President's Message - Capsun M. Poe, President 2016-2017
Aloha Rotarians and Friends:
Congratulations! At the recently held District Conference on Maui, our Club was recognized for having the highest per capita giving to The Rotary Foundation of all small clubs (<25 members) in our District. This is a great honor and recognizes that our Club is small, but mighty, and also still growing. Many thanks go out to all of our generous members who have donated at least $1 to TRF in the past Rotary Year. I also want to give a special shout-out to Assistant Governor Ray Paler for his leadership as our Foundation Chair for our Club. for leading by example with his own personal giving, and for encouraging all of us to donate to TRF.
Beyond the honors and supporting Rotary projects worldwide, remember that 50% of our donations come back to our Club in 3 years as District Designated Funds (DDF) to use for approved projects. Currently, we use this funding to pay for our Dictionary Project. As our giving increases, so does our DDF coming back to our Club, we can take on additional projects that require funding, so this is very good news indeed.
Speaking of projects, if you've got ideas or requests, remember our Club Vision Session on Saturday, June 3 will help provide direction for our Club in the next year and beyond. Please read on for RSVP information. And finally, we still have room for the Taste of Hawaii event on Kauai on Sunday, June 4. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP as we will be finalizing our travel plans by the end of this week.
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Vision Session - June 2017
Speaker: Why the Good You Do Will Do Good to You
By Nipuna Ambanpola, a member of the Rotaract Club of Armstrong State University and former member of Interact
Courtesy of: blog.rotary.org
Volunteering has been a very satisfying component of my life. When I volunteer, it’s always about contributing my time and skills to enhance the quality of life of others in my community.
I joined the Interact Club of Royal College, the second oldest club and the oldest continuously functioning club in Sri Lanka in 2009. Since then I’ve been involved in Rotary through Interact and Rotaract. I served the Interact Club of Royal College for four years and the last year I was appointed as the president of the club. Then, I went on to accomplish my duties in the Interact District 3220 as the District Interact Secretary for 2013-14.
Studying in the United States
In 2015, I got a scholarship to study in the United States through the Georgia Rotary Student Program, a youth scholarship program established to promote peace and understanding across the globe. Last year, I took the initiative to start a Rotaract club at Armstrong State University, the college I’m currently studying at. Right now I’m working with the Governor of District 6920 to connect Rotaract and Rotary clubs in the district.
Servant leadership has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I live by the quote:
“The good you do to society will do good to you.”
Volunteering has been the vehicle of hope that I’ve used to connect myself to the world. When I volunteer, I meet new people, make new friendships and learn about new cultures.
In 2016, I initiated an international non-profit organization called IVolunteer International. It is a registered non-profit organization in the United States. IVolunteer International strives to elevate the quality of human life across the globe by connecting individuals with volunteer projects around the world. We hope that when we connect volunteers to projects, we not only create an altruistic community but also empower people to be sustainable and grow together.
Being a global citizen
Another thing we do is empower charity organizations in the world who are in need of volunteers. Since 2016, we have connected about 900 volunteers for over 25 projects around the world. We are small but I’m hopeful to build communities united by service.
Rotary has provided me with a global view. When I look at a global issue or when I engage in a conversation, I represent myself as a global citizen without limitation of nationality, religion, economic status or any other category. I have learned to look for the best interests of everyone around the world even if I haven’t ever met them.
Rotary has taught me that no matter where people live or what faith they believe in, we all strives for the same things – happiness and love. It has changed my world view and my perspective of life and has so far been the motivation for my contributions to community, country, and the world.
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