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LCR Member Bob Swan Reminisces About His Rotary Foundation Fellow Year in South America

Bob Swan reminisced about his time in South America as a Rotary Foundation Fellow in 1966 when he spoke to Lawrence Central Rotarians in December.

Swan, a past president of Lawrence Central, was chosen for a year-long fellowship to travel in Latin America and to attend the University of Bueno Aires. Arriving there, he began to hear rumors of a coup and decided to attend Catholic University of Salvador in Buenos Aires instead, fortunately as the University of Buenos Aires was closed.

During his 10 months in Argentina, he conducted research on the Peronista movement, culminating in interviews with associates of Juan Peron’s second wife, Isabelita, and a five-page letter from Peron himself answering Swan’s questions.

He traveled widely while he was in Latin America, being hosted by Rotarians and, at one point was joined by his parents from Topeka. In both Buenos Aires and Cordoba he presented programs on American folk music. He also interviewed three other Argentinian former presidents, Gen. Pedro Aramburu, Dr. Arthur Frondizi and Arturo Illia.

He said that what impressed him most during his fellowship were the remarkable world natural and cultural sites of the southern hemisphere and a strong lasting impression of the prestige and position of Rotary and its highly successful members in South America.

One of 50 fellows chosen world wide that year he said “thinking back 50 years now on all the experiences of 1966 and early 1967 I feel very positive about the 11 months I spent representing Rotary International and the United States in Latin America.”

Shon Qualseth, Bob Swan, & Sam Bhatka Named Paul Harris Fellows

Shon Qualseth | Bob Swan | Sam BhaktaLawrence Central Rotary has named Bob Swan, Shon Qualseth as Paul Harris Fellows in recognition of their service as president in prior years.  Bob joined LCR in February 2009.  His year as president was 2012-2013.  Shon joined the club in December 2007 and served as president from 2011-2012.

Lawrence Central Rotary has also named Sam Bhakta a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his four years as Treasurer of the club.  Sam joined LCR in November 2009.  Up until last summer, Sam was owner and manager of the Econolodge in Lawrence.  Since selling that business, Sam has been exploring new business ventures in the region.

Warm congratulations and a hearty thank you to each!

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.”

Lawrence Central Launches 2014 Holiday Wreath Sale to Support the Rotary Foundation

Lawrence Central Rotary 2014 Holiday Fundraiser

Click this image for Holiday Decorations Supporting Lawrence Central Rotary

Again this year, and in memory of a tradition started by founding member Becky Castro who passed away earlier this year, Lawrence Central Rotary is selling wreaths and holiday decorations from Lynch Creek Farm and all the profits from the sales are going to the Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation transforms these funds into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, the Foundation taps into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into Rotary’s priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Rotary Foundation grants empower Rotarians locally and worldwide to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

You can contact any of our members to purchase in person to arrange a purchase, but there’s even an easier way!

You can purchase a broad array of holiday decorations online by using this website http://bit.ly/lcrholiday14 – It will direct you to the Lynch Creek Website and 25% of your purchase will come back to Lawrence Central Rotary to help locally and globally uniting for the common good.

Lawrence Central Rotary is proud to do our part locally and we encourage you to help us!

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