Category: District 5710 (page 2 of 3)

Vickie Randell Updates Lawrence Central on the Rotary Foundation

Vickie Randel | Lawrence Central RotaryVickie Randell, former Rotary District Governor, current district Rotary Foundation coordinator, (and now Assistant Regional Foundation Coordinator for Zone 27) is excited about what the Rotary Foundation has done and even more excited about what’s coming in the future.

“People tell me I’m a Rotary faucet,” the member of the Lawrence noon club said. “You ask me about the Rotary Foundation and you’ve turned the tap for a flood of information.”

The Rotary Foundation supports projects all over the globe as well as locally. “In our district we have clubs whose members have formed especially strong bonds with people in Panama and Guatemala.

“We’ve done global grants there that have helped educate people about clean water sources, worked on schools and provided medical supplies, “she said. She showed a slide of a rocky, road, filled in spots with water that children had to walk through to get to school.  Rotarians cleaned it up and graded it.

The water supply for one community was a filthy, refuse filled stream. Through Rotary intervention there are now huge tanks supplying clean water.

“Teams of Kansas Rotarians have  gone to Mexico to build houses,” she said.  In India dump dwellers, who made their living scavenging in the dump, where they also lived, are being taught other ways to support themselves.  In Uganda vocational training teams are teaching nurses in pediatric hospitals.

“Foundation money comes to local communities too,” she said. “A holiday shopping event is sponsored for children who otherwise couldn’t shop for  gifts.  The Lawrence Rotary arboretum is a sterling example of what clubs can do when they work together.”

Randal also talked about how in an unusual twist, Rotary clubs in Japan sent foundation money to the U.S. to help victims of hurricane Katrina proving the work of Rotary goes wherever it is needed.

There is always more to do. “We’re building the Rotary Peace Fellowship project, dedicated to eliminating conflict and helping the victims of conflict.  And polio is not quite gone. There were still  54 cases in the world this year.

“Everything we do in Rotary builds peace, “ she said. “And peace helps people become their true selves.”

Rotary District 5710 Gov John Donovan Visits

Rotary District 5710 Governor John Donovan was full of praise for Lawrence Central Rotary when he spoke to the club on October 28. “You have the best website in the district.  You are on the upswing in most areas, your membership is trending up. You are a powerful presence in the community. ”

Donovan said he  sees Rotary as not only  a force in local communities but as a Gift To The World, which is the theme of his year as DG.

John-Donovan-historianOn a personal level the Leavenworth Rotarian said “being District Governor is an amazing job,“ detailing his year of visits to the 45 clubs in his district.  He tries to balance his role with living on a former dairy farm outside of Easton, KS, where he and his wife keep horses and raise angora goats, peafowl, Bourbon Red turkeys, ducks, chickens, guineas and are staff for five dogs and nine cats. Being a former military science professor and artillery afficianado, there is also cannon in his front yard.

His enthusiasm for Rotary showed when he said he believes Rotary International should be in contention for the Nobel Prize for eliminating polio and for the current finding that the labs built  around the world to track polio have also been able to make early detection of the Ebola virus and recently halted an outbreak.

He briefly outlined Rotary’s history and highpoints, from its beginning in the early 20th century, to its becoming international,  developing the Rotary Foundation, admitting women and adopting the 4-way test.

His philosophy is that Rotary should be  a vital part of its members’ lives.

“I want to be interesting and I want Rotary to be interesting. I want Rotarians to have fun, be daring, do something new and act, following the 4-way test which is what Rotary is all about.”

2014-15 District Governor Debra Rotenbaugh Schaub Visits Lawrence Central

Deb Rotenbaugh Schaub & Carolyn DeSalvo

District 5710 Governor Debra Rotenbaugh Schaub & Lawrence Central Rotary President Carolyn DeSalvo

District Governor Debra Rotenbaugh Schaub does, indeed, “Light Up Rotary,” which is her slogan for the year. with her enthusiasm and dedication. On Wednesday, wearing a scarf  with the slogan, she gave Central Rotary president Carolyn DeSalvo a flag saying the same thing and then asked Rotarians why they joined Rotary and what they do to Light Up Rotary.

The answers ranged from “I joined to find friends and fellowship” to a desire to be involved in Rotary service projects. Establishing community connections and Rotary as a good way to put down roots  were mentioned. Rotary exemplifies the 4-way test, one Rotarian said, and another talked about the value of meeting Rotarians from all over the world.  “Rotary does so much; our projects are so important,” was  a recurring remark.

“It’s good to know why you’re here and why we’re all here,” Schaub said. “Rotary gives us 1.2 million friends,” she said. “It’s a gift. It’s an opportunity to share something with people we care about and to change people’s lives. You can personally impact someone’s life through Rotary.”

Rotary, she said, is growing internationally but not so much in the United States.  “It’s important to stop and think about how much we cherish Rotary and how much it adds to our lives.  Now we need to ‘Light Up Rotary’ and share this gift with others.”.

One of Lawrence Central’s ShelterBoxes Deployed

ShelterBox Update LetterLawrence Central along with the help from the Lawrence Monday Noon Rotary and District 5710 grants were able to purchase 3 ShelterBoxes last year.

Shelterbox is a Rotary-based organization that responds instantly following natural and other disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who need it most. Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. ShelterBox is now firmly established at the forefront of disaster relief and our work constantly earns the respect of outside agencies.

We recently received news that one of the boxes we raised funding for was deployed to Haiti for Hurricane relief late last year.

We’ll be tracking the others and posting updates on where they went.

If you would like more information on ShelterBox check out their Website.

District 5710 and 9200 GSE/VTT Exchange 2013 Visit Lawrence Central May 15th

Group Study Exchange  is Rotary’s International Exchange Program for Young Professionals. The GSE team will visited District 5710  April 28 – May 28, 2013, and visited the Central Lawrence Rotary at our May 15th Lunch Meeting.  The team is from East Africa and all are medical professionals and their leader Caroline Abeja Apunyo is Medical Doctor from Uganda working as a public health consultant.  She is also Past President for Rotary Club Kampala South and Past Assistant Gov D9200.

District 9200 comprises the six East African countries Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The geographical variation ranges from beautiful coastal beaches (both in Kenya and Tanzania), to Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water lake in Africa. The Big Five – lion,

leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – still roam our vast savannahs and bush land. The equator passes through Kenya and Uganda. The total population of all five countries is about 130 million in an area of 3,139,000 sq kms.

Kate Campbell and Caroline Abeja Apunyo

Kate Campbell and GSE/VTT Team Leader Caroline Abeja Apunyo

Caroline Abeja Apunyo, Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team Leader from Rotary District 9200, poses with her Lawrence Central

Rotary host Kate Campbell during the team’s visit in Lawrence in mid-May.

Apunyo is medical doctor with a specialization in Public Health in Kampala, Uganda.  Since 2010, she has run her own business, ABJA Consulting Services, providing public health consulting services in Uganda and neighboring countries.  She has been a Rotarian since 1996.

While in Lawrence, the GSE team of five medical professionals shadowed physicians at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and toured Health Care Access, Heartland Community Health Center, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, and the Lawrence/Douglas County Health Department.

Below are scans of the Rotary trading banners the team exchanged with our club.

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