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The World Health Organization has released the latest statistics on polio cases worldwide. In its report, the WHO states, "In June, the wild poliovirus outbreaks in Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Kenya were assessed to be over by independent teams, having successfully interrupted transmission of the virus. While this is a sign that supplementary immunization activities and acute flaccid paralysis have been strengthened since all of the outbreaks began in 2013, it is essential for these gains to be maintained and built upon in order to protect children within these countries from the return of the virus. Read more about the headlines and statistics here.
It is time to start the new Rotary year with new leadership and fresh ideas. The incoming club presidents and District leaders have been prepared for their responsibilities through numerous training and educational seminars.
Rotary International President Ravi Ravindran has chosen a beautiful theme for his year: "Be a gift to the world". Isn't it nice that we can provide a precious gift to someone? Rotarians have the power and capability to deliver wishes, whether they be clean water for remote villages, surgery for deformed children, eradication of the polio virus from the earth and the provision of tools for education. For over a century, Rotary International has built up a worldwide infrastructure with the most qualified human resources in any given region. Rotarians can address problems in our communities and around the world. We have the ability. We have the tools. It is up to us to engage and utilize our resources to improve the human condition.
In order to facilitate the development of of acquaintance as an opportunity for service, our District is developing an e-directory to help members network. Each member will be included in a Rotary database searchable by profession. This year many clubs in our District will focus on projects within our community that have relevance, sustainability, and a substantive impact. We will strive for a new balance in our projects by allocating our funds for our community and the world. There are many local and global projects lined up for our members to involve themselves. Using the tools that Rotary has provided, we will achieve new levels of success in these endeavors.
Let's make our Rotary the most respected charity organization in our community. Let's engage in Rotary activities with high energy, great passion, and the desire to change lives for the better. Let's operate our organization in an efficient and productive manner. Let's be a gift to the community and the world.
Ellen and I look forward to serving with you this year and supporting your efforts as your serve your communities and others in need throughout the world.
-District Governor 2015-2016, DJ Sun
On April 25, 2015 a magnitude 7.9 Richter scale earthquake hit Nepal, succeeded the following day by a second earthquake of 6.7 magnitude. Numerous aftershocks followed. Approximately 6,000 people have been reported dead, with 11,000 other casualties identified, and still counting.
Our Rotary District 5280 fully understands the urgent need and is organizing a relief effort. Both immediate and long-term action plans need to be enacted. For immediate action, together with RI's endorsement, any club-generated financial support can be channeled through either:
Continue to read the complete instructions here.
(LOS ANGELES) March 16, 2015 -- The District 5280 Rotary Foundation Committee's three Webinars, "The Rotary Foundation Overview", "District Grant" and "Global Grant" will remain as resources on the District website. Survey's for the MOU have been closed. Click HERE to access the Webinars.