Feb 122014
 

columbia eastColumbia East Rotary Club partnered with Harvest Hope Food Bank in an effort help feed hungry families in our community. Over 100 boxes of food for the needy were packed by Rotarians at Harvest Hope’s headquarters in Columbia on Tuesday, December 17, at 1:00 PM as part of the Rotary Has Heart Campaign.

The “Rotary Has Heart” program was initiated by Rotary International Vice President, Dr. Anne Matthews. “Dr. Matthews is from right here in Columbia and a member of our Columbia East Rotary Club. To recognize her and kick off the project, we wanted to be one of the first in the Southeast to participate in Rotary Has Heart, which culminates on Valentine’s Day 2014” stated Columbia East Rotary President Rowland Alston.

President Alston went on to say that, “putting food on an empty plate, filling an empty stomach, and bringing a ray of hope to families throughout the community is our primary goal for this program.”

In addition to having its members spend the afternoon packing boxes at Harvest Hope Food Bank, the Columbia East Rotary also donated over $1,500 towards feeding hungry families.

For more information about Rotary or to arrange an interview regarding the Rotary Has Heart program, contact Wayne Brennessel at 803-767-6381.

Rotary International V. P, Dr. Anne Matthews and Columbia East Rotary Club President, Rowland Alston

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Feb 112014
 

Bluffton Self Help photoDavid Jacox, member of the Okatie Rotary Club (along with president Annemarie Neubecker) presented Lili Coleman, Bluffton Self Help’s executive director, a check for $50.00 that was given by the Ladies Rose Hill Golf Club. The Okatie Rotary is sponsoring a food drive to benefit Bluffton Self Help as part of the “Rotary has Heart”  initiative to help assure that no child goes hungry on Valentine’s Day.

Lili Coleman spoke at the Okatie Rotary Club yesterday with an overview of all that they do for our community. Lili reported that February is one of their lowest times of year for food supplies.

 

Rotary Has Heart in Myrtle Beach

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Jan 262014
 

Looking for club ideas for Rotary Has Heart?

The Myrtle Beach Club has scheduled a parallel program under this umbrella effort which because of timing and other conflicts will take place on Monday, Feb 10th, during Valentine week.   We will be packing meals for our local Help 4 Kids, Back Pack Buddies group with whom our club has a relationship.  We plan to invite any new member prospects and club members to work side-by-side during our regular weekly Rotary Meeting on Monday, to produce 1000 meals for the Horry County school children in need going home with the kids on that Friday, Feb 14th.

Make Rotary Has Heart A Centerpiece for Membership Growth

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Jan 222014
 

rotary has heartA key reason people are drawn to membership in Rotary is the promise of working on meaningful service projects. Clubs with multiple projects offer more opportunities for involvement at all levels, making members feel they are contributing to an important effort and making a difference in their community.

Your club has one of these opportunities on Valentine’s Day, 2014 by engaging members to feed hungry children in your community through our Zones 33-34 Project called Rotary Has Heart.

Many clubs already have such projects—Backpack Buddies, donations to a local food bank, or perhaps volunteering at a local shelter or feeding program. We hope you will schedule at least one of these projects or develop a new one for Valentine’s Day 2014. Your club will demonstrate again to the community and prospective members that you do have heart.

Use this event to engage new members. Working together to deliver an experience that will keep members active, engaged and happy with their decision to join Rotary will help them understand the value of Rotary. Rotarians want to work on relevant projects. Without such opportunities, they will quickly lose interest in your club. Giving new members an active role in your club makes them realize an immediate connection. So why not start now?

Identify new members and potential members interested in fellowship and service in your community and involve them in this project. This is a win/win for all concerned.

Let the media in your community know about your good work; don’t forget the importance of public image. Increase your appeal to prospective members through this service project. Rotary International has seen a noticeable increase in prospective members from communities where there has been a major public relations campaign and service project.

Rotarians join and stay with their clubs primarily because they seek opportunities for community service, fellowship, and friendship. Think of the many non-Rotarians you know are looking for the same things. Invite them to help with this service project and see for themselves how Rotary connects leaders to make a positive change.

You may also have noticed by now that we have a Rotary Has Heart Facebook page, located at https://www.facebook.com/RotaryHasHeart. I hope you will go there, like the page, and post information relative to what your clubs will do on Valentine’s Day, what they are doing already to combat child hunger, or stats about hunger in your area. Also, encourage club members to like the page so they can keep up with the project.

Whatever way your club chooses to participate, we hope you will bear the Rotary banner proudly and tell your story boldly.

After all, Rotary has heart and there is no better day to show this collectively than on Valentine’s Day.

For more information, please contact our district’s “Rotary Has Heart” coordinator Erna Blome. ernablome@aol.com

I am also attaching a document with “Ideas for Clubs” so you will have some great ideas that fit your Club’s activities.

ROTARY HAS HEART!

Rotary Has Heart is our effort to feed hungry children on Valentine’s Day 2014 in District 7770 and in Rotary Zones 33-34. All clubs are asked to participate in some way.

 

Jan 072014
 

rotary has heartBy Ron Ferrill

Zone 33 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator

Each of us as Rotarians has received a gift – a gift of membership in Rotary made possible by a caring person who proposed our membership. We have and continue to enjoy the friendship, fellowship, and networking in our club and throughout the Rotary world.

As a part of this gift, we have also been given an opportunity – an opportunity to leverage our ability to make a difference in the world as we reach out to help others. We leverage by pooling resources with our club, district, and The Rotary Foundation.

As we look around for the most pressing need, in addition to eradicating polio, alleviation of hunger stands tall. The presence of hunger, both locally and globally, is a tragedy.

In the USA, 1 in 6 has to deal with food insecure situations. Included in this, 16 million children (20% of all children) are in this precarious state. Globally, five million children die each year from malnutrition related causes.

Throughout Zones 33 and 34, under the “Rotary Has Heart” initiative, Rotarians, clubs, and districts are encouraged to focus on alleviation of hunger, particularly with children.

Valentine’s Day 2014 will be a special time for clubs and districts to feed hungry children. Each club decides how it wants to participate. This is one way we demonstrate that Rotary Has Heart – that we believe in Doing Good in the World.

RI Board Feeds the Children

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Oct 292013
 

The RI Board of Directors recently completed a Feed the Children project, one of the first leading up to Rotary Has Heart Day on February 14, 2014. The group photo is of the Rotary International Board of Directors and their partners. RI Vice-President Anne L. Matthews is pictured with Gary Hwang, RI President-Elect.

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Make ROTARY HAS HEART a Centerpiece for Membership Growth

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Oct 222013
 
rotary has heart

by Rotary Coordinators Paula Matthews and Marcy Ullom

A key reason people are drawn to membership in Rotary is the promise of working on meaningful service projects. Clubs with multiple projects offer more opportunities for involvement at all levels, making members feel they are contributing to an important effort and making a difference in their community.

Your club has one of these opportunities on Valentine’s Day, 2014 by engaging members to feed hungry children in your community through our Zones 33-34 Project called Rotary Has Heart.

Many clubs already have such projects—Backpack Buddies, donations to a local food bank, or perhaps volunteering at a local shelter or feeding program. We hope you will schedule at least one of these projects or develop a new one for Valentine’s Day 2014. Your club will demonstrate again to the community and prospective members that you do have heart.

Use this event to engage new members. Working together to deliver an experience that will keep members active, engaged and happy with their decision to join Rotary will help them understand the value of Rotary. Rotarians want to work on relevant projects. Without such opportunities, they will quickly lose interest in your club. Giving new members an active role in your club makes them realize an immediate connection. So why not start now?

Identify new members and potential members interested in fellowship and service in your community and involve them in this project. This is a win/win for all concerned.

Let the media in your community know about your good work; don’t forget the importance of public image. Increase your appeal to prospective members through this service project. Rotary International has seen a noticeable increase in prospective members from communities where there has been a major public relations campaign and service project.

Rotarians join and stay with their clubs primarily because they seek opportunities for community service, fellowship, and friendship. Think of the many non-Rotarians you know are looking for the same things. Invite them to help with this service project and see for themselves how Rotary connects leaders to make a positive change.

ROTARY HAS HEART!

Rotary Has Heart is our effort to feed hungry children on Valentine’s Day 2014 in Rotary Zones 33-34. All clubs are asked to participate in some way.

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67,000 Rotarians Asked to Feed a Child on Valentine’s Day 2014

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Sep 272013
 

rotary has heartRotary International Vice President Anne L. Matthews from Columbia, South Carolina USA, is an educator by profession, and cares deeply about our children, especially those who are hungry, and she is asking all clubs and districts in Zones 33 and 34 to do something to help.

Anne has set Valentine’s Day 2014 as the one day on which each of the 1,579 clubs in the zones (representing 67,000 Rotarians) is being asked to engage in a hunger project to change lives.

Each club may decide for itself how it wants to participate. It could be something as simple as donating money to an established hunger program (such as Feeding America) to something as complex as organizing a full-fledged meal event as a club service project.

The focus will be on children but, as director Anne has said, if other hungry people are fed, all the better.

“Our children are our future! I have a deep passion for children who subsist from day to day because they are hungry. Children cannot learn when their little stomachs are empty. Rotarians need and can do something about this,” Anne said. “There is plenty of food to go around, and NO ONE should go hungry. I am asking Rotarians to give one day’s attention, Valentine’s Day 2014, to this critical need in our communities in Zones 33 and 34.”

While this is first and foremost an effort to feed children, it is also a chance for us to show thousands of communities throughout our zones what Rotarians can do when we engage Rotary change lives. We have put together a flyer that provides details about the project and offers ideas clubs can use both to feed hungry children and to maximize public exposure for your Rotary club.

We are not doing this to brag, but to help the public better understand what Rotary is and what Rotarians do to make their communities better. It is our hope that clubs will use this effort to develop their membership, and to promote giving to our Rotary Foundation.

Director Anne believes that if we unite on this single day with a single focus we will not only engage Rotary change lives but will also capture the attention of so many people who are willing to support our causes and want to become one of us. We expect some of our clubs will join together to organize a community wide effort, while others will participate in a less demanding although just as important way.

Whatever way your club chooses to participate, we hope you will bear the Rotary banner proudly and tell your story boldly.

After all, Rotary has heart and there is no better day to show this collectively than on Valentine’s Day.

For more information, please contact our district’s “Rotary Has Heart” coordinator Erna Blome. ernablome(at)aol(dot)com

Regards

Lou Mello

District Governor D7770

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