News and Events
 
World Polio Day is a day on which we celebrate the progress made in the campaign to rid the world of Polio.  On October 24th, Rotary will be hosting an online Global update on Facebook. For those individuals or clubs that would like to join the update please visit the Rotary International Facebook page to RSVP for the event.
 
While huge gains have been made in the eradication of Polio worldwide, there is still a lot of work that still needs to be done. Year to date there have been a total of 78 new Wild Polio Virus outbreaks with sixteen of these in Afghanistan and 62 in Pakistan. This compares to a total of thirty-three outbreaks of the Wild Polio Virus for the entire year of 2018 with 21 and 12 in Afghanistan and Pakistan respectively. 
 
During the month of October, we encourage clubs to consider hosting a World Polio Day event, dedicate a club meeting to learning more about the need to continue the campaign, and/or have a fundraiser dedicated to the End Polio campaign. To learn more about World Polio Day and to download a “Tool Kit” to help with your efforts, please go to www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day.
Our district has set a goal that all of our clubs declare their support of Rotary International's efforts to Wage Peace by becoming an Active Peacebuilder Club.  The requirements and application process is very simple and we encourage all clubs to join our efforts.
 
 
 

Each Peacebuilder Club will have a seat at the District Peace Committee which is chaired by Diane Chido of the Erie Club.  If you would like more  information or if you have questions please feel free to contact Diane Chido at dchido@dcanalytics.net

 

 
The Rotary Theme for 2019 -2020 is “Rotary Connects the World”.
 
As we start a new Rotary year, I would like to thank District Governor Scott and all of our Past District Governor’s for their guidance of our District. 
Rotary International President Mark Maloney is asking that we “Grow Rotary”.  As we go through this Rotary year my hope is we will maintain and increase our connectivity with our members and communities to be more engaged in all that we do.  By doing so, my hope is that we can create clubs that will be “Simply Irresistible” and others will want to join us in our efforts. 
I am looking forward to visiting your clubs and getting to know more about what you do and what you have planned.  My goal is to support you and our District in all of our endeavors.
 
District Governor Ken
 
 

This Safe Water Project is to support Water & Sanitation Improvements for the community of Santa Eulalia Huehuetenango, Guatemala, Rotary District 4250.  This Global Grant, GG 1759627, in the amount of $110,838.00 is for phase 2 of this multi-year project. It is co-sponsored by the club of Estero, Florida, District 6960.

 

This phase of the project will build out pipelines connecting more communities to pumping stations and construct two more holding tanks. With this additional infrastructure in place, clean safe water will be able to be distributed to other communities that were not connected to the Phase 1 portion of this project  This phase will impact  an additional 2500 residents.       

 

Rotary International Zones 33 & 34 are partnering with Feeding America Food Banks in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and western/central Pennsylvania in the 10 Million Meal Challenge.  The State Associations will support, encourage and facilitate enhanced partnerships between food banks and Rotary Clubs in the pursuit of a goal of raising the equivalent of 10 million meals for the region.  Clubs will "sign up" to join the challenge at www.rizones33-34.org/hunger.  Their Feeding America Food Bank will contact them to start planning together.  
  
Rotary Leadership Institute is designed to provide quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills to Rotarians interested in developing their Rotary participation and to those identified by Rotary Clubs as having potential in club leadership.  The Institute is a three part program, Part I, Part II and Part III.  Each part is a full day and you can take each part as your schedule allows.  These educational opportunities will teach you skills that will benefit the members in their lives and in volunteer service.