A Message from DG Els:
One of the honors of being the District Governor is having the ability to support our youngest and future leaders. As we move into September, which is Basic Education and Literacy month, this is a great time to remember that Interact was born right here in our own District 6930 in 1962.
The very first Interact Club was chartered at Melbourne High School and it was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Melbourne. Today, there are approximately 17,000 Interact Clubs around the globe with approximately 400,000 service minded young people involved with Rotary Club and Rotary District activities.
The young people serving in Interact and Rotaract, and the ones becoming the world leaders of tomorrow through experiences like RYLA, are the future Rotarians that will take our legacy to the next level. When we support them, we are empowering the future leaders of the entire Rotary world. Open the door to your club and give these young people the opportunity to experience Rotary alongside you in your projects and in your good deeds.
One of the great educational projects in our district is Josh the Otter which was introduced to Rotary by our own member, Jim Underwood, and has become a major program to protect children from drowning, the biggest cause of death to children under the age of 5 years of age. We have the tools and materials to allow each club to launch this project in their own community.
I know many of our clubs are doing a dictionary projects which is fantastic. Another way to build on this project is to expand within our district the Constitution Project. The purpose of this project is to put a copy of the US constitution in the hands of all 5th graders. For more information about this, contact Joseph Cofield (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the website at http://www.constitutionproject.us. I would love to see the entire district join in as this is a great literacy project as well as a patriotic project.
Keep in mind some important dates in September that go along with our Basic Education and Literacy month include:
Tuesday, September 8, 2020, International Literacy Day, which brings awareness and concern for literacy problems that exist within our own local communities as well as globally. International Literacy Day was founded by proclamation of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, in 1966 “to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights.”
Monday, September 21, 2020, is International Day of Peace. This year’s theme is “Shaping Peace Together.” To celebrate the day, the world is invited to spread compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and stand together with the UN against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred. The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the UN General Assembly to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.