Media Release from Rotary Club of Beaufort:
One of the major programs of Rotary is sponsoring youth exchange programs. This past year, two exchange students attended Beaufort area high schools – Emma Anderson from Denmark who attended Beaufort High School and Karolina Struhárová from the Czech Republic who attended Beaufort Academy. Recently, both made presentations to the Rotary Club of Beaufort summarizing their year in the United States.
Emma Anderson from Denmark with Rotary Club of Beaufort President Willie Mack Stansell. Emma attended Beaufort High School this past year as a youth exchange student.
Rotary Gives to Back to the Greater Bluffton Community
(Rosewood ES) T-Heather Gilbert, P-Elizabeth Williams
(AC Moore ES) T-Randall Clamp, P-Luvenia Baker
(Dreher HS) P-Jeanne Stiglbauer, T-Rebecca Smith-Hill
(S. Kilbourne ES) P-Samantha Carlisle, T-Maylin Tennis
(St Martin de Porres) P-Sister Roberta Fulton, T-Doris Arvelo
(Hand MS) T-Robert Harris, P-Brian Goings
PDG Jimmie Williamson was installed as eighth president of the North Carolina Community
College System on Monday,April 10, and several D. 7770 PDG’s attended.
Shown , left to right,are:
PRID David Michaux,III, Betty Squatriglia,Sarah Michaux, PDG Williamson, and PDG
Bob Squatriglia. Since Jimmie was the “bow tie governor”, Michaux and Squatriglia dressed in the “uniform of the day”—bow ties!
Water and Sanitation
According to Water Missions International
842,000 people die every year globally due to diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene. That is approximately 2,300 people/day.
Approximately 2.4 Billion people live without adequate sanitation. That’s 35% of the Global population.
Reductions in time to collect water has been found to increase school attendance.
Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4-$35 economic return.
District 7770 has donated over $100,000 for clean drinking water
Many of our Clubs have donated to the District Water Project. This Water Project has written and delivered over $100,000 in Water Systems to underdeveloped countries. I would like to congratulate those clubs that have been a part of these grants.
Rotarians from the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston participated in Water Missions International’s Annual Walk for Water. The funds raised will support safe water community development projects. It was a family-friendly, non-competitive event. Rotarians began their walk with an empty bucket symbolizing the trek that millions take each day to fetch water. Halfway through the walk, buckets were filled with water and the journey was completed.
The Rotary Club of Bluffon also had a walk for water to support the water system they provided in Peru. The Bluffton club recently sent a congratulatory Facebook post “to our friends at Rotary Club Paita Centro in Peru from your friends at the Bluffton Rotary Club in SC. So grateful to have had the opportunity to partner with you to bring clean water to the wonderful people of Miramar:
Walter Hughes a Virginia Rotarian has taken several groups to Ghana to provide clean water. Our District has contributed Global Grant money and talent to these missions.
Walter said, “I am honored to be a White House Champion of Change. I’m accepting on behalf of Rotarians and friends from a team of more than 80 Rotary clubs in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Ghana, and South Sudan. We are celebrating the end of Guinea worm disease in Ghana in West Africa. It all started with a dream. I’m the lucky guy who gets to witness lives transformed around the world.” District Rotarians, Dr. Anne Matthews PRIVP, David Michaux PRID, Helen Ryan Rotarian and others accompanied Walter on one such mission.
Rotarians are being asked to help their communities around Valentine’s Day 2017
The 2017 Rotary Has Heart program is a Community Service Program which is a continuation from last
year’s program, originally initiated by PRIVP Anne L. Matthews and expanded by PRID Robert Hall and now continued by RID Joe Mulkerrin. I would like all our 80 clubs in District 7770 to do a community service project in the 1st quarter of 2017 and let the community be aware of what Rotary is doing. We can help those in need and improve Rotary’s image in each of our communities at the same time. The Rotary Foundation Trustees and RI Board consider this awareness a critical element in our membership strategy which is key to Rotary’s future.
Zone 33-34 Director Mulkerrin announced a recognition program in which all clubs and districts can participate. Each Governor will select what is considered to be the best Rotary Has Heart club community service project with related publicity in the district. A club president from Zone 33 and Zone 34 will receive 1,000 Paul Harris recognition points plus a certificate and be recognized at all events after the deadline (March 31, 2017). The two club presidents can use the 1,000 recognition points to honor a Rotarian or non-Rotarian who has made a significant contribution to their community. The District Governors in each Zone with the highest percentage of participation will receive a painting by George Lewis to auction off to raise funds for PolioPlus or a Water Project or one of the six Areas of Focus.
Each club may decide for itself how it wants to participate. It could be something as simple as donating money to an established program or something as complex as organizing a full-fledged club service project all following the six areas of focus. While this is first and foremost a Community Service Project, it is also a chance for us to show thousands of communities throughout our zones what Rotarians can do to Serve Humanity.
- Reduced meals at a meeting with the cost difference donated to fight hunger in your community.
- Provide food or related supplies to a needy organization in your community
- Back Pack Buddies
- Harvest Hope
- Work with your local food pantry or food providers i.e. Meals On Wheels
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