Three graduate students are heading for year-long master’s degree programs in the United Kingdom under Rotary International’s new Global Grant Scholarship program. This grant covers tuition, transportation and living expenses for the scholars.
Jesse O’Shea, formerly of Palm Harbor, FL, is taking a year break between his third and fourth year of Medical School to obtain a MSc degree in Health Policy, Planning and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mr. O’Shea is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tarpon Springs.
Alexandria Vincent, of Crystal River, FL, will attend the University of Edinburgh to obtain a MSc degree in Inclusive and Special Education. Ms. Vincent is sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Antonio. Follow her journey here on Ally's Adventures in Edinburgh blog.
Scarlett Amey will be pursuing her Masters Degree in Conflict and Peace Processes at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, UK. Ms. Amey is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Clearwater.
Rotary is an organization of 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders in over 180 countries who come together in local clubs to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. For more information, please visit www.rotary6950.org.
Come on out for some of the best training Rotary has to offer! Available courses include I, II, II, and the Graduate B course, "Transforming Your Rotary Club". This class is for those who have completed Parts I, II, and III. The classes are $95, and the Grad B class is limited to 20 people.
Check in and Breakfast begins at 7:15am and class begins at 8am and will conclude before 3:30pm.
RLI is made of 3 parts, with each part taking one full day. The cost is $95 per Part which includes Breakfast, Lunch and materials. This is strongly recommended for all Presidents-elect, but also for any member who wants to learn more about Rotary.
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President Barack Obama signed an omnibus appropriations bill in January that provides $205 million to support polio eradication in 2014, through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U. S. Agency for International Development.
The largest government donor to polio eradication, the U.S. has contributed more than $2.3 billion since the mid-1980s, when 125 countries were polio endemic and the disease afflicted 350,000 people annually. Today, only Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria are endemic, and in 2013, the combined incidence of polio in those countries fell to a record-low 157 cases. Last month , India reached a three-year milestone without polio, paving the way for the entire Southeast Asia region to be certified free of the disease.
"Eradicating polio will leave a lasting legacy of health care infrastructure, experience, and expertise that is already being used to benefit a broad range of global public health efforts," says James Lacy, chair of Rotary's Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force for the United States and past president of Rotary International.
The task force leads Rotary's efforts to inform the U.S. government and other funding sources of the urgency and benefits of supporting the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
One of Rotary's chief responsibilities in the GPEI is advocacy. In addition to contributing more than $1.2 billion to the initiative, Rotary has helped secure over $9 billion from donor governments since the GPEI was launched in 1988.
Three Belleair Rotarians spent Saturday the 1st of February at Rotary Camp Florida to participate in a much-needed cleanup of the recently purchased parcel adjacent to the Camp. Members of several Rotary clubs participated, including Jocelyn Chapman, President of the Clearwater Rotary Club. By the time we left, the cleanup goal established for us was ninety percent complete. We were dirty and tired and by the time we made it back to Pinellas County we were stiff and sore. The soreness that lasted for a few days reminded us of our day of Service over Self that required physical labor for this community project.
Chuck, Tom and I shared our thoughts about this Camp during the drive home. We lamented that we did not have the time to visit the camp itself. But, we also looked and smelled like wet and tired dogs, so a visit would wait until the next time we visited to again help with cleanup.
For those who have not visited or volunteered at Rotary Camp Florida in Brandon, consider doing so. A Saturday morning once or twice a year will make a difference to the camp and to the children who attend the camp. This camp is a special treasure that the Rotary Districts in Florida have created to serve children with special needs and disabilities. The camp serves more than 2,000 children and adults annually.
These campers have medical conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Cancer, Leukemia, Diabetes, Blood Disease, Birth Defects, and others. These children are able to attend this camp because of the contributions of the sponsoring agencies, Rotarians and their Clubs that support the dream of helping such children.
For one week, a child suffering from cancer and the side effects of treatment can have respite with others who also may have hair loss and loss of self esteem. A child with Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy or Diabetes is able to visit the camp and will share their experiences, make friends, have a chance to be outdoors in an idyllic setting. The staff and counselors work, play and care about the lives they affect in a setting that will remain in tqheir
memory for life.
As a Rotarian, I perceive the goal of Service about Self as being fulfilled by providing service in our local community and elsewhere in the world. The time spent in such activity is a blessing to each of us and a gift to the recipients of our service.
If you would like to spend a day helping the volunteers are welcome every first Saturday of the month at Rotary Camp Florida. Consider joining fellow Rotarians and their families for a day of comradery and accomplishment.
To contact the Staff at Rotary Camp Florida call 813-654-4042 And, if you cannot join us working, donations are always welcome.
John Gallant, Rotary Club of Belleair