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Buffalo Rotarians, Ellie Ortman and Lila Brown, recently met with our District Governor Elect and the other District 5950 President Elects.
Posted by Emily Benjamin on Jan 24, 2016
Our Buffalo Rotary Foundation/Club partnered with two other Rotary Clubs, the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club, and St. Cloud Rotary Club, to send school supplies down to Guatemala for the Common Hope students.
There is a team in Guatemala right now, and they will deliver some of these supplies. They sent us a link below to follow their trip through their photo diary.
Posted by Emily Benjamin on Dec 21, 2015
Wow!!! That is all I have to say... well almost all I have to say! Congratulations to the bounce back project for such a successful program, and such great publicity for our City, the Bounce Back Project, and the Buffalo Police! If you haven't seen it on the news, here are the links to a few of the stories!
Posted by Emily Benjamin on Dec 18, 2015
Today Buffalo Rotary with Toys for Tots distributed toys to 270 families, providing toys for roughly 650 children in the Buffalo and Montrose area! It was a fun day, and a success! Thank you to all that helped with distribution, sorting, counting toys, shopping, delivering boxes, and every other task that was needed to make this wonderful event happen! A special thanks to Jean, our Toys for Tots Coordinator that has put countless hours into this event, we couldn't do it without you!
And Oh, What A Night it was!!! This year's annual Buffalo Rotary Car Raffle Fundraiser was filled with disco balls, platform shoes, and bell-bottom pants. Our members were able to sell all 400 tickets, making the evening a successful sold-out event.
The Car Raffle Fundraiser remains to be the biggest fundraising event for the Buffalo Rotary. 100% of all funds raised at the event are donated back to our local and international communities. Through this fundraiser, we are able to to help programs, such as: Toys For Tots, Buffalo Food Shelf, Beds For Kids, Local school scholarships, Adopt A Family, Concerts in the Park, Fishing Klinic for Kids, Wright County Safe Communities, Mentorship Programs, Instrument Trail in the Park, Timber Bay, Capable Partners, Let's Go Fishing, Student Exchange Program, and many more community projects.
We appreciate all of the volunteers who made this night so fantastic. Extra special thanks to Pat Michalicek, Shawn Corbin, and Scott Goodmanson for their work in planning and executing the evening.
Congratulations to the seven winners who all shared a piece of the $10,000 prize, taking home $1,428.57 each.
What a great day of service by Buffalo Rotarians and our families, this past Friday, July 17th!
A very special thank you to Mark Stevens, Yasmin Lee, Al Carroll-Pezzella, Tom Hanson, Jake Twaddle, Ann Dirks and Sally Stevens.
Mark and Yasmin drove the Beds for Kids trailer to Annandale where four children received new beds, set up by Al, Tom, Jake, Mark & Yasmin. After a quick lunch, Mark & Yasmin met up with Sally & Ann to load up the Buffalo Food Shelf truck with Roger & Tim, and head over to share hundreds of pounds of food with Park Lane Apartments residents and anyone else interested. Thank you to all for your service to our community and fellow residents!
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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...