Rotary District 5890 will be presenting the 1st Annual National Day of Service and Remembrance Community Service Award this year, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.  September 11 is officially designated National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 and to rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that followed the attacks. September 11 was officially recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, passed with strong bipartisan support and signed into law by President Obama in April, 2009.

The 3,000 Rotarians and 62 Rotary Clubs of District 5890 will mark this day of remembrance by community service projects throughout our District.  Club Community Service projects could be to paint and refurbish homes, run food drives, spruce up schools, reclaim neighborhoods, or support and honor veterans, military families and first responders. Roll up your sleeves, build or plant something new, clean up neglected parts of your neighborhood. Volunteer to attend to the elderly and those who often go unnoticed and unacknowledged --- call them by name, look into their eyes, acknowledge their human dignity.  In this way we will remember and honor the dead and those who responded on 9/11 in the midst of tragedy.

PDG Ed Charlesworth, Rotary District 5890 Community Service Chair, and DG Rhonda Walls Kerby challenge all Rotarians and clubs to participate in the Rotary 5890 1st Annual National Day of Service and Remembrance Award to be presented at District Conference. To be eligible for the award send to PDG Ed the following:
1.    Description of the community service activity, photos, etc.;
2.    Approximate number of volunteers that were involved; &
3.    Approximate number of people benefiting from your community service project during the 9/11 weekend.

We call upon all District 5890 Rotarians to join in service and honor the lives we lost on 9/11/2001, the heroes who responded in our hour of need, and the brave men and women in uniform who continue to protect our country at home and abroad. Rotarian’s “service above self” volunteering is a model way of life for the entire world. Rotarians derive strength from challenges, whether it is eradicating polio from the face of the earth, or turning tragedy into an opportunity to serve.