District & Club News
Posted by Rose A. Bowman
May – Youth Services Month
While our clubs focus on youth throughout the year; as our 2015-2016 Rotary year counts down to only May and June to finalize, it is a time when clubs focus on youth in many ways especially when it comes to providing scholarship support for furthering their education. So many clubs in our district are busy selecting their scholarship recipients for their annual awards. In my travels visiting clubs throughout our vast district, I found that almost every club in the district has a scholarship program to support students in their post-high school education; how impressive is that? Have you invited those recipients to visit your club so your members have the opportunity to meet them?
Are you a highly-experienced group presenter? Have you served as an effective Rotary club president? Would you like to be part of a dynamic event to train future Rotary leaders? If so, this is your opportunity! Pacific Northwest PETS, the largest multi-district PETS in the Rotary world, is seeking experienced, qualified Rotarians to serve as session Training Leaders for PETS 2017. The seminar will be held in Seattle February 24-26, 2017.
As Yogi Berra (or Niels Bohr or Samuel Goldwyn) is supposed to have said, it’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. It’s especially dangerous to try to predict the behavior of infectious diseases, when small unpredictabilities in climate or trade or the behavior of governments can bring a problem that we thought was handled roaring back to life.
Dear World Community Service Chairs
A recent visit to Ivory Coast reminded me again, how fortunate we are living in a world where we can satisfy almost all our needs.
This month is designated as Water and Sanitation Month by Rotary International.
Many public places such as markets, bus stops, etc. in Ivory Coast don’t have sanitary provisions and it is quite common for the people to do their needs in the open. In the recent past we have seen what kind of a health disaster –Ebola- this might cause.