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Posted by Andy Willis
Rotary Club of Galena
in cooperation with Galena Gazette Publications & the University of Illinois Extension office
The Perfect Storm
27th Annual Rotary Roundtable
1-5pm Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Hard Choices Ahead
Managing climate change involves hard choices. These choices affect government, business and you. This year’s Roundtable will inform and educate:
- What is climate change
- What is being done
- What needs to be done
- What is working & not working
- What impact new regulations will have
Open discussion at day’s end involves how proposed solutions affect everyone in the Tri-state area. Register today - click here for registration form
Light Up Rotary
by Katie Murphy
This year our club strives to Light Up Rotary – asking each individual member and membership as a whole to take action and make Rotary stronger. I have established goals to increase membership, enhance service projects, and create community awareness. New membership, engaging younger professionals, and ensuring that we have succession to lead the club throughout the next 10, 15, 20 years from now is of the utmost importance. Our club is only as strong as the members who participate and give their time to make Rotary, service projects, and our community better. While we work to improve upon these areas at our local club level, it is also important to keep in mind the goals of Rotary International and the amazing impact the organization has around the world. Rotary members are business and professional leaders who volunteer their expertise, compassion, and power to improve communities at home and abroad in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. With over 34,000 clubs worldwide, it’s easy to see the value of this great organization and the amount of positive impact that we can have – lighting up Rotary one person at a time. United we can light up the world. We thank those involved in the Galena Rotary Club and welcome anyone who would like to join our efforts.
Rotary AIDS day event turns spotlight on world’s deadliest infectious disease
The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the worst ever, has claimed several thousand lives and generated worldwide concern. But its impact pales in comparison to that of AIDS, which, despite advances in treatment, still kills more than a million people a year, the majority of them in Africa. "Even with the Ebola outbreak at its worst expected levels, it's never going to reach what we've seen with the HIV/AIDS epidemic," said Dr. Timothy B. Erickson, director of the Center for Global Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, speaking at Rotary's World AIDS Day event in Evanston on 1...
Statement by Rotary International on the deadly school attack in Pakistan
Rotary International condemns the horrific attack that killed more than 130 schoolchildren and wounded over 100 of their classmates in Peshawar, Pakistan. We believe that children everywhere have the basic right to receive an education in an environment unthreatened by violence or fear. Rotary extends our heartfelt sympathy to all of the families in Pakistan, including those of seven Rotary members, who have lost children as a result of this unfathomable tragedy. We stand with them in mourning their loss. Gary C.K. Huang, PresidentRotary International
Indoor air pollution linked to millions of deaths
After decades dreaming about the Himalayas, Rotary member George Basch went on his first trek through the mountains in 2001, when he was 64. A member of the Rotary Club of Taos-Melagro in New Mexico, USA, Basch found that the experience was even more than he had hoped. "My expectations were high, and dramatically exceeded," he remembers. But a less-than-pleasant aspect of the experience was the indoor smoke pollution he encountered in the guest houses and private homes he visited. Many families in the Himalayas use rudimentary cookstoves or, in some cases, an open fire pit inside the home to...
Rotary staff members bond over Miles to End Polio bike ride
For six staff members from Rotary headquarters in Evanston, the fight to eradicate polio has become personal. Together, they biked the physically grueling 104-mile (167-kilometer) Tour de Tucson in Arizona, USA, collectively raising more than $20,000 for polio eradication while putting their bodies and minds through a feat of endurance. For the tightknit group, the experience was about more than just raising money and crossing the finish line. It was about learning about each other and what Rotary members are doing to rid the world of this crippling disease. They advocated together, trained...
How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...