Rotary clubs worldwide are the heart and soul of an unprecedented effort to eradicate polio, an effort leading to a 99% drop in cases of the once-widespread disease. Capital Rotary club members were reminded of that fact in a video shown at their May 9 breakfast meeting. Rotary began an anti-polio campaign in 1979 with a project to vaccinate children in the Philippines. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative launched in 1988 is driven by Rotary International and four other core partners – the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The partners’ work has been called “the single most successful public health initiative in history.” Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awareness building. In this way, Rotarians and the 101-year-old Rotary Foundation have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries.
Donors to the Rotary Foundation are supporting positive change for communities around the world, according to Deborah Burt, a Bluffton Rotarian since 2007 and Capital Rotary’s guest speaker on April 25. Burt (at right in photo with Felicia Maloney) is Paul Harris Society chair for District 7770 in eastern South Carolina. Society members donate at least $1,000 yearly to the Rotary Foundation, the international service club’s charitable fund for world understanding and peace programs. Burt said the Paul Harris Society – named in honor of the Chicago attorney who founded Rotary in 1905 – was established in 1999 and has about 20,000 participants worldwide. There are 315 Society supporters in District 7770, including seven in Capital Rotary. Burt said the Columbia area club also has 56 Paul Harris Fellows – giving at least $100 annually to the Foundation – plus 40 Benefactors – those who’ve arranged for $1,000 donations from their estates – and four Bequest Society members giving $10,000 or more via estate planning. Over the years Capital Rotarians have contributed a total of $315,667 to the Rotary Foundation. Burt noted the Foundation’s cost effectiveness means about 91% of the money goes for programs rather than administration.
Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times. The months of September and October continued to be exciting times in my Rotary story. I have visited, at this point, fifty-nine clubs, even after having postponed seven club visits because of the numerous hurricanes threats.
As we approached October, Rotary’s Economic and Community Development Month, we were faced with an extremely active hurricane season, which impacted many of the plans and programs. While we were fortunate that our prayers were answered and we did not have a direct landfall on our coast, many fellow Rotarians, family, and friends were not as fortunate. I want to thank all in the District who have responded with donations, support, and prayers for those less fortunate. Thousands of dollars have been raised and sent to the affected areas for needed supplies, clothing, water and food. Rotarians are always ready to respond to others needs, with whatever resources we have… our time, talents, and money… to provide solutions to others’ pressing problems and unsurmountable situations.
October 24th is World Polio Day. It is an occasion where Rotarians can demonstrate “What Rotary is” … through a focus on eradicating polio, Rotary’s number one priority. Many clubs have already planned programs for that week to raise awareness or money to help complete the mission to eradicate polio. I hope all clubs will take advantage of the District’s $25,000 DDF match of dollars raised during that week; or to be part of the “Polio Sucks” Challenge to either suck a lemon or donate money to eradicate Polio. “The children of the world are counting on us and we can’t stop now”!
October is also a fun-filled season when many clubs are executing Community Development service projects. Projects like dictionaries, Happy Feet, Backpack Buddies, and Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing events. Several major fundraisers are also being held, as well as, numerous Fellowships.
Clubs have received information on how to submit a member for the 2018/19 Nominating Committee for RI Director for the Zone. Qualified members must be nominated to the DG for presentation at the District Conference. Clubs may also begin the submittal process for Nominations for District Governor for the 2020-21 Rotary year. Nominations are due before December 15th and are sent to PDG Sandee Brooks who will Chair the Nominating Committee meeting on January 26, 18.
Finally, mark your calendars for the annual District Conference in Myrtle Beach March 9-11, 2018 to be held at the Marriott. It will be a fun-filled event focused on celebrating club successes, sharing Rotary stories, and fellowship. It will be a “whole lot of Fun!” I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18. Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!
Gary Bradham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
District Governor, 2017-18
World Polio Day is October 24, our District is offering World Polio Week – October 22-28 where all $’s raised during the week of October 22-28 will be Matched by the District’s DDF up to $25,000 (The matching DDF funds will NOT count towards the Club’s Polio Goal. ONLY $’s raised by the Club count towards the Club’s Polio Goal!)
* DDF-District Designated Funds-Money that comes back to our District after 3 years
Here are some options:
Good Option – Raise Polio $’s at Your Weekly Meeting (Member Match?) For the Week of October 22-28
Better Option – Plan a Rotary Club Polio Fund raiser For Tuesday, October 24 (Or that Week)
Best Option -Plan a Community Polio Fundraiser (Public Invited) For Tuesday, October 24 (Or that Week)
Attached is the club submission form to be returned to:
PDG Bernie Riedel
12 Old Fort Ln,
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.
Or Fax: 843.681.3784 Cell: 843.816.4450
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.
Chelsea Roland, a former Rotary sponsored Youth Exchange student addressed the Rotary Club of Beaufort at its March 8th meeting. Chelsea spent her senior year of high school in Belgium, then attended the College of Charleston before being accepted as a Rotary Ambassador Global Scholar and attending graduate school in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Bruce Clemens, an active Rotarian in Guatemala who now lives in Bluffton, spoke to the Bluffton Rotary Club about his current project in San Lucas, Guatemala, through his company Agua del Pueblo, which was formed in 1972. The peoples of San Lucas on the edge of Lake Atitlan have no sewer system and are using polluted waters of the lake as their drinking water source. The project is working to pull water from the deepest area, where the water is not affected by pollution to provide the town with a clean source. Working with Rotary Clubs and Rotary International grants to finance this project and provide education to the people of Guatemala is a major focus for Bruce and his company. Bruce regularly travels to Guatemala with students researching Global Sustainability. For more information contact Bruce at email@example.com or check this link:http://www.aguadelpueblo.org/
The Rotary Club of Okatie and Bluffton Self Help are pleased to announce the 2017 Feed the Children fundraiser. This year, our event will take place from Tuesday, February 7th until Wednesday, February 15th . Feed the Children was created with a simple purpose – to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity for children throughout Bluffton. When dining at the restaurants below, diners are provided with a donation envelope when they cash out their bill. This is an opportunity to make an immediate impact in the fight against hunger in our area. All Donations will go to Bluffton Self Help to help them refill the food pantry. This year our participating restaurants are: Sigler’s Rotisserie and Seafood, The Cottage, Dolce Vita, Fat Pattie’s, Captain Woody’s, Old Town Dispensary, and the Farm. Please join us for this tasty fundraising opportunity. For questions, contact Juliana Leister with the Okatie Rotary at 843-384-8010.
Interact Club of Hilton Head Island High School sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island
braved cold temperatures and bitter winds this past Saturday and participated in their monthly
“Beach Sweep” of Mitchellville Beach Park as part of their monthly commitment to Community
Service. Contact Paul Heitmann at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or adopt
your own beach by going to www.mycoast.org Interact Club of Hilton Head Island High School
participates in a “Beach Sweep” every month on the 3 rd Saturday of the month, weather permitting.