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.

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