What is Rotary?
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs.
ROTARY E-CLUB OF 5870
First knighting ceremony at Pecan Springs with Sir Keith.
Rotarians in Austin got to help Samaritan’s Feet and Movement Mortgage hand out over 500 new shoes to the students of Pecan Springs.
University of Texas game day season pass parking is available at the Medical Arts Square for a great price. Contact Fred Hansen at 512-659-6019.
3 – Martha
10 – No Delivery
17 – Ron and Frank
24 – Clift and Sue
31 – Sue and Ray
Please Mark Your Calendars
Pecan Springs Knighting
ceremonies 8:30 am-10 am
Fri., Dec. 2
Fri., Jan. 20
Fri., Feb. 24
Thurs., April 13
Fri., May 19
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ROTARY DISTRICT 5870
Many clubs around the district will be participating in Pints for Polio on October 22. Please support this fundraiser.
Oct 19 – Austin Rotary @ Shiner’s Saloon Roof Top at 5:30
October 22 – Lakeway/Lake Travis Rotary @ Fore Restaurant 2:00 pm
Check out the district website for other dates and locations.
Well, the 1st quarter has come and gone. Sharon and I have now visited 44 clubs – about 68%. We appreciate the warm welcomes we have received. You have made this very fun.
November is Rotary Foundation Month. Here are five things you can do today to ensure your November events are a success.
- Educate Rotarians on what the Paul Harris Society is.
- Recognize and thank new Major Donors and PHS members.
- Thank Rotarians who gave to the Foundation for the first time.
- Reach out to members who gave last year but not yet this year.
- Increase the number of donors who are giving through Rotary Direct.
Our district is leading the Zone with TRF donations to date of $125,000.
For more info visit the district website.
I’m pleased to announce that District 5870 is offering one (1) Global Grant Scholarship for Rotary Year 2017-18. This scholarship will provide not less than $30,000 for graduate study abroad in one of The Rotary Foundation’s six Areas of Focus. Two very important documents are posted on the district website:
- The District’s 2017-18 Global Grant Scholarship Handbook
- The 2017-18 Global Grant Scholarship application.
Applications must be received by the District Rotary Foundation Chair, PDG Rich Kaye, no later than December 31, 2016.The district will hold scholarship interviews on January 28, 2017. The time and place of interviews will be announced.
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation earned a top score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S., in the most recent ratings, reflecting our organization’s commitment to financial health, accountability, and transparency.
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT
In 1979, James Bomar Jr., the president of Rotary at the time, traveled to the Philippines as part of Rotary’s earliest work to immunize children against polio. After he had put drops of vaccine into one baby’s mouth, he felt a child’s hand tugging on his trouser leg to get his attention. Bomar looked down and saw the baby’s brother looking up at him, saying earnestly, “Thank you, thank you, Rotary.”
Before Rotary took on the task of polio eradication, 350,000 people – nearly all of them children – were paralyzed by polio every year. That child in the Philippines knew exactly what polio was and understood exactly what Rotary had just done for his baby brother. Today, 31 years after the launch of PolioPlus, the children of the Philippines – and of nearly every other country in the world – are growing up without that knowledge, and that fear, of polio. Instead of 1,000 new cases of polio every day, we are averaging less than one per week. But as the fear of polio wanes, so does awareness of the disease. Now more than ever, it is vitally important to keep that awareness high and to push polio eradication to the top of the public agenda and our governments’ priorities. We need to make sure the world knows that our work to eradicate polio isn’t over yet, but that Rotary is in it to end it.
On 24 October, Rotary will mark World Polio Day to help raise the awareness and the funding we need to reach full eradication. I ask all of you to take part by holding an event in your club, in your community, or online. Ideas and materials are available for download in all Rotary languages at endpolio.org/worldpolioday, and you can register your event with Rotary at the same link. You can also join me and tens of thousands of your fellow Rotarians for a live-streamed global status update at 6 p.m. Eastern time at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. I’ll be there along with CDC Director Tom Frieden, other experts, and inspirational presenters, sharing an inside look at the science, partnerships, and human stories of polio eradication.
It is an incredibly exciting time to be a Rotarian. We are gathering momentum for the final race to the finish: to the end of PolioPlus and the beginning of a polio-free world. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime chance to End Polio Now, through Rotary Serving Humanity.