Previewing the World Polio Day Livestream event
Rotary celebrates World Polio Day on 24 October with a Livestream event featuring expert speakers and celebrity performers. Hosted by Time magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, the Chicago event also includes a global status update on the fight to end polio and the challenges that remain, as well as information about joining Rotary's historic campaign. The program, being held before a live audience at 18:30 Chicago time (UTC-5), includes a performance from Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show "The Voice," an introductory message and videotaped performance by reggae star...
Creating works of art helps refugee children repair their lives
When asked to describe his future, a refugee child from Iraq draws a picture of himself as a doctor. Another child uses colorful paints to depict happy memories of his former life in Iraq. Both children are among the 200,000 displaced Iraqis who now live in Jordan, a country that has become a safe haven for those fleeing oppression and war in neighboring Palestine, Syria, and Iraq. Alexandra Dawley, a former volunteer with the Collateral Repair Project in Jordan, emphasizes how something as simple as an art project can help young refugees adjust to their new lives in a foreign country. With...
Chat with food experts on Twitter about alleviating hunger
Hunger affects more than 800 million people worldwide, according to the United Nations' World Food Programme, and one-third of all the food grown every year goes to waste. Together, we can change that. On World Food Day, Thursday, 16 October, join a conversation on Twitter from 12:00 to 13:00 Chicago time (UTC-5), using the hashtag #RotaryHunger. During the chat, food experts will talk about ways to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in your community and around the world. Rotary (@Rotary) will moderate the chat, and experts from organizations including Rotary First Harvest (@RFHarvest), the...
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The Rotary Club of Chicopee was glad to welcome Ronald Belair from the Knights of Columbus to our meeting. The club presented Ron with a check for $1,000 toward the Knights annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Volunteers begin food preparation on Monday of Thanksgiving week, providing meals to the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club dinner that evening. By Thanksgiving day the Knights are ready for their feast, which includes meals delivered to the elderly and disabled, along with a sit down meal for people in need or alone.
Stas Radosz of the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning displays a check from the Rotary Club of Chicopee. The donation was made by the club in memory of Walter Wrzesien, a former member, and long-time benefactor of both the Rotary Club and Polish Center. Walter was a many time honored World War II veteran who passed away in February 2014 at the age of 93. He is missed by us all, and will be remembered fondly as a generous old-world gentleman who sincerely believed there was only one way to live: that is to say, honorably.
The Rotary year 2014 was another success for the Rotary Club of Chicopee. In addition to the Helping Hands Program which took place on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, the club donated the following last year: $5,000 to the Chicopee Senior Center to complete our promised $15,000 commitment; $3,500 to the Rotary Annual Programs Fund; $2,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee for a literacy program; $2,000 to Porchlight Home Care for new nurses bags with the Rotary logo on them; $1,000 to Lorraines Soup Kitchen; $1,000 to the PolioPlus Program to help with the eradication of Polio worldwide; $750 to a Veterans Appreciation Dinner at the Elks Club in Chicopee, and $500 to the future interns program in the Chicopee Public School system. Total donations for the year were $15,750.