Rotarians are, "People of Action" We are neighbors, friends and problem solvers who share ideas, join leaders and take action to create lasting change.
One woman takes on the challenge to teach children in war torn areas.
Founder, Saving Innocent Lives Amidst War, Inc
YSEALI Regional Workshop 2015
Jarrah is a social entrepreneur, community development worker, youth development advocate, and human rights advocate. She is passionate about education and child learning development. She co-founded Saving Innocent Lives Amidst War in 2008 that advocates for education in conflict areas of Panay Island. She is also the Director of Funding, Experiment, and Design at Educate Simplify and President of Batiti Ground Inc.
Serving a remote village in a war torn area.
Our Sister Club the Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone
RI President Elect, Ian H.S. Riseley talks about Joining Rotary
The second one is personal development. I became the third president of my club at a very young age as I was starting up my accounting practice. I didn’t enjoy speaking in public, but being involved in a Rotary club means that you’re encouraged – some would say forced – in a friendly environment to get experience speaking, running meetings, motivating people, all that sort of thing. Your Rotarian colleagues are not going to fault you for a simple mistake. So you get practice, you improve, and you do it better. I’m not quite as shy anymore, so that’s a significant benefit. The third is business development. We’ve shied away from this over a period of time, and I don’t believe we should. When I was invited to join the Rotary Club of Sandringham, I told Juliet, “Well, they’ve invited me to join this group, what do you know about it?” She knew about the same as me, which was not a lot, but she made the point that we’d make new friends, and hopefully some of them wouldn’t be accountants because too many of our friends were accountants, as if that could possibly be true. Rotary is good for business. Why should we shy away from promoting this? The fourth one, and by far the most important, is the chance to make a difference in the world. If someone asked me to eradicate polio, my ability to do this would be rather limited. But when you gather together with 1.2 million people of like mind and have people like Bill and Melinda Gates donate funds to help achieve this objective, the opportunity for success is far greater.
ROTARY AT A GLANCE
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
Rotary also offers expanded service opportunities including:
Interact: a service organization organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs for young adults aged 12-18. There are more than 12,300 Interact clubs in 133 countries.
Rotaract: groups organized by Rotary clubs to promote leadership, professional development, and service among young adults aged 18-30. There are more than 8,000 Rotaract clubs in 167 countries.
Rotary Community Corps (RCCs): groups of non-Rotary members who work to improve their communities. There are more than 7,500 RCCs in 80 countries, all organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs.
Who: Rotary brings together the kind of people who step forward to take on important issues for local communities worldwide. Rotary members hail from a range of professional backgrounds; doctors, artists, small business owners and stay-at-home parents all call themselves Rotarians. Rotary connects these unique perspectives, and helps leverage its members’ expertise to improve lives everywhere.
Where: From Haiti and Greenland to Nigeria and Singapore, Rotary unites a truly diverse set of leaders from across the world. Currently, the largest number of clubs comes from the United States, India, Japan and Brazil. The fastest growing Rotary regions include Southeast Asia and Africa.
What: Rotarians contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities across the globe. Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.
Polio Eradication Rotary is close to eliminating the second human disease in history after smallpox, with a 99 percent reduction in polio cases worldwide since 1985, when Rotary launched its PolioPlus program. In 1988, Rotary spearheaded the creation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with its partners the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Polio eradication remains Rotary’s top priority. To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children against polio in 122 countries. Currently, Rotary is working to raise $35 million per year through 2018 for polio eradication, which will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Josh the Otter, Rotary team to keep kids safe.
Article written by Stacy Henson and published on "news-press.com" on August 17, 2015
The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs, with the help of a friendly otter, is delivering an important message to children up and down the Gulf of Mexico and beyond:
Don’t go near the water without an adult, and always swim with a buddy.
Rotarians read “Josh the Baby Otter” to moms and children at the Literacy Council Gulf Coast and plan to take the program into schools, day cares and civic and religious groups in the coming months.
“The beauty of the message is it’s simple and kids can understand,” said Cyndi Doragh, governor of District 6960 that includes 51 clubs with 2,200 members in 10 Southwest Florida counties including Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte.
Florida has the highest rate in the nation for drownings among children ages 1 to 4 and is second for ages 1 to 14.
Ashli Dutan, 11, attended the recent reading with her younger sister, Jazlean, 5, and mother, Maria Dutan, all of Bonita Springs.
“My mom watches us like a hawk,” Ashli Dutan said. They live a five-minute walk away from the YMCA, where they swim, and frequently visit Bonita Springs and Sanibel beaches. “We always pack an extra float.”
While Rotarians read the book in English to the group, Maria Dutan read it in Spanish for the mothers and children learning English, the kids getting a double dose of the message before the Josh the Otter mascot came out to hug the attendees.
The furry figure is a tribute to Joshua Collingsworth, who had slipped out of sight at a family gathering, and was discovered in the backyard pool, unconscious and unresponsive. He was 2. His parents, Kathy and Blake Collingsworth of Wilderness Ridge, Nebraska, started a foundation in his memory.
The Collingsworths also own a home in Bonita Springs
Rotary Clubs have supported this worthwhile cause since it's inception. Some clubs with pools in their community will provide a class for parents and youngsters and other clubs promote the program through a reading program or fundraising. In todays world we don't here as much talk about water safety as we may have in the past BUT drowning still remains the #1 cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4.
Please help the Rotary eClub of South Jersey raise awareness by joining us at an upcoming online meeting and learn how you can help make a difference in a matter of Life and Death. Make a donation to support the good work of the Josh Collingsworth Memorial Foundation by going to www.joshuamemorial.org