WEEK 17 - BEGINNING OCTOBER 24, 2016
WORLD POLIO DAY
October 24th is the Fourth Annual World Polio Day. There are many ways to be involved, here are a few:
- Advocate – Tell others about Rotary’s efforts and invite them to watch the global live stream event scheduled for October 24 at 5 PM EDT live from the CDC in Atlanta.
- Organize – A local event or public image campaign that tells the story of the End Polio Now campaign. There are great resources at www.endpolio.org
- Contribute – District Governor Marshall, PDG Percy and a team from District 6970 are headed to Tucson, AZ to participate in the 104-mile Ride To End Polio on November 19. Support their campaign by going to http://bit.ly/Zone34AllStars
DISTRICT GOVERNOR NOMINATIONS
This is the final call to submit a nomination for our 2019-2020 District Governor. Nomination forms must be sent to our District's Nominating Committee Chair PDG Bill Griffin by 5 pm Tuesday November 1, 2016. For instructions and more information on submitting nominations for District Governor, click here.
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE INTERVIEWS
RYE District 6970 has been approved to use the St. Johns River State College Criminal Justice Building in St. Augustine to conduct the Final District Interviews for 2017-18 outbound students on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2016.
A link to sign up online for interviews will be made available soon. Remember, you can receive a check mark on your Rotary All Star scorecard for volunteering for the interviews!
Only 226 days until the All Star Conference in Atlanta!
Service Above Self,
District Governor 2016-2017
Rotary Hands Aid St. Augustine Hurricane Relief Effort
Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, Alumni and even former RYLA students stepped in and offered help in a huge post-Hurricane Matthew relief effort. The hard work didn't end there. More assistance followed for many days afterwards especially in the St. Augustine area as residents and businesses attempted to return to some semblance of a normal life.
Past RYLA participant Paloma Avila pictured above right helping a St. Augustine homeowner. Afterwards she posted on Facebook: "I had an amazing day filled with service. It was great to dust off my RYLA shirt and help those who were affected my hurricane Matthew. "
The Rotary Club of West Jacksonville donated $33,000 to the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast in support of its drowning prevention effort by providing free swim lessons to more than 250 local students. As a leader in water safety and swim instruction, the Y’s Safety Around Water curriculum is designed to teach children how to reach the water’s surface if submerged, safely reach the edge of a pool, exit any body of water and respond to unexpected water situations.
With initial funding of $25,000 from the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville and an $8,000 grant from Rotary International, this donation will bring water safety education to eligible students at Holy Rosary Catholic School, St. Pius Catholic School, Pickett Elementary School and Reynolds Lane Elementary School. All swim lessons will take place at the new Winston Family YMCA, which features a 25-meter lap pool with six lanes and a warmer pool for lessons with younger children.