District 6950 Rotarians in Action

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  • The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon donates dry and non perishable food items to the Sunrise Domestic and Sexual Violence Center. Rotary clubs are making a difference in the community and around the world.
  • The Rotary Club of Kings Bay One Rake at a Time service project includes broader efforts to improve water quality, clarity, and quantity to Kings Bay and Crystal River. The club partners with other area organizations such as the YMCA to increase their effectiveness.
  • Rotarians from the Port Richey and Trinity clubs installing water filtration systems in a remote mountainous area of Honduras. Pure Water for the World is one of many non-profit aid organizations that has has sprung from and is supported by Rotarians from around the world.
  • Rotarians raising awareness of the continuing fight against polio. After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.
  • My name is Ally Vincent. I graduated from Saint Leo University in May 2014 with my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Starting in September, I will be living in Scotland and studying Special Education at the University of Edinburgh as a Rotary Global Grant Scholar. See my blog here by clicking on the photo!

Monday with Mikey: September 26, 2016

Are you registered for District 6950 University? I am so very excited that (at this writing – early Sunday morning) we have 136 Rotarians from our District signed up to attend this mega-training event!  It’s scheduled for this coming Saturday, October 1, at 8:00 am at Marchman Technical College in new Port Richey.

So, what IS District 6950 University? To answer this question, let me tell you what it’s NOT:

  • D6950U is NOT Rotary Leadership Institute, but it might whet your appetite to learn more about Rotary at RLI,
  • D6950U is NOT District Training Assembly, which is primarily presented for incoming Club presidents and Officers, and
  • D6950U is NOT legislative sessions scheduled for next June’s District Conference.

So, what IS it, REALLY?

  • D6950U is an all-out effort by your district leaders and Training Team to provide you with information that will help you get the basics about many Rotary topics – some of which are addressed much more thoroughly than in other training venues,
  • D6950U fulfills the need for the District to hold training events (seminars) in Rotary Foundation Grants Writing, Membership & Extension in your club, and Public Relations.  These events are normally scheduled on three separate weekends, so by combining the dates, we are returning to you some quality “family/football/fishing/shopping/gardening/football – and football” time.  Think of it as a gift of time from your DG and District Leaders!
  • D6950U is the very first time we’re holding a Rotaract Summit.  As you know, the leadership team has made a calculated decision to “beef up” our support of all youth programs.  While we’re having Interact, Rotary Youth Exchange, and Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders (S4TL) information sessions, we’re really concentrating on helping the younger adults – our most imminent potential future Rotarians – work with us to strengthen Rotaract’s relationship with both Rotary Clubs and with the Colleges and Communities they serve.

Who are the “professors?”  In addition to our District Leaders, Assistant Governors, Committee Chairs, and Avenues of Service Chairs, we have arranged – at no cost to our district – to have some (as I call them) “Pros from Dover” serve as guest professors and moderators. They include:

  • PDG Art Macqueen, Zone 34 Rotary Coordinator
  • PDG George Robertson Burnett, Assistant Zone 34 Rotary Coordinator
  • PDG Cynde Covington, Zone 34 Polio Plus Coordinator
  • Roseanne Stocker, founder of the D6970 Alumni Association
  • Our own PDG Jamie Mick, Zone 34 Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator
  • Our own Linda Liebert-Hall, moderator for our Rotaract Summit

 

How much does it cost?   $30 for food.  That’s it.  The District and Zone 34 are covering all other costs associated with D6950U.

What else is happening?  We are collecting school supplies for children in flood-ravaged Louisiana, and we’re having a drawing for a 55-inch FLAT SCREEN TV!  Proceeds will go to Polio Plus in the name of each ticket purchaser.

 

SOOO – ARE YOU REGISTERED FOR DISTRICT 6950 UNIVERSITY?  Go to DaCdb TODAY, and sign up!

Until next Monday, keep“Doing Good, Having Fun!”

Your Friend in Rotary Service, 

Mikey

Mike Chapman

District 6950 Governor 2016-17

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Monday with Mikey: September 19, 2016

Continuing with my thoughts about Basic Education and Literacy Month:

It’s not just time to take action, it’s time to plan to take action in the very near future! The annual “Great American Teach In” is in early November. Many schools would welcome a brief visit from a Rotarian - that Rotarian could explain what Rotary is/does, or could talk about his/her particular vocation, or could tell about an exciting trip they took etc. The possibilities are endless and can be easily fit to the ages of the students in the classroom.  Now is the time for us to contact local schools and sign up for this event. 

Speaking of Literacy, did you know that there’s a strong tie between Literacy month and The Rotary Foundation?  As a donor to the Endowment of The Rotary Foundation, you can designate the proceeds of your “inter vivos”(during your lifetime) or “testamentary” (when you no longer need the money) gift to a “named fund” that you can establish.  First Mate Jocelyn and I have designated some of the proceeds of our contribution to a special fund we set up, along with our sons,  to support literacy and basic education grants.  It’s very easy, and our District’s TRF Committee will be happy to assist and answer any questions you may have. Contact Endowment Chair Charlie Allcott.

And – speaking of questions:  October 1 is a GREAT time to get many of your questions about Rotary answered!  DISTRICT 6950 UNIVERSITY is scheduled for that day, and “Provost” PDG Jamie Mick, as well as her faculty of “Deans” and “Professors” are ramping up for a great day of training!  This event is for ALL Rotarians in our district – and we’re “importing” some pretty special guest speakers & coordinators to make the day REALLY worth your time.  Please sign up today on DaCdb!

And – last but not least – speaking of D6950U, don’t forget that our Basic Education and literacy team will be collecting school supplies that Saturday to help schools (read “children”) who have lost so very much due to the flooding in Louisiana. Please remember to bring something that will “help a kid” when you “come to school” on October 1st!

 

I am now just over halfway through my official visits to the Rotary Clubs of District 6950.  I am so proud of all of you for the great leadership and service you are giving to your communities!  Keep up the great work.

 

Many thanks to the Rotarians who reached out a helping hand to your neighbors in the wake of Hurricane Hermine.  You have given of your “heads, hearts, and riches” to help those in greater need than yourself. Thank you so very much.

Until next Monday, keep“Doing Good, Having Fun!”

Your Friend in Rotary Service, 

Mikey

Mike Chapman

District 6950 Governor 2016-17

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Monday with Mikey: September 12, 2016

Two issues related to Disaster Relief today, gang:

First, we here in D6950 experienced our first real hurricane in twleve years - Hermine - on Friday, September 2.  Many of our district’s residents are still working to return to their flooded homes and trying to restore their lives.

Last week’s “Monday with Mikey” made no mention of the storm’s impact on our district – and the counties to the north of us.  That’s because I normally write “MWM” sometime before Monday, and the true measure of the damage done had not been fully assessed.  A Rotarian in our district reached out to me and expressed his feelings that perhaps I should have “taken care of home cookin’ before worryin’ about what’s going on in the outside world.”  I assure you all that it was not my intent to “gloss over” the wreckage in ALL FOUR of our counties.  I have called upon our Disaster Relief Team and Club Presidents to figure out who needs help and how we can facilitate getting that help to them as soon as possible!

 

Acknowledging that “charity begins at home,” I assert that it doesn’t end there.  Lynne Faimalie, our District’s Basic Education and Literacy Chair, contacted me recently to ask for help in providing school supplies for children in flood-stricken Louisiana. We have previously offered financial help to folks in South Carolina and West Virginia.   I have reached out to the Governors of the two Districts in Louisiana to let them know we’re also working to help their people.

The Literacy Committee, in this case represented by RC of Central Pinellas President James Holloman, will be collecting school supplies for kids in Louisiana at District 6950 University on October 1.  If you would like to contribute, please bring supplies to D6950U and give them to James.

Lynne is requesting contributions of:

PENCILS/ MARKERS (WASHABLE)/ COLORED PENCILS/ SMALL PENCIL SHARPENERS/ MINI STAPLERS AND STAPLES/ RULERS/ INDEX CARDS/ POST IT NOTES/ GLUE STICKS/ TAPE/ SCISSORS/ PENS/ PENCIL POUCH (that little flat zippered pouch that fits into a 3 ringer binder)/ SMALL HAND HELD CALCULATORS

Thanks for all you do to alleviate the suffering of others – here at home and in faraway places!

Until next Monday, keep“Doing Good, Having Fun!”

Your Friend in Rotary Service, 

Mikey

Mike Chapman

District 6950 Governor 2016-17

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September is Literacy and Education Month!

Hello All – I’m Lynne Edelman Faimalie, serving as the District 6950 Literacy Coordinator this year. September is Literacy month in Rotary and September 8th is International Literacy Day. Basic Education and Literacy is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. Rotary defines functional literacy as the level of reading and writing skills necessary to participate fully in everyday life.

However, you choose to define literacy, I think you’ll agree the literacy is an empowerment tool that can increase a person’s health, income, and relationship with the world. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) says “The uses of literacy for the exchange of knowledge are constantly evolving, along with advances in technology. From the Internet to text messaging, the ever-wider availability of communication makes for greater social and political participation. A literate community is a dynamic community, one that exchanges ideas and engages in debate.”

In our district there are many ways the Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians are involved in literacy activities such as dictionary distributions in elementary school, tutoring, scholarships, robotic club sponsors, community book distributions, adult literacy volunteers, family literacy dinners at school, and other projects. Some additional ideas/projects your club might like to consider are providing thesauruses to 6th graders, supporting increased technology and media access for low income students, offering scholarships for GED fees to struggling adults, and sending a vocational training team to another country (there is a strong need for Special Education training in developing countries).

If your club would like to know more about literacy or would like additional suggestions about literacy projects please email me. I am also available to speak to clubs in our district. One last thing - if your club has a literacy chairperson, could you please email that name, email and phone number to me?

Thanks- I look forward to meeting more of you at your clubs this year.

Lynne Edelman Faimalie, Ed.S.

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Monday with Mikey: September 5, 2016

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

 

Worldwide, 67 million children have no access to education, and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our members support educational projects that provide technology, teacher training, vocational training teams, student meal programs, and low-cost textbooks to communities. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.

 

Here’s one example of how Rotarians are helping:

In 2005, Razia Jan came up with a dangerous idea: to start a free private school for girls in her native Afghanistan. The Taliban were using extreme violence to keep girls from learning. In 2008, the year she opened the school, terrorists in the country -- armed with bombs, poison gas, guns, grenades, and acid -- killed 149 teachers, students, and employees in Afghan schools.

But Razia did not intend to let terrorists stop her. She approached Afghan Ministry of Education officials and persuaded them to donate a piece of land in a village 30 miles outside Kabul. Today, the Zabuli Education Center is in its ninth year and has a roster of more than 400 girls in kindergarten through ninth grade.

Without the school, many of the students never would have had the chance to receive an education. “I can feel a change happening in these girls and in this community,” says Razia, who moved back to Afghanistan after building a successful tailoring business in Duxbury, Massachusetts, USA. “Knowledge is something nobody can steal from them.”

There’s a very real link between Literacy & Education and Polio Plus:

 

When my son, Rick, returned from a Marine Corps deployment to the Nowzad region of Afghanistan, he told me he wasn’t sure if Polio will ever be conquered in that nation.  The major issue is that rural and small village Afghanis practice unsanitary cooking and cleaning habits – they actually cook on “chips” made from human waste.  We know feces is the primary conduit for transmitting the Polio virus.

My belief is that, the higher the literacy rate – the better basic education level – in a nation, the higher probability exists that people in that nation can learn the science of Polio.  Better knowledge of the science can lead to changes in sanitation and other public health practices –including a rethinking of that very basic element:  the fuel used in cooking meals.  I’m not saying that literacy is the cure to Polio in Afghanistan, but I live by a belief that “nothing works, but everything works.”  If people can’t read, there’s NO chance they will comprehend the urgency of changing habits to prevent this disease from recurring. 

So let’s keep on looking for ways to help people read and learn – like Razia Jan has done!

 Until next Monday, keep“Doing Good, Having Fun!”

Your Friend in Rotary Service, 

Mikey

Mike Chapman

District 6950 Governor 2016-17

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