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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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For the 10th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
In the most recent ratings, the Foundation earned the maximum of 100 points for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator notes that "only 1 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Rotary Foundation outperforms other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets The Rotary Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."
The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.
Be proud that you give generously to the Foundation!  And please continue giving. 
According to Bill Gates, “ We are achingly close to getting rid of polio – more than 99% of the way there.  Finishing the job is a big challenge, but it is very doable if we keep up the effort.”  Your generous contribution will enable us to immunize 400 million children against polio every year.  It will improve the ability of surveillance and monitoring systems to diagnose new cases and detect the wild poliovirus.  It will help hire more than 150,000 health workers to go door to door to find every child that needs to be vaccinated and will also be used to track the virus in water,  and sewage and provide National Immunization Day materials. 
 
Polio is Rotary’s #1 priority!  If polio is not eradicated, hundreds of thousands of children could be paralyzed.  Global health costs will rise dramatically, and many children’s quality of life will be drastically diminished.
 
Your donation will save lives and give a child a chance at a prosperous future.  
 
Thank you for your continued support!  We are almost there and once there we shall celebrate! 
ElsaMarie D’Silva of Mumbai began her career as a flight attendant, eventually rising to become vice president of a planning network for one of India’s largest airlines.  Learning about the fatal 2012 gang rape of a young woman in Delhi, an unusually heinous crime that led to public outrage, D’Silva made a dramatic career change.
 
She is now the founder and CEO of the Red Dot Foundation which works with nongovernmental organizations in India, Nepal and Kenya to address street harassment and violence against women.  In addition to community workshops, the foundation empowers women to document catcalling, groping, and other incidents through an online crowd mapping platform called Safecity. 
 
D’Silva was a Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorm University in Bangkok.  There she learned that the work she does is actually peace building.  Through her foundation she is trying to help people understand gender stereotypes that reinforce toxic masculinity on a daily basis.  Safecity gives victims a safe space to discuss this and understand each other’s point of view.  I also helps them navigate these complex issues and become agents of change. 
 
Your contribution to the Rotary Peace Fellows enables this to happen. Thank you.  
Through the efforts and expertise of The Rotary Foundation our clubs and districts have accomplished a great deal around the world.  There is still much to be done and many of our clubs labor with the problem of funding these projects.  Some clubs and districts are able to pay entirely for the project through fundraising events, such as charity dinners, walkathons or online auctions.  These events will not only help you raise money for your project, but also build awareness for Rotary and The Rotary Foundation.  Some other ideas are:  Hold a raffle, Skip a meal at your club meeting and donate the cost; organize a walkathon, bike-a-thon or skate-a-thon.  Honor a special person in your life or your community.
 
And many clubs struggle to find an international partner.  To help TRF has created an International Service Chair.  Zone 28 & 29’s chair is Craig Leiser from District 5960.  Don’t hesitate to contact him at Craig@RotaryCraig5950.com.  He will be happy to help.
 
And don’t forget:  When you focus on making a difference in other people’s lives, your life is the one that improves the most.” (Quote by Roxanne Emmerich).  Thank you.  
In the past few months there have been many disasters that have taken people from their homes, displaced families, ended in death and left individuals with no hope for the future.  As Rotarians we want to help – BUT before you do so – keep this in mind:
 
Do your homework before you give!!  In the wake of repeated national disasters here are tips for giving wisely!
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 Donate money to a charity that you respect, rather than shipping goods that may go to waste!   (Like Rotary)   
 
 Donate to organizations, that are on the scene.  Groups operating in the midst of the disaster can direct money and other aid to the people who need it mostly.  (Think Rotary!
 
Established organizations (Rotary!) are most apt to have staff, experience and infrastructure in affected communities.  Look for national organizations such as Rotary and the Salvation Army, or a local community foundation.  Do your research at charitynavigator.org or guidestar.org before sending your check!
 
Maximize the speed of your gift.  Texting a donation seems fast, but wireless companies tend to wait until you pay your bill before passing that money along.  Online donations with a credit or debit card can be faster.
 
Thank you for caring and for your generosity.                    

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?
 
 
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Michael Mazza, New Roots School
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Tito Villa, Recreation Coordinator Ithaca Youth Bu
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Mar 29, 2018
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