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Since 1988, it has been part of my life's journey to be a Member of Rotary. Often you will meet a Rotarian who has belonged to a Club for multiple decades, but I am one of the few that has been a member of six different clubs as career opportunities relocated me. With each club there were varied experiences and then of course some constants. I would like to share a few of my perspectives with you.
Each of us seek ways to define our existence on this earth and how we can make a difference. In my President Installation Address to our Club on June 28, I talked about my lifelong mission of filling in the dash between the day I was born and whatever point in time I leave this world. Rotary has provided an incredible "Avenue" for me to volunteer in meaningful service and hopefully make a difference. It has enriched my life by making me a better servant leader through opportunity and association with truly remarkable leaders. And finally, it has opened the door to life-long friendships with the highest quality of people that I could ever hope to relate to.
Our motto of "Service above Self" is a perfect fit for any of us who strive to be servant leaders in our profession or personal life. Rotary is built upon "Avenues of Service" which appropriately provides options that capture the interest of Rotarians as they seek to serve. Whether it be for a certain age cohort, local or internationally, Rotary provides great choices for serving and volunteering.
Barrington Breakfast Rotary was sponsored to become a new club by the existing Barrington Noon Rotary Club over 25 years ago. It provided an alternative meeting time and an alternative club culture to be established. In our 25 year history, many fine people have been Members and made a difference in Barrington and beyond. Our Breakfast Club has a unique age, culture, gender and interest mix. The common bonds are genuine friendships, commitment to service and constant desire to have Fun!
If you are looking to add something special to your life, come to a Thursday meeting and feel the warm embrace of our unique club. In no time, you will want to join and further define your life's journey.
Yours in Service and Rotary,
President David Loop
BHS Interact Club make a huge impact to promote education in the Guatemala City Garbage Dump Communities 8/29/2015 9:13:00 AM James Quigley
Through efforts of the local BHS Interact Club, Rotary Foundation just transferred $54,000 to Guatemala to improve the education opportunities for 400 children living in the Guatemala City Garbage Dump Communities. These children attend an afterschool tutoring and mentoring program. Specifically the grant will fund a computer lab with 16 new computers, desks and chairs; renovate and equip a library; provide tables, chairs, and printer and audio video equipment in a new community center; and equip a commercial kitchen to provide a healthy meal each day to the children.
There are over 6,000 children living in these communities. Among their challenges is the poverty of education. A 2013 Social Study concluded that only 57% of these school age children have “any” education with only 5% reaching high school. Improvement is a slow and steady process because many of these families have lived by recycling garbage for 3-4 generations. It is hard to break a viscous cycle. The after school program provided by Potter’s House, was at maximum capacity with 250 children. The new community center provides the opportunity for an additional 150 students to enroll. There is high demand and 75 students have already enrolled in advance of the grant being funded. That means 75 students off the street after school and being mentored rather than getting into mischief. Local Barrington students had visited the Guatemalan communities over the last five years. In 2013 they learned that they could create their own service project through Rotary’s High School Club called “Interact”.
The BHS Interact Club is associated with the two Barrington area Rotary Clubs – Barrington Breakfast and Barrington Noon clubs. The project was sponsored by the Barrington Breakfast Rotary club with partnerships between Barrington Noon, Lake Zurich, Schaumburg AM Rotary Clubs, and the BHS Interact Club, each contributing funds towards the project. The Rotary Foundation provided matching funds. The BHS Interact Club members are to be commended for their drive to raise approximately $26,000 of which about $10,000 was used for this project with the remaining available for future projects.
Rotary Global Grants are only available for projects that are sustainable and fall under one of several “areas of focus”. For this project, “education” was selected as the focus. The grant process is very vigorous and requires cooperation between a US based Rotary Club (Barrington Breakfast), a host club (in this case, Ciudad de Guatemala), and a local partner (Potter’s House International). The grant must be sustainable and have measurable outcomes. In this case, Potter’s House has been working in the communities for nearly 30 years and has set up criteria to improve the number of students continuing in school. Ciudad de Guatemala will handle monitoring the implementation and follow up.
Interact allows students to develop service projects that are close to individual students hearts. Other Interact projects completed in 2014/15 included Bowling with the Buddies (students with special needs), Music and Memory (memory improvement for the elderly), and Hope’s In Stride and Merry Meals for 500 pounds of shoes and clothing and 22,500 meals for the poor in Guatemala. Interact looks forward to welcoming many new students into the club this year.
"One Rotary Summit" at Harper College
Oct 24, 2015
Halloween Party at The Haunted Hanson Mansion
Oct 31, 2015
Nov 14, 2015 8:00 AM
Talent, Fun and Games at Elizabeth's House
Nov 21, 2015
Barrington Giving Day Food Packing Detail
Dec 04, 2015
3:00 PM – 6:31 PM
Barrington Giving Day - Food Box to Vehicles
Dec 05, 2015
10:00 AM – 1:35 PM
Club Holiday Party and Crazy White Elephant
Dec 19, 2015
Showcase your project at the Seoul convention
Apply to host a booth in the House of Friendship at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, 28 May-1 June. This is an opportunity to showcase your club or district project, recruit members for your Rotary Fellowship, share information about your Rotarian Action Group, or market Rotary merchandise if you are a licensed RI vendor. The application deadline is 30 September. Booth allocations will be awarded by 1 November. Apply
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