FOSTERING YOUTH LEADERSHIP & SERVICE GRANTS
The Fostering Youth Leadership & Service Fund, at the Rotary District Foundation, has begun offering Matching Grant funding to support Youth Leadership and Service projects. Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2015. They will be reviewed by the RD6360 Grants Committee and awarded at the RD6360 December Board Meeting and announced by January 1, 2016. A Final Report is due 30 days after completion of the project. The RD6360F encourages projects supported by a FYL&S Grant to support Youth activities which encourage youth to go/do different places and things. The application form can be accessed by clicking here.
OCTOBER DISTRICT NEWSLETTER
The October District Newsletter is here. It is informative, interesting, fun and colorful. Click here for the newsletter.
BENTON HARBOR SUNRISE
Traditions have formed in the Benton Harbor Sunrise Club and this year was no different, except that participation was greater. Between the Great Pumpkin Race, the Great Bed Race and the Pumpkin Run, Rotarians of the Benton Harbor Sunrise club gave it their all in putting these events together. Read even more!
DISTRICT 6360 YOUTH EXCHANGE STUDENTS VISIT CHICAGO!
The eleven youth exchange students from Australia, Belgium, Brazil (2), Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico and Russia had a picnic in Saint Joseph at Silver Beach on Lake Michigan Friday night, September 11, 2015 before separating into two groups: the boys went to the home of Dick Sammis for the night, and the girls went to the home of Debra Trapikas.
Early the next morning all the kids and six chaperones (Janet Burns, Sally Ernst, Ingrid Nova, Dick Sammis, Debra and Bruno Trapikas) had a bountiful breakfast and headed to Michigan City where they boarded the South Shore train to Chicago where they were anxious for a day of sailing with other District students from Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. Read More and See Pictures
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by the wild poliovirus. This is the longest the country has ever gone without a case of polio, and it’s a critical step on the path toward a polio-free Africa. It was only a decade ago that polio struck 12,631 people in Africa in one year —three-quarters of all cases in the world. August 11 will mark an even greater milestone: one year since the last case of polio in Africa. For Africa to be certified polio-free by the World Health Organization, it must go two more years without a case of polio. To do this, all children in Nigeria must continue to receive the polio vaccine, including those in hard-to-reach and underserved areas. Read More
ROTARY STUDENT PROGRAM CREATING
Beyond the giant footprint created with Biosand Water Filters by Rotary visionaries, Charles Jespersen, the late Dick Laney and PDG Terry Allen, Rotary District 6360 is once again on the global map with the Rotary Student Program, a student mentoring initiative that is growing in popularity.
Piloted in 2007 by the Rotary Club of St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, the Rotary Student Program was developed with three simple goals; 1) Provide a viable community service, 2) Spread awareness of Rotary and 3) Grow membership. According to Program Founder and District 6360 Mentoring Chair, Jackie Huie, “By leveraging the 1.2M member business network of Rotary, we knew we could grow as an organization and through the process, increase our ability to do good in the world.” According to Rotary District 6360 2015-2016 District Governor, Rick Briscoe, “There are few projects I have seen that have the sustainability and potential of this program. When every club in our District adopts it, we will undoubtedly break membership records internationally.” Read more…
CHILDREN’S SAFE WATER PROJECT UPDATE
by PDG Terry Allen
After a full ten years as a District-wide International Project, the “Water Boys” of the District believe that all of the Rotarians who have provided such amazing support deserve a report on both the accomplishments and the future of this Project.
You, the Rotarians of southwestern and south central Michigan, are very deserving of congratulations for what you have done to improve the lives of many people in the Dominican Republic whom you may never meet. The Project, which began with an idea brought back from a meeting in Lansing in 2003, was really only intended to be a simple international project of three Clubs in the southwestern most corner of the District. After about 18 months of success, then-District Governors Gayland Tennis (04-05) and Gil O’Rourke (05-06) requested that the team open participation in the Project to other Clubs in the District. This was primarily to allow smaller Clubs the opportunity to participate in an international project.. Read more …