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Hearing & Speech Center
In the 1970's the Yakima Rotary Club raised around $85,000 to fund the building of a Hearing and Speech Center in Yakima. It opened in 1971 with 9 children needing deaf education and three employees. That clinic is still serving the hearing impaired community and with on average 16,500 patient visits per year, 3,000 patients and 24 employees, it is one of the largest and most used such facilities on the West Coast.
What happens when Rotarians work Together!
Recently DG Darrell circulated a story that was published by the London (Ontario) Free Press. This is a success story about a school built in Afghanistan through a CRCID (Candian Rotary Collaboration for International Development) project, and it is a great example of the power of collaboration. Dr. Stan Fike of the West Kamloops Rotary Club is the D5060 board member for this group, and is to be commended for his work. The story is reprinted here at: Afghanistan School Project
One of the news features we have for you on your District 5060 website is the latest information from Rotary International regarding our drive to eliminate polio in the world. DG Darrell recently received a news release about a further $36 million just committed by Rotary to the fight! For the full story check out the page under the top menu item "Polio" titled: Recent Polio News
District 5060's Newest Interact Club!
DGE Bruce Falkins & SD23 Superintendant Hugh Gloster joined many other Rotarians and Board of Education representatives for the installation of a brand new interact club for Rutland Senior Secondary School in Kelowna on 25 February 2014. There are 15 charter members, all of whom have already been active in the community to get the club going... selling poppies, laying a wreath at the cenotaph, or helping with the Salvation Army Kettle campaign. Sponsor clubs are the Rotary Club of Kelowna Morningside and the Rotary Club of Kelowna Ogopogo. Congratulations, and welcome to the wonderful world of Rotary!
Shelterbox in the Philippines
DG Darrell recently received an e-mail from Emily Sperling, President of Shelterbox USA. The note was congratulating all of you for your participation in the major assistance program launched by ShelterBox following the typhoon in the Philippines. Here is what she said:
Dear District Governor Blue:
It has been my observation that when Rotarians are presented with an opportunity to help, whether that be to assist locally or internationally, they really step up to the challenge. Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in November, was one such opportunity for Rotarians to serve those in need – and what a difference Rotarians are making. Efforts ranging from matching challenges to passing the hat at meetings or holding charity auctions, many districts, clubs and Rotarians have been raising funds to assist families made homeless by the tragedy.
In the months since, we have assisted more than 4,800 families in the Philippines - Families like Hazel’s. During the typhoon Hazel gave birth to baby Yole. With her home destroyed and no safe place for her newborn baby, Hazel soon after received and moved into a ShelterBox tent. With the help of Rotary, the tent we provided is more than just a temporary shelter. To Hazel and her family, it’s Yole’s first home.
Our efforts are only possible through the generosity of our donors. I want to take this opportunity to thank you and your district for their efforts to help those impacted by this disaster. Our goal is to assist a further 3,000 families in the Philippines over the coming weeks. Photos from the deployment can be viewed here: ShelterBox Photos
Many Rotarians are also supporting our efforts to assist families affected by the unrest in Syria. Since 2011, violence and conflict have defined life within Syria and bordering countries. More than four million people are displaced inside Syria. According to the UN, two million Syrians have fled their homes, streaming into northern Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. ShelterBox has responded to alleviate the suffering in each country and has provided assistance to 4,500 families to date.
Natural disasters and conflicts continue. So long as there is need, ShelterBox and Rotarians will be there to help. On behalf of all of the families which have received ShelterBox aid because of your district’s efforts, thank you!