Meet Rotary’s new president
This excerpt from the July issue of The Rotarian magazine profiles the 2015-16 RI president. Before he gives a speech, K.R. Ravindran doesn’t like flowery, adulatory introductions. They make him uncomfortable. The 2015-16 Rotary president would rather keep a low profile and share the credit. If it were up to him, you probably wouldn’t even be reading this article. Negotiating Days of Tranquility during the Sri Lankan civil war so that health workers could administer drops of polio vaccine? Although it was on his desk that the agreement landed, he says, a lot of people worked to make that...
Apply to serve on an RI committee
If you would you like to contribute to Rotary by serving on a committee, this is your opportunity. The nine committees listed below are searching for qualified candidates for openings in 2016-17. Each of these committee works with Rotary leaders to increase efficiency and promote the goals and priorities of our strategic plan. To be considered for a committee appointment, go to www.tinyurl.com/ri-committee-application for an application form. The application deadline is 20 August. Learn more about the committees and the application process. Get answers to frequently asked questions....
Early cancer detection is saving lives in Sri Lanka
More than 20,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year in Sri Lanka, and many of them prove fatal. The Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, set out 10 years ago to save some of those lives by establishing the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Centre. In partnership with the National Cancer Control Programme and the Ministry of Health, the center in Colombo has screened more than 35,000 patients, mostly low-income, and detected more than 7,500 cases of abnormalities that required further investigation. The Rotary Club of Birmingham, Alabama, USA, donated a mammography and ultrasound...
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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