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Saturday, December 07 2013

Thanksgiving: Helping Serve 50 Families


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This year Rotary Club of Port Richey again teamed with King of Kings Lutheran Church's food pantry to donate food to families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. With a specific shopping list, Rotarians donated food and also money for 20lb turkeys so that each family received foodstuffs to make a Thanksgiving meal. Over 50 families were served, which amounted to over 175 people. Thanks to King of Kings volunteers who put together and supplied the dinner boxes.  



 
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Sunday, November 17 2013

Friday's Program: Carl Treleaven presents Polio Plus

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It was an honor to have Past District Governor and Arch Klumph Society member Carl Treleaven round out our Foundation Month programs. Newly back from a humanitarian mission just this week, Carl took time to talk to the club about the history of the Rotary Foundation's efforts to eradicate polio across the world. As we struggle with the news of the new outbreak in Syria and resulting spread of the disease into neighboring countries, Carl did a great job of outlining how far the fight has come and the continued planning and determination and optimism by Rotary to completely eradicate this disease worldwide in the next 5 years.


In addition this week, Mike Mira came to lunch to collect the $1000 donation from our club to the Shelterbox organization. Shelterbox has mobilized to respond to those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines, which has been called one the strongest recorded storms in history. With over 12,000 people killed and 1.8M displaced, the box donated by our club and those of our District will be sent to this area. Mike shared that over $17,000 in boxes have been donated by our District since the storm. Thanks to our club members and all Rotarians who have donated to this worthy cause!

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Friday, November 08 2013

Today's Program: PDG Paul Slosberg, Foundation History

Thanks to Paul for coming out to talk to our club about the history of the Foundation and detail about what the Foundation accomplishes in the world, from ambassadorial scholarships to exchange of members to striving to eradicate polio to dedication to peace and conflict resolution. It was a great conversation, given by someone who holds many of the prestigious awards in the district, including District Rotarian of the Year as well as the Meritorious Service Award.


Paul also inducted our own Assistant Governor (Area 7) Perry Bean into the Paul Harris Society, for his generous ongoing pledge to the Foundation. Congratulations Perry!

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Saturday, November 02 2013

Friday's Program: Rotary Foundation, Debbie Scott

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Thanks to Debbie Scott, our District Chair in charge of Annual Giving, for coming out to our meeting yesterday to talk about the importance of the Rotary Foundation and what annual giving does for our global organization. For every donation to the Rotary Foundation, half funds Rotary's works around the world (such as Polio Plus) and the other half comes back to our District in the form of local and global grant programs available to every club--for our own club, two of our own scholarships awarded last July and partial funding for our upcoming Angelus project are supported by these grants.


Debbie also outlined a current points matching program that allows $334 donated to the Foundation to triple into $1000 that will earn any member of our club a Paul Harris Fellow. This special points matching program is sponsored by the District and our own Wayne Berryhill, District Foundation Chair and Paul Harris Society member.


In addition, Debbie inducted our very own Gil McWilliams into the Paul Harris Society, for his generosity in pledging to support the Foundation every year.


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Wednesday, October 30 2013

Our Club Supports Pure Water for the World: Honduras


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3 Members of our club and a Trinity club member, as well an Interact student from Gulf High School joined Rotarians from Cocoa Beach and upstate New York to install water filtration, hygiene and sanitation systems in homes and schools in the Trojes area of Honduras. Also on the team were a NASA engineer, a retired airline pilot, and the two youngest team members in the program's history.

This trip had a family twist with Gil McWilliams and his wife, Trinty Rotarian Julie McWilliams, both returning team members from last year's October project, bringing along their daughter. Perry and Tekoa Bean likewise brought along son Sam as well as their 18-year old daughter and Gulf High School Interact member, Leigh.

The project, organized and run by Pure Water for the World, includes installation of residential water filtration systems in homes, construction of latrines and hand-wash stations for schools, education on hygiene, and dispensing of de-worming medications. Our club members participated in all of these activities.

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The organization employs full-time personnel in Honduras and Haiti to oversee these projects, evaluate results, and maintain the sustainability of the program through periodic monitoring and continued training. Find out more about Pure Water for the World by contacting Barry Poppel at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by visiting their website at http://purewaterfortheworld.org/ .

 
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Wednesday, October 02 2013

Last Friday's Program: RAP Session

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Thanks to My (L), Ciara, Michelle, and Joe (not pictured) for taking time to have lunch with us and talk about Technology: Pros and Cons. It was a pretty spirited discussion by the students and club members about some of the dangerous activities on social media, especially cyberbullying and cybercrime, as well as some of the most positive aspects of technology, especially Skype/Facetime, medical advances, and the proliferation of information. We really did not have time enough to cover the entire subject! It was a great conversation, and we look forward to seeing the students again at our Bowling social coming in October!


 
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Wednesday, October 02 2013

Program: One Blood

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We had a terrific speaker on Friday, Sept 20th at our Rotary meeting - Dan the Blood Man!!  You might have missed some great information about the needed blood supply in our area. Each blood donation is divided into red cells, plasma, and platelets. When you give, you also get a short health screening that includes blood pressure and cholesterol.

It was great entertainment by “Dan the Blood Man” as he did his rap song!!

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Wonderful information and fun at the same time!!  Get more information at www.oneblood.org if you want to give the gift of life to your family and friends.






 
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