We have a lot of Rotary this month; the highlight is World Polio Day on October 24th. Please showcase your events and consider livestreaming the RI video.
We are down to Afghanistan and Pakistan of the countries in the world where the wild polio virus still rears its crippling head. The remoteness and rugged terrain make vaccinations extremely difficult. The good news is that the Taliban are less resistant to the immunization teams entering their territories! There is a slim light at the end of the tunnel! Hurray! But we are not even close to celebrating; the new cases are still multiplying….
Please continue to encourage RYLA applications; the deadline is October 20th.
October is Economic and Community Development Month. We associate this month with micro loans and helping struggling economies by promoting their goods and crafts or helping to plant cash crops in order to stimulate economic growth. But in our own communities, we can also shop local and support the traditional “Mom and Pop” businesses. These small businesses are the backbone of every economy, large or small; they are also the ones that give back to the community in terms of grants and sponsorships (Little League, school sports teams, feeding the hungry, health and fitness programs). Let’s be proactive and be part of the economic solution: support our neighborhood businesses!
October is also Vocational Service Month. Highlight member vocations as their careers align with the Rotary ideals. As one of the Objects of Rotary, what we do in our vocations impacts others. We hold ethics and integrity in high esteem as part of the 4-Way Test: Are we FAIR TO ALL CONCERNED in all that we do? Do we treat all of our customers/clients equally? Are our services the best we can deliver? Invite members to share how Rotary affects our business relations. Showcase our DOGOODERY!
Note: Please register for RLI on DACdb. It will be October 19th at Keiser University in Port St. Lucie. Parts 1,2 and 3 and the Graduate Course Foundation are being offered. Enhance your Rotary experience by learning about our great organization.
Donna Gaiser, District Governor