Rotary Club of Abbotsford Sumas

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Abbotsford-Sumas

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Phoenix Lounge
33780 King Road
Abbotsford, BC  V2S 7P2
Canada
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Take courses, find new resources and connect with our online community in the Rotary Learning Center. Get involved: http://bit.ly/RotaryLearning .

Posted by Rotary International on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
 

Speakers

Sep 09, 2015
Business Meeting
Update from the Board
Sep 16, 2015
Wendy McClelland
Social Media Demystified
Sep 23, 2015
Cheryl Unger - Director of Programs
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley
Sep 30, 2015
Vijay Manuel
Character Canada
Oct 07, 2015
Gerri Charles & Committee members
Crystal Gala Foundation
Oct 14, 2015
Business Meeting
Update from the Board
Oct 21, 2015
Ken Herar
Cycling for Diversity/100 Year Journey
Oct 28, 2015
DG Bill Robson
District 5050 official governor visit
Nov 04, 2015
David Truman, Polio Plus Chair, District 5050
Polio Plus and the Rotary Foundation
Nov 18, 2015
No Meeting - Interclub meeting Nov 19
Don Funk Rotarian of the Year
Nov 25, 2015
Business Meeting
Update from the Board
Dec 02, 2015
Abigail Guenette
Rotary Youth Exchange to Japan
 

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By Quentin Wodon Students in Nepal use laptops provided by OLE Nepal. Photo by OLE Nepal

Rotary members come in many different styles. Most have a day job and engage in service work in their free time. Some go a step further: They make service work their day job!

Rabi Karmacharya belongs to the second group. In 2007, he founded Open Learning Exchange (OLE) Nepal. His organization is respected internationally as a pioneer in the integration of technology in the classroom. OLE Nepal has worked with Nepal’s Department of Education to make laptops available in schools. But much more importantly, it has also developed great digital learning materials for students, and trained teachers to use technology and digital libraries to enhance learning.

Measuring results
Providing laptops to schools is relatively easy. Making sure that the laptops and other resources, such as digital libraries, are used to improve classroom instruction and learning is not.

Rabi is up to the challenge. Before launching OLE Nepal, he worked in California as a design engineer and later co-founded one of the first successful software outsourcing companies in Nepal. And, yes, he is an active Rotarian, a member of the Rotary Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town.

Earlier this month, Rabi presented a seminar in Washington, D.C., for staff of the World Bank’s global education practice. On the basis of in-depth program evaluations, he explained how OLE Nepal has refined its programs over time. Examples include increasing support to teachers after an initial, one-week training session in the use of digital resources, and aligning digital educational resources even more closely with the curriculum, to ensure that they’re actually used.

 
 

By Jon Kaufman Rotary members, students, and teachers in front of the water purification system in San Miguel.

From 2 to 8 July, I led my club’s second H2OpenDoors expedition to central Mexico. The three-year-old Rotary project provides SunSpring water purification systems for poor villages and schools and allows the villages to sell the surplus water from the systems.

The project touches on several of Rotary’s areas of focus: providing clean water, building peace (by combating poverty), and educating youth.

We bring along a dozen or so students, as well as a few teachers, so they can see how a simple idea can become a project and benefit thousands of people. We hope the students return to their schools empowered to make a difference.

Presidential visit

Last year, we were able to visit with former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who pledged to partner with us on future efforts.

This year’s trip included 24 Rotary members, friends, family, students, and teachers. We installed a solar-powered SunSpring water purification system in San Miguel de Allende. The plant will bottle water into 10-liter reusable jugs and sell it to the public at a third the cost of other water. Even so, it will raise close to $200,000 a year for CRISMA, a rehabilitation center for disabled children and adults with cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. Fox and his wife support the center through their foundation.

The implications of this project are huge. All over the developing world, social services like these close for lack of funding or government support. At CRISMA, mothers and their disabled children travel for up to three days by bus for therapy sessions vital to the children’s growth and recovery.

 
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards participants take part in an outdoor challenge course designed to teach leadership and problem-solving. Photo courtesy District 7780
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards participants take part in an outdoor challenge course designed to teach leadership and problem-solving. Photo courtesy District 7780
 
 
Students at St. Mary’s Academy in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan, display the books they received from the Rotary Books for the World program and the Hashoo Foundation.
Students at St. Mary’s Academy in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan, display the books they received from the Rotary Books for the World program and the Hashoo Foundation.
 
 
Only one human disease has ever been eradicated. Polio could be next. Follow the timeline below to see what progress we have made and what still needs to be done.
 
 

A child in Sierra Leone eats some of the specially developed peanut butter formula.

A child in Sierra Leone eats some of the specially formulated peanut butter.

By Rotary Voices staff

Severe acute malnutrition kills millions of children around the world every year. Those who don’t die often suffer from stunted growth and other health problems. More children between the ages of one and three die of inadequate food intake every year than from HIV/AIDS.

In Sierra Leone, Rotary members are partnering with more than 20 clubs in the United States and Canada to prevent some of these deaths by supplying jars of specially developed peanut butter, known as “Ready to Use Therapeutic Food,” to treat children suffering from malnutrition. The project, funded by a global grant from the Rotary Foundation, began in January of 2013 and is continuing through September.

The project is just one of many that Rotary members have shared recently on Rotary Showcase.

Other notable projects include:

  • Rotary members in Pansha, Bangladesh, held free medical camps to peform eye exams in December and February, treating more than 2,000 patients, providing free medicine, and performing 300 surgeries to remove cataracts.
  • In February, seasonal rain and cyclones caused major flooding in the capital city of Madagascar, leaving thousands homeless. Rotaract members collected donations and distributed bags of rice, water packs, boxes of noodles, shampoo, and fresh vegetables to help those displaced by the flooding.
  • Rotary members in Brazil used the WhatsApp to collect donations from Rotary clubs and friends, and working with a local private hospital, donated a wheel chair and hospital bed for a family whose daughter was disabled in a traffic accident.
  • Rotary members in Gangweon, Korea, have launched a project to collect and deliver food to the poor once a week, beginning in March.

Is your club’s project on Rotary Showcase? Find out how easy it is to share your project

 
 
 
 

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Register for 2015 Rotary-UN Day
Register online to take part in Rotary Day at the United Nations on 7 November. This annual event at UN Headquarters in New York City offers Rotary members and others a unique opportunity to learn how we work with the United Nations to advance peace and improve the lives of those most in need. This year’s meeting highlights the UN’s 70th anniversary and Rotary’s longstanding relationship with the organization. The program will focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and recognize Rotary women of action from around the world. Attendees are invited to meet at Rockefeller Center the morning...
Call for 2016 convention breakout proposals
Do you have an idea or project that you want to share with the Rotary world? Consider leading a breakout session at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul. Submit your proposal by 15 October to share your successes with projects, efforts to strengthen membership, partnerships, leadership development, and more. The proposal form is available in English, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin.
Making a difference through Rotary Youth Exchange
When Gabriela Vessani was 12 years old, her mother took her to stay with friends in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, for the summer. “I loved it, so when I heard about Rotary Youth Exchange, I knew that was something I wanted to do,” says Vessani, who is an Interactor from São Paulo. This year, Vessani participated in the program. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Waterdown, Ontario, Canada, she stayed with four families, one of which included adopted children from different parts of the world.    “They had seven children, and it was crazy for me. But I loved it,” she says. “It was such a unique...
Bringing education to rural Mexican area, one school at a time
When Mariana Day moved in 1989 to the small beach town of Chacala, in Nayarit, Mexico, she noticed that the surrounding rural areas struggled to maintain schools. And most children weren’t able to go beyond an eighth-grade education. Day, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bahía de Jaltemba-La Peñita, in Nayarit, had started a local scholarship program before she joined Rotary. Called Changing Lives, the program provided students with high school tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and transportation. In addition, Rotary clubs from the United States and Mexico have been investing in the...
Meet our polio partners
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian Eradicating polio is a complex job. Since 1988, we’ve collaborated with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF to tackle the disease through our Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Here’s how our roles break down. The Strategist: WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) coordinates the management and administration of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and provides technical and operational support to ministries of health in countries around the world. WHO is responsible for monitoring...
Member spotlight: Peak performer scales Kilimanjaro
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian When Carole Kimutai was growing up in Nairobi, family members were always coming for long stays – a grandparent one month, a cousin the next. "Anyone who needed school fees would come to Nairobi, and my parents would assist," she says. "Or if my grandmother was sick, she would come to live with us until she was better. It was natural to help others." Years later, Kimutai was invited to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Nairobi-East, where she instantly felt at home. "I grew up seeing my parents help relatives, and now I am seeing people help quote-...
 

Speakers

Sep 09, 2015
Business Meeting
Update from the Board
Sep 16, 2015
Wendy McClelland
Social Media Demystified
Sep 23, 2015
Cheryl Unger - Director of Programs
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley
Sep 30, 2015
Vijay Manuel
Character Canada
Oct 07, 2015
Gerri Charles & Committee members
Crystal Gala Foundation
Oct 14, 2015
Business Meeting
Update from the Board
Oct 21, 2015
Ken Herar
Cycling for Diversity/100 Year Journey
Oct 28, 2015
DG Bill Robson
District 5050 official governor visit
Nov 04, 2015
David Truman, Polio Plus Chair, District 5050
Polio Plus and the Rotary Foundation
Nov 18, 2015
No Meeting - Interclub meeting Nov 19
Don Funk Rotarian of the Year
Nov 25, 2015
Business Meeting
Update from the Board
Dec 02, 2015
Abigail Guenette
Rotary Youth Exchange to Japan
 
 
 




 

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