Join Us for Pints for Polio
Help Eradicate Polio Worldwide!
This Fall many clubs have scheduled Pints For Polio events. The District encourages you to attend all or some of the many events, which all support the Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus Fund.
Read More for the details and the latest News Flash on Polio Outbreak in Nigeria (dated 11 August 2016).
SEE YOU THERE!!
NOW, LET'S TALK
A MESSAGE FROM DISTRICT GOVERNOR JUDY HUTCHERSON
Where in the District is Gov. Judy??
This Rotary year is really gearing up! We have been to Del Rio and their wonderful 4th of July Rodeo. They were so hospitable to us. When I say, us, I mean John and I and in this case, my daughter and granddaughter. We had a wonderful time.
We installed the incoming President of the San Angelo club, Janet Karcher. I know they will have a wonderful year. When we left San Angelo, we headed to Lubbock to support a fellow Governor, Susan Brints at her installation. You should see what those clubs in Lubbock do for their Food Bank! They have a 2500 tree apple orchard that they have planted and maintain for the Food Bank. WOW!!
We have our first Official visit to the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks Ranch on August 10. Then Pleasanton on August 11. I can’t wait to see what those clubs are up to for the coming year.
I would encourage Presidents to contact me and set up your Official Visit this year. You will be hearing from me soon about dates. Be looking for those new members to induct.
I will be on vacation for 2 weeks, leaving on Aug. 12. BUT I am only an email away.
I know everyone is working hard for Rotary and your community this year!
SAM OWORI IS SELECTED TO BE 2018-19 ROTARY PRESIDENT
The 2016-17 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International has unanimously nominated Samuel Frobisher Owori, of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, to be the president of Rotary International in 2018-19. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...