RI Vice President and District 7770’s own Anne Matthews continues to travel the globe in service to Rotary. Here’s an update from her latest appearance in Canada:
I spoke to “Women in Rotary”‘ in Edmonton, Canada, Thursday night at the Petroleum Club. This is Betty Screpnek with me. She is the Governor of D5370. There were probably 300 people at the event. All the youth groups were present and several men. Betty is an outstanding governor, well respected and this particular function was her idea. Great meeting with gracious, contributing Rotarians.
From RI Vice President and District 7770 member Anne Matthews:
Recently, the Finance Committee had dinner in the Rotary One cafeteria. Rotary has a new service providing the food and the chefs cooked our dinner. We had a contest based on who could make the best dessert. Our Finance chair, Ron Beaubien, planned the event. We worked in groups to make desserts. It was a lot of fun. Photos include 1) RI President Ron Burton 2) Mike Colasurado, me, Barry Rassin, and Steve Brown 3) John Hewko and Barry Rassin 4) Featured image on the post is Ron Beaubien and me.
RI Vice President (and District 7770 member) Anne Matthews recently spent some Rotary time in Milan. Here’s her summary of the trip.
I recently returned from a wonderful speaking engagement to District 2041 in Milan, Italy for the Governor, Ugo Gatta, and my good friend and trainer, Alessandra Farone. The first photo is with Past RI President Carlo Ravizza and Rosanna. Carlo was the RI President when I served as district governor 1999-2000.
From RI Vice President and loyal District 7770 Rotarian Anne Matthews:
I am in Seoul, Korea, at Rotary District 3650’s Conference, representing President Ron Burton. They have over 1200 Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and guests. This is the home of Trustee Chair D. K. Lee and fellow RI Board member Sang Koo Yun. It has been a great conference. So much graciousness and hospitality! I am sharing a few photos with my Facebook friends. The second photo is with a gentlemen who received the Service Above Self Award and I was asked to present it. In the third photo RI Director Sang Koo Yun is on the right. The fourth shows the flags representing Korea, Japan, United States and the District Flag. The district has a sister district in Japan and the governor and several Rotarians came to the conference.
Rotary International Vice President Anne Matthews (and District 7770 Rotarian) is leading a team of South Carolina Rotarians to Ghana on a goodwill mission. Please enjoy her own narration of the trip.
In a village in Ghana where Rotary gave them wells for clean water . They gave Walter Hughes and me the very best they had. I got four guinea fowl and Walter got a goat. We were honored to receive them. I know you want to know what we did with them. We gave them to the next village we went to. And we bought several goats (about $32 each) and gave to kids in villages, as they asked for them. This is a livelihood for a family. This trip makes me value my blessings at home. I gave pencils to children who prized them. The children are beautiful and need so much. Ron Morton, a member of the Sumter Club, got to see a well being dug in Ghana. He and Andrea are on this trip to Ghana. Two ladies from the Eau Claire Club are with us –Benetta ( a past president) and Norma. Carrington and Barry also came along from the Florence Monday Club.
The Chicora Club of Myrtle Beach has invited Rotary International Vice President Anne Matthews to address our club at a weekly luncheon meeting on Friday, October 11 at 12:30. She will bring us up to date on her travels and adventures, her goals and her accomplishments. Clubs along the Grand Strand have been invited to join us for a special multi-club gathering.
We hope that our Dunes Club banquet hall will swell from our usual attendance of 50 members, to as many as 200, with Rotarians who would like to greet Vice President Anne and attend her presentation. District Governor Lou Mello will be present. We would like to extend an invitation to fellow Rotarians throughout S.C. to join us for this unusual event.
If you plan to attend, please reserve a place; send an email to Dr. Bill Greene at GUDOC96(at)HOTMAIL(dot)COM or call 843 997 6915.
Anne Matthews, Rotary International’s first female Vice-President and proud member of District 7770, will be featured on the cover of the September issue of The Rotarian, the magazine of Rotary International. In the feature article, she talks about her roots in Lake City, South Carolina and her involvement in District 7770.
Please be on the lookout for VP Anne’s story, and reach out and let her know we in District 7770 are proud of her.