Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Amy Bawcom
    June 25
  • Sailesh Sarmah
    June 30
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • williamparker Parker
    June 17
Anniversaries:
  • Carolyn Newman
    Bruce Newman
    June 10
  • Ian McKay
    Sherril McKay
    June 19
  • Melissa Earnest
    John Earnest
    June 20
Join Date:
  • Frank Adamo
    June 1, 2016
    4 years
  • Isma Seetal
    June 1, 2018
    2 years
  • Kitty Bucsko
    June 2, 2018
    2 years
  • Marinel Muresan
    June 3, 2018
    2 years
  • Ken Kerr
    June 7, 2017
    3 years
  • Peter Schultz
    June 10, 2017
    3 years
  • Onie Calayan
    June 12, 2016
    4 years
  • Amy Hopkins
    June 13, 2018
    2 years
  • Bhavna Chowdhry
    June 13, 2016
    4 years
  • Patti Whitmire-Carlton
    June 13, 2016
    4 years
  • Tracy Darjean
    June 13, 2016
    4 years
  • Debra Harper-LeBlanc
    June 14, 2016
    4 years
  • Jimmy Leon
    June 14, 2016
    4 years
  • Stephanie Smarge
    June 15, 2016
    4 years
  • Ghazala Chapman
    June 16, 2016
    4 years
  • Mary Pelican
    June 18, 2017
    3 years
  • Sherrill McKay
    June 18, 2017
    3 years
  • Sounkalo Dembele
    June 18, 2017
    3 years
  • Amy Rinker
    June 19, 2017
    3 years
  • Karin Hickenbotham
    June 21, 2017
    3 years
  • Alejandra Sticca
    June 26, 2016
    4 years
  • Nancy Barbee
    June 26, 2016
    4 years
  • Nathan Allen
    June 26, 2016
    4 years
  • Paulette Smith
    June 26, 2016
    4 years
  • Terry Bodkin
    June 26, 2016
    4 years
  • Adam Lund
    June 27, 2017
    3 years
  • Don Spies
    June 27, 2017
    3 years
  • Madhumita Bishnu
    June 27, 2016
    4 years
  • William Palko
    June 27, 2017
    3 years
  • John Lennie
    June 28, 2017
    3 years
  • Margaret Marquis
    June 29, 2016
    4 years
  • Rachael Blair
    June 29, 2016
    4 years
  • Sophie Bamwoyeraki
    June 29, 2016
    4 years
  • Veronica Necyporuk
    June 29, 2016
    4 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.