The Rotary clubs in Florence delivered 1500 dictionaries to third-grade students in the Florence area. A box of dictionaries was also sent to an orphanage school in Belize that teaches English.
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
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
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.
Our own PRIVP Anne Matthews in Ghana working with health screenings for 50 villages in Ghana. This is Anne’s 4th time to Ghana doing humanitarian work. She previously went with Walter Hughes and this time she is representing the Rotary Action Group, Family Health Days. Rotarian Miriam Fisher of the Five Points Club accompanied Anne. This is doing good in the world, the sole purpose of our Rotary Foundation.
50 sites this week reaching 50,000 members of families who do not have access to health care services. Third year of this program in Ghana and my 4th time to do humanitarian work in Ghana. Rotarian Miriam Fisher is with me. Many thanks to the clubs and districts in Rotary Zones 33 and 34 for funding this global grant. You have made a difference in so many lives here!
We got started a week early. This past Sunday we held our annual “Nut Kickoff Party” ( we sell pecans to fund or community service grants). We held a silent auction and raised $722 earmarked for eradicating polio. Also, throughout the second quarter of the year, all of our weekly raffle proceeds will go towards eradicating polio.
At the recent Rotary Zone Institute, District 7770 was recognized for its contributions to the Rotary Foundation during the 2015-2016 Rotary year. I would like to thank Foundation Chair, Lou Mello, and all of his team for their leadership. To each of the members of the district, I want to convey my appreciation for your support of our charity, the Rotary Foundation. Gifts to the Rotary Foundation sustain vital programs which build good will and reduce disease, improve economic development, provide teachers with books and school supplies, improve the health of expectant mothers, extend cultural understanding and eradicate polio worldwide. We are indebted to those in our district who help us carry out the successful global and local projects that continue the great work of Rotary. Rotary District 7770 was #26 in the world and #1 in Rotary Zone 33 for total giving, and #15 in the world and #1 in Rotary Zone 33 for annual fund giving during the last Rotary year. The various other achievements for the year are displayed on the attached page.
Those pictured are Rotary International President Elect Ian Riseley, Past Director Robert Hall, Rotary International Foundation Trustee Barry Rassin, Past District Governor Rod Funderburk, Director Joe Mulkerrin, and Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator Kay Davis.
On August 20, 2016 the Florence Rotary Club hosted the Morning News Forget Me Not 5k Color Run/Walk to benefit the SC Alzheimer’s Assocation. Over 225 runners participated in the 5k, and $10,933 was raised for the SC Alzheimer’s Association. The Morning News did a series of articles regarding the effects of Alzheimer’s on the patients and caregivers, raising the awareness of the disease.
Alzheimer’s Association SC Chapter Program Director Natalie Bankowski and Communications Director Taylor Wilson accept the $10,933 check from Florence Rotary President Randy Cole and 5k committee chair Debbie Edwards.