April 2017
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Rotarians are invited to volunteer with Friends of the LA River for a clean up on April 22! First of all a big thank you to those who have signed up or let us know their club's alternative plans.  There is still time to sign up HERE. (you may sign up for individuals or groups of 10 ore more). Last year we had 200 Rotarians sign up.   Secondly, click HERE for information you will need the day of the event. 
As part of the Rotary Club of Westchester's Global Grant project with Safe Place For Youth (S.P.Y.), the club is looking to connect Rotarians with homeless youth for mentoring, internships, and job placement.
If you can help and/or hire S.P.Y. youth, click here.
To learn more about Safe Place For Youth's mission and how they are changing the landscape for homeless youth, visit their website
Through the commitment by Rotarians for the past 31 years, the cases of polio in our world from over 350,000 cases in 1986 has diminished to just a handful of cases this calendar year.  There have only been four cases of polio reported this year, in just two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Rotary District 5280 has accomplished so many good works through the efforts of its individual members.  Last year, we were the first Rotary District in the world to have every individual member contribute to Polio Plus.  This was a huge accomplishment!  This year, we are attempting to accomplish this again for the second year in a row.

Many Rotarians, and non Rotarians alike, have asked the question, "So why do we still need to donate to Polio Plus?  This disease is practically gone!" Well, it is not gone, and if we are not vigilant, the disease could rise up and become an epidemic again in our world.We are so very close to eliminating this dreaded disease forever.  We need to continue to immunize children in the third world countries so those that cross the borders from Afghanistan and Pakistan do not spread the disease.  There have only been four cases of polio this calendar year, which occurred in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Two years ago there were a total of 74 cases; last year there were a total of 35 cases.  Rotary International is so very hopeful that within two years, the disease will no longer appear in our world.

On Saturday, March 11, talented high school students across the District participated in the annual Rotary Pageant of the Art contests. Competing in the categories of art, dance, music and speech, the students displayed their talents and passion for the arts. Click on the "read more" link for a complete list of contest winners. Photos by Lek Pollard. Visit our Facebook photo album for more photos. 
SOLD is a narrative, feature film adaptation of the globally acclaimed novel by Patricia McCormick. Based on true stories, SOLD, is the story of Lakshmi who journeys from a pastoral, rural village in Nepal to a gritty brothel/prison called Happiness House in Kolkata, India.  Through one extraordinary girl’s story, SOLD illustrates the brutality of child trafficking, which affects millions of children around the globe every year.  Globally the average age of a trafficked girl is thirteen, the same age as the girl in the film.  SOLD was executive produced by Academy Award winner Emma Thompson. SOLD tells the story of an unforgettable 13 year-old girl and is both a call to action and a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit.  
We have about 200 days until the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta is upon us.  We currently have 103 members from District 5280 who will be attending.  Wouldn’t it be amazing to show up in full force representing the best District in Rotary!  Please sign up now to take advantage of the reduced registration fee, after December 15th as it will increase from $340 to $415.  Please Register at www.riconvention.org
Are you looking for a good speaker for your Rotary club meeting? Look no further! District 5280 has a brand new Speakers Directory. Check out the Speakers Directory for speakers (Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike) on a variety of topics. The site will continue to be populated throughout the year. Learn More. 

Did you know that Rotary International's Foundation began 100 years ago? The first donation to the Foundation was $26.50.  To celebrate this milestone, each Rotarian throughout the world is being asked this Rotary year to donate $26.50, or for large clubs, $2650 in total to Polio Plus. Wouldn't it be wonderful if every Rotarian in our District 5280 would donate this amount to finish the job of eliminating polio forever? We already have clubs that have reached this goal. Can we count on your club to reach this goal? Last year, we were the first District in the world to have 100 percent of its members donate to Polio Plus. Let's do it again this year!

Rotary's new member benefits program gives Rotary members access to discounts on a variety of products and services selected with their interests in mind. Rotary Global Rewards offers discounts on car rentals, hotels, dining, and entertainment. More products and services from companies around the world will be added throughout the year. Check back often to see what’s new in Rotary Global Rewards. Learn more. 
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