District 7390 News and Events
I write this April’s newsletter in marking the Rotary International monthly theme of Maternal and Child Health. At the risk of being redundant, I would like to repeat some of the fact’s presented by RI President John Germ in the April Rotarian. The fact that in 1960, 182 of every 1,000 children born died before turning five and now it stands at 43. The fact that in 1960 the average life span was 52 years and now it is 71. The fact that thirty years ago, there were 350,000 cases of polio per year and that in 2016 there were only 37 cases recorded. I will defer to your reading the importance of vaccination and immunization to the rest of President John’s article and the fact that April 24-30 is disease Control and Prevention week, this year’s theme “Vaccines Work”.
Please tell this story to your family and friends. That we live in an age of medical science that has not only changed lives but even allowed lives in the first place. It is no wonder that Rotary has chosen two of its six areas of focus as Disease Prevention/Treatment and Maternal and Child Health. Rotarians have worked hard to produce the impressive progress mentioned.
Many in District 7390, have taken part in a National Immunization Day (NID) and traveled to India and Ethiopia to give the polio vaccine. Many clubs have and are presently undertaking global grants to serve these two and the other areas of focus. It is worth pondering how all six areas of focus are inter-related.
I know that as district governor I am in the twilight of the Rotary year which comes to an end in just three months. But as I have traveled to all of our clubs, some more than once, I am grateful to have gained the perspective that so many of our 2300+ Rotarians are participating in a wide range of projects that truly reflect this year’s theme – Rotary Serving Humanity. Thank you for doing your part.
2016-17 District 7390 Governor
The Four-Way Test (of the things we think, say or do):
- Is it TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and , in particular, to encourage and foster:
- First - the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
- Second - High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
- Third - The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his personal, business, and community life;
- Fourth - The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.