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Our Mission: "To create community through fellowship and service, to eliminate poverty and disease and to provide knowledge and opportunity, especially for young people."
Our Vision: "Being an exemplary club in meeting its mission, through a sustainable vibrant membership."
The New Years "Family Luncheon" was a huge success with a clown, balloon animals and glitter tattoos. Over 70 Rotarians, family members, children and grand children attended. The lunch and the entertainment were enjoyed by all. A big thank you to the organizers!
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg , Frank Cosway, Co-Chair of Fundraising, presented a donation of $1,650 to Hayley Laudien, Events Associate at Winnipeg Harvest for the Baby Formula appeal, on December 20, 2013.
MUNA 2014 will be held on May 1 - 3, 2014 at the Canadian Mennonite University. Further details can be found on the website at www.winnipegmuna.ca
MUNA was founded in April, 1957 to expose youth to the world of international politics, through participation in a simulated United Nations Assembly. The last MUNA took place May 9 – 11, 2013 at the CMU, with at least 40 delegations attending.
In 2011, Ismael Muvingi, a former member of our Club visited his homeland of Zimbabwe on his sabbatical and identified the need for this project. During the election violence in Zimbabwe in 2010, many youth were either victims or perpetrators of violence.
This project was developed by Strini Reddy, long before he joined our Club. This project is implemented in partnership with a Rotary Club in South Africa. Strini has been very effective at raising funds for this project. In 2014, this may be our first project to qualify for the new Rotary Future Vision funding.
This program was developed by the Winnipeg Foundation to ensure that financial hurdles should not prevent students from realizing their dream of a college/ university education. Students in grades 5 -12 can earn a “You Can Do It Award” of $1,000 each year, for a possible total of $8,000.
Currently, this project is a small scholarship program to support 7 – 8 South Sudanese students who are living in Kenya. These funds include Club Funds ($6,800) and personal donations by Gail & Alex Zahradnitzky. David Atem, one of our members, is from South Sudan.
CSI is a 5 week Summer Learning Enrichment Program for 1000 elementary school students from the inner city that operates from 15 sites. Launched in 2005, CSI continues to grow each year. Strini Reddy has been the inspiration for this program long before he joined our Club. CSI received a grant of $7,500 from our Club.
Alex & Gail Zahradnitzky were the founders of this project which continues on today. Our Club has supported various schools within Guatemala over the past decade. Gail & Alex recently visited Guatemala to implement a new Ripple Effect program, with $2,500 from our Club, to provide some basic science equipment for several schools. This put smiles on the faces of both children and teachers.
Posted by Frank Cosway
The September "Peace Concert with the Spirits Call Choir" was organized by David Newman and the World Peace Partners Committee. Through World Peace Partners the Club provided 2 bursaries ($3,200) for 2 high school graduates to attend the "Adventures in Global Citizenship" offered by Global College , August 7 – 15th.
Y.E.S. was established in 1974 as a partnership between the Rotary Club of Winnipeg and the YMCA. Art Jonasson has been Director since 1974, and Norm Podolski since 2008. Y.E.S. assists youth 16 – 29 to find and maintain employment. They support those most at-risk, including aboriginal people, the unemployed and disadvantaged youth, by providing training, assistance and encouragement. All services are free.
This is part of a global Rotary campaign started in 1986. Great progress has been made. Only 3 countries still have active polio cases (Afghanistan, Pakistan & Nigeria). But much important work still remains to End Polio Now. ($1,500 was budgeted. Our members have donated at least an additional $5,000.)
Alumni award winners turn heads with unique accomplishments
Maya Ajmera founded the Global Fund for Children in 1993 to provide seed money to community-based organizations that help at-risk children across the world. Since then, GFC has awarded more than $32 million in grants to over 600 organizations in 80 countries, improving the lives of millions of children – from educating AIDS orphans in Uganda to conducting so-called curbside classrooms for waste pickers in Cambodia. "Education is the key to getting human beings out of poverty," says Ajmera, whose studies at St. Xavier's College in Mumbai were sponsored by the Rotary Club of China Lake in...
Paralympian Dennis Ogbe defying paralysis
Dennis Ogbe grips the discus in his right hand. He swings his arm and twists at the waist as far to the right as he can. With one move he snaps back, letting the saucer fly. Upper-body strength is important for any discus thrower, but for Ogbe, a Paralympian, it’s everything. At age three, Ogbe contracted malaria, and while receiving treatment at a clinic near his home in rural Nigeria, he became infected with the poliovirus. Paralyzed from the waist down, he was sent home in the arms of his mother. He credits his physical rehabilitation to a harsh form of therapy – the taunts of the other...
Moving doctor’s office rescues women from breast cancer
In Tamil Nadu, India, two doctors, both members of the Rotary Club of Srirangam, discovered an alarming trend in the remote city outskirts of Trichy, women dying of breast cancer. Drs. K. Govindaraj and K.N. Srinivasan knew that much of the death and suffering could be avoided, and both were motivated by their personal experiences with the disease. Govindaraj watched his mother die of breast cancer a decade earlier, and helped found the Dr. K. Shantha Breast Cancer Foundation in her memory. Srinivasan, an oncologist, witnessed unprecedented growth in the number of younger patients coming to...
Writer and war widow Artis Henderson finds peace through Rotary
In the first month of my stay in Dakar, Senegal, as a Rotary Scholar, a friend gave me a piece of helpful advice. “Buy a wedding ring,” she said. I had already learned that as a young American woman in a Muslim country, I attracted a certain kind of attention. But a ring? My friend nodded. “That way everyone will leave you alone.” With my thumb I felt for the empty space on my left ring finger -- a place that, even now, I sometimes touch and worry where my ring has gone. I removed my wedding band on the one-year anniversary of my marriage, eight months after my husband, Miles, was killed in...
Peace fellow Ali Reza Eshraghi on today’s Iran
Iranian-born journalist Ali Reza Eshraghi, 35, is the Iran project manager at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and a teaching fellow in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working as an editor at several Tehran newspapers – all of which were eventually banned or shut down by the government – he became a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and met Pate Thomson and Mary Alice Rathbun, of the Rotary Club of Berkeley. In 2012, he completed his studies as a Rotary Peace Fellow at the Duke-UNC Rotary...