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Rotary Happenings: Rotarians are making a difference in their endeavors to build a better world

By Staff | Jul 26, 2017

Rotary District 6960 Assistant Governor Bob Sheehan. PHOTO PROVIDED

During the summer attendance at Sanibel-Captiva Rotary meetings usually shrink a bit, but not this year; a larger constituency of members stayed on island and many new members are year-round residents boosting attendance numbers. That’s helpful because yearly club planning takes place during off-season and our Board and Committee chairs can receive in real time valuable input from members on project planning and how to develop engaging opportunities for serving our community and beyond with projects aligning with Rotary values.

President Holli plans on shaking things up a little and invigorating and motivating full participation by our membership by tapping the talents of both long-time club members and new Rotarians. It is amazing the talent that sits in the room for breakfast at our Friday morning meetings. Sanibel-Captiva Rotary has been fortunate in attracting a pretty good number of new Rotarians last year, with new ideas and new technology and social media skills that the club will only benefit from. Members who have a history with the club bring so much to the table with their experiences in both business and life, along with the knowledge of what Rotary has and can do to serve humanity. These two groups working together will be a winning combination for San-Cap Rotary Club.

Belief in building friendships and how that can increase the dynamism between Rotarians; Holli is planning relaxed social get togethers each month, no agenda, just building better friendships and exchanging ideas.

Our Rotary District 6960 governor usually visits each of our 50 Rotary home clubs to emphasis the focus of Rotary International and District for the upcoming Rotary year July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018. However, it took almost a year to accomplish the goal of visiting all 50 clubs by the governor. This year Governor Bobbi Bird decided she would like to get this information out early in the Rotary year and recruited her assistant district governors to make these visits personally within the next month and present guidelines for Rotary goals this year.

“The yearly goals help Rotarians develop a strong common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the actions we take in the world”. RI

“The collective leadership and expertise of our 1.2 million members helps us tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, locally and globally. We are united by common values and vision for the future as we sharpen our focus with targeted specific causes that will reach communities most in need.” RI

RI District #6960-Assistant Governor for Area No. 6 Bob Sheehan was introduced. He told of a past visit to our club during the Iraq war, at the time Bob’s son was serving in Iraq. San-Cap Rotary was involved in the distribution of phone cards to families of our service men and women with the idea that they would be mailed to them and when they got a chance they could use these cards to call home. His son did get to use the phone card and Bob wanted to note how much his son’s calls meant to his family.

Bob brought along a video message from our RI President 17-18, Ian Riseley. Unfortunately, computer problems, so Bob summarized the president’s message verbally.

RI 17/18 motto “Making a Difference” the logo a colorful representation of Rotary members across the globe standing together side by side. Rotary unites more than 1.2 million people from all continents and cultures, men and women of all ages working together making a difference in their backyards and around the world. Rotary wants everyone to know what areas of focus our organization concentrates on; some areas are self-explanatory, but other areas are not known to the public.

* Peace and conflict prevention/resolution: RI runs peace conferences around the world and provides college scholarships to schools with studies related to the topic.

* Disease prevention and treatment: Polio prevention. In the next three years, Rotary and supporting partners such as the Gates Foundation are pledging to raise $451 million dollars toward the goal of eliminating Polio. We are almost there, but even if one case is reported in the world, the disease still is a threat to all of us.

* Water and sanitation: funding well and water systems in remote areas, training workers how to sustain these projects.

* Maternal and child health: building hospitals and providing training for medical teams

* Basic education and literacy: supporting school projects around the globe and providing student scholarships

* Economic and community development; giving a help up, not a hand out.

Rotarians are making a difference together in their endeavors to build a better world to benefit all.

Getting the word out about Rotary and branding our projects and using social media platforms to do this helps the public know what we are about and can attract interest in our projects.

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary meets Friday mornings at 7 a.m., at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. Guests welcomed.