President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
As we go into the final stretch of my term as President, one of the things I'm most proud of us accomplishing together as a Club has been related to our TRF Giving (The Rotary Foundation).
So far, we have inducted three new Paul Harris Fellows (cumulative TRF donations of $1,000), added two new PHF+2 (someone achieving a second PHF, cumulative TRF donations of $2,000), one new White Hat ($5,000 in TRF donations in a single year) , and several Polio Champions (a Hawaii-specific program for TRF donations specifically to PolioPlus, starting at levels of $100). Our Club also received a citation for 100% TRF Participation (with an annual per capita giving of $100) and we received a District 5000 Citation for Highest Per Capita Giving by a Small Club.
Congratulations to all of you and all of us on this achievement. And thank you very much for your generosity to Rotary and the causes we support globally.
If you haven't already donated to TRF and would ike to, you can find more information at https://www.rotary.org/en/donate. In order for our Club to receive credit for your donation, you will first have to set up a Rotary account and login before donating. Donations to any of the TRF funds will count toward Paul Harris Fellow and other TRF recognition awards. I encourage you to donate to any fund that resonates with you, but note that donations to the Annual Fund-SHARE (AF-SHARE) come back to our Club in the form of a District Designated Funds Grant. For that reason, many of us contribute to AF-SHARE to help fund our Club's service projects in future years.
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Speaker: The Benefit of Duel Memberships in Rotaract, Rotary
By Muhammad Talha Mushtaq, a member of the Rotaract Club of Jhang Saddar and the Rotary Club of Jhang Metropolitan
When I joined Interact back in 2009, I had no idea the path it would set me on or that it would change my life forever.
I enjoyed many successful service projects with my fellow members of Interact, as we assisted victims of the great flood of 2010. One-fifth of Pakistan’s total land area and 20 million people were directly affected by floods. We were able to collect a sizable sum of money and donations in kind during three days of scorching July heat. It was then that I understand the meaning of this quote by Oprah Winfrey:
“The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.”
As soon as I turned 18, I joined the Rotaract Club of Jhang Saddar along with some of my friends from Interact, and continued to enjoy service projects that included installing libraries in five different schools, distributing school bags and stationary, helping deliver food rations to the needy, and holding a family festival attended by almost 10,000 people.
When I learned that the Rotary Club of Jhang Metropolitan was conducting a free medical camp for the poor in my hometown of Jhang, I wanted to join that club, too. This is something Rotary now allows, dual membership in Rotary and Rotaract, and I jumped at the opportunity. Rotary clubs provide young leaders like us with expanded opportunities for projects on a much larger scale.
Each week in my Rotary club, I get to listen to informative speakers on a variety of topics, learn what is going on in my community, and carry all that back to my Rotaract club. I can share ideas with them and inspire them to get more involved. Likewise, I have become the face of Rotaract to my Rotary club, sharing with them the issues that our important to my fellow Rotaractors.
Dual membership allows me to be a bridge. There are so many opportunities to welcome present members of Rotaract or program alumni into Rotary. I decided to serve as my club’s membership chair next year because I am convinced there are many who are willing to join Rotary, but just need proper guidance. For example, recently, my Rotary club invited six Rotaractors who had also been in Interact with me to enjoy the benefits of dual membership.
It is a love for humanity and our fellow countrymen that compel us to play our part. Both Rotary and Rotaract give us the platform. I will have the added joy of serving as my district’s Rotaract Representative in 2018-19, the same year that my father, Muhammad Mushtaq, will be serving as the district’s governor.
Rotary and its programs for young leaders have enabled me to develop my personal and professional skills. I find it much easier to meet new people, make friends, and speak in front of groups. I have learned to be more patient and listen before I speak. I have learned the value of helping others and giving. And I have a new outlook on life. My love for this organization knows no limit.
Learn more about Rotary’s programs for young leaders and about club flexibility provisions that allow for dual membership in Rotaract and Rotary.
Unveiling People of Action
By Rotary staff
We are excited to reveal a new public image campaign, People of Action, at this year’s Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. As Rotarians from all over the world came to Atlanta, they are experiencing and learning about this global campaign for the first time at the convention, held at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center, 10-14 June 2017.
Convention attendees are greeted by new People of Action advertisements on billboards at the airport and around the city of Atlanta. At the venue, the ads are prominently displayed in the convention halls—on the windows and banners throughout the conference center.
There’s also a full agenda to help introduce and inform Rotarians about the new campaign. During the plenary session this morning, John Smarge, Chair of the Communications Committee, showed the campaign video and talked about this campaign as an important next step in promoting awareness and understanding of Rotary, as well as the impact Rotarians make around the world.
Whether you are attending this year’s convention or staying home, it’s a good time to start planning for how your club will use the People of Action campaign ad to promote Rotary in your community.
Information on The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.
Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation?
Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world.
How does The Rotary Foundation use donations?
Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.
What impact can one donation have?
It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.
All contributions support our service projects and ability to provide programs. Please consider making a donation today.
Donations large and small are appreciated.
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