Gary Vilhauer came to our meeting to tell us how the Rotary foundation works. He started off by acknoledging that a lot of people join Rotary for the fellowship and networking but they stay in Rotary to save the world. A couple of powerful people agree.
"The world would not be where it is without Rotary, and it won't get where it needs to go without Rotary..."
- Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
"I would be proud and enthusiastic to be associated with Rotary in any way."
- Ted Turner, Chairman Turner Enterprises.
So what projects will we take on this year? Stay tuned to find out!
This week, Rotary District Governor Laura Day and her "right hand man", Cecil "Pancho" Padilla, stopped by for a visit. It's always a treat to listen to Ms. Day's words of wisdom and inspiring messages. Her biggest message - have fun! We all have our day jobs and choose to be a part of Rotary for the opportunity to serve, interact with others and, most importantly have a good time. During Laura's visit we also learned more about her chosen project for the year, Kenya Smiles. At the beginning of their year of service, each Governor gets to choose a project for the clubs within the district. The goal of Kenya Smiles is healthier children free from preventable pain, eager to learn and ready to play now and in the future (ah, the fun theme continues!). For $10, Rotarians can provide a dental care backpack to a child in Kenya. For more details about the program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Great to see you Laura and Pancho! We look forward to your next visit.
The certificate in her hand (and all of this year's speakers' hands) is a certificate of a dental kit donated to the Kenya Smiles project in the speaker's name.