Bringing education to rural Mexican area, one school at a time
When Mariana Day moved in 1989 to the small beach town of Chacala, in Nayarit, Mexico, she noticed that the surrounding rural areas struggled to maintain schools. And most children weren’t able to go beyond an eighth-grade education. Day, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bahía de Jaltemba-La Peñita, in Nayarit, had started a local scholarship program before she joined Rotary. Called Changing Lives, the program provided students with high school tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and transportation. In addition, Rotary clubs from the United States and Mexico have been investing in the...
Meet our polio partners
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian Eradicating polio is a complex job. Since 1988, we’ve collaborated with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF to tackle the disease through our Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Here’s how our roles break down. The Strategist: WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) coordinates the management and administration of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and provides technical and operational support to ministries of health in countries around the world. WHO is responsible for monitoring...
Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus, putting the country on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. The last case was reported on 24 July 2014 in the northern state of Kano. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nigeria is the last polio-endemic country in Africa. The continent is poised to reach its own first full year without any illness from the virus on 11 August. “...
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on Mar 10, 2015
The Rotary Foundation: Why It’s Special
Teree Bergman, Past Rotary Governor (District 6580)
Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator
As is true of nearly all Rotarians, I have belonged to and served on the boards of many worthy organizations: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, United Way, community foundations. I had only one rule in my service to those worthy causes: I am not good at raising money, so don’t put me in charge of fundraising. I served as a Big Sister, I donated time and talent to the others. But somehow, I have never been troubled by asking for donations to The Rotary Foundation. After some reflection, I think I know what the differences are between those other organizations and The Rotary Foundation.
The primary difference is that it is OUR Foundation. Why would you join a Rotary Club and not donate to our charitable arm? It’s different from asking outsiders for money (although I’ve done that, too, for The Rotary Foundation). If you ask a person the reason for belonging to Rotary, it is likely that the answer will contain some element that is related to The Rotary Foundation. She belongs because Rotary is eradicating polio. He belongs because Rotary is bringing clean water to a village and saving lives. She belongs because Rotary is giving the gift of literacy to children in the US and in other countries. He belongs because his club provided a playground for special needs children in his own community, using a District Grant.
Another difference for me is that the Rotary Foundation’s activities are personal. I got the opportunity to go to West Africa and put the precious drops into the mouths of babies and know that because of MY effort, those babies would not get polio. I have housed Group Study Exchange team members from Nigeria, from Brazil, from New Zealand in my home. I could see how their horizons were broadened, how their perceptions of the United States were changed by their experience. I have met team leaders who went to other countries and saw themselves as people empowered to solve local problems through Rotary Foundation grants. I was able to host Monica Kinyua in my home. She is involved with a wonderful peace initiative to bring together warring tribes in Kenya by helping the children to see that they are more alike than they are different.
Those experiences are powerful examples of how the Foundation touches lives. It is really clear to me that even if I can afford only $100 or $200 in a given year, my gift is multiplied into something really meaningful. The Rotary Foundation gives me the chance to make my small contributions turn into something much bigger, to be a part of an enormous humanitarian effort. Recently, I listened to Marilyn Fitzgerald tell her story of changing thousands of lives in Indonesia. Rotary enabled her to use her considerable skills in ways she never could have imagined had she not led that GSE team to Bali. Now, through our Vocational Training Teams, we are bringing even more concentrated resources to solve problems in places with great need.
The final difference I see is that unlike most large charities, The Rotary Foundation lets me help decide how my money is spent. I can apply for a grant through my Rotary Club for a project either at home or abroad. I can go to Africa and inoculate children against polio. I can house extraordinary people who are doing good in the world, cook them dinner, and learn about their work.
So, reluctant fundraiser that I am, I will gladly ask anyone to support The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. It is my charity of choice, and I believe strongly in its work.
Posted by Brenda Cressey
on Mar 03, 2015
Several members have begun to serve on the 2015-16 Committees for the Rotary Golf Tournament and the Winemaker's Cookoff. If you have an interest in getting involved please contact the chairs.
Rotary Golf Tourney: Rick Goree
Rotary Winemaker's Cookoff: Sharon Ross or Vicki Silva