Jul 082016

Rotary Serving Humanity. When you think about Rotary this theme says it all. Whether we are providing a service in our local communities or in another country Rotarians have for 111 years been Serving Humanity.
John Germ believes “everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide.”
Our District is no stranger to “Serving Humanity”. We have provided clean water, medical supplies, built an orphanage there are too many projects to mention in this message. We are a very involved generous District.
“We are at a crossroads in Rotary,” President John says. “We are looking ahead at a year that may one day be known as the greatest year in Rotary’s history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio.”
This year is the Centennial Year for The Rotary Foundation. One Hundred Years of giving so Rotary can Serve Humanity. The Rotary Foundation was started with a donation of $26.50; today we have over $1,000,000,000 in the Foundation and have spent over $3,000,000,000 Serving Humanity
Our TEAM begins with The Rotary Foundation. We need to again be #1 in the World in Foundation Giving, I would like to have all Rotarians in the District consider adding $26.50 this year to their annual donation to the Rotary Foundation.
The E in TEAM is for Education. Without education we cannot grow as a District, Cities, Counties or Countries. Not only our youth but all Humanity needs to be educated. Not only with the basics, reading, writing, arithmetic, but educated on how Rotary Serves Humanity.
The A in TEAM is for Alzheimer’s. CART was started in our District and there isn’t one person in the district that has not been touched by the disease, whether it’s a family member, friend or fellow Rotarian. We need to find a cure for this devastating disease and CART is how we Rotarians can help with this effort.
The M in TEAM is the Members. Without Members we would not be able to Serve Humanity through The Rotary Foundation. Without Members we would not be able to educate people. Without Members we would not be able to tackle the devastating disease Alzheimer’s. Without Members we could not Serve Humanity as we have for the last 111 years.
I believe as President John does, “People who want to do good will see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world. Every Rotary club needs to be ready to give them that opportunity. We need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward”. This allows us to Serve Humanity.

Sandee Brooks

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