Since they were already in Istanbul …
Members of the Rotary Delegation traveling to Turkey this month had an additional service opportunity that presented itself one evening. The group attended a special performance of the Long Island Youth Orchestra, hosted by the Rotary Club of Istanbul Altunizade, as guests of District 2420 PDG Murat Tpigil.
This was the “kickoff event” for a fundraising effort to construct a new neonatal intensive care unit in a local hospital in Istanbul. The overall goal is 400,000 YTL ($312,800 USD). Seizing the moment, the American Rotarians “passed the hat” amongst themselves and collected 700 YTL.
The gesture was well received, and additional fundraising opportunities and donations may follow!
Today, we rode the ferry across the Sea of Marmara to the vÄ±llage of Ã‡Ä±ftlÄ±kkoy Ä±n Yalova Province, near the epicenter of the 1999 Ä°zmÄ±t Earthquake. In 2005-06, RotaryCSJw was an international co-sponsor of a munÄ±cÄ±pal water supply project to replace the orÄ±gÄ±nal pumpÄ±ng station, which was destroyed Ä±n the earthquake.
The ceremonial rÄ±bbon-cutting for the project Ä±ncluded the provÄ±ncÄ±al governor, Rotary dÄ±gnÄ±taries, and local citizens. A huge number of additional pictures are available through David’s 2007 Turkey Photoset. Check it out to mark their progress!
Sue Klear, David Keller, and Cecelia Babkirk have joined several other District 5170 Rotarians to tour a variety of projects funded by RotaryCSJw and enjoy a visit to Istanbul and western Turkey.
A limited number of pictures are available through David’s 2007 Turkey Photoset. Check it out to mark their progress!
Today was our vÄ±sÄ±t to the playground sÄ±te, buÄ±lt Ä±n a rural town overlookÄ±ng the Sea of Marmara Ä±n Thrace. The play structure Ä±s complete, but work contÄ±nues on landscapÄ±ng, volleyball courts, trees, and a basketball court.
Rotary International 2007-08 President Wilf Wilkinson has announced that District 5170 will be hosting a prestigious “Presidential Membership Conference” August 17-18, 2007:
“Sharing the Magic of Rotary”
Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, California
More information (along with online registration) is available from the Rotary Zones 23-24 website.
Rotarians from California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington will attend this outstanding event with a special emphasis for Rotary Clubs.
This conference will focus on the need for change and practical ways to increase membership, retain existing members, and extend Rotary through new clubs. Keynote speakers will include RI President Wilf Wilkinson, Past RIBI President John Hockin, Past RI Presidentâ€™s Richard King and Cliff Dochterman and many other outstanding speakers with experience in membership development.
Kriss Costa with Santa Clara County Vector Control District spoke on West Nile Virus in this area.
In 2005, West Nile Virus caused 27 deaths in Southern California. Already this year, West Nile Virus (WNV) has been confirmed in Santa Clara County and more reports can be expected. Wherever water can accumulate, mosquitoes will find it to breed. Just a tablespoon of water can produce hundreds of mosquitoes.
WNV has been called the fastest moving (spreading) vector (biting) disease in our history! It affects both humans and birds. If you find a bird that has died recently, particularly a crow, jay, raven, or magpie, call and report this to your Vector Control office. If you have been bitten, your symptoms are like a cold with fever.
The County’s website includes advice on insect repellents and other precautions you can take in and around your home and garden as you venture outdoors this year.
Mark your calendars for an exciting new Rotary Family Picnic! The combined clubs of District 5170’s “Area 8” are joining together to host a fun afternoon for Rotarians and their families:
11:00 am – 4:00 pm (Lunch @ 1:00)
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos
Download the Promotional Brochure!
Continue reading Area 8 Family BBQ
The list has been created and released! There are two ways for members to find out when they are the official “Speaker Finder” …
Download the list in PDF: Speaker Finders
Review our entire Annual Club Calendar, including member birthdays, anniversaries, club events, and speaker finders.
We also have a list of “Speaker Tips” for you to review prior to inviting your speaker.
Save the Date …..Get Ready to buy tickets …. to go yourself or to donate to someone …….
2007 Rotary Family Day with the A‘s
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels
First Pitch: 1:05 pm …. parking gate opens at 10:30 am for tailgate parties.
There will be a tailgate party for District 5170
All Proceeds go to RYLA
I will be asking everyone to buy tickets! Hopefully, we can get a group from our club to go to the game! — Gary Arita
As the Rotary year turns on July 1, we welcome 2007-08 Rotary International President Wilfrid J. Wilkinson:
The RI theme, Rotary Shares, is a reflection of his commitment to share Rotary with others through service and recruiting new members.
Wilkinson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Ontario, Canada, sees the concept of sharing as a motivating force behind Rotary work. â€œIn choosing this theme, I thought about how much of Rotary is about sharing. We share our time, we share our talents, we share our money with others who need our help,â€? he told incoming district governors at the 2007 International Assembly in February.
â€œIn Rotary, sharing doesnâ€™t mean giving away what you have to spare, what you donâ€™t need for yourself,â€? he explained. â€œSharing means giving of yourself, selflessly, for the good of others.â€?
Wilkinson has chosen to continue immediate past president Bill Boydâ€™s emphases of water, health and hunger, literacy, and family of Rotary. â€œThese basic needs have been at the forefront of Rotaryâ€™s efforts for several years now,â€? he says. â€œAnd I hope that they will continue, because with clean water, good health, and the ability to read and write, so many of the people who need help will find the ability to help themselves.â€?
In honor of the new year, we’ve updated the artwork on the RotaryCSJw website, and our new International Rotary Theme will adorn our meetings, encouraging us to Share Rotary!