The B.T. Savani Kidney Hospital situated Rajkot, Gujarat, India for over 10 years is the only Charitable Trust hospital in the area with a full range of treatment and intervention for kidney related disorders. The Hospital treats all patients with a strong bias in favor of low-income groups irrespective of religion, caste, or creed. The hospital was running a 32-unit dialysis center on 3 full shifts a day and still turning away 20 to 30 patients a day in need of treatment.
Global Grant #1528904 provided funding for 10 additional state-of-the-art dialysis units. The majority of the patients benefitting from the services of this project are low-income farmers and industrial workers. The new units are now providing up to 1,000 dialysis treatments per month.
This was the eighth in a series of matching grants and global grants completed between Rajkot Rotary Clubs and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Clubs and other District 7710 Clubs (Chapel Hill-Carrboro Sunrise Rotary Club, Lillington Rotary Club, and Cary Rotary Club).
Cary-Kildaire member Dr. Manu Domadia and his wife Pramila (both natives of Rajkot) are currently visiting all of the project sites. They will return in March with progress reports on all projects.
In December, the Interact club at the North Carolina School of Science and Math hosted a fundraiser focused on the sale of MudLOVE bracelets. MudLOVE is an organization that, through their partnership with Water for Good, centers on providing a citizen in a developing African country with a week of clean water with each bracelet sale. These bracelets are made up of a cord along with a small wooden piece with an inspiring word carved into it: “be the change,” “hope,” “love,” and more.
Our club was ecstatic about helping this organization. We figured that, as with most fundraisers, we’d simply attempt to sell the bracelets outside of our cafeteria during lunch time. However, our local Rotary chapter offered us a great opportunity; a member could attend the next meeting and advertise their fundraiser to the Rotary members! I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and it was a very enjoyable experience. All of the members were very generous and pleasant. Not only did we sell all of the bracelets, but numerous members gave donations as well. I was overjoyed and inspired by the results.
On Saturday, November 7th 2015, the Youth of Rotary District 7710 took on the UN! After riding two buses from our hostel, we waited excitedly in an incredibly long line outside the United Nations. Although we were slightly disappointed that all of the flags were not being flown, our excitement was not dulled in the slightest. When we were finally admitted into the building and were seated in the large conference room, our voracious chatter turned into reverent silence as we were addressed by Rotary officials and other keynote speakers, even Rotary International President K.R Ravindran.
Our first panel discussion was on gender equality and we were able to hear some several speakers who offered invaluable knowledge. We learned that women were not allowed into Rotary until 1987, but now they are on the way having their first woman international president. The speakers were wonderful, but unarguably Ravindran was the most incredible speaker of the day. He urged us to tackle our dreams but “don’t forget our roots.” Addressing the fact that the youth are often
described as “out of control,” he assured us that we were “a hell of a lot cooler than some adults.” After hearing his incredible words and that of some other great speakers, we had the opportunity to mingle with students from across the country, including several foreign exchange students who opened our eyes to life outside of the United States.
In all, our experience at the United Nations is one that cannot be forgotten. Rotary Day at the UN is invaluable, and has left me with a hunger the change the world.
The theme this year is “Peace and Development: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”. Find out more at http://rotarypeacecenternc.org/events-publications/spring-2016-conference/
On August 2, 2015 Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club member Andy Wright and his son David successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341ft), Africa’s tallest mountain and the tallest free standing mountain in the world.
Reaching the top of a mountain normally would be cause for celebration in and of itself, but it was made more special as a result of the financial support from so many friends and Rotarians that contributed to the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART) in conjunction with the climb. Andy and David dedicated the climb to Andy’s Father-in-Law, Dean Nelson (wife Sherry Nelson is also a member of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club), who has been battling dementia for a number of years. Their fund raising efforts led to over $3,000 being raised for CART!
Andy has an interesting program documenting their climb and the impact it has had on both his and David’s lives. Andy has presented a number of times to Rotary Clubs, church groups, and men’s groups. He’s currently scheduled to present at the Oxford (December 3) and Zebulon (January 21) Rotary Clubs and is available to other interested clubs. Andy can be contacted at email@example.com.
There are 181 Enactments and Resolutions proposed for consideration by the Council on Legislation that will meet from April 10th to 15th 2016 in Chicago.
Enactments (numbers 1 through 117) if adopted will change the RI Constitutional documents which include the RI constitution, the RI By-Laws and the Standard Rotary Club Constitution.
Resolutions (numbers 117 through 181) are items that do not seek to amend RI constitutional documents but do seek to amend other rotary policies and procedures.
Each proposal is presented by the proposer, supported and opposed in a short debate then voted on, electronically, by the Council which consists of a representative from each of Rotary’s 532 districts. Democracy in action!
I have extracted below a summary of what I consider to be the key proposals and invite comments from any Rotarian on their merit.
My role, as your representative, is to
(a) seek your input so that I have a sense of your advice on these proposals and
(b) to vote with the best interest of Rotary worldwide in mind, after I have listened to and evaluated the oral arguments for and against each proposal
Inevitably there are Enactments and Resolutions that are almost duplicative and/or contradictory and, in such cases, I have attempted to pick a sample that highlights the issue and rely on procedures at the council that often achieve compromise once a concept has been voted upon.
Below are 31 proposals (22 enactments and 9 resolutions) [NB. Proposals that are flagged (*) are presented by the Board of RI] on which I would welcome your comments. The full texts of all 181 proposals are available at www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/document/proposed-legislation-2016-council-legislation.
Please respond by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and identify your comments by quoting the Proposal number.
|Proposal #||Summary of Proposal||Purpose of proposal|
|16-02||Club treasurer be a board member||Financial stewardship|
|16-06||Include a “purpose” article in the standard Club constitution||Emphasize key elements of an effective club|
|16-07||Removal of “admission fees”||Expansion of membership|
|Avenues of Service and the Objects of Rotary|
|16-13||Change 5th avenue of service to “New generations”||More accurate reflection of cultural change|
|16-14 *||Change 5th avenue of service to “A new generation of global leaders through service, mentoring, international exchange, and leadership development opportunities||Bringing Avenues of service in line with the Objects of Rotary|
|16-17||Re-write of the Objects of Rotary into more contemporary language||Create congruency with recent COL actions regarding qualifications of membership|
|16-21 *||To allow flexibility in club meetings and attendance||Clubs would have the option to :
Determine when and how often a club meets, set applicable attendance requirements, and modify or eliminate termination policies for non-attendance
|16-24||Club shall meet at least twice per month||Extends freedom of new Model Clubs|
|16-36 *||Flexibility in membership and classification||To avoid the continuing declining and aging membership base|
|16-39||Revise the provisions regarding membership of alumni||Aligns the definition of “alumni” with RI and Foundation expanded descriptions|
|16-40 *||To allow Rotaractors to be active members||Strengthens relationships between Rotaractors and RI|
|16-41||To prohibit those who have never worked from becoming members||Reverses a decision made at 2013 COL which allowed “having interrupted employment or having never worked in order to care for children or to assist the spouse in their work”|
|16-49||To amend the provisions for suspension of membership||Temporary suspension not to exceed 45 days|
|RI Officers and elections|
|16-58||To increase the term for RI director to three years||Increased knowledge and effectiveness of directors through extended term|
|16-81 *||To authorize the RI Board to suspend or terminate a club for litigation-related actions and to amend the provisions for repeated election complaints from a district||To deal with situations where clubs or individual Rotarians initiate legal action prior to exhausting all remedies provided for in the RI Bylaws for disputed elections|
|16-90 *||To provide for a membership committee of RI||Create a staggered, multi-year term committee to address RI stated priority of membership growth|
|16- 93 *||To amend the terms of reference for the Strategic Planning committee||Create a joint RI/Foundation committee of 8 members with reduced term of 4 years from current 6 years|
|RI Finances and per capita dues|
|16- 99 *||To increase per capita dues||Proposed increases of $1 per year beginning 2017-18 thru 2019-20.
2017-18 per half-year $28.50
2018-19 per half year $ 29.00
2019-20 per half year $ 29.50
|16-104 *||To provide that each club pays dues for a minimum of 10 members||Re-establishes an earlier requirement|
|16-106 *||To revise the publication requirements for legislation||Streamlines current requirements in line with on-line capabilities|
|16-113||To provide for a Council on Resolutions||To a create an annual, on-line forum to vote on Resolutions|
|16-117||To amend the process for selecting representatives to attend the Council on Legislation||Proposes to reduce the number of representatives to 9 per zone (i.e. 306 not 532) and describes procedures for their selection. Addresses the disproportionate sizes of districts and reduces costs|
|16-118 *||Confirms Polio eradication is a goal of the highest order of RI||Affirms that no other corporate project should be adopted until certification that Polio has been eradicated|
|16-124||Requests RI Board to consider developing programming in the areas of water quality enhancement, sanitation and hygiene||Goal to create a tremendous improvement in the quality of life for today’s and tomorrow’s children|
|16-125||Requests RI Board to consider including the fight against violence towards women among the goals and objectives of the RI strategic Plan||Violence against women is a global phenomenon which affects more than a third of women|
|16-126||Requests RI Board to consider supporting the prevention of sexual mutilation||Use Rotary’s historic cultural and gender-sensitive approach to support United Nation’s efforts to stop FGM|
|16-135||Requests RI Board to consider establishing Rotaract e-clubs||Encourage and develop membership|
|The Rotary Foundation|
|16-144||To request the Trustees to consider reinstating funding for scholarships to support graduate scholarships in areas not related to the areas of focus||Re-instatement of Ambassadorial Scholarship program funded by the Rotary Foundation|
|Club and District Administration|
|16-156||Requests RI Board to consider allowing districts to decide if they would like a president’s representative to attend their district conference||Recognizes that the nature of District conferences has changed and modern media allows for alternative ways to propagate a President’s message|
|16-166||To request the RI Board and the Trustees to consider investing in microfinance and community development institutions||Proposes that not less than 8% of annual unrestricted and undesignated prior year net assets be invested directly or indirectly with credible micro-finance and/or community development institutions. Small, current micro-funding grants tend to “re-invent” systems that may lack adequate training and oversight|
|16-174||To request the RI Board to consider making Rotary Leadership Institute a training program of RI||Recognition of RLI’s value|
Would your club like to send a Master’s Level student to Paris for a peace-building project? “48 Hours as a Diplomat” is A Collaborative Peace-Building Workshop organized by the Rotary International France-USA Inter-Country Committee. It will be held in Paris, France from September 29th through October 2nd, 2016. Travel, lodging, meal and workshop expenses for selected student participants will be paid by the France-USA Inter-Country Committee. The workshop will be conducted in English. In order to be considered, the applicant must complete an application and submit it to email@example.com by January 30th, 2016. The application must be signed by the Club President.
Student Participants should at least be engaged in a master’s degree at the time they participate in the program. Applications from PhD students will be considered as well.
Five students from France: Students specialized in international affairs and/or students who intend to work in the field of diplomacy. Participants will be selected by the France-USA Inter-Country Committee.
Five students from the U.S.: Students specialized in international affairs and/or students who intend to work in the field of diplomacy. Participants will be selected by the France-USA Inter-Country Committee.
Participating students will be given 48 hours to draft an innovative answer to prevent threats to peace, as it pertains to “Safeguarding cultural heritage as a tool for peace building.” The project will be supervised by a workshop director renowned for his or her work in this arena. Both teams of French and American students will be supported and stimulated by a mentor in their work while developing their ideas through discussions and feedback sessions with professionals specifically selected to cover different aspects of diplomacy of influence (public institutions, major corporations, NGO, etc.). This workshop will take place under the auspices of the French national committee of UNESCO.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application via email. Or, download the application at: http://www.rotary-cip-france.org/amerique/france-usa.html
Questions can be directed to Bart Cleary, President USA Section of the USA-France Inter-Country Committee, at email@example.com
In September, the Holly Springs Rotary Club showcased its new free Little Library Community Outreach Project. Natalie Babson, President of the Holly Springs Rotary explained “The Rotary’s Free Little Library project offers free books to members of the local community. It is a take-a-book-share-a-book opportunity to engage the community in sharing their love of reading.” The W.E. Hunt Recreation Center is host to one of the two free Little Libraries that the club has installed. The other will be installed and located at the Holly Springs Baptist Church in downtown Holly Springs, in the lawn by the back parking lot facing Main Street. The concept of Free Little Libraries started in 2009. Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading; he filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. He built several more and gave them away; each one had a sign that said “Free Books”. Since then, Little Free Libraries have been popping up all over, and not just as random acts of book sharing. These community engagement projects are aimed at helping to build literacy in our communities. The Holly Springs Rotary Club embarked on this mission as a means to strengthen the capacity of their local community to support basic education and literacy. They started this project about eight months ago and wouldn’t have had it succeed without a lot of support, volunteers and sponsorship.