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One thing I could not forget to mention was how interesting it was to be in touch with different cultures, not only American but from all the countries represented by the other students in the program. Since I was the only Brazilian this year, I did not even have a choice not to get to know the other countries and costumes. With simple conversations, I could find out a lot of fascinating differences, but also many similarities. Seeing that we are more alike that we imagine made me realize that Peace really is possible, if only we are willing to make it happen. And sharing about my beloved country was also really nice, either by telling stories or cooking and authentic Brazilian meal to my host families.
Many people told me before I left Brazil: “Enjoy! It is going to be the best year of your life!.” I knew it was going to be more than good, but I have to confess I was a little skeptical about that back the. How could a year away from home, without family and friends, all the people and things I know and I love so much, possibly be so great? Well, now I have the answer. First, being away from family and friends was indeed hard, but it made me realize how blessed I am to have all them supporting me in this adventure and in every single moment of my life. Technology made it easier and I did not spend a single day without hearing from them, but another factor also helped a lot. The song “Home”, by Jack Johnson, can express the second answer. In one of the verses, he sings “Home is wherever we are, if there’s love there too”. I have to agree with him and thank Rotary and all the fantastic Host Families I had for making me feel at home, making me feel truly loved and appreciated every single time I’ve been to the meetings, parties, activities or just on my regular weekend visits to their houses.
I am fortunate enough to have Rotary in my life, officially, for almost eight years now. Once I heard a speech from a Rotaractor in which he said that when we live good things in Rotary and have great experiences because of them, it is like as if we were creating a certain debt. After we do that, he reminds us, we force ourselves to get up early in some occasions, serve the community and try to make our best efforts to Rotary in order to pay our debts. The “problem” is that when we do it, we always have a great time and a new and larger debt is created, and I totally agree with him. Before this year, my debt was already not the smaller one. Now, I’ll have to spend my whole life continuing to serve Rotary and trying to pay this incredibly huge debt GRSP made me create with this astonishing year of my life.
Luma Moreschi, Brazil, Class of 2013-14
We revisit MP in October. Why not join us? The few, the proud, the Sprucetarians!
Ribbon Cutting + Celebration + Block Party = FUN for all!
August 31, 2015
Exhibit and Celebration - 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting (organized by the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber) - promptly at 1:00pm
LA Fitness Perimeter Point
1155 Mount Vernon Hwy #600
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Angie Duprey if you can help for one hour at exhibit.
Major Gifts Officer Zone 34
Fund Development Division, The Rotary Foundation
Debra Lowe brings ten years of fundraising experience to The Rotary Foundation. Following a 20 year career with the Walt Disney Company, Debra entered the not for profit sector as Director of Membership and Development for The Osceola Center for the Arts and from 2003-2005 she worked with The Celebration Foundation as Director of Development and Volunteer Services. Prior to coming to The Rotary Foundation, Debra served as Director of Development for Orlando Ballet where she managed all aspects of the organization’s fundraising efforts in support of the Organization’s main stage productions and four Orlando Ballet School campuses.
Debra joined The Rotary Foundation in 2009 as the first Major Gifts Officer on staff who lives within their assigned zone. She is a 30-year resident of Kissimmee, part of Zone 34 which encompasses the Georgia, Florida and Caribbean Rotary Districts. She is privileged to work with Rotarians in 14 of the world’s Rotary districts and considers it an honor to be part of the greatest volunteer service organization in the world.
Registration for individuals is open at www.rundunwoody.net.
It’s time to RunDunwoody now – as a Sponsor, Friend of the Run, runner, walker or team! To learn more or to register for RunDunwoody 2015 go to www.rundunwoody.net.
- Align with the Rotary Club of Dunwoody service focus – Public Health, Public Safety, and Education, both locally and globally.
- Build, expand, and leverage relationships with community partners aligning financial support with Rotarian volunteer support/opportunities where possible.
- Extent to which project will have sustainable impact in the community served, locally or globally.
Dear Rotary Leaders,
I’m pleased to introduce Rotary Global Rewards – a new member benefit program that offers discounts on products and services like travel, hotels, dining and entertainment. Rotary Global Rewards is designed to make membership even more rewarding for Rotarians and is an exciting way Rotary can give back to those who give so much. Rotary Global Rewards help Rotarians:
- Do more good work - involve more members in or expand the impact of Rotary projects with savings on truck rentals, airfare or hotels
- Build Rotary friendships - forge richer friendships with fellow Rotarians with your dining and entertainment offers
- Share your story with someone new - tell people about Rotary's work with discounts at coffee shops and restaurants
With Rotary Global Rewards, the good you do comes back to you. I hope you will all find ways to take advantage of the benefits this program offers.
You can learn more and redeem Rotary Global Rewards at rotary.org/globalrewards
President, Rotary International 2015-16
July 1, 2015
Brothers and Sisters of District 6900,
I would like to personally welcome each of you to our exciting, memorable and challenging year of 2015-2016!
Words cannot express how excited I am to be your District Governor. This year will be most electrifying as we discover the difference each one of us will make following the direction of your Presidents and Officers. President Ravi is asking Rotary members to use their talents, expertise, and leadership in the coming year to transform the lives of others.
My wish is for every club to participate and earn the Governor’s Citation. In order to accomplish this, you simply follow the 17 steps. Some of these steps are really quite elementary and easily obtained! Let’s discover how we can solve the mysteries in Foundation giving, membership growth, Serving Seniors and Polio Plus, to name a few. I am confident each club member will find an appealing area of focus to serve. Whether you want to be involved in RYLA, Rotaract/Interact clubs, Serving Seniors, Aids Awareness, End Human Trafficking, or others, there will be a step for you.
Your Presidents and Officers will give you guidance along the way. Join your leaders, your World Class Team, and be a gift to your club, your community and “A Gift to the World”.
It’s time for us to unlock the mystery!
Yours in Rotary Service,
On Friday, April 17th, Kingsley was awarded the Principal’s Challenge Trophy for their participation in RunDunwoody14 with Rotary Members Kathy Brandt, Angie Duprey and Nancy Jester on hand to present the trophy during morning announcements. On May 15th, Rotarian Angie Duprey was able to volunteer at Kingsley’s end of year Field Day as the culmination of the Strong for Life Program, and this is where it came to her attention regarding a project in need of support.
Kingsley Charter’s Math Classroom needs remodeling and our help. Fifth grade educator, Ronn Colanino is looking to create a Super Math Lab for his students to create an ideal teaching and learning environment. His dream is to give his students a classroom they LOVE to be in, LOVE to learn in and one that can offer resources otherwise not available.
Please take a look at their funding page. www.Gofundme.com/shpf89h This school has many children in the English as a Second Language program, as well as 52% of the population qualify for free and reduced lunch. They NEED resources to create a better learning environment. This program will give students the best opportunity to succeed as they matriculate to Peachtree Charter Middle School and then on to Dunwoody High.
Principal Brent McBride and 5th grade teacher Ronn Colanino will be guests at our June 19th meeting, and they welcome any questions or comments regarding their project.
We look forward to working with you over the next two years as you experiment with some different alternatives. Your club should begin working over the next 30 days to start implementing changes on 1 July 2015.
Over the next few weeks you will receive more information regarding when and how your club will be evaluated and measured regarding the impact your innovation has on:
· membership types
· club operations
· member activities and engagement
· sustained membership growth and retention
· improved member diversity
· increased community and international service
· increased support of The Rotary Foundation
· overall club effectiveness
Good luck in your efforts over these next two years and thank you for agreeing to be a part of this exciting opportunity.
Anja Van Ostrand
Perhaps the best known four points in Rotary are those of The Four Way Test:
Of the things we think, say or do
1.Is it the TRUTH?
2.Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3.Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4.Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?