Savi began by telling us that, in 1945, the United Nations invited people from the United States, the Soviet Union and Britain to come together to discuss how to avoid war. The majority of people in attendance were Rotarians. November 9, 2019 is Rotary Day at the United Nations which celebrates the two organizations’ shared vision for peace and highlights the critical humanitarian activities that Rotary and the UN lead around the world.

DG Savi told us that Rotary turns dreams into reality. She told us she is proud that so
many clubs in our district are providing scholarships for Tech Trek, a math and science
camp for middle school girls This program allows middle school girls recommended by
their science, math or technology teachers to attend a week at UCSB with more than 80
other girls from across the state. Hands-on classes in the STEM fields and project-based work groups make this preview of college a unique opportunity for the participants. She thanked our club for our donations to Piyali Learning Center which helps change a life and gives young bright girls in India the opportunity for an equally bright future. Savi said, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”.

Savi also thanked us for our support of RYLA and told us how the Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) is like a mini RYLA and gives kids who can’t go to RYLA a chance to experience some of the leadership skills that RYLA graduates learn. She encouraged all clubs to consider a YES program. One of the students who went through the YES program initially did not want to go. He was depressed and was considering suicide. After begrudgingly attending, he went on to attend RYLA and is now studying to become an Orthopedic Surgeon.

Rotary is well on it’s way to defeating polio thanks to Rotarians who give up their time to travel around the world administering the vaccine. Savi told us of a Rotarian who was administering vaccines and had just finished vaccinating a young girl when he felt something tugging at his pants. He looked down to see a young boy in a wheelchair. The boy, who had polio, looked up at him and said “thank you for vaccinating my sister".

Savi also encouraged all of us to follow the 4 Way Test in everything we do because when you follow the words of the test, you will be happier and you will actually make a difference.

Thank you DG Savi for a very inspirational talk that obviously came from your heart!