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This Week's Program: District Governor Visit
On Wednesday, August 5, 2020 we will be back at the Holiday Inn for our first in-person meeting with District 5580 Governor Bob McLean.
 
If you can't join us in person, you can still be a part of the meeting via Zoom.
 
For the past 20 years, Bob has worked with the founders of the Resilient Living Campus, Lynn & Paul Hunt, in numerous capacities including Chief Operating Officer of Hunt Utilities Group LLC and Executive Director of the 501c3, Resilient Living Council.  A healthy vibrant region is a major priority for Bob.  He has actively volunteered with numerous committees and boards including church, community, Economic Development, and Healthcare. 
 
With Rotary International, Bob has served in a variety of roles at the district level including Chair of the Water and Sanitation/Hygiene, Chair of Strategic Planning, and Chair of Awards as well as District Executive/Finance, Technology Task Force, Governor Nominating Committee, Lake Atitlan WaSH Project, Grants Sub Committee, Assistant District Governor, and a variety of roles for his Central Lakes club including two terms as club president.  Bob has perfect attendance for the past 17 years, is a lifetime member of Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group, has attended numerous RI conferences, is a Rotary Foundation Major Donor, and was District 5580 Rotarian of the Year in 2006.
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Ecolibrium Check Presentation
Jodi Slick, Founder and CEO of Ecolibrium3 will be joining us for an in-person check presentation at our August 5 meeting at the Holiday Inn.
 
On May 27, members of our club donated over four hours to 
Ecolibrium3  by assembling 6,000 face shields for use by front line workers needing added protection from the Coronavirus.
 
Ecolibrium will present Habortown Rotary with a check for $1,000 which the club will in turn, donate back to other non-profits in the community.
 
To date the Pay It Forward PPE Project has:
·         Produced over 220,000 face shields for front line workers
·         Distributed 5,000 masks to community members vulnerable to the Coronavirus (with additional PPE to be distributed as face shields are sold)
·         Recruited 50 groups and connected with over 700 new community volunteers
·         Raised over $50,000 in donations to a variety of nonprofits, charities, and community organizations in proceeds from anticipated PPE sales
 
 
District 5580 Virtual Awards Ceremony
District 5580 held its first ever Virtual Awards Celebration and Change of Gavel Event on June 18.  Harbortown won the award for outstanding international service for a club with greater than 60 members.  The full list of award winners by category are included in the link below. Congratulations to all of the winners!
 
View the full list of winners here!
August Rotarian New Available Online
The new August issue of the Rotarian is now available online. Click here.
 
This year has been all about change and Rotarians and Rotary leadership have embraced this change, persevered through the change and have set in motion the need for more change.  Read the August issue to become inspired once more by Rotarians doing more than ever before in the face of crisis and change.
 
"Service reaffirms we have value to add to the world." Vivek Murthy (Rotarian)
Supporting the Environment! New Rotary Area of Focus
The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.
 
More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.
 
RI President Mark Maloney says that during his travels around the world as a Rotary senior leader he encountered many Rotary members and Rotaractors who advocated for the environment to be an area of focus.
 
 
“I believe strongly that our Rotary Foundation programs now have a valuable added dimension to our efforts,” says, Maloney.
 
Foundation Trustee Chair Gary C.K. Huang says that with the global population reaching near eight billion, protecting the environment is increasingly important.
 
“It is time for us to use our collective resources to invest in a smart and efficient way to protecting our environment,” says Huang. “We are qualified to take this initiative because we are a global group of problem solvers with diversified talents.”
 
In 1990-91, RI President Paulo V.C. Costa made the environment one of his primary causes, creating the Preserve Planet Earth subcommittee, which looked at ways clubs and members could conduct environmental initiatives.
 
“We have finally caught up to Costa [his vision],” says Past RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, chair of the Environmental Issues task force, which championed the new area of focus.
 
“As a lifelong environmentalist, I’m delighted that our great organization has recognized that the environment is a worthy and appropriate destination for our project activity,” says Riseley. “This is an exciting moment in Rotary history.”
 
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
 
Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.
 
More information about this new cause will be announced soon.
 
Article provided by Gloria Mink and the District 5580 Cross Currents newsletter.
This Week's Duties: 8-5-2020
Fellowship
Nathan Sager
 
Greeter
Scott Fisher
 
Greeter 
Chris James
 
Invocation
Don O'Connor
 
Program
Steve Johnson
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