May 10, 2004
Our next meeting on May 11h will be Membership Day and the Final Day for our very successful Paul Harris Campaign. You can read more about Membership Day in the latest Bulletin on our website at www.nyrotary.org/bulletin2004/bulletin_05-11-2004.pdf (click on the link).
This weekís Reporter of
the Week is written by Dentist and
Last week, I published a debate message from Past District Governor Glen Nygren about District Policy regarding fundraising. After Glenís message, I received the following debate message from Rotary Club of New York President Greg Lynch:
I refer to your capsulization of two views within our District 7230 regarding both giving and District support of projects. This is an important matter for the District leaders, for Rotary Clubs and for all 1800 Rotarians in our District. Giving is always a challenge and there are many good causes. I was interested in the words of PDG Glenn Nygren. Glen is a wise and seasoned Rotarian from whom I have often sought advice. On this occasion, I was not clear on the connection between the thoughts he shared in the NEWSLETTER and the underlying viewpoints, as presented.
May I also share a few thoughts:
1) The goal of $100 per Rotarian has been established by RI President Elect Glen as part of the broader theme of Rotary's 100th Anniversary. It is a universal goal for Rotary members in the 31,000 + Rotary Clubs worldwide. In some areas $100 may be serious money. In our District, we might hope for substantially greater contributions.
2) Granted, if every Rotary member in District 7230 gave $100 we could count on $180,000. That would be a good beginning, but would it suffice for the needs and services we Rotarians currently provide? Would it be enough for the needs and services we dream of fulfilling?
3) I have just come back from the District 7230 Conference. It is clear to me that there are many projects the District seeks to support: youth exchange, international scholarships, the new peace scholars, group study exchange, rotary youth leadership, Rotaract, Interact, Gift of Life, the New Neo-Natal Tetanus project. The list goes on and on. I am sure I have forgotten to list favorite projects of one or another Club within the District. Yes, some would like to focus on a limited number of projects (just one project seems inconsistent with the above list). Others like the idea of options. Many Rotarians believe in unrestricted giving - support without strings - so that Rotary International with its Districts can continue a remarkable history of service and support; and
4) It would be great to hear from Governor Sully and Governor Elect Don, as well as from other Rotarians from District 7230, on this important topic.
Matts, Thanks for opening what could be an interesting dialogue.
The Rotary Club of
Thank you Greg, for your message. I look forward to messages from other Rotarians in our Rotary District. Everybody has the right to express their points of view. It is good to have an open debate about issues that Rotarians feel strongly about. Thatís the good old American way.
If you reserve space on the
Presidentís Dinner Cruise on Wednesday, May 12 at 6 PM, you will also have an
opportunity to continue the discussion about fundraising issues with President
Greg. The departure is from the
The Rotary Club of
Larry Parks has sent me a new list of upcoming speakers and events. You can see it on our website at www.nyrotary.org/Events/events.html. Larry is the Executive Director of FAME, which stands for Foundation for the Advancement of Monetary Education at Box 625, FDR Station, New York, NY 10150-0625. You can also reach Larry by e-mail at Lparks@FAME.org or his website at www.FAME.org.
South African General
Counsel Ivan Vosloo is a member of our Rotary Club while he is stationed here
From: Josh Ramsey
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2004 8:05 PM
Subject: home again!!
Hello there massive amounts of eager people waiting with baited breath to receive an email from me, your correspondent over the ocean!!
I know most of you are
thinking, "hey, its been a heck of a long time since I got an email from
that great kid who is living in
I guess one could compare the tour to a cooking recipe, and if one did, they might end up with a recipe similar to this:
So thatís how it happened, before the tour started, I knew two people, two fellow south Africans, and by the time the tour had ended (amongst many buckets of tears) I had made a bunch of friends I now dearly miss, and will now spend a portion of my life traveling to, all over the world. I guess that is what happens when you spend 24 hours at a time traveling on a bus, (and if you know me, i DONT sleep) so i had a LOT of time to talk to all my new found friends!
Okay thatís what we
did in between the amazing stops. Now let me paint you a picture, in your minds
We traveled the
From this point the
tour kind of went into a blur for me, a mixture of stops in great historical
places, and beautiful ruins, as well as the old red mountain where the native
Indians lived, as well as some great hotels set in picturesque settings, and
not to mentions the great "boliches" or clubs!! Very fun, to say the
least. And all the time my friendships within the group grew stronger. But one
thing that jolted me out of my happy-go-lucky cruise mode was the awesome
The IguaÁu falls, are
a massive collection of waterfalls second to none, being a world heritage
sight, i was expecting a lot from them, but nothing could have prepared me for
what i saw when i arrived!! I doubt is many of you have seen photos of these
falls, so by comparison, imagine what the
This tour was definitely a huge eye opener for me, and not only that but i know have contacts in all over the world, so traveling is going to be a compulsory option from not on. The privilege of being able to connect with so many different and unique people from all over the world is not one which i take lightly. I have to ask myself for instance, who has been taught about the middle-east crises, from a boy who lives there, and whose grandfather saw first hand what caused all the problems that they face today, an awesome privilege! I know truly realize the value of Rotary, itís not about where you go, or what you see, but rather who you meet and what you learn. This world is full of different people and different cultures, beliefs, traditions, and now i think that you have only truly "traveled", when you grow your understanding of these differences, because if you have not learnt to understand different people, what have your travels truly taught you? Nothing.
So tour is over, but the friendships i made are definitely not. I will find the people I met and we will have awesome adventures. But for now the biggest obstacle in my life is figuring out how to ask for the remote control, in Spanish, and for this I am very grateful.
Keep safe and God bless you.
Ivan sent me the message
from Josh, because he wanted to show the great benefits of the Rotary Youth
Exchange Program. Thank you Ivan for the message! Also thank you for the great
South African wines that you treated me and Voy Sobon to in your apartment
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