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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Rosemary Gituma
    September 14
  • DrO Olmstead
    September 15
  • David Robinette
    September 23
Anniversaries:
  • Raj Misca
    Roxy Misca
    September 1
  • Adrian Bita
    Christine
    September 14
Join Date:
  • Nicholette Duncombe
    September 5, 2016
    3 years
  • Ahti Mykkanen
    September 11, 2018
    1 year
  • Francis McDaniel
    September 14, 2016
    3 years
  • Nevine Abdelkhalek
    September 18, 2016
    3 years
  • Brian Kesel
    September 22, 2018
    1 year
  • Dave Ungar
    September 23, 2016
    3 years
  • Ray Sanderson
    September 28, 2017
    2 years
  • Francis Dixon
    September 29, 2016
    3 years
  • Sheena Spittles
    September 29, 2017
    2 years
 
Latest News
Education is the most important vector for Transgenerational Change
 
I felt that my first newsletter should wait until September when many have returned from summer holidays and schools have reopened. Firstly, may I express my gratitude to Dr Charles Grant the immediate past Chair and his team. We have used the summer to consider a strategy for greater involvement, recognizing that the International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators (IFRE) is open to all with an interest in Education.
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.