Rotary Club of Williamston Sunrise

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Williamston Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Brookshire Inn
205 W Church St.
Williamston, MI  48895
United States
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General Discussion:
  • Attendance: Members=20, Associate Members=2, Guests=6
Guest Speaker - Rev. Andrew Pomerville, Senior Pastor at the People's Church in East Lansing

President Narda Murphy, Rev. Andrew Pomerville, Bryce & Denali Pomerville, President Elect Raj Wiener
  • Andrew talked about the Nyaka HIV/Aids Orphan Project in Uganda
    • He presented first so he could get his children (Bryce & Denali) who joined him to school after
  • Andrew is a East Lansing Rotarian & represented the Nyaka  originator Jackson Kaguri
    • Also an East Lansing Rotarian
  • Our new District Governor, Teresa Brandell, from the Delta-Waverly Rotary, wants this to be a District wide initiative
  • Jackson Kaguri was born in Uganda and was fortunate to attend Columbia University in NY
    • After his education, he went back to Uganda
    • He found that his brother & sister both had HIV/AIDS and later died
      • There were lots of his age with HIV/AIDS
        • 1.1 Million have died from AIDS in Uganda
      • Because most were youth, a lot of orphans were left homeless
      • Jackson felt that education was the solution
    • When Jackson grew up, he was youngest of 5 siblings
      • His dad would take one pencil & break it in half, give half to the oldest, then break it in half again, to the next oldest, and kept breaking it till he got only a small pencil
      • If a child didn’t have a pencil, they couldn’t attend school
      • Poverty was so prevalent, his father had to sell goods or land to buy pencils
      • But he believed in education
    • Jackson had saved $5000 in college to buy a house
      • But wanted to use it to build a school in Uganda
      • Worked with the local churches there a built their first school - one room building
        • It held 50 students
        • Now they have 2 primary, 2 secondary and a vocational school
        • Also 2 clinics and a mobile library (to introduce young children to books)
    • Nyaka has been around 15 years now
      • They teach 700 students
      • They are selected by need - lost of a parent to HIV/AIDS
      • They also find grandmothers to take care of the orphans
    • They have created micro-finance programs to help the grandmothers
      • 71,000 grandmothers participate in the program
        • They self-select who gets the micro-financial help
        • Groups of 90 women have 10 who make the selections
  • They are looking for people to visit and see first hand what is being done
    • They are able to do a lot with the money donated
    • Jackson was working at MSU, but now is full time with Nyaka
    • The program was given a National award for their work
    • Locally, Kurt & Pete Guter have visited along with Rev. Pomerville
  • They are not associated with any church
    • All schools are Christian based, but they teach Muslins as well
  • As noted, our new District Governor, Teresa Brandell is encouraging club participation
    • They are working on a District Grant
    • Also looking for human participation
  • Uganda is under a dictatorship
    • It is corrupt - bribes are prevalent
    • 60% of the population is under 18
      • With high unemployment
    • But it is relative safe to travel there
    • Most people have cell phones - it is their main way for communication/banking, etc.
      • They have great cell phone coverage
    • With the HIV/AIDS outbreak, the government chose public education to help
      • Signs everywhere about prevention and condom use
      • It has helped now with only 20% of students with HIV/AIDS
      • Also supplying anti-viral medicines
  • Most government schools are in big cities
    • Nyaka helps in small villages
  • Costs: $300/student/year for primary school
    • $600-700/student/year for secondary school - that includes housing
    • To build a grandmothers house - $1100 to house 6 people
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District Conference in Battle Creek
  • Attended by Narda Murphy, Raj Wiener and Jim Conroy
                                    Jim, Raj & Narda

  • Jim was honored as our Rotary Hero!
General Discussion:
  • Attendance: Members=20, Associate Members=1, Guests=2
  • Brian Tort was introduced as a possible new member
  • Duck Race - Jim
    • Cub Scouts have sold 200 tickets already
    • Jim had 100 tickets today & more coming on Friday
    • Signup Genius is on the web
      • Signup for help selling tickets at D&W, Farmer’s Market or Bigbees
      • Pick your spots, scroll to bottom & SAVE & Submit
    • Farmer’s Market starts this Sunday
    • Jim will be in Florida
      • Anyone else to setup & sell at 9:30 Sunday?
      • Tent available through Jack
    • Duck Deals will be posted soon on website & flyers made
Guest Speaker - State Representative Tom Cochran
Rep. Tom Cochran, President Narda Murphy & Jim Conroy
“If you trust, you don’t worry. If you worry, you don’t trust.”

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, Service Above Self.

The Object of Rotary: The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

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