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Ithaca Sunrise Rotary
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Ithaca  NY  14851

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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ithaca Sunrise!

Ithaca Sunrise

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We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
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Ithaca, NY  14850
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We need your help!  As part of a grant awarded to our district to address opioid abuse within our communities -  thousands of flyers listing the signs and symptoms of opioid abuse as well as flyers listing the drugs that can become addictive - were printed.  To date over 75,000 flyers have been distributed within our district - BUT we still have more.  You can help with this distribution!   
Last week Robin Alpaugh from Senator Askar's office took 16,000 to be distributed to government agencies - hundreds were given to social services and more to area hospitals!  Can members of your club help - can you ask area schools - banks - universities - medical offices - local papers -  gas stations - supermarkets - if they would distribute the flyers. Go back to places that originally took them and see if they need more.
The flyers can be mailed to you - at no cost to your club.  Please let me know how many you would like and they will be sent immediately. 
Opioid abuse continues to plague our communities - Rotarians such as yourself can help by educating our population on how to address this epidemic.
Thank you for your help.  Lana Rouff & JoAnn Wickman


In today’s world one in four victims of slavery are children, and 10 million children are considered slaves!  300,000 child soldiers are forced to fight wars, 700 million women alive today are married as children, and 17.2 million children are working as domestic workers.  A new partnership with the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery and Freedom United is giving Rotarians a chance to do something to stop it.   Freedom United is a nonprofit organization that has mobilized millions of partners, activists and advocates through online campaigns to convince governments and companies to end slavery. 


Through its website, Rotary clubs of any size can sign up to form “freedom rings,” which raise community awareness of slavery while sharing information with one another through an online platform.  Freedom United helps Rotary clubs plan a two-hour community event by arranging speakers that can include experts, survivors, and representatives of local nonprofits that are already fighting modern slavery.  One of these rings in Chattanooga, Tennessee is planning a gala fundraiser; in Raleigh, NC a walk/run to raise awareness is planned.  And another ring is organizing a “red sand project,” where volunteers sprinkle red sand in the cracks of city streets to represent all the people in the world who are enslaved.  And in Johnson City, New York – purple pinwheels were planted in a major traffic circle.


Support from People in Action to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you.   

Communities around the world are making a difference at home and across the seas.  Right now, they feed the hungry, tutor disadvantaged children, maintain parks and playgrounds and more.  Since the installation of more than 175 solar lights, families living on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, USA can now read, work, and study long after the sun sets.  Rotary helps Tanzanians with albinism find safe futures.  It offers Judo for Brazilian youth as an escape from the slums;  in Canada, Rotary clubs help refugees start new lives and in Australia clubs help end domestic violence.


Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables these projects to happen.  Thank you. 

Last week we talked about various projects that were accomplished through Rotary’s global grants in the USA.  Here are a few more:


1.     Dental Equipment and oral healthcare services were provided by Rotarians to low-income residents in Ventura, Cty, California.

2.    In Pittsburgh, PA and Richmond, California, Rotary provided free longitudinal care for 75 patients at two Rotacare Free medical clinics.

3.    It provided a baseball clinic with a focus on teamwork and anti-bullying among youngsters ages 7-16 in Yonkers, New York.

4.    It developed and implemented a school based dental model within two schools in Cabell County, West Virginia.

5.    And it created a “Kids Club Literary Project” to promote age/grade level reading for children living in Loveland Housing Authority apartments in Loveland, Colorado. 


These projects had a budget of over $30,000 and were initiated by clubs and districts within the United States with financial support from countries outside the US. Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enabled this to happen.  Thank you.  


In 2017, the majority of The Rotary Foundation’s global grants were awarded to clubs and districts outside the United States; however many of our US districts have recognized immediate needs within our own country.  Working within the grant process:


1.     A health service center was created in Salinas, California to assist homeless residents in their community and helped them obtain references to healthcare professionals.

2.    In Greensboro Alabama, Rotary provided financial literacy and small business development trainings for at risk youth.

3.    Rotary provided a social and job skill training program targeting unemployed and underemployed residents of West Coconut Grove, a Bahamian founded community in Miami, Florida.

4.    It equipped a mobile vision unit to serve patients in a region of rural Appalachia.

5.    And in UpState New York, it developed a grant to address the severe epidemic of opioid/heroin abuse.


Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation enabled this to happen!   

Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus in order to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.

We learned about three areas last week and here are the others;

Saving mothers and children: Nearly 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation.  Rotary expands access to quality care, so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger.


Supporting education: More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate.  Rotary’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. And finally


Growing local economies: Rotary carries out service projects that enhance economic and community development and creates opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old.  Rotary also strengthens local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women in impoverished communities.  


Your support of TRF enables this to happen.  Thank you. 




Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus in order to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world. Three of these focus areas are:


1.    Promoting peace: Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures.  We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.


2.    Fighting disease:  We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria.  We improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in developing areas. AND


3.    Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene:  We support local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day.  We don’t just build wells and walk away.  We share our expertise with community leaders and educators to make sure our projects succeed long-term.  


Learn about the other three next week!  Your contribution to the Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you.  

In 2009, Salvador Rico stood in the waters of the Russian River in Northern California with other members of the Rotary Club of South Ukiah.  They were there for a river clean-up, during which they removed toilets, refrigerators, car parts, and garbage.  


After participating in the Russian River cleanup, Rico’s thoughts turned to the Ameca River which flows past his father’s farm in western Mexico.  That was where his oldest sister contracted polio which killed her in the 1960s.  He also thought of another river, the Lerma, which carried trash and toxic waste from Guadalajara.


With the help of Rotary clubs in Mexico and California cleanups were organized and the project eventually expanded to become Cleaning the Rivers of the World which has challenged Rotary clubs across the globe to clean up a river.  The initiative has been adopted by the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group as well as the Environmental Sustainability Action Group that have initiated cleanup projects in Colombia, India, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey and Venezuela, Mexico and in the US.


Your contribution to the Rotary Foundation supports this project and helps sustain a better world. Thank you. 

While many people would like to think that slavery was a tragedy of the past, the truth is that it still exists today, with up to 46 million people enslaved worldwide.  The Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery has a strategy for fighting this horrible problem, working at the local level:


In a village in northeastern India the action group is tackling the problem of debt bondage.  With the help of 13 clubs, a district grant from the Rotary Club of Binghamton, New York, and other sources, the action group provided $36,000 to the Schools4Freedom which works with local partners to battle debt bondage. 


Poverty, illiteracy, innumeracy, and natural disasters that destroy crops or homes can leave villagers vulnerable to debt bondage in rural villages.  When people don’t have enough to eat, or a roof over their head and their family is quite literally alive, they will often turn to whatever means are possible for survival.  Families may seek an arrangement with a business owner who asks them to sign a contract that they can’t read and therefore can’t understand, and they inadvertently trade their freedom for survival. 


Within a three-year period, The School4Freedom establishes a school inside the village that educates those enslaved of their basic rights and often gives them a trade.  It helps bring the once enslaved village to a position of strength resulting in their freedom.


Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you. 

Through academic training, study and practice, The Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts, for peace and conflict prevention and resolution in their communities and around the globe.  Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master’s degree (lasting 2 years) program or a certificate program (lasting 3 months) at one of our partner universities.  Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict and explore innovative solutions that address real-world needs.  

As of 2016-17, there were 1247 Rotary Peace Fellows working around the world.  Peace centers can be found in Bangkok, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tokyo, England, Australia and Sweden.  

Your contribution to TRF enables this to happen.  Thank you.  

We’re so close to eradicating polio.  But to fully eradicate this deplorable disease we still need $1.5 billion to finish the job.  Why?  Even if the last case of polio is identified this year, a huge amount of work will remain to ensure that it stays “GONE”, which means vaccinating children for at least three more years.  To ensure that polio is truly eradicated forever it must be detected.  This requires continuous surveillance that is complicated and costly: first doctors and community health workers must monitor children for acute flaccid paralysis and second is the process that involves local authorities collecting samples from sewage systems or in places that don’t have adequate sanitation facilities, including rivers or bodies of water near a large group of residents. 


In addition, large scale vaccinations are enormous undertakings that require money as well as thousands of volunteers on the ground.  And in places where the vaccination programs have been successful, the challenge is to locate and vaccinate that small percentage of children who have been missed.  The vaccine itself isn’t the biggest expense, it’s the distribution of the vaccine – i.e. transportation and staffing.  A vaccination campaign is almost mind-bogglingly complex.  Rotarians’ contributions pay for planning by technical experts, large-scale communication efforts to make people aware of the benefits of vaccinations and the dates of the campaign, plus support for volunteers to go door-to-door in large cities as well as in remote areas that may not appear on any map. 


Yes, we are 99.9% there.  Now is the hardest part and with your help our goal to eradicate polio will be accomplished and celebrated.  Thank you for your support. 

In Vancouver, British Columbia there exists a Police Tactical Training Center a state-of-the-art facility complete with firing range, simulation rooms, gymnasium, and classrooms. A Rotary Peace Fellow named Bryan Nykon, has put his police experience and his education as a Rotary Peace Fellow to work in this facility.  He trains police members to de-escalate unpredictable situations and to use words in place of force, when possible, to control confrontations.


Bryan’s duties include teaching high-yield, low-risk judo combined with the tactical police judo, focusing on control tactics best suited to street-level policing and self-defense. The approach incorporates empty-handed control and defensive tactics like arm-grabbing or using pressure points.


The highest risk of violence generally occurs during an arrest. Bryan teaches his students that risk can be avoided by something as simple as altering your arm grip. One grip gives the person enough room to swing around with a kick, while another can prevent that from happening. Everyone’s safer when a fight is avoided.

Law enforcement agencies have policies that guide the use of force, describing an escalating series of actions to resolve a situation. Police officers are instructed to respond with a level of force appropriate to the situation. The policies acknowledge that the officer may have to move from one part of the continuum to another in a matter of seconds. This is a key area where Bryan’s training at the Rotary Peace Center influences how he instructs recruits and experienced police officers.

The use of words, or when necessary open hand control, can reduce the need for a baton or Taser-like device, thus avoiding interactions that can intensify into prolonged confrontations with a community lasting weeks.

Byran has learned at the Rotary Peace Center, that critical listening is the most important lesson which he uses now in training police officers. “Police officers need to listen to find out what is happening, how they can help, and who is responsible before applying any kind of force, whenever possible … “You need to really listen to understand what the person is saying. Do they understand what is happening, is there a language barrier, drugs, or a cognitive challenge?”

It is rewarding to see a Rotary Peace Fellow applying their skills, experience, and training to reduce the need for the use of force in the community.  Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you.

The Rotary Foundation has a unique funding cycle that utilizes contributions for programs three years after they are received.  The three-year cycle gives districts time for program planning and participant selections, and allows The Rotary Foundation to invest the contributions.  The earnings from those investments help pay for the Foundation’s administration, program operations and fund development costs. 


At the end of the three year period – say in 2021-22, ½ of district’s contribution made in Rotary year 2018 – 19 is returned to the district for district projects while the other half is placed in the World Fund which is used to match project expenses and support the fight to eradicate polio. 


This approach of using donations wisely has won a four star rating from Charity Navigator for many years. 


Please consider supporting The Rotary Foundation now and get involved in planning future projects.  Thank you. 


About three years ago, on the nightly news in Berlin, Rotarian Pia Skarabis-Querfeld saw refugees arriving in Berlin after fleeing war, persecution, and poverty in their home countries. Wanting to help, she gathered a bag of clothes to donate and headed to a nearby gym filled with refugees.


When she arrived at the gymnasium to drop off her donation, Skarabis-Querfeld found sick children, most of them untreated because hospitals in the area were overrun. Helpers were not allowed to give out pain relievers or even cough syrup due to legal constraints. All they could do was send people to the emergency room if they looked extremely ill.


Seeing this, and knowing about the treacherous journeys the refugees had just made across land and sea, Skarabis-Querfeld, who is a medical doctor and Rotarian, returned that same afternoon with medical supplies and her husband, Uwe Querfeld, who is a professor of pediatrics and also a Rotarian. The couple spent most of that holiday season treating patients in the gymnasium. 


“The suffering of the people, their bitter fate, … wouldn’t let go of me,” says Skarabis-Querfeld.  “You just don’t forget.”


What began as a single act of charity eventually evolved into an all-encompassing volunteer project: Over the next three years, Skarabis-Querfeld would build a nonprofit organization called Medizin Hilft (Medicine Helps) and run a network that, at peak times, would include more than 100 volunteers helping thousands of refugees at community centers, tent camps, and other shelters across the city.  Today, her nonprofit continues to treat patients who have nowhere else to turn.


The Rotary Club of Berlin-Nord was quick to support Skarabis-Querfeld’s nonprofit. National media took notice of her efforts, and other Rotary clubs, including Rotary Club of Berlin-Tiergarten, joined the effort.  A Rotary global grant of $160,000 made it possible for Medizin Hilft to run an clinic as well as information campaigns.


People of Action continue to make a difference in the world and your support of The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you.


Ricardo Roman was shopping with his wife at a department store in Chile in 2012 when a woman in her early 20s approached him.  He didn’t recognize her – for two good reasons – he had last seen her more than a decade earlier and her smile had changed drastically! 


Roman, a member of the Rotary Club of Renaca, Chile, is the national coordinator of a program that has helped thousands of children in Chile with cleft lips, palates, and other birth defects – including this stranger who now wanted to give Roman a hug. 

She told me, “This is my Rotarian smile,” Roman recalls, his voice full of emotion, “It was a very gratifying moment.”


Since 1993 Rotarians in Chile and the United States have teamed up to provide life-altering reconstructive surgeries.  The project was started by California Rotarians and has evolved into a nonprofit organization that has since sent teams to 26 countries. 


This is another example of Rotary’s People of Action and how Rotarian’s ability to give works!  Thank you


A quote:  “What we as Rotarians do is touch other people … open the horizon to them … say “You matter.”  You see, the five men who chose me to become an Ambassador Scholar are gone … but they’re not.  They never will be. Because along the way, I will in my own share with others – and have what those five men and the 60 members of the Marshall (Texas) Rotary and the tens of thousands of other members of Rotary did in 1956 when they said, “Bill Moyers, you can matter.  This quote was said by Bill Moyers, TV journalist and commentator, and former Deputy Director of the Peace Corps.


Although Ambassadorial Scholarships per se are no longer available– Rotary still offers a myriad of scholarships for secondary, undergraduate or graduate study through club, district and global scholarships.


For more information about scholarships - contact your club president or district governor. Your continued financial support enables this to happen.   Thank you.



During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.  With your help, countless lives have been made better in your communities and the world.  The Rotary Foundation impacts communities through its grants program which offers two opportunities for funding:


District Grants fund small, short term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad.  Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants.


And Global Grants that fund large-scale international activities with sustainable and measurable results that support Rotary’s six area of focus.  Activities include humanitarian projects, scholarships and vocational training teams. 


As a Rotarian you are eligible to participate in any one of these programs where it interests you.  Just contact your club and/or District Foundation chair. 


Thank you. 


The Rotary Foundation was founded in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth present, Arch C. Klumph as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.”  It has grown from an initial contribution in 1917 of $26.50 from The Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri to more than $4.4 billion dollars in total contributions. The Rotary Foundation made its first grant of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children in 1930, and to this day, it continues to “do good in the world” in the name of Rotary.Sixty-eight years later, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort.

Over the next year, a short weekly message about The Rotary Foundation, its programs and the need for your support will be shared with you.  To begin – here is a quote from Paulo Costa, Past President of Rotary International in 1990-91.  “Rotary International’s masterpiece is The Rotary Foundation.  It transforms our dreams into splendid realities … it is the most generous expression of Rotarian generosity that not only brings benefits but also brings help and cooperation to solve the problems that affect mankind. The Rotary Foundation achieves the best that mankind can possibly achieve.”


It is an honor to belong to Rotary International and to be part of such an organization that not only makes a difference in the world and our communities, but as People of Action serves above self.  


Thank you. 

What does The Rotary Foundation do with its money?  It spends its charitable contributions on multiple programs – from the eradication of polio, to scholarships, vocational training teams, Rotary Peace Centers, and humanitarian projects.  The funds are used for programs and projects about which Rotarians feel passionate. With a four-star rating by Charity Navigator for ten years in a row and over 1.2 million Rotarians over-seeing the funds at a grassroots level, its funds are in amazing hands doing amazing work in our communities and abroad.  


Your contributions enable this to happen.  Thank you

The Rotary Foundation was founded by Arch Klumph is 1916 and left us with these words: “The Rotary Foundation is not to build monuments of brick and stone.  If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work on brass, time will efface it;  if we rear temples they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds, if we imbue them with the full meaning of the spirit of Rotary … we are engraving on those tablets something that will brighten all eternity.


Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation will make this happen.  Thank you.  


What is a Paul Harris Fellow?  First of all, Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary and in 1957, under the direction of Arch Klumph, President of Rotary in 1916-17, the Paul Harris Fellow was established.  The recognition is given to individuals who contribute financially, or have contributions made in their name, of $1000 to the Annual Fund, Polioplus, or an approved foundation grant.  Recognition consists of a certificate and a pin.


Paul Harris Fellows can also be given on behalf of someone through Foundation Recognition points or through a combination of points and outright donations.  Points are given for every dollar contribution to the Foundation. Since the creation of the Paul Harris Fellow over 1.6 million people have become Paul Harris Fellows.  


Join your fellow Rotarians in financially supporting The Rotary Foundation by becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.  Thank you.


What Is the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund?  It is the primary source of unrestricted support for the programs of The Rotary Foundation.  From digging clean water wells for villages in Africa to teaching basic literacy skills to children in Latin America, during any given moment in a day, thousands of Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise to ensure that all contributions given to the Annual Fund are spent wisely on quality Rotary projects.


In the 2016-17 Rotary year, a record US $140.2million was donated to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund.   Rotarians completed over 30,000 Rotary service projects and dedicated 24.3 million hours to volunteering in the communities that need us most.


The Annual Fund is comprised of donations from Rotarians, friends of Rotary corporations, and workplace giving vehicles.  These donations can be matched by corporate gifts to leverage donations.  There is even an online resource that allows Rotarians to see if their company has a charitable matching program … check it out a


Your generosity has made it possible for Rotarians to stay hard at work Doing Good in the World. You have until June 30 to make your gift for 2017-18.  If you haven’t contributed this year – please do so – and give generously. 


Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio worldwide won Best Nonprofit Act in the Hero Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, an international global citizens’ movement to tackle the world’s most important issues.


The campaign is an initiative of PeacejJam Foundation and is led by 14 Nobel Peace laureates, including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Rigoberta Mencu tum, with the ambitious goal of inspiring a billion acts of peace by 2020.


Each year, the campaign picks two finalists in each of six categories for their work to make a measurable impact in one of the 10 areas considered most important by the Nobel laureates.  Winners are chosen by people from around the world.  


Rotary and Mercy Corps were the two finalists in the Best Nonprofit Act category.  Rotary and the five other winners will be recognized at a ceremony on June in Monaco.  Betty Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for her advocacy for peace in Northern Ireland will present the award.  


We all should be proud to be a Rotarian!  You are People of Action and Make A Difference in the world.  Thank you. 

Fred Bonn - Director of Finger Lakes State Parks
Nov 15, 2018 7:30 AM
State of the Parks
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Nov 29, 2018 7:30 AM
Demystifying Acupuncture
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Rotary honors six who are changing the

Final Exam

After a grueling year of preparation, two Rotarians and a Rotaractor face one last challenge before they can join the elite ShelterBox Response

Rotary Foundation receives Charity Navigator rating for 11th year

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 11th

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Rotary and GPEI have put polio on the brink of global

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