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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."
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.
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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.)
Family health days help 250,000 in Africa
In 1994, Marion Bunch lost her son to AIDS. It was early on in the U.S. AIDS epidemic, and the stigma surrounding the disease kept her from talking about her son’s illness with anyone but family members. “I never thought I’d do anything about it until one day, three years after his death, I felt a tap on the shoulder, and a voice in my ear said, ‘Mom, get up and get going; you haven’t done anything, and it’s been three years,’” she recalls. Within a year, Bunch, a member of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, Georgia, USA, proposed an idea to her club, and through Rotary began connecting community...
A lesson in the power of clean water
Early each morning, the students of Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta in El Tunino, Guatemala, trek down the mountainside on their way to school. They carry the essentials for the day: books, backpacks, and class projects. But one other item they used to haul from home is thankfully absent: a bucket of clean water. The community of El Tunino is part of Sumpango, a rural region where access to clean running water is limited. Schools in the area offered the basics in education, but students learned quickly that drinking water and working toilets were not part of the curriculum. Today, that lesson is...
Jack Sim wants you to talk about toilets
By age 40, Jack Sim was a successful entrepreneur running 16 businesses. He had enough money to retire, so he started searching for a neglected cause to which he could devote his time and effort. Realizing that people don’t want to talk about toilets, he set about making the humble commode into a media darling, founding the World Toilet Organization in 2001 and holding a special day every year to draw attention to sanitation. This year, the United Nations voted to make World Toilet Day, 19 November, an official UN observance. Sim credits Rotary with helping him break the taboo around the...
End Polio Now campaign earns top public relations award
Rotary's End Polio Now campaign has won a top award in global public relations from PR News, a public relations resource serving the communications and marketing community. The highly regarded Platinum Awards presented by PR News salute the year's most outstanding communications initiatives and organizations, and honor corporations, agencies, and nonprofits that take chances, make significant strides, and understand the power of public relations. In announcing the awards, PR News noted that Rotary's End Polio Now campaign has "worked to keep polio eradication squarely in the public eye,...
Rotary clubs take action for typhoon-ravaged Philippines
Rotary clubs around the world are pledging emergency aid to communities in central Philippines after last week’s massive typhoon flattened entire coastal towns and villages, killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly 600,000 more. The situation remains dire as widespread destruction has made food, water, and medicine scarce in remote areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to make landfall on record. Rotary President Ron Burton is urging our 34,000 clubs worldwide to continue to assist storm victims. "I know we all want to help. I am urging our clubs to take action to...