Posted by James Boggie on Sep 28, 2016
On Sunday, Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviewed our own Amy Collinsworth, Sheryl Meehan, and Dave Gardner on Business Beat. They gave a great overview of the event, and really represented Rotary well. It's great to see our event getting so much attention.
Posted by James Boggie on Sep 27, 2016
Maria Vertkin, far right, tells the story of Found in Translation at our September 15th meeting.
At our last meeting, we were joined by Maria Vertkin, the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Found in Translation. Maria is a nonprofit superstar: she's a Superstar Foundation Veronica Award winner, the 2011 Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellow, and a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, among other things. We were thrilled to have her speak about the nonprofit’s powerful mission and great work.
Maria launched Found in Translation in 2011 with a dual mission: “help[ing] homeless and low-income multilingual women to achieve economic security” and “reduc[ing] ethnic, racial, and linguistic disparities in health care.” Both are worthy missions that Rotary has supported for decades. However, Found in Translation has a unique and ingenious approach to addressing both of these persistent problems: training these multilingual women to provide medical interpretation services.
Posted by James Boggie on Sep 08, 2016
We're looking for a new international service project! Whatever we choose will be a major part of our activities for the next few years. It will give us a chance to learn about our world, build relationships, and really help people in need.
At our September 1 meeting, international service chair Mallory McCoy presented about neglected tropical disease (NTDs). These diseases affect approximately 1 billion people globally. Unfortunately, they are largely ignored because they are overwhelmingly diseases of the poor. That represents a huge public health problem, and addressing it fits the Rotary areas of focus.