DISTRICT GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE FOR DECEMBER
 
 
Dear Al La Borde,
 
 
Fellow Rotarians,

This month is significant for many reasons, because it is the month that we celebrate Family month and also focus on our cause “Disease Prevention & Treatment”.

It also represents a time of great celebration that many will not be able to afford and challenges our belief in giving and generousity.
 
The late Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of Great Britain once said:

                  “We make a living by what we get.
                       We make a life by what we give” 

Our organization’s two most recognizable names Paul Percy Harris and Arch Klumph were not from affluent homes but left for us a legacy of giving.  
 
The Rotarian, November 1921:

 “There is nothing intangible about Rotary: It is reality itself. To give is to receive; to lose oneself is to find oneself; to be happy is to serve. These are old truths...for the individual...and the mass, whether application be in the exchange of goods, toil, knowledge, or love.” 

Our strength is in our membership, let us use it to focus on the unique needs and concerns of our communities. This is the time to remember our Family of Rotary and involve them in our activities, finding innovative strategies to enhance our service delivery. 
 
A notable one as their signature project:

-The Rotaractors of the Bahamas, doing a blood drive for the community in partnership with Toronto and Stabroek

-Virgin Gorda Rotaract, public education on the debilitating consequences of Alzheimer Disease

I wish you a happy Yuletide season as we continue to inspire our communities and empower our young generation.

DG Patrick Adizua
 
This month DG Patrick Adizua sends his message from Nassau, while he was visiting Clubs hosted by Assistant Governor Mario Smith.
 

 

FIGHTING DISEASES - ONE OF ROTARY'S MISSIONS

More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. Rotarians aim to improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underdeveloped areas.

 
FIGHTING DISEASES
More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. Rotarians aim to improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underdeveloped areas. They educate and mobilize communities to help prevent the spread of major diseases such as polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Many projects ensure that medical training facilities are located where the workforce lives.
Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio, but members also take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria. 
Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.
 
ROTARY FELLOWSHIPS
Rotarians with a special interest have formed themselves into Fellowships and Action Groups. There are two Fellowships with special interest in health matters.
'Doctors' and 'Fellowship of Wellness and Fitness Rotarians' (Chair: Marco Kappenberger, Samoa. kappenberger@gmail.com)  
 
ROTARIAN ACTION GROUPS
There are a number of Rotary Action Groups which focus on health related challenges.
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Blindness prevention
  • Blood Donation
  • Dental volunteers
  • Diabetes
  • Family Health & AIDS Prevention
  • Health Education and Wellness
  • Hearing
  • Malaria
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Polio Survivors
  • Population growth
 
SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE
In addition to what we do at a global level, there are also hundreds of health projects run by Rotary Districts and Clubs.
One of Rotary's Board members would like to liaise with Rotary and non-Rotary groups to share experiences. 
If you are involved in a project to improve health care please contact Roger Meyer MD MPH (Portland Oregon)  
 
DATA BASE OF ROTARY'S HEALTH PROJECTS
Rotary International would also like to compile a data base of health projects supported by Rotarians. 
 

 
Planning a health project? 
 
In the attachment, you will find Rotary's DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT GUIDELINES FOR GLOBAL GRANT FUNDING which is an excellent resource to learn about types of project and aspects to consider for a successful, long lasting impact in your communities.
 
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Dear 7020 Rotarians,
 
Our beloved Rotary provides us with an array of resources that ensures that our service to humanity, not only makes a difference but inspires those that we serve.
In September, Rotarians place emphasis on the importance and value of basic education, literacy and our young generation.
 
In the words of Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai:
 
“One Child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world” 
 
It is estimated that one billion people-one sixth of the world’s population – are unable to read. Illiteracy among adults and children is a global concern in both highly industrialized nations and developing countries. The tragedy of illiteracy is that those who cannot read are denied personal independence and they become victims of unscrupulous manipulation, poverty and the loss of human dignity. Illiteracy is demeaning, it is a major obstacle to achieving economic, political, social, and personal development and is a barrier to international understanding, cooperation and global peace.
 
Many Rotary clubs are thoughtfully surveying the needs of their community for literacy training. Some clubs provide basic books for reading instruction. Others establish and support reading and language clinics, provide volunteer tutorial assistance and purchase reading materials.
 
Rotarians can play a vitally important role in and around their communities and in developing countries, by promoting projects to facilitate opportunities that are derived with the ability to read. For example, Australian Rotarians developed the “Lighthouses for Literacy” projects in four schools in Thailand. This innovative teaching method proved so successful that the Thai government adopted it in all the nation’s schools. Other Rotary clubs have used this model to develop literacy projects in Bangladesh, South Africa, Brazil and other countries.
 
 
WHAT ARE THE ESTABLISHED FACTS?   
  • An additional 1.7 million teachers are needed worldwide to meet the goal of universal primary education.
  • 57 million children worldwide, are not in school
  • 781 million people over the age of 15-60 percent of them women-are illiterate
 
However, we have young and vibrant members of our Rotary family that are equipped with the tools to help us establish strategic and enriching projects across our communities.
 
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit transformative projects being carried out by Rotarians and Rotaractors in Grand Cayman, B.V.I and St Croix, where they are providing life-changing literacy experiences throughout their communities. This year more than ever before, our emphasis must be to empower our young generations, by fully embracing them in project concept, design and development for all our activities.
 
Past RI President Luis Vincente Giay at the 1996 Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada said:
 
     “Our vision for the future, now more than ever, is the difference between    
     success and failure.
     The New Generations are our investment in the future.
     Let us begin to build that future today” 
 
Countless Rotaractors have undertaken innovative and creative literacy projects which we could easily tap into by partnering with them, to help us tackle these issues in our communities. Therefore, let us share our love for Rotary, by empowering our new generations, so that together we can inspire positive change globally.
 
“When love is infused into our actions, we do not stop to question the time or money we are sacrificing. We are inspired to do more, to give more. Love is the motivating force behind all of Rotary’s best work.”
                                                                       -Carlo Ravizza 1999-2000
 
D.G. Patrick
 
  
 
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