Membership is Growing – Keep the Fire Burning

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WOW!!!  As of the end of October 27 of 37 clubs have inducted new Rotarians bringing our growth to 83 new members since 1 July. For those club yet to induct a new member, you have help that i just a phone call away.  Call me or call PDG Abe Feder – we are ready to help you find new ways to locate and bring new members to your clubs. Press the flesh and burn some shoe leather; you hold the key to new members.  I am hoping we hit 100 new members by the end of December.  Let’s Light Up Rotary in District 5510.

Congratulations to the Sun Lakes, White Mountain and Tempe South Rotary Clubs for leading the way with 7, 6,and 5 new members respectively.  Remember, a net growth of 1 new member is worth 15 points toward your clubs District Achievement Award status.

For club Presidents and Secretaries, it is imperative that you enter new members in the DaCdb profile for your club in a timely and accurate manner.  This will become even more important as 2015 is fast approaching.  Look for more information on this from me real soon.

Polio Update

Polio this week as of 22 October 2014

  • World Polio Week, starting on 23 October, provides an opportunity to recognize the progress made towards the global eradication of polio in 2014. This year is the first year with South East Asia certified as polio-free.
  • The Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was awarded Rotary International’s Polio Eradication Champion Award on 18 October in recognition of his efforts to achieve a polio free world. Canada has been a long standing supporter of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since 1988.
  • Pakistan has reached 210 cases of paralysis caused by wild poliovirus in 2014. This is the highest number of cases on record by October in any year, and accounts for more than 85% of all cases worldwide.


Wild Poliovirus (WPV) cases

Total cases Year-to-date 2014 Year-to-date 2013 Total in 2013
Globally 247 298 416
- in endemic countries 228 103 160
- in non-endemic countries 19 195 256

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Restoring Health & Hope in Rwanda

Kigali Rotary Leaders

Overview Africa Health New Horizons

Mission is:

  1. To assist in the design and the building of healthcare facilities, the provision of medical equipment, medical technology, and training in up-to-date medical skills and knowledge.
  2. To develop and facilitate sustainable training in healthcare professionals in rural areas by collaborating and partnering with both local and international educational institutions and individual healthcare professionals.
  3. To support and facilitate local community’s Global Health initiatives geared to improve their health and wellness as a whole.


Overview Project C.U.R.E.

Mission is to restore health and hope by delivering medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world. Operating on 1.6% administrative overhead, Project C.U.R.E. earned a four-star ranking from Charity Navigator and was ranked in Forbes magazine as one of the 20 most cost-effective non-profits in the United States. Project C.U.R.E. operates 400,000 square feet of warehouse space in 17 U.S. cities in 14 states, receives 26,000 types of donated medical supplies and equipment from 400 hospitals and manufacturers, and annually hosts more than 17,000 volunteers to sort, inspect, inventory, and hand-pack supplies for worldwide delivery. Read more

Rotary Club of Phoenix East Donates to UMOM Homeless Shelter


What does 450 pillows look like????

Thanks to one of the members of The Rotary Club of Phoenix East, we were able to successfully coordinate a donation from a local resort to a great cause: the UMOM New Day Homeless Shelter.  The effective network of Rotary made it possible to bring together donor and beneficiary and the outcome was a well-organized project that resulted in a win-win for everyone involved.


Two very full loads in the box truck: enough to completely fill one side of one of UMOM’s storage sheds from floor to ceiling with the balance going to the warehouse. They also got 5 cases of coffee mugs, 10 boxes of brand new full-size sheets, 2 rolling tubs full of linens, very nice pillow cases for all the pillows and 6 boxes of hotel size shampoo, conditioner and soap.

Greetings from London

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I wouldn’t have believed it before I came, but London is indeed as rainy as reputed. However, the precipitation hasn’t been putting a damper on this first proper week of classes at King’s College London. Swarms of freshmen, called “freshers”, buzz excitedly through King’s intricate maze of corridors. I too am thoroughly enthused to dig into my coursework. This year I will be studying the law of war, the history of war and insurgency in the Middle East, and an interdisciplinary class in int’l relations and int’l law. I definitely have a lot of intensive reading in the area of international law ahead of me so that I can begin to catch up to where some of my peers are (one already is an international lawyer!).  Read more

Interact Club of Pinnacle High wows RC of Scottsdale North

Pinnacle High INteractors

Rotary Club of Scottsdale North has been “wowed” by our Interact Club at Pinnacle High School.  President Karlee has done a tremendous job of getting the word out about Interact and bringing in new members for this school year.  She has also recruited a terrific new Teacher Advisor, Mrs. Ross, who we have made an Honorary Member of our club.

We supplied the Interact Club with tee shirts, decals and pizza for the annual Club Rush which was attended by about 150 interested students.  From that experience about 115 students subscribed to Kaylee’s “Interact Reminders,” and the club now has 78 Members and 5 Board Members.  Karlee has been an amazing advocate for Pinnacle High Interact and is hoping to be a Youth Exchange student next year.

Pinnacle High Interact Club will be doing a wide range of service projects as well as assisting our club in some of our projects.  We are SO proud of this group of young people!