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I have met the most incredible Rotary Heroes in our district, serving their families and our societies. They lead by example, giving back and volunteering during a very challenging time. They live our values and bring the service idea closer. Listening to the stories made me realise the journey started some time back, because as parents, if we can instil a sense of gratitude, kindness, and generosity in children, we can help them to develop empathy, compassion and a spirit of giving. Give your children the gift of giving and it will reap rewards for a lifetime.

Everyone has a role to play - Babyact, Earlyact, Interact, Rotaract, Rotarian.

Whether it’s Babyact to Earlyact, Interact, Rotaract or as Rotarians, enthusiastic as professionals with diverse backgrounds, we exchange ideas, form lifelong friendships, volunteer, participate in random acts of giving, connect to a cause and make a sustainable difference in our communities. Saint Francis of Assisi said it best, “For it is in giving that we receive.” Once students have experienced that warm fuzzy feeling they get from helping others, studies show they’re more likely to continue volunteering into adulthood. Let’s continue to invite, connect and unite people from all continents and cultures who take action to deliver real, long-term solutions to our world’s most persistent issues.
For more than 30 years, Rotary has been the driving force in the effort to end polio worldwide and now, we celebrate a Polio Free Africa! We need to continue our support to eradicate Polio and uphold the promise we made to the children of the world.

Read more in the District 9400 DG Newsletter August 2020 Issue

Woven through the fabric of virtually every community on earth, service clubs of Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, and Rotary International are working safely and diligently to maintain connections with each other and our neighbors so that we can cope with and overcome the effects of COVID-19. We are leveraging the strength of our combined networks of 3.2 million members to provide comfort and hope to those feeling the effects of isolation and fear. And we are focusing our collective skills, resources and ideas to support frontline health workers and first responders as they battle this disease and save lives.

In these times of uncertainty, your local service clubs remain committed to meeting the challenge of finding innovative ways to take action together to help communities around the globe heal and thrive – and become more united than ever.

“The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. As people of action, this is our time to connect with each other to offer immediate help to people in need.” – Mark Daniel Maloney, Rotary International President, 2019-2020.

"The scale and magnitude of this global pandemic requires our world's citizenry to heed the advice and cautions of the experts.  The work and plans of our collective members and volunteers must not cease!   Our immediate response after the crisis will be necessary to support local Governments respond to the many social and economic challenges that will ensue in its aftermath." – Adrian Elcock, Optimist International President, 2019-2020.

“Great challenges test us, but they also bring us together. Lions are finding new ways to safely serve. Our Lions Clubs International Foundation has granted over one million dollars to help communities facing extreme rates of COVID-19, and additional grant requests are being received daily.  Our communities depend on service clubs, and we will be there, supporting and strengthening them just as we always have together.” – Dr. Jung-Yul Choi, Lions Clubs International President, 2019-2020.

“During these difficult times, we’re seeing everyday heroism across the globe. I encourage us all to recognize the health and safety professionals who are putting their own health at risk for the greater good. To the educators, grocery workers, delivery drivers and the countless professionals who can’t stay home, the Kiwanis family thanks you. We all play an important role in keeping our friends and neighbors safe. Please follow the advice of the World Health Organization, your local health agencies and the instructions given by your Government. Please, stay safe.” – Daniel Vigneron, Kiwanis International President, 2019-2020.

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