Dunwoody Rotarians, we will soon again have the opportunity and honor to serve our service men and women who are passing through Hartsfield International Airport. Our USO volunteer day is Tuesday, December 15, 2015, between the hours of 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM. We will have two shifts of at least 8 volunteers. The first shift is9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and the second shift is from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM.
We expect somewhere between 50 and 150 troops and should have a better estimate in the next couple of weeks. This opportunity may coincide with holiday leave for some service people so we may have a larger number of guests than we have had the past few occasions. USO President, Mary Lou Austin assures us that there is always something to do to keep us busy even if there is not a large troop movement that day.
Also, Larry Domenico is looking for a co-chair for this event. Please contact Larry if you have any interest in being co-chair or just helping with this event. Larry Domenico (404-256-0700; firstname.lastname@example.org).
At our meeting on Friday, December 4th we will prepare the books that we will be distributing to the Dresden Elementary Children.
On the inside front cover of each of the 1,200 books we will place a decal that says “Happy Holidays 2015 From the Rotary Club of Dunwoody” and in addition we will insert a book mark card that includes basic English/Spanish word translations printed on both sides. As you can imagine these cards are often prized by family members who have limited English language skills.
After the meeting the books will be delivered to the school and over the next week the Media Director will sort them by grade level and prepare them for children to make their selections.
Roy Ethridge has coordinated this Signature RCD project for almost 20 years and is asking anyone who can to join him following our meeting on Friday December 11th at the school for a quick visit to the classrooms so the children can give us their official “Thank You” cards and letters. As part of the RCD Holiday Tradition these wonderful cards are then shared with everyone at the Holiday Luncheon on Friday, Dec 18th. Please let Roy know if you can join him for the visit to the school.
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Paul Harris Society
I am extremely happy to inform you that yesterday at its meeting in Bali Indonesia the Global Certification Commission concluded ‘that indigenous wild poliovirus type 2 has been eradicated worldwide.’
Below is a photo of the certificate signed by the GCC.
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
- 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.
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?