Messages from Dietrich Bilger
Polio Plus Program
PolioPlus, the most ambitious program in Rotary's history, is the volunteer arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. For more than 25 years, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease. Today, PolioPlus and its role in the initiative is recognized worldwide as a model of public-private cooperation in pursuit of a humanitarian goal.
- To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1 billion.
- Rotary’s leadership, beginning in 1985, inspired the World Health Assembly to pass a resolution to eradicate polio, which paved the way for the formation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988.
- Thousands of Rotarians around the world have volunteered during National Immunization Days to immunize children.
- The PolioPlus program helps Rotary fund operational costs, such as transportation, vaccine delivery, social mobilization, and training of health workers, and support surveillance activities.Read more about what happens before, during, and after a National Immunization Day (NID).
- Rotarians work to encourage both donor and polio-affected governments to commit the political and financial resources needed to eradicate polio.
Oklahoma City Tornado Disaster Relief Fund
Rotary International Districts 5770 and 5750 are supporting the relief and recovery efforts related to the tragic events in Moore, Oklahoma, and the destruction from the tornado that hit there on May 20. Many families and friends have suffered great loss. It is estimated that there were between 12,000 and 13,000 homes destroyed or damaged, in addition to businesses and schools.
Tax-deductible donations to help in those efforts are being accepted. Those who would like to help by donating may send checks to:
Bi-District Tornado Disaster Fund
P.O. Box 13800
Oklahoma City OK 73113-3800 USA
Contributions may also be done online using VISA, MasterCard or Discover by clicking the "Donate Now" link below:
Funds received by our Rotary Bi-District 501(c)3 Foundation will be used exclusively for the benefit of those affected by this terrible event. Donations are tax deductible and all donations will be acknowledged.
The effort in helping the community and individuals who have been affected by these destructive forces is being coordinated by leaders from Rotary District 5770 (which includes Moore and Cleveland County) and Rotary District 5750 (which includes south Oklahoma City), and will work in conjunction with and in support of the Moore Rotary Club and local and state officials.
This information is also available at the District 5770 Web Site.
Foundation Trustee Chair - Monthly message
Monthly messages of Foundation Trustee Chair Wilfrid J. Wilkinson
In Canada, May is usually a beautiful month. Spring has blossomed, trees and flowers are in bloom, and everyone is filled with a renewed energy as winter finally comes to a close. The changing of seasons can also serve as a time for action as Rotarians bring a fresh perspective to the goals they set for the 2012-13 year.
Every Rotarian, every contribution, and every project makes a difference every year. Through The Rotary Foundation, we can all do our part to work toward global peace from the ground up. Has your club worked on a humanitarian or educational project through the Foundation? And if not – why not?
There is still time to make your contribution. There is still time to give a community the chance to drink clean water, a young girl the opportunity to attend school, and a mother the access to the safe maternal care she needs. Contact your district Rotary Foundation chair and see how you and the other Rotarians in your club or district can participate.
20th International Night is a Win-Win for All !
By Rona Mann
More than 100 Rotarians, exchange students, their parents, families, and friends filled the ballroom at White's April 22nd for what was billed as The 20th Anniversary of International Night.
Started by the Westerly Club in 1993, this event has grown to be one of the most popular events on our yearly calendar. In total, 18 students were introduced and spoke to the crowd about the countries they were from, the countries to which they would be going; and their hopes, dreams, fears, and thoughts about the process. The "kids" were forthcoming, funny, wistful, and wonderful, utterly charming a crowd who had dined on roast beef, seafood newburg, and partaken of a decadent chocolate fountain with tempting dessert nibbles.
A printed program bore the names of all the students who had come and gone through our district over the past two decades of the program along with photos of the kids and quotes and letters from students and parents during the past 20 years.
The event was co-sponsored by Westerly, Cumberland-Lincoln, Nauset Orleans, Martha's Vineyard, North Kingstown, and Woonsocket.
Help secure the future of Rotary's educational and humanitarian programs by including The Rotary Foundation in your estate plans. To learn more and to bring education on this topic to your club, contact Rotarian Gary Rayberg at 781-682-6209 ext 208 or e-mail to email@example.com.
All Bequest Society members receive recognition from the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation. Donors may elect to receive an engraved crystal recognition piece and a Bequest Society pin. There are several ways to leave a bequest to the Foundation and all amounts are greatly appreciated.
To learn more contact Gary or click on this link. Bequest Society.
We Are Rotary - Radio Broadcast
“We Are Rotary” is a new weekly radio show that broadcasts live from the AM790 (WPRV) studio in East Providence, Rhode Island each Thursday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The show features guest Rotarians (local, national and international), call-ins from listeners, and lively conversation about the mission, membership and programs of Rotary International. The show is co-hosted by Rotarians David Clifton, 2007-08 district 7950 governor from the Sharon (Mass.) Rotary Club, and Betty Galligan, 2005-06 past president of the East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club. Click below to tune in!
Mar 07, 2014 – Mar 09, 2014
Rotary Leadership Institute
Amica Mutual Insurance Company HQ - Lincoln RIMar 22, 2014
Youth Exchange International Night
Whites of WestportApr 14, 2014
GSE Team Inbound from Germany District 1930
Apr 20, 2014 – May 11, 2014
Rotary Work Day
Apr 26, 2014
Rotary Leadership Institute
Peabody Holiday InnApr 26, 2014
Sea Crest ResortMay 02, 2014 – May 03, 2014
Community Appreciation Day (moved to Dist. Conf.)
May 02, 2014
GSE/VTT Outbound Team to Germany District 1930
May 04, 2014 – May 25, 2014
Cape Cod Sea CampsMay 09, 2014 at 12:00 PM – May 11, 2014 at 05:00 PM
Rotary International Convention
Jun 01, 2014 – Jun 04, 2014
Polio is almost completely eradicated, but as Bruce Aylward says: Almost isn't good enough with a disease this terrifying. Aylward lays out the plan to continue the scientific miracle that ended polio in most of the world... and to snuff it out everywhere, forever.
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