4 May 2015 — Hunger, A Broader View


As the end of the 2014-15 Rotary year draws near, so too does the 2015 RI Convention in Sao Paulo, Brasil, serving as a reminder of the international reach of Rotary. I have recently spent a few weeks abroad and have a renewed appreciation for the good works performed by Rotarians in local communities throughout the world.

Rotarians throughout the world serve the international community in so many ways through Rotary International, not the least of which is raising funds for the RI Polio Plus fund, in order to help eradicate Polio. Toward that end, a key International project of the E-Club of the Greater San Fernando Valley is its Dance for the Children for Polio Plus event, which will once again take place at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Sherman Oaks later this year.

Additionally, our dynamic little E-Club continues to serve its local community. At our quarterly One More Item Food Drive this past weekend, on Sunday May 3rd, at Gelson’s Market in Sherman Oaks, we once again collected more than four barrels’ worth of non-perishable food items to benefit those served by the Valley Food Bank.

Serving as a Rotarian with the Rotary E-Club of the Greater San Fernando Valley is an amazing experience. The many opportunities to work with like-minded people to make a difference in the lives of others is quite fulfilling, and though our resources may limit the number of projects we can undertake, I am encouraged by the dedication of the members of our Club, and look forward to many more opportunities for service in the years to come.

As always, more information about our upcoming and completed projects may be found here our Club website, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/rotaryeclubgreatersfv), and on Twitter (@RotaryESFValley).

Linda Catran
President, 2014-2015


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THURSDAY, MAY 7 — Club Fundraiser via McDonald’s in Encino, 15700 Ventura Blvd., at Haskell. No flyer needed; 20% of all sales from 4pm to 6pm will be generously donated to our Rotary Club by this McDonald’s location.

SATURDAY, MAY 9 — 3:00pm to 5:00pm — The next NATIONAL STAMP OUT HUNGER DAY, when we gather at the Studio City Post Office on Laurel Canyon Blvd., just south of Ventura Blvd., and unload the donated foods from the mail trucks onto the Food Bank’s truck. It’s great fun, great exercise, helpful to the Food Bank, and we get to yell “MAIL TRUCK” all afternoon as each one arrives.

SUNDAY, MAY 31 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY — BUT ON THE FIFTH SUNDAY (to avoid Memorial Day weekend) meeting for May! Special Guest Speaker: visiting Rotary Youth Exchange student Joao Victor Gomes Santos. We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, open for now; Pledge, Brenda; Four-Way Test, Natalia; Rotary Minute, Brenda; don’t be surprised if someone else ends up with the Pledge…)





This month’s Rotary E-Club E-wareness campaign presents information about lupus.  Throughout the month our Club will provide resources gathered by our Club Members.  The information will be helpful to you and to the people you care about. Click here to visit the Campaign page.



Here are some photos from our One More Item Food Drive on May 3 at Gelson’s Market in Sherman Oaks, in support of Valley Food Bank and the people they serve.


























As you saw above in the photos, this past Sunday we enjoyed volunteering to gather food donations from the generous shoppers at Gelson’s Market in Sherman Oaks, during our eleventh One More Item Food Drive in support of Valley Food Bank.  We do this quarterly because, even in our somewhat-affluent part of the world, and somewhat-affluent part of the country, there are still far too many who are food-insecure.  The reasons are many, and the solution starts with us.

We have also had a weekly program or two about issues of hunger in America.  But this week we present a global, broad view, from 2011.  The situation hasn’t changed much, and certainly not enough.  In this TED Talk by Josette Sheeran, who at the time of this presentation was the head of the UN’s World Food Program, we learn about the problem around the planet, why it matters to all of us, and why we should take up the challenge to eliminate hunger.

Rotary Clubs are local, but with our network of local Rotary Clubs around the world we often benefit from a global perspective.


If the embedded video does not work, please click here to view it on the TED Talk website.

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