Nov 302016
 

One of the 6 Rotary Areas of Focus is Disease Prevention and Treatment.

Rotary’s top priority is the eradication of polio. Our Rotary Foundation was named the

“worlds” outstanding foundation for 2016 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The

Judges cited PolioPlus as a major driver for its selection. Why, because of you!!   You’re a very

very important part of Our Foundation receiving this honor.  You are the PolioPlus fundraisers.

You are the advocates.  You are the reason we will reach our goals this year.  We will get the

job done! 

Our members take on far greater responsibilities to fight numerous other diseases. They set up

health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with

HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses,

governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can’t afford to pay for

health care.

Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping

immunize people, to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies

on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.

In South Africa, 225 Rotary clubs participated at 160 sites; in Uganda, 65 clubs supported 120

sites; and across Lagos and Ogun states in southern Nigeria, 62 clubs supported 70 sites. Two

Rotary Foundation Global Grants provided funding to send vocational training teams to Uganda

and to pay for bed nets that will help prevent malaria in Nigeria.

Other efforts in this Area of Focus in our District include:

Dr. Anne Matthews along with Walter Hughes have worked on Grants for eliminating Guinea

worm disease. South Sudan has 96% of the victims of Guinea worm disease. They traveled to

South Sudan to build and encourage the team needed to finish Guinea worm eradication. It is led

by the South Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Program. The team is complete with non-profit

organizations, developmental partners, faith based organizations, churches like Catholic Relief

Services and Redwood United Methodist Church, medical professionals, the Rotary Foundation

and finally Rotarians. The Carter Center helps to fund water filters, education, medical care and

mobilizing community health workers.

Speaking Books, a project with The Rotary Club of Hilton Head showcased international

programs with UNICEF on End Polio Now, and Teen Suicide Prevention in South Africa, these

books educate with visual and audible information. The books can be used over and over again.

 

The Bluffton Rotary Club and the District Water Project provided clean water systems in Peru

and other areas, which is one of the best ways of fighting disease.

 

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Nov 102016
 

NOVEMBER IS FOUNDATION MONTH.

Here is some history about the foundation.

 

June 18, 1917, as war rages across Europe, 2,588 attendees gather in Atlanta Georgia, USA, for Rotary’s eighth annual convention.  Midway through his lengthy address, President Arch Klumph makes what could almost seem an offhand suggestion: “It seems eminently proper that we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world. “  Within a month Rotary receives $26.50, the first donation for “the Endowment Fund suggested by President Klumph.

 

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

 

In 1914, the Rotary convention adopted a resolution proposed by the Rotary Club of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, that the International association of Rotary Clubs “lends its influence to the maintenance of peace among the nations of the world.

 

In 1921 Rotary’s constitution added the goal “to aid in the advancement of international peace and goodwill through a fellowship of business and professional men of all nations united in the Rotary ideal of service”

 

After World War II clubs struggled with the concept of international service.  They performed community service but how could one Rotary club bring about better understanding between people and nations?

 

At that time Rotary leaders rewrote the Foundations immediate objectives so that every Rotarian and individual club could support international service by donating to the clearly outlined Rotary Foundation activities:

 

  1. Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study.

 

  1. The extension of Institutes of International Understanding in nations where they have not been developed

 

  1. The fostering of any tangible and effective projects which have as their purpose the furthering of better understanding and friendly relations between the peoples of different nations, such as: assisting Rotary clubs in obtaining speakers who can discuss with authority world agencies organized within the United Nations Organization.

 

  1. The providing of emergency relief for Rotarians and their families wherever was or other disaster has brought general destitution and suffering.

 

  1. Finally Rotarians could clearly understand why the Foundation was necessary.

 

At the Tokyo Convention in 1978 Rotary’s newest program: health, hunger, and humanity or the 3-H was coined.  RI President Jack Davis introduced the RI Board’s support of the World Health Organization’s upcoming International Year of the Child.

 

In 1979 Rotary began their efforts to eradicate Polio in the Philippines. Rotary launched the     3-H program with the World Health Organization to eradicate Polio.

 

In 2005 the Future Vision Committee was appointed.  Their report established the following priorities:

 

  • Simplify all programs and operations
  • Align program outcomes/descriptions with the Future Vision Plan
  • Increase participation and sense of ownership at district and club levels
  • Provide sufficient resources to achieve the program goals
  • Develop a business model that supports the Future Vision Plan

 

The Six Avenues of Focus were developed:

 

Peace and conflict prevention/resolution

Disease prevention and treatment

Water and sanitation

Maternal and child health

Basic education and literacy

Economic and community development

 

The Future Vision Plan simplified the entire grant-making proves and turned over much of the administrative and decision-making work to the districts.  All humanitarian and educational programs, except PolioPlus and the Rotary Peace Centers, were converted to a grant model offering three types of grants: district, global and packaged.

 

The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives.  Club or districts can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace..

 

(These are excerpts from “Doing Good in the World” by David. C. Forward.)

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CCU Rotaract Club and Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Joint Project

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Nov 072016
 

The Rotaract club of Coastal Carolina University and the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise went shopping at Wal-mart for more than $1300 in clothing to restock “Clothes Closets ” located in local middle schools. The clothing supply in each school is inventoried at mid year and then restocked for winter weather item distribution. The Rotaractors selected clothing items which are issued to needy students by school administrators. The project, called “Warm Bodies” , is funded by the Rotary Club and the Rotary Foundation. More than $6000 will be spent this year for new shoes and clothing to needy students, and over 600personal dictionaries will be gifted to Horry County third graders.The school support programs (clothing, shoes, school supplies and dictionaries, Smart Snacks for weekend consumption ) have been in place for nearly ten years and are widely applauded by classroom teachers as a means of removing obstacles to student learning and assuring their quality of life. The Carolina Forest club meets each Wednesday at 7:00 am at Beef OBrady’s located in the Kroger – Carolina Forest Mall. Visitors are always welcome to learn how to serve the needs of our community while enjoying a free breakfast.

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Oct 312016
 

Interact Club of Horry County Scholars Academy new members proudly display their membership shingles at a recent club meeting and reception held in their honor.The Interact Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise, added new members at their recent club meeting. Speaker and Rotarian  Bob Squatriglia installed the members, and focused on the theme of baseball, consistent with the current World Series. On the front row, club officers display baseball items, including a baseball bat gavel, a Rotary hard hat for service above self, and a baseball bat with a ball attached as the new members were encouraged to  ” step up to the plate to serve others and keep your eye on the ball to make a hit for service above self.” The Interact club is an award -winning service group sponsored by the Carolina Forest Club as part of their Service to Youth Program, which includes sponsorship of the Rotaract Club of Coastal Carolina University, distributing  dictionaries to third grade classes in Horry County, new clothing and new shoes to needy grade schoolers, as well as weekly Smart Snacks to children in need, and scholarship assistance. The Rotary Club meets each Wednesday at 7:00 am at Beef OBrady’s , located in the Carolina Forest-Kroger Mall. Visitors are always welcome to share breakfast and learn about opportunities to serve our community.

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Oct 242016
 
Rotary Club of Little River President Dana Black-Bolch presents checking the amount of $2055 to Lucille Serok of the Help4Kids organization.

Rotary Club of Little River President Dana Black-Bolch and Past District Governor Craig Hill present donation of $1000.00 to Athletic Director of Coastal Carolina University Matt Hogue. Mr.Hogue was the guest speaker at the Oct. 19th meeting.

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Article from Eau Claire North Columbia Rotary Club

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Oct 172016
 

In recognition of John Germ’s 2016-2017 Presidential theme of “Rotary Serving Humanity,” the Rotary Club of Eau Claire would like to share its support of the upcoming opening on October 25, 2016, of CinéCola, Columbia Community French and Francophone Film Festival at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street in Columbia, SC 29201. The opening film is Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s 2015 HUMAN, “a collection of stories and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human.” The screening is at 7pm, preceded by a reception at 6pm sponsored by the Alliance Française of Columbia. $10 General / Free to students, CMA and AF members. For more information on the film, go to http://www.human-themovie.org; and on the festival, go to http://www.afcolumbiasc.org/film-festival .

 

Global Scholars at the Rotary Club of Belfast Meeting on 12th September 2016

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Sep 302016
 

District’s Ambassadorial Global Scholar, Catherine Glen, as she is attending a meeting of the Rotary Club of Belfast on September 12th. Catherine is attending Queen’s College in Belfast for her Scholar Year.

In the photos are Catherine doing a presentation to the Club, Club President Ivan, Host Counselor Bryan Johnston, and Laney Lennox, another Global Scholar from Louisiana.

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Sep 192016
 
img_1751 Rotarians Fred Klare, Mary Murray, and Bill Stevens represented the Daniel Island Rotary Club at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 18th. The event was very successful raising over $250,000 for Alzheimer’s support, care, and research! More info here on the event and the organization: http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2016/SC-SouthCarolina?pg=entry&fr_id=9288

Release: Rotary Club of Georgetown host as speaker Bob Perry, South Carolina DNR.

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Aug 252016
 
Today’s Speaker – Bob Perry, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Director of the Office of Environmental Programs.
Bob spoke about water, something all living things need, be it plant or animal. He discussed the current status of water in our state and looked toward the future. Water shortage is a problem at times and we need to plan carefully to avoid “unintended consequences”. On the other hand, we are blessed with numerous lakes rivers and streams. He made the point that the Waccamaw, Pee Dee and numerous tributaries are cleaner now than they were when he was a kid. He congratulated the Waste Water and Sanitation Districts for the job they are doing in putting cleaner water back into the rivers than came out!
This correspondent’s take on Bob’s talk is that while challenges are ahead, in SC we have water and good governance, so the future looks bright.
For further info contact Pete Little – aplittle@alumni.citadel.edu
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Rotary Club of Charleston Teams Up With Hootie

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Aug 172016
 

Members of the Rotary Club of Charleston came out to support students in need on Saturday, August 6th.

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Ralph Scognamiglio, Joy Capps, Karl Riner, President Alissa Lietzow, Lisa Van Bergen, Past President Paul Stoney, Megan Fink, Membership Director Sandy Morckel, and Craig Gangloff helped organized and pass out glue, pencils, notebooks, and more to hundreds of low-income community elementary school students. Some of us even got our picture taken with Darius Rucker!! This is one of the annual events our Education Committee runs; thanks to Richard Sidebottom and his team!!

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