8 April 2013 — Rotary Day at The White House 2013

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Our Club has relinquished the word “provisional” and is now an official, fully-recognized Rotary Club.  The Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley happens also to be the 100th E-Club (or eClub, as often known around the Rotary World) recognized by Rotary International.

More about that soon.  It won’t surprise anyone to know that the “upgrade to first class” changes nothing about us.  I feel strongly that we were already a first-class Rotary Club, a first-class service organization having fun making the world a better place, locally and everywhere.

Exciting times coming up in our Club just in the next few weeks.

April 21, our third “One More Item” Food Drive at Gelson’s Sherman Oaks, where we will ask shoppers to add just one extra item to their carts and drop it off with us on the way out, all for Valley Food Bank.

April 28, our Fourth Sunday meeting in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s in Sherman Oaks, where our special guest speaker will be California State Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra, and we will have the great privilege of inducting a new Rotarian into the family, Natalia Yungerlevi.

May 10, our Club’s Day with the visiting Group Study Exchange team from Japan, including a lunchtime event at the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, where we can introduce our visitors to the vibrant community of their own ethnic descent right here at home; much more planned, including an informal dinner with our friends at Rotary Club of Glendale Moonlight.

May 11, we’ll enjoy a couple of action-packed hours at the US Post Office in Studio City and, for the third year in a row on National Stamp Out Hunger Day.  The Letter Carriers Association (with USPS permission, of course) gathers food donations along the postal routs; we help unload the mail trucks and load the Valley Food Bank truck.

We are aso working on a new E-Club E-wareness campaign about lupus during the month of May; stand by for more information.  This will go with our Bone Marrow Donation E-wareness campaign and others in the works, which much planning to do.

 

THIS WEEK’S PROGRAM

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Twelve Rotarians were honored by The White House as Champions of Change on April 5.  (See our 23 April 2012 Program for last year’s honorees.)

Sometimes the White House is not about politics.  For example, it has been a good couple of weeks for this E-Club’s President and visits to the White House.  On March 26, as is traditional for major sports league champions, the Los Angeles Kings visited.

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(In answer to your question, no, this is not a gratuitous means of getting ice hockey and the Kings mentioned everywhere; there is Rotary content.  Look closely: the fellow on the back row, third from the left, is Anze Kopitar,  Anze was kind enough to provide to our Club the Slovene translations for International Mother Language Day, and his name appears in the booklet we give to the kids–check out last week’s E-Club program if you missed it.  See?  Rotary content.  Getting ice hockey and the Kings mentioned everywhere is a wonderful bonus.)

Back to Rotary at the White House, everything but the shiny silver Cup…not only is it a huge honor for the twelve Rotarians recognized, and an amazing experience for the approximately 150 other Rotarians who attend the day’s activities, but Rotary Day at the White House continues to raise the profile of Rotary Clubs everywhere in the United States as we continue to do what we do to help people here and around the world.

Here is the article on the Rotary website about the day.

Here is page from the White House website with the biographies of the honorees.  Note that President-Elect Sara and President Mel had the privilege of hearing Ann Lee Hussey speak at PETS (Presidents-Elect Training Seminar) a few weeks ago.

Here is a link to blog posts by two of the honorees…here their stories directly…more may be included by the time you see this…one is from Ann Lee.

Enjoy–and, as always, see what ideas you dream up from what we see here.

Congratulations to Rotary’s 2013 White House Champions of Change, and thank you for what you do to raise Rotary’s profile, but more importantly for what you do to  lift up those in need around the world.

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1 response to 8 April 2013 — Rotary Day at The White House 2013

  1. Pretty good segue, Mel, from Rotary at the White House to the Los Angeles Kings. And you got the Kings pictue in too!

    All kidding aside, the summary on the Rotary website of the activities of the honored Rotarians is impressive and showcases the capacity Rotarians have to make a difference in the lives of others. Their accomplishments are a challenge to all of us to find ways to help those less fortunate both here at home and in other countries.

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