“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.”
~Robert Caspar Lintner
Thanksgiving is a special day to spend with loved ones and give thanks for all that we have. It’s also a time we help those less fortunate. Indeed, the spirit of Thanksgiving isn’t something we experience on a single day – our "gratitude attitude" is ongoing, as are our blessings.
- “THANKSGIVING” IS A VERB – JUST LIKE “ROTARIAN”
“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” ~W.J. Cameron
Rotarians are. by definition, people of action. We live by the action-oriented motto Service above Self.
On Thanksgiving we give thanks. Some of us also will engage in community service, serving meals to the needy in churches and community gathering places throughout our District. Others of us will engage in service around the world today, without ever leaving our homes, by giving to the Rotary Foundation.
- HUMANITY IN ACTION . . . WITH TAX BENEFITS
November is Foundation Month and this is the perfect time to make a donation to the Rotary Foundation
. Foundation giving is a great way to express gratitude with a spirit of Thanksgiving.
Half the monies you donate to the annual fund will return to our District in three years in the form of District grants
; and the other half circles the world in the form of Global Grants.
And receiving a 2013 tax deduction for your Foundation donation
is just an additional blessing to add to your list.
As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.”
I wish each of you a very happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for all you do to make our world a better, more peaceful place.
Rotarians and their guests at the 2013 Rotary Adventure District Conference held in Chico last month, did more than have food, fun, and fellowship. They had a great hands on adventure that has made a world of difference for the people of the Philippines who are suffering from the effects of a recent typhoon disaster
One of the activities at the District Conference were breakouts sessions at which attendees assembled meal packets with Stop Hunger Now
. During the 4 hours that these breakout sessions occurred, Rotarians and their guests assembled 18,288 meal packets.
At the time, we were told that these meals packets would be shipped to places in the world where disaster and famine occurred. Little did we know that a BIG disaster was about to occurr in the Philippines.
Stop Hunger Now
has just informed us that all 18,288 meals
have been shipped to the Philippines to feed those in need due to the typhoon disaster.
THANK YOU for attending the 2013 District Conference and making a world of difference!
*Below is a picture of Rotarians at the 2013 District Conference in Chico assembling the meal packets that are now in the Philippines.
Dear fellow Rotarians:
As we all know, on November 8th the worst recorded storm to make landfall flattened entire coastal towns and villages in the Philippines. Thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands more are struggling to survive without access to food, water, and shelter.
I know we all want to help. I am urging our clubs to take action to provide emergency aid now and begin planning for the future when we can help rebuild homes, schools, and businesses. While Rotary is not an emergency disaster-relief organization, we are in the business of helping people in need. Every one of our six areas of focus is affected when disasters of this size occur.
I saw first-hand the difference Rotarians can make after one of the deadliest tornadoes on record tore through communities in my home state of Oklahoma. The widespread destruction was heartbreaking. Almost immediately after the storm, Rotarians were out in force cleaning debris, collecting food and water, and comforting families who lost everything. The Rotary clubs in the affected areas showed perseverance and strength. We helped pick up the pieces and build them back up.
What really moved me was the support and compassion from clubs around the world. In the face of calamity, we were not alone. Rotary’s collective spirit is the essence of how we Engage Rotary and Change Lives.
Rotary partner ShelterBox has committed aid for thousands of families in the form of emergency shelter and other relief assistance. They were already in the Philippines when the typhoon hit providing aid to families who lost homes in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the Philippines in September.
Such disasters are the reason why we entered into our partnership with ShelterBox. On Friday, I visited their website and sponsored a ShelterBox to help a family in need, and I encourage you to do the same if you’re able to do so – any level of support will help to change lives for the better. The organization welcomes help from Rotary members to identify need and provide support. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have more than 21,000 Rotary members in the Philippines. The hardest hit areas include Districts 3860, 3850, and 3830. We are working with our governors in the affected areas to determine what type of support will be most effective, and we will continue to provide updates on www.rotary.org.
I know I can count on Rotarians around the world to come to the aid of our friends in the Philippines. If you have any questions about how you can help, please write to email@example.com.