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President-Elect Melissa Garlisi has announced our new fundraiser for this Rotary year. With the same "team" concept as in previous year's Great Grown Up Spelling Bee, this year it will be changed up a bit to challenge the team's trivia knowledge! We are proud to join forces again with the South Shore Plaza's marketing team to be able to host this fun event Center Court at the South Shore Plaza. Saturday, October 22nd (Registration begins at 1:00 with the event starting promptly at 2:00 and ending by 4:00). Team's of four will compete in a round (the number of rounds will depend on the number of teams entered), with the winner of each round heading to the final round. Only one team can win the coveted trophy and earn bragging rights for the year! Get your team together...and send in your registration soon (see downloadable form on this page). Sponsorships are available for this fun and well attended event (download form below). Contact us for more information or sponsorship opportunities.
The new Officers for Rotary year 2016-2017 were recently installed at our Annual Dinner Meeting. Congratulations to (left to right): Kelly Moore, Assistant Secretary, Joseph Ryan, Secretary, Chris O'Neill, President, Mike Clancy, Immediate Past President and incoming Vice President, Bob Caruso, Treasurer and Melissa Garlisi, President-Elect. Missing from the photo was Hank Joyce, Assistant Treasurer.
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...
Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...
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