We Can Help Prevent the DeathBy DG Tina D. Fischlin on Thursday, April 1, 2021
of 5.9 Million Children Annually
MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH MONTH
One of the seven areas of focus for Rotary is Maternal and Child Health, and in April we celebrate the efforts of Rotarians and others worldwide, who work tirelessly to save women and children.
An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate healthcare, and poor sanitation--all preventable!
So how does Rotary help? The Rotary Foundation supports programs that provide education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.
In our District, we support many Rotarian-initiated projects that support this area of focus. Alliance for Smiles http://www.allianceforsmiles.org/ is a project near and dear to my heart. Be sure and read Sallie’s article in this newsletter about all the lives that have been changed with your support.
Another amazing Rotarian initiated non-profit providing healthcare solutions for children is Gift of Life International. https://www.giftoflifeinternational.org/ This amazing organization provides hope to children born with congenital heart disease, the number ONE birth defect worldwide. This picture of Sat Nu from Myanmar shows how this surgery saved her life.
These are just two of the wonderful programs your clubs can contribute to support maternal and child health.
District Conference registration is OPEN! Reserve your spot at the Fun in the Sun “virtual” District Conference. Simply click on the link here!
Are You Ready?Thursday, April 1, 2021
By Laura Dent and Paige Havens
Our amazing virtual Fun in the Sun District Conference is just 3 weeks away, and we’re excited to bring the beach to you! More than 200 of you have registered to date, and the names keep pouring in. If you haven’t already, register here!
It’s amazing what we can now do together virtually. Our two-day conference will be packed with Rotary fellowship, fun activities with in-person options, excellent speakers, and a Pack-A-Backpack Service Project--all online! Here are some key resources you’ll need to soak up all of the Fun in the Sun:
|Jennifer Jones||Reem Ghunaim||Dale Bracken||Jeff Henderson|
|Rotary International President|
Rotary Action Group
|Management Consultant||Entrepreneur, Speaker|
- Shopping List for 5:00 Somewhere Cocktail Party: Click here!
- Recipes will be sent to attendees via Whova
- How to Set Up & Customize Your WHOVA Conference Portal: Click here!
Cost to attend is only $25 for Rotarians and $15 for guests. Each registrant will receive virtual registration gifts and a chance to win excellent door prizes. One lucky person will win a grand door prize--$1,200 Gift Certificate for a 3-night stay at The Westin Jekyll Island. To incentivize us all to be actively engaged in each session, you must be present to win!
Conference attendees, watch your email closely for lots of great conference information coming to your inbox. We can’t wait to celebrate this year’s great accomplishments of our Clubs and District 6910 with you!
Alliance for SmilesBy Sallie Boyles on Thursday, April 1, 2021
The signature international project of the Rotary Club of Greene and Putnam Counties, Alliance for Smiles (AFS) is especially near and dear to District Governor Tina Fischlin. She became involved with the medical nonprofit in 2007 and joined the board in 2009.
Established in 2006 by six Rotarians from San Francisco, AFS conducts missions to correct cleft lip and palate anomalies in children (primarily) from underserved communities worldwide. As Tina says, “Even in parts of the US and Western Europe, we have a group of doctors with mobile clinics.” To date, AFS has treated more than over 8,700 children.Read More
'20-21 Laws of Life Winners AnnouncedFriday, April 2, 2021
In March the 2020-2021Georgia Rotary Clubs Laws of Life
Essay Contest School-Level Winners were announced. A total of 25,112 students from 48 schools shared their Law of Life essay in this year’s contest, notwithstanding the challenges of distance learning and hybrid schedules. Over 100 Rotarian volunteers patiently navigated a new online judging platform and worked with staff to successfully read, score and judge the 1173 essays that were submitted for judging. Click here
to see a list of all the winners. To read the official press release from the Laws of Life Executive Director, Carol Gray Walker, click here!
The state winners will be announced in early April.
Feed10Million UpdateBy Randy Redner on Saturday, April 3, 2021
This is no April Fool’s Joke - DISTRICT 6910 HAS NOW PROVIDED
TO FAMILIES IN NEED!
- 2,205,290 pounds of food
- 1,102 tons of food
- 74 tractor trailers of food
- Lined up that would be over 1 mile of tractor trailers
- Provided 517,516 meals in March – That’s an average of 16,000+ meals a DAY
Our revised goal of 2 million meals is within sight...but we are not done yet. Here are the two things your club can be doing right now to support the Feed10Million campaign:
- Farmers to Families (see flyer attached) – This is a USDA program that in response to COVID provides food truck deliveries for free through local charitable organizations like Rotary. Doug Bolton out of the Covington Club is coordinating these deliveries across the District, so if you club is interested in receiving one of these truckloads of free food, contact Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Log your meal projects -- Remember, in Rotary it doesn’t count until the paperwork is done, so click HERE to log your meals each time you complete a project.
'20-21 District Grant ProjectsSaturday, April 3, 2021
Rotary clubs throughout District 6910 complete amazing projects every year with the help from District Grants. These projects are immensely impactful in helping communities and real people. Over the course of the next few months, in the District Newsletter we would like to feature some of these terrific projects so that Rotarians around the district can share ideas and see what is being accomplished. When you start to realize the scope and reach of these projects and multiply them across the district and around the world, it becomes exciting to see the dramatic impact of Rotary! It truly is astonishing and makes you proud to be a Rotarian.
This month we will feature four such projects, funded with the help of District Grants (click the see more link below):
- Rotary Club of Forsyth County & Rotary Club of South Forsyth
- Lanier-Forsyth Rotary
- Rotary Club of Jefferson
- Banks County Rotary
District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in our district's communities and communities abroad. For more information on District Grants, click here
to visit the D6910 District Grant web page. Read More
Is Your Club Up To Speed On RYLA?
is a GO for this year and is scheduled to take place June 3 to June 6 at Tallulah Falls School in beautiful Tallulah Falls! Student applications are due April 30! With club officer turnover from the 19-20 Rotary year, some clubs may not realize they've already paid for a slot for last year's cancelled event. Any questions about your club's commitment, feel free to contact District Chair, Bob Alman
Here's your link to the RYLA links that you will need, located on the D6910 Web Page: Click here!
Leadership Spotlight: Becky CarlanBy Paige W Havens on Thursday, April 1, 2021
|Becky rocking her Rotary spirit on the crater of the world’s largest dormant volcano at the Haleakala National Park in Hawaii.|
Continuing our District Leadership series, we want you to get to know some of the terrific Rotarians that have stepped forward to help in the Rotary District 6910 efforts to serve all of its clubs. This month we shine our spotlight on district board member, Becky Carlan. A member and past president of the Banks County Rotary, she currently serves as the club's on-to conference chair. To find out why her job helps her to know every resident in the county, be sure to click read more.Read More
Let's Make Every Day Earth DayTuesday, March 23, 2021
By Schelly Tennant – Rotary Club of Gwinnett County
For me, the environment isn’t just the focus of my career … it’s a focus in my life.
Every year the world commemorates Earth Day--the one day a year that we turn our attention to the needs of the planet. While April 22 marks one of my favorite days of the year, I can’t help but think, “Why can’t we make every day Earth Day?” After all, the environment isn’t just an ecological part of this planet--it’s an integral link in the chain of life. The health of the environment not only impacts the health of the people and animals who live in an ecosystem, it impacts the economic welfare of the community it encompasses. Graffiti-filled walls and litter-strewn streets are rarely, if ever, associated with an economically thriving community. That’s why it’s up to all of us to serve as stewards of our local environment.Read More
Photos From Around the District
|"Late last year Johns Creek Rotary Club, together with “Daffodils 4 Hope,” gathered to plant daffodil bulbs near the club’s Peace Pole at Emory Johns Creek Hospital. The bulbs were planted as a message of hope near the entrance of the Winship Cancer Center. March 15 was a great day for our club. We met at the hospital to see the results of a project in which we participated. It took days to plan, many hands to prepare and plant, and weeks to grow. In mid-March we all met to see the results of this great project. Think about a chemotherapy patient that is going to the cancer center at the hospital. Imagine what a bright spot that individual saw. We had the opportunity to brighten someone’s day!"|
|For more great District 6910 photos and memories made during the month of March, click the link below.|
CANTON ROTARY HOSTS A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHAMBER BUSINESS AFTER HOURSBy Peter A. Gleichman on Wednesday, March 24, 2021
|Canton Rotary President Shane Moore welcomed everyone to the Chamber Business After Hours hosted by the Rotary Club of Canton.|
It was a different sort of Rotary and business fellowship on March 23 when the Rotary Club of Canton hosted the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce's monthly Business After Hours (BAH) virtually. Held in lieu of its weekly meeting, Canton Rotary members had several opportunities to promote the community service and many other benefits of membership in Cherokee County's oldest civic organization due to the technical wizardry of Chamber staff.
After the customary welcome by Chamber Executive Director Pam Carnes and Chamber President Adam Smith and promotion by BAH series sponsor AT&T, Club President Shane Moore opened the meeting by introducing President Elect Greg Elder. He reported on the club's immensely successful Farmers 2 Families food distribution service project on March 20 in which 27,500 meals were distributed to families in need throughout Cherokee County. Next was President Nominee Nicole Lawson, who invited everyone to Canton Rotary's backpack packing service project at Reformation Brewery in Canton for its March 30 in-person lunchtime meeting.
Then the fun began! Read More
Towne Lake Celebrates Small Business OwnersBy Debby Ciccone on Thursday, April 1, 2021
While the heart of Rotary for Towne Lake will always be Service Above Self and giving back to the community, no one can deny that it is all made possible because of the hearts of the members. And those members are comprised of many small business owners.
Vocational Service is rooted in the second object of Rotary, whereby, we encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and in particular, to encourage and foster, high ethical standards in business professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.Read More
PRIP Saboo Talks World PeaceBy Anu C Narula on Friday, April 2, 2021
with the Rotary Club of Johns Creek
In celebration of the 116th birthday of Rotary International on February 23 this year, Rotary Club of John Creek, District 6910, got an amazing opportunity to host a talk on “Rotary and World Peace” by Past Rotary International President Raja Saboo. Mr. Saboo is celebrating sixty years of sterling service in Rotary, and his message of “Look beyond Yourself” continues to resonate with Rotarians across the world with the theme of “Service above Self.” Besides Functional Literacy, Combating Hunger, Polio Eradication and medical missions across the world, one of the outstanding missions of PRIP Saboo’s leadership has been the flagship programs of Rotary Peace Centers. Read More
South Hall Rotary Establishes a Grant for GED VouchersBy Amanda R Groover on Monday, March 1, 2021
The South Hall Rotary club recently designated $1,000 toward GED Vouchers for Adult Education students in Hall County. The goal of the grant is to help offset the state required cost for the four test needed to obtain the GED. Read More
Happy Birthday to the Rotary Club of HartwellBy Mike Everett on Monday, March 15, 2021
Happy 84th birthday to the Rotary Club of Hartwell. The club was chartered March 19, 1937, and has a long history of serving the community and the world. Especially on their birthday, they are grateful for those Rotarians who have come before them and set such a great example of Service Above Self. They look to the future where opportunities to serve others are endless.