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After a series of three earthquakes -- two in Japan and one in Ecuador -- killed hundreds of people, injured thousands, and caused billions of dollars in damage late last week, Rotary members in those regions have created disaster relief funds to help survivors. In Ecuador, the powerful 7.8-magnitude quake that struck Saturday night has killed more than 400 people, with 2,500 injured. Those figures are expected to rise. Rotary District 4400 established a service fund to raise money for relief efforts. Contact District Governor Manuel A. Nieto Jijon for information on how to donate. In Japan,...
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Egypt Before and After the Revolution Jorge Ortiz, Jeremy Redding, and Jason Daenens
Jorge Ortiz has just completed an eleven-week Boot Camp with the Army National Guard. He is now an Officer Candidate! Congratulations Jorge! Jorge is the Regional Director of U.S. Senator Joe Donnally. Jorge has lived in the U.S., Equator, Europe, and Egypt. His degree from Notre Dame is in Political Science. Jorge joined Rotary in 2015 and is on the Youth Exchange Committee and the Set-up Committee. Jorge was in Egypt in 2010 in the Pre-Revolution Era.
Jeremy Redding is the Founding President of the Rotaract Club of Fort Wayne. He has been a speaker explaining and promoting Rotaract Clubs. He is the District 6540 Chairperson. Jeremy has attended several International Rotary Conventions where he has served on panels about Rotaract. While President of Rotaract Club of Fort Wayne, Jeremy was an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne. He joined the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne in 2015 as a regular member. Jeremy was the Chair of our 3 Rivers Parade Float last year. He also served on the Centennial Committee in 2015 with the culmination of a wonderful, exciting, and fun evening in October 2015. Jeremy has is a degree in Business and an MBA. He serves as the Chair of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award).
Jason Daenens is our current President of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne. His leadership is wide-spread, including our 100th Anniversary projects: a new school - our International Project - in Togo, Africa and our 100th Anniversary gift to Fort Wayne of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne Clock Tower at the Main Library Plaza. Jason has had three distinct careers. First, Jason was a an Entertainer at the Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida. Second, he was an American Airline Flight Attendant and a Flight Service Manager in San Francisco. Now Jason is the President of Commercial Filter Service in Fort Wayne.
The Arab Republic of Egypt is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia. It is the world's only contiguous Eurafrasian nation. The area of Egypt is about one tenth of the size of the U.S. With over 90 million inhabitants, Egypt is the most populous country in North Africa and the Arab World, the third-most populous in Africa (after Nigeria and Ethiopia), and the fifteenth-most populous in the world. Egypt is about 1/3 the population of the U.S. Cairo is nicknamed "the city of a thousand minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture. Jason mentioned that one sound is always prevalent in Cairo: Honking, Honking, Honking! There are few stop lights, so drivers use their horns and yell to get through traffic. Pedestrians need to walk through traffic, no crosswalks!
Pre-Revolution Egypt (Jorge) In 2010 there were three weeks of massive devastation against the party in power. Poverty and repressions were main concerns. In 2011, Hosni Mubarak left power in Egypt. The military took over and there was more violence and protests against the new leadership. In June 2012 there was a democratically elected President. Then he left office and the military took over. The top General was elected as President. Egypt is the worst jailers of journalists in the world. Some of the same concerns are held by the people of Egypt as they were when Mubarak was president. There was a PowerPoint slide of Muslims praying in a holy place encircled by Christians around them, hands clasped, also praying. Perhaps some unity and respect of one another. Before the Revolution, people did not feel unsafe. Jorge's daily activities included class, internships, shopping at markets, and going out with friends. Buses, taxis, the metro, and walking were means of transportation. It is really hot in Egypt during the daytime and is cooler at night. People came out at night - still there was a lot of honking by drivers! Jorge was in Egypt during the time of the World Cup in South Africa. He and his friends watched the games at a Western style club with free food and beer! What more could you ask for? Ramadan is an annual, month-long religious holiday with fasting. This occurred while Jorge was in Egypt. Throughout all of his travels in Egypt, Jorge felt safe. He went sightseeing to Mount Sinai and was able to climb in the mountain area. He had beautiful sunset slides from Mount Sinai! Jorge also traveled to a Dahab and saw the 400' deep "Blue Hole." The PowerPoint slide showed deep blue water! Some snorkel, dive and scuba dive in the deep Blue Hole which is on the Red Sea coast. Jorge had a guide and felt very safe in his travels.
Post-Revolution Safety Jeremy said that for safety U.S. citizens are encouraged to tell everyone that they are Canadians. If you are known as a U.S. citizen, people of Egypt want to guard you, for a price! Jeremy and Jason were in Sinai-Sham-El-Sheik a week and a half after a Russian plane was shot down. They also traveled to Dahab. There were a lot of security check points. They were stopped at one security check point. They had said they were Canadians, yet their passports were U.S. But all was good. They were concerned about your safety.
Pre-Revolution Tourism It was hard to get a photo in front of the Pyramids without other people in your photo. There were tons of people in Alexandria and Cairo plus an active night life. Many people were looking for artifacts.
Post-Revolution Tourism The experience was the flip side! Completely different to take photos at the Pyramids! No people! No cars! Unknown to many people, the Pyramids are not way out in the desert. They are on the edge of Cairo! The Pyramids are massive when you stand next to them. There were some vender's kids selling things. Thirty to forty percent of the artifacts have been discovered and only 60% of them have been cataloged. Jason and Jeremy visited a new museum and they were the only visitors there! The area was a ghost town. On the train to Alexandra, they saw buildings not completed. The reason? Uncompleted buildings are tax free! All through Egypt, there are buildings unfinished with rebar sticking out and they go tax free as long as they can! Amazing to see that! Regulations and safety are an issue. In the U.S. you can see the edge of steps inside or outside of buildings with yellow and black tape so you can easily see the steps. In Egypt, if you want to go across to another uncompleted section of the area, here, we will put a plank over a 20' drop and no ropes on the sides! The PowerPoint slide was very vivid! Jeremy and Jason traveled to Sharm-El-Sheik. After the Russian plane had been shot down, tourism was down 90%! They stayed in a 5-Star hotel for $75! Now tourism is down about 50% and the government is assisting in paying water and electrical bills so places can survive. Jeremy and Jason, like Jorge, visited the Blue Hole near Dahab. They went scuba diving. No people were there! Driving through the mountains there were little kids who would jump on your car and want to sell you something! No controls! Traveling you would wave down a taxi, which was of often a pick-up truck, and they would say, "Hop in! Hop in!" That is how you would get from place to place! Going to Dahab, a motorcyclist said to hop on the back of his motorcycle -- and a foot peg was missing! Unbelievable! How different it is! In the 1200's, a leader wanted to fortify his castle, but the rocks were a long distance away a cost extra money, so he used some of the stones from the edge of the Pyramid!
Rotary is everywhere! When Jason and Jeremy were on a bus riding to the airport on their way to Amsterdam, Jeremy sat next to a man who had a Rotary pin in his lapel. Jeremy struck up a conversation with him and learned that he was the District Governor of Egypt -- all of Egypt! Rotary is everywhere!
There have been many changes since the Revolution. If you travel to Egypt, Jason suggested that you go with a tour group or with friends who live there. The program ended with a vivid and exciting video that was taken and composed by a friend of Jason and Jeremy. This story does not begin to do justice to the program, because of the fantastic photos and videos in their PowerPoint program. Thank you, Jorge, Jeremy, and Jason! It really seemed like we were travelling with you!
Congratulations Irene Walters!
Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year!
Rotary International 107th Convention
May 28, 2016 – Jun 01, 2016
Allen County Public LibraryMay 31, 2016 8:00 AM
Parkview FieldJun 13, 2016
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Parkview FieldJun 13, 2016 11:00 AM
Rotary Day!Happy Hour+Tin Caps Game+Rotary Singers
Parkview FieldJun 16, 2016
District Rotary Friendship Exchange to Turkey
Jun 17, 2016 – Jun 27, 2016
Annual Celebration Dinner Pine Valley Country Club
Pine Valley Country ClubJun 28, 2016 6:00 PM