Thursday, January 26, 2012
I haven't really gotten a chance to see much of the country so far. There are three Rotary trips here in Chile. One, which already passed, is to Torres del Paine (Google it... it's BEAUTIFUL), another is to the Atacama desert up north, and another is to Easter Island. I would LOVE to go to Easter Island, but each trip is about $1200, so I don't think I'll be able to go. But hopefully I'll be able to see a little more of Chile when I go with my family.
I'm doing pretty well with the language. Still not fluent, but I can communicate easily and don't have a lot of trouble understanding. Only occasionally do I not understand what people are saying. I practice all the time by watching the Chilean tv shows and news, and am starting to read books in Spanish. Hopefully by the time school starts again I'll be able to do all the class work and make decent grades.
At the International Assembly, the Gates Foundation presented Rotary with an additional $50 million dollar donation for our Polio program. This is not a challenge grant, but a separate contribution. This makes more than $400 million that the Gates have donated to the fight against polio. The Gates continue to tell the world that they support Rotary’s work in this area, because they believe that nobody will make better use of their money.
Also last week India passed the one year mark with no new polio infections. This is a major milestone in their road to complete eradication. We continue to make progress, last year according to reports I have seen there were only about 650 cases of polio reported around the world. This is an amazing improvement over the more than 350,000 cases of Polio reported when we started this journey. We have come so far, but we are not finished with our job. Until we reach the point where there are NO new cases of Polio, every child is at risk. We are now fighting the reinfection of some areas that were Polio free, this was expected, and we are dealing with these outbreaks. But we cannot stop now. We must finish this job or our more than one billion dollar investment will have been in vain.
The Community Service Fund was established to address needs in the local area. They received 17 grant applications and awarded grants to: Community Garden Partnership: “Good Garden Works” ($788), Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters: “Age On! A Series on Growing Older, Better” ($1,000) and Lutheran Social Services at the Thompson Center: Scholarships for MindWorks providing respite for family caregivers ($1,151).
This one-year award covers round-trip transportation, tuition, room, board, and educational supplies up to $25,000. While each applicant can list up to five preferred countries and institutions, the final decision of study location is made by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Preference will be given to applicants whose field of study will address the humanitarian needs of the world community. Rotary District 6220 (see map above) awards one Academic Year Scholarship each year. Each local club can submit one applicant for the District competition.
Applicants must either be a resident of District 6220, or a student at a college or university in the District. Because the southern District boundary in the Appleton area is the Outagamie and Winnebago/Calumet County line, Appleton residents who live in Outagamie County are eligible for this District. Appleton residents who live in Winnebago or Calumet counties would apply through a club in District 6270, such as Neenah, Menasha or Oshkosh (that District operates on a different timeline). Winners must have completed at least two years of university or college study (or must have a secondary school education and have been employed in a recognized vocation for at least two years) when the scholarship year begins. Children or grandchildren of Rotarians are not eligible.
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Sunday, January 22, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Manager of Interaction Center Specialty Team, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Director of External Affairs, AT&T
District Manager, Vector Marketing
Corporate Sales Manager, Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk
Attorney, Sitzmann Law Firm Ltd.
Vice President/Cash Management Relationship Manager, Johnson Bank
Business Development Specialist, Schenck SC
Human Resources Generalist,Bassett Mechanical
Executive Director, Appleton Downtown Inc.
Partner, Grant Thornton LLP
Heather Vander Heyden
Senior Business Development Officer, Fox Communities Credit Union
Senior Employment Specialist, Valley Packaging
Marketing Director/Bus.Developer, Keller, Inc.
Attorney, McCarty Law LLP
Marketing Manager, Time Warner Cable
The Rotary Club of Appleton inducted Megan Klubertanz, Operations Manager at Avenue Jewelers; Rick Schabo, Loan Officer at Associated Bank; and Fritz Wotruba, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones. Also Marta Weldon, Director of Membership Development at the Boys and Girls Club, has been reinstated. Welcome!
Thursday, January 5, 2012
You can also access information on the summer exchange website: http://www.summerexchange.org/
Please note the following deadlines:
Applications in by Feb. 28
Mandatory orientation session in Rhinelander on May 12 (1-4 p.m.)
The new contact for the Summer Program (not listed on the pdf brochure) is:
5967 Hwy K
Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501
Phone: (715) 369-7259
If you have further questions, please find the details on the website, or call Chris Lenard in Rhinelander.