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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ithaca Sunrise!

Ithaca Sunrise

2017-2018 RI Theme

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
IthacaSunriseRotary@gmail.com
Royal Court Restaurant
529 South Meadow Street
Ithaca, NY  14850
United States
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According to Mark Little, founder of the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery, the Rotary Foundation has just approved a global grant for the biggest anti-trafficking project to date.  Two District 5180 Rotarians from California masterminded the project.  They partnered with districts in the Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and Argentina.  The project addressed the need for education both for those who were most vulnerable and also for the general community population. 

 

The grant will consist of a sex trafficking education program rolled out to selected teachers, administrators and students in 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades within their district as well as a 30 month human trafficking public awareness campaign aimed to make their communities aware of these atrocities. 

 

Raising awareness of the existence and extent of human trafficking and slavery is the raison d’etre of the California project.  As Matt Friedman (CEO of the Mekong Club and author of his book “Where Are You?”) states,  “ If we don’t know about a problem, we can’t care about it.  If we don’t care about it, we will never act!  If we don’t act, it is inevitable that the problem will continue to exist or more likely get worse.  So we need to raise awareness on this issue of modern slavery to increase the number of those people who care …”

 

With the help of The Rotary Foundation, and your contributions, Rotarians - People of Action- have taken on the responsibility of opening the eyes of as many people as possible to the unseen world where millions languish in slavery everywhere because of poverty, corruption and greed.  As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. “ Thank you. 

  • According to Rotary International the African country of Nigeria has only one physician for every 2,500 individuals.   In rural communities people seeking health service have make long, arduous trips to find treatment which results in many not receiving care.  While it would be ideal to get more doctors in remote regions, it would take years.
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  • To solve this problem, Dr. James Gude of Sebastopol, California and Mikel Cook of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise brought technology to bear by using telemedicine.  This is the use of information technology to provide health care from a distance –virtually bringing doctors to patients.  Thanks to a global grant from TRF, a team of health care professionals from Nigeria has been trained in this process.
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  • Telemedicine allows physicians to connect with patients remotely as well as consult with colleagues all over the world.  At its simplest, it consists of a chat via online video, but it can also allow a physician to examine a patient remotely using a robot.
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  • Telemedicine technology and training is used in several hospitals around the world, allowing health care for the underprivileged, for the underserved, in remote areas.  Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you. 
  • In September, Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, the strongest storm to make landfall on the island in 85 years.  More than three months later, people are still struggling to recover.  The immediate response from Rotarians in District 7000 was quick and precise.  Several clubs around the island began to provide humanitarian aid to those affected.  The help included non-perishable food, water, hygiene kits, water filters, solar lights and power generators. 
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  • Now local Rotarians are focusing on recovery and reconstruction.  Plans are underway to work with pumping systems for renewable energy projects in communities without potable water, the installation of water filtration systems, and the rollout of community economic development projects for the most affected areas.  Disease prevention efforts in areas affected by the hurricane are also taking place among other initiatives. 
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  • Rotary International has established a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) of the Rotary Foundation to support projects for the recovery of Puerto Rico.  Given the great work that remains ahead, contributions from Rotarians to this fund will be essential to help Puerto Rico get back on their feet.  Visit District 7000 website to learn more.  Your contribution will make a difference in lifting Puerto Rico.  Thank you.
Composed by PDG Lana Rouff

Foundation Minute for Week of April 17
 
The needs and concerns about opiate use weigh heavily on Rotarians throughout District 7170 in Upstate New York.  Last year in response, the District leadership added a discussion session to their district conference agenda so individual Rotarians could articulate their concerns.
 
The discussion revealed significant disparities in general knowledge related to the field of substance abuse and the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services among the communities of the district.  Recognizing the enormous complexity of the heroin/opiate abuse epidemic, session participants concluded the meeting by requesting that a small core committee of district Rotarians and non-Rotarian professionals with a variety of experiences/skills in substance abuse and other relevant areas were charged to design a plan for a global grant to meet the needs identified in District 7170.
Composed by PDG Lana Rouff

The Rotary Foundation’s district and global grants support Rotarian’s efforts to change lives and serve communities within their own neighborhoods and throughout the world.
 
In 2015-16 the Foundation approved 494 district grants, and the program awards totaled $25.5 million. These grants supported smaller scale, short-term projects related to the Foundation’s mission.
 
And during the same year the Foundation approved 1,165 global grants, which totaled $70 million. These grants fund large-scale international activities with sustainable and measurable results that support Rotary’s six areas of focus. Activities include humanitarian projects, scholarships and vocational training teams. 
 
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen. Thank you. 
 
Needed support:  The Rotary Club of Point West Sacramento is seeking funding for a sustainable project in the Sacramento region to combat human trafficking.  Contact bobdeerings5180@gmail.com for more information.
Composed by PDG Lana Rouff
 
Suzette Ramdanie-Linton was almost ready to give up on a clean water project that her Rotary club had initiated in St. James, Jamaica, last year, because the funding simply wasn’t there. 
 
She and fellow members of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay Sunrise in Jamaica did a community assessment in 2015 and found that 11 schools and one children’s home in rural St. James were in desperate need of new bathroom facilities. The club contributed nearly $4,000 to get the project off the ground; unfortunately this was far from enough.   
 
Her district governor then encouraged her to promote the project on Rotary Ideas, a vehicle that showcases potential projects that are in need of support. Two weeks later she received an email from a member of the Rotary Club of Central Cayman Islands who contributed $8,000 towards the $40,000 goal. Their generosity and partnership pushed the project forward, which is now expected to be completed in July. 
 
Composed by Lana Rouff
 
Every day Rotarians are improving lives in communities around the world through thousands of service projects.  Here are a few:
 
Affordable drinking water in purification stations has been supplied to 8,000 people in North Cambodia by Rotary clubs there.

Rotaract university students mounted a campaign in Zimbabwe for breast cancer awareness.

In Nigeria a Rotary club donated food items, clothes and toiletries to prisoners in Keje Prison to commemorate World Humanitarian Day.

And through a joint partnership with the Rotary Club Osada East and the Hospice of San Jose in the Philippines solar energy was provided for a school for special children.

These projects happen thanks to your donations to the Rotary Foundation.  Thank you.      

Projects found through Rotary Showcase

From the March 2016 issue of The Rotarian

I believe I am safe in assuming that most of you are not regular readers of the Journal of Leadership Studies. Nor that you had the pleasure of perusing the article in that magazine’s Winter 2014 issue titled “Followership in Leadership Studies: A Case of Leader-Follower Trade Approach.” To save you the trouble, let me summarize the argument put forward by the author, Petros G. Malakyan:

While an abundance of research is devoted to leaders – an entire literature, in fact –almost nothing is written about followers.

The reason for this is not particularly elusive. From presidents to mob bosses, from generals to drug lords, we love narratives that center on figures who hold, or aspire to hold, absolute power.
 


Illustration by Bjorn Rune Lie

RI President-elect John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”
 
A contemporary way to get involved in Rotary
 
Ithaca, New York – Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club is introducing the Rotary Navigator Membership. This is a contemporary way to participate in one of the world’s most recognizable service organizations, Rotary International. This newest form of membership is open to prospective members who live or work in Ithaca and the surrounding areas. Members work together volunteering their time and skills to give back to their local community and the world at large.
The Rotary Foundation exists to help Rotarians “repair” the world when things go wrong … and since things go wrong a lot, we’re very busy! If we’re going to repair the world we’ll need some tools and a toolbox.
Ithaca Sunrise Rotary was presented with a fun award by District Governor Pat Kriebel at our District 7170 Conference in mid-May 2015: Best Sergeant-at-Arms and Jokes Award. Hahaha!
 
 
We love it!
 
Want to see the presentation?
Bob Nicholas, Amanda York and Christine Haase represented Ithaca Sunrise Rotary on Saturday, 9 May 2015 during our monthly visit to Oak Hill Manor on South Hill in Ithaca. The game Uno still appears to be a favorite among the residents. There were so many interested in joining in that a second deck of cards was located so that more could play. While Bob and Amanda played the game with their respective groups, Chris ran around to help some of the players with their cards and to take a couple photos--have you seen the bird cage out in the main hall? Click here to hear them sing!
 
   

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow.
The only way that we can grow is if we change.
The only way that we can change is if we learn.
The only way we can learn is if we are exposed.
And the only way that we can become exposed
is if we throw ourselves out into the open.
Do it.
Throw yourself.”

- C. JoyBell C.

Once each month or so the Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club distributes gently used magazines to the waiting rooms of the local hospital, and once every few months we go to Convenient Care.

Club members, friends, relatives, fellow workers, neighbors, etc. donate their magazines to our Club at the Royal Court. Frank Smith is the leader of the Magazine Gang. He gathers them up every week, and then when he determines that we have enough, he picks a date that we will meet at the hospital.

Frank will announce the date at our meetings and also sends out an email for everyone to join if they can.


ROTARY DISTRICT 7170

JUNE 28 - JULY 3, 2015

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people.  It emphasizes leadership, citizenship and personal growth for the exceptional young men and women who are selected to participate.

RYLA is one of the best and most effective programs run by Rotary clubs around the world. The first RYLA session was held in 1959 in Queensland, Australia. Planned around Queensland's centennial, it proved to be a extraordinarily successful event. Annual sessions took place in following years. And then the good news spread throughout the worldwide Rotary Community. 

RYLA came to District 7170 in the early 1980s, and a week-long conference was held at Golden Valley Sports Camp in Sidney, NY in the early years. Now it’s based on the SUNY Oneonta campus in Oneonta, New York.  This coming summer's program will be District 7170's 33rd annual event.

 
 
Speakers
Nicole Eversley Bradwell
Jan 25, 2018
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Bob Nicholas
    January 6
  • Steven J. (Steve) Croyle
    January 21
Join Date:
  • Mary Lou Kinsman
    January 8, 2015
    3 years
  • Patricia (Pat) Longaker
    January 13, 2011
    7 years
  • Francis (Barney) Schug
    January 15, 2015
    3 years
  • Susan Riley
    January 28, 2016
    2 years