Posted by Paul Paslay
Hello fellow Anchorage East members.
 
The Rotary theme for September is New Generations Month.  This is the month when Rotarians all around the world focus efforts on supporting youth and Youth Programs.  What can we do?  Listen to their ideas about how Rotary can assist them to make a better world?  Take the time to discuss the great Rotary programs for youth, in particular the youth exchange program?  There are opportunities for us to make a real difference to the lives of many young people.
 
We have at least five opportunities in our club.  Anchorage East sponsors the Interact Clubs at West High and East High.  I have attended both meetings at West, which occur on Tuesdays and last about one-half hour starting at 10:20a.  There were 20+ students there each time.  One of the ideas that came up at the first meeting was a way to get some of these students to one of our meetings.  
 
East High starts its Interact Club on September 5 at 10:26a in Travis Cooper’s classroom 206.  It makes a difference to have a Rotary presence there, to remind the students of the bigger picture of which they are now a part.  If you can make it you are welcome.
 
Our exchange student Adam Szabo has just arrived for the year.  He has gone golfing at least twice, and he was on the Segway Tour social event last month.  He will be at the Mobile Food Pantry this month. He may participate in the Shelter Box project this year.  At lunch last week a member who had hosted him pointed out his English is excellent.  Please consider inviting him to do things.
 
Later this year we award scholarships to a number of outstanding high school students from Bartlett High and East High.  We also honor a student periodically from these schools, together with their teacher.  Talk to Mike Zahare, chair of the Vocational Committee, to be involved in these opportunities!
 
Paul