • Invite a friend or co-worker to a meeting. From Rotary PR Tips. 

New Orleans Convention Proceedings Available Online

Revisit the highlights of the 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans, held 21-25 May, by downloading the Convention Proceedings, now in PDF format only.

The proceedings feature keynote speeches from RI senior leaders and guest speakers, including a plenary address by Bill Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Meet the Director Webinar- John Smarge

Meet The Director - John Smarge from Don Chandler on Vimeo.

New strategic partnership: UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education

Rotarians will help train engineers and scientists to solve problems in water and sanitation through a new strategic partnership with UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. Read more ... Learn about our other strategic partners ... from Rotary.org Weekly Update.