Mar 162015
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Andra Watkins, District 7770 Rotarian and author of three books and counting, stopped by Rotary International headquarters in Evanston last week while in the Chicago area for book appearances. Her talk about her Natchez Trace walk and life-changing time with her 80-year-old father is in-demand in the world of Rotary. Clubs from Manhattan to Seattle have invited her to share her experiences making memories with aging loved ones before it’s too late.

Andra contributes a percentage of every Rotary Club sale to Rotary Literacy initiatives. While in greater Chicago, she gave her first contribution at RI headquarters during Rotary Literacy Month. She supports Rotary Literacy because of the role reading plays in her life. One book, Undaunted Courage, inspired her to learn more about Meriwether Lewis, co-captain of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific. She believes she never would’ve finished a story, walked the ancient Natchez Trace or experienced an end-of-life adventure with her aging parents if she didn’t read.

Rotary Literacy not only teaches children and adults to read, but it also shows them how reading can open a portal to another world. Rotary Reader brings books to life in schools around the globe, showing children how books can transport them, challenge the imagination and incite creativity.

What adventures are YOU missing because you don’t make time to read?

Support Rotary Literacy initiatives in your club, your community and your world. Grab a book and find your next adventure.

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