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The workshops offer motivation, inspiration, Rotary information and new ideas for club officers, directors and key committee chairmen of each club. Some of the most experienced district leaders conduct informative discussions on all phases of Rotary administration and service projects. The sessions give all participants valuable new ideas to make their club more effective and interesting.
Heidi Tucker, Project Director at Westbrook Communities that Care was our speaker on February 3. WCTC has been around since 2011. It is committed to reducing teen alcohol and drug use and in supporting positive youth development. Working with a recent Drug Free Communities Support Program grant is just part of what WCTC does. It brings together community members and partner organizations that work together to support youth in Westbrook to help them grow up healthy and safe. It works to strengthen the net of support for our young people by bringing people together to focus on one issue at a time, starting with youth substance abuse.
Hannah Smith, a senior at WHS and the president of the Interact club, traveled to New York with Hannah Farr and about 50 other high school kids representing District 7780 for Rotary UN Day in October. Hannah F. was unable to join us due to bronchitis, but she sent along her regrets and her thanks for an incredible experience. They met people from all over the country and a few from around the world.
Hannah S. learned about Rotary UN Day from a friend in Connecticut who attended in 2013. With support from Mr Dyer, she and Hannah F. were able to take advantage of this opportunity to participate with others from the District.
Jason Beever, our Foundation Chair, spoke to us about the Rotary Foundation, Every Rotarian Every year, and Rotary Direct, an easy means of contributing to the Foundation on a recurring basis.
The Foundation manages several funds: the Annual Share Fund, which is used to fund District and Global projects sponsored by Rotary clubs around the world; the Endowment Fund, from which a portion of earnings are used to support grants and programs; the PolioPlus Fund, which supports Rotary’s work to achieve a polio-free world; and funds to support specific causes like promoting world peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, supporting education, growing local economies and saving mothers and children.
Jason, with assistance from Mike Foley, showed us how easy it is to give on line and to set up recurring donations through Rotary Direct. Steve Rand then shared some exciting news. Between now and June 30, the Club will match up to $100 for anyone who donates to the Rotary Foundation. In addition, to encourage participation in Rotary Direct, the easiest way to give on a recurring basis, the Club will contribute an additional $25 for those who sign up for Rotary Direct. These matches will be made in the member’s name and count in progress toward the Paul Harris Society.