At the July Board Meeting, it was decided that we want to set a goal of raising at least $1000 to be sent to the Erskine Fire Fund from the Rotary Club of China Lake. The board has earmarked $250 to start the pot. We will pass the hat at the next couple of meetings. Members are encouraged to be generous. You can also bring a check to include in the funds. We will be depositing all money in the Rotary Club of China Lake Charitable Foundation. Members can donate directly to the RCCLCF to get a tax donation receipt if requested.
Rotarians have planted trees in the name of fellowship, friendship, and community service since the early 20th century. These trees, which can be found worldwide, have grown into enduring monuments of Rotary’s ideals.
As president emeritus, Harris traveled extensively during the 1920s and 1930s, often accompanied by his wife Jean. During these trips, the nature-loving Harris planted trees to symbolize goodwill and friendship.
In the fall of 1932, Harris embarked on a five-week tour of European Rotary clubs and planted trees along the way.
“Wednesday forenoon I planted my first tree of friendship in European soil. It seemed to me especially appropriate that it took place in Germany—in its metropolis—Berlin. The planting occurred in a sports platz formerly devoted to war purposes, and a large number including Rotarians, city officials, and others were in attendance.”
Harris also planted trees in Tallinn, Estonia, and Göteborg, Sweden, during this trip.
Registration for the 2016 conference will start on Monday, August 22! There are two different ways to register:
RI President-elect John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”