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Club 11 Service Project
KIDS AGAINST HUNGER
Club 11 members turned out in force to for the club’s Rotary International Project for the 2015/2016 Rotary year. Our goal was to package 10,000 meals for distribution by World Ministries to impoverished countries with mal-nourished and hungry children.
We worked with World Ministries who provided the food ingredients- rice, soy, vitamins, minerals and dehydrated vegetables- as well as plastic bags, boxes, weight scales and bag sealers. Club 11 provided the facilities and the people power to convert the bulk ingredients into bags with each bag providing a nourishing meal when mixed with water. Then the bags were packed in boxes and loaded onto a trailer ready for shipping to the needed destinations.
The beautiful MAC Art Lounge was turned into a production facility with four assembly lines of 8 – 10 Rotarians adding rice, soy, vitamins and minerals, and dehydrated vegetables to fill plastic bags that are then weighed, sealed and packed into boxes. Meanwhile other Rotarians set up boxes, stacked boxes and moved loaded boxes to the trailer. All of this work and lunch was accomplished in two hours.
We packaged 10,000 meals at a cost of 28 cents per meal. The funds were budgeted as part of our Rotary Internal Committee budget which was funded by the Charitable Giving/Welfare fund.
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Group Study Exchange with New Zealand, April—May, 2015
Don’t miss these exciting opportunities for your club:
Propose a member to be the Outbound Team Leader: The team leader must be a Rotarian who has the endorsement of his/her club, and he/she must be able to be the sole leader of the team for the four-week exchange period. S/he must be available for pre-departure planning, including orientation and preparation of the team presentation, as well as for presentations to D6060 clubs following the Exchange.
Sponsor an Outbound Team Member: Team members must be non-Rotarians, age 25-40, residents of District 6060, employed in their field for at least 2 years, and demonstrate exemplary professional conduct. A sponsoring club covers $400 of the team member’s pre-trip expenses.
Host the inbound GSE team from New Zealand: Host clubs will be responsible for lodging, transportation, food, vocational study experiences and entertainment for the team while they are in your area. Team members will stay in Rotarians’ homes for 3-4 nights at a time.
Facts about our 2014-15 Group Study Exchange:
Vocational Area of Focus: All team members will have a vocational focus and professional experience related to providing services for refugees and immigrants in Missouri. GSE is a four-week, all-expense-paid, personal and professional development opportunity to learn how your profession related to serving refugees and immigrants is conducted in New Zealand.
Unique to this year’s GSE experience is the specific vocational theme. Team members on the inbound team will be engaged in vocations directly or indirectly involved in providing services to immigrants and refugees in District 9920. As you prepare to host the inbound team, you’ll need to look for a vocational study experience in your community that is related to immigration and refugees services.
Applications and more information about GSE can be found on the District website at www.rotary6060.org/view/37. Team leader applications are due by September 30; team member applications are due by October 15. The 6060 GSE team will visit New Zealand’s North Island April 10 – May 6 where the cosmopolitan cities of Auckland and Wellington are complemented by sandy beaches, rugged coastlines, volcanoes, and thermal springs.
For more information or if your club is interested in hosting the Inbound Team for several days between April 22 – May 20, 2015, contact Dr. Sue Cobb, GSE Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 636-284-4686 (c), or 636-447-8446 (h).
I have also attached this information in a fact sheet that you can print out for your next meeting.
Yours in Rotary Peace,
Kate Schwadron, DRFC
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