Week 38 – March 20
RI CONVENTION SOUTHLAND BREAKFAST
Zones 33/34 will host the traditional Southland Breakfast on June 13 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA. This event is always a great way to meet other Rotarians from across Zones 33 and 34, as well as spend time with Rotary leadership. And because the breakfast is being held in Atlanta, you can be sure the grits will be cooked right! Due to space limitations at the venue, District 6970 only has 20 tickets available, please contact DG Marshall to reserve your seat. Tickets are $55/each.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: DISTRICT ASSEMBLY IS APRIL 29
On April 29, the District Assembly will be held at Flagler College in St Augustine. There will be specific sessions for club leadership as well as incoming committee members. If your club is intending to apply for a district grant you will be required to have three members attend the Grant Training.
Overall it will be a great time of fellowship and networking with fellow Rotarians. And you definitely don’t want to miss the fabulous lunch provided by the Foundation Fryers!
Only 79 days until the All Star Conference in Atlanta!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Amelia Island’s two Rotary clubs seized an opportunity to make a special presentation to world famous violinist Itzhak Perlman following his recent performance sponsored by the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Before more than 900 guests, the presidents of the clubs, Stan Fishburn of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise and Pamela Crouser of the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach, joined Perlman on stage and gave a short presentation about the significance of recognizng Perlman as an honorary member of both clubs.
Perlman has been a powerful advocate in the movement to eradicate polio. He contracted polio at age four and through years made a successful recovery learning to walk with crutches. Perlman serves as an international Polio Ambassador, performing benefit concerts to raise funds, and writes articles to inform and educate the public.
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program as an initiative to tackle polio eradication worldwide through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion dollars and countless volunteer hours to immunise more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion dollars to the effort.
Giving Slum Residents Hope to Improve Their Own Sanitation
Ben Tidwell, PhD Candidate
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Rotary Global Grant Scholar, 2016-2017, Host District 1260
Jamia was born in a rural village in Zambia miles away from the nearest road. As she grew up, her community slowly grew and developed. A well was dug to provide clean water and cell phone towers spread across the landscape. One day, someone came to tell her family about the importance of building a pit latrine. Her father was reluctant at first, but eventually asked his brother to help him build a latrine. They dug a hole, covered it with a concrete slab, and built a shelter over it for privacy and safety. It wasn’t much to look at, but it was their own and they took great care to keep it clean and maintain it.