District 6950 Rotarians in Action

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  • District 6950 is sponsoring three dynamic evenings led by Michael Angelo Caruso, founder and president of Edison House LLC, an international consulting firm specializing in corporate and personal improvement. *Special guest appearance by PDG John T. Capps.
  • 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.

RLI at Trinity College

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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.

To register for any class, please go to www.rlitraining.org.

U.S. COMMITS $205 MILLION TO POLIO ERADICATION

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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.

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Rotary Camp Florida - Cleanup Day

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

 

 

10th Annual Rotary Goes to the Dogs

Please join us at DERBY LANE, GANDY BOULEVARD, ST. PETERSBURG on Saturday February 8, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. for the 10th annual Rotary Goes to the Dogs!...a fundraiser for Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders (S4TL), a week long training seminar for high school students to help them prepare to be the leaders of their school in their senior year and beyond.

THERE IS NO COST TO ATTEND....
FREE ADMITTANCE, FREE FOOD and FREE DRINK and all the FREE FUN you can handle!  
 
We only ask you to pre-register so we know how much to prepare for everyone. Contact Gene Stern @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 727-369-1512 for more information. Click here for a flyer...See you There!

What is Rotary?

wheel smallRotary is an organization of business, professional and community leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs.