Posts Tagged ‘Rotary International’

postheadericon Don’t Miss Staff Benda Bilili Documentary Film

For Immediate Release

District Governors Judy Freund (5960) and Chuck Berg (5950) invites all Rotarians from both districts to consider attending and promoting an important events that focus on Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio.

A documentary Film, “BENDA BILILI!” will be playing on September 22, 2011  (Download Press Release: Rotary International – Staff Benda Bilili)

NOTE: The LIVE Performance by Staff Benda Bilili – scheduled on September 27, 2011 was CANCELLED.

Here is a little more about the group:

Staff Benda Bilili, is an up and coming group of rising music stars that  will be touring our area.  Most of the members of the group are survivors of Polio. This is a major opportunity to to get the word out in your community of the fact that Rotary is dedicated to the eradication of this deadly disease.

Significantly the group is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the disease had been eliminated but has now resurfaced in a major way.

Staff Benda Bilili, has a wonderful sound that is truly unique to our Midwestern ears, especially when you understand the messages they are conveying to the listeners.  Watch the video below where they are singing about the importance of Polio Vaccinations.

Like all the finest African bands, Staff Benda Bilili’s swirling complexity removes the option to do anything but dance … Havana cantina, Kinshasa slum, psychedelic club, or London arts centre—this crack outfit would tear the roof off anywhere.”— Independent

 

 

postheadericon 017 Rotary Club Radio – Gerry Wersal – District 5960 DGS Chair

Rotary Club Radio Episode 017

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Rotary Minute

Donate to Shelter BoxFor today’s Rotary Club Minute, I want to turn our eyes, ears, and hearts to Rotarian’s in the country of Japan and their entire population; as well as Shelter Box International, who responded quickly to the awful situation.  As I’m sure you’ve heard, an earthquake measuring 8.9 shook the island of Japan on March 11, 2011.  This event on its own would have been bad enough, but the earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that devastated the coastal cities.

Reports, videos, and pictures from Japan show cars, boats, and building complete destroyed and carried away with waves 10 meters high.  To put this into perspective, the earthquake was reportedly 8,000 times stronger than the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand last month.

Shelter Box sent a (SRT) ShelterBox Response Team of three members to deliver the emergency disaster relief boxes to the people of Japan.  Currently, tens of thousands remain missing and feared dead and nearing a 1/2 million are left homeless, either because of the earthquake, tsunami, or evacuations resulting from the nuclear power plants damaged in the quake’s aftermath.

On March 15th, the first shipments of ShelterBoxes have finally arrived.  With emergency shelters completely overrun by the displaced, the SRT team will face the challenges of distributing the supplies in frigid temperatures, regular snowfall, a lack of food and water, and hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking your help.

For today’s Rotary Club Minute, I want to ask you to take a moment to open up your wallets and give a donation to support the efforts of Shelter Box in Japan.  I’ve asked my local Rotary Club, the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club, to accept the donations via their secured link.  Once we get enough donations for a box, we will send the donations to Shelter Box from the listeners of Rotary Club Radio.  Click the image below to donate now.

Featured Segment

017 Rotary Club Radio – Gerry Wersal – District 5960 DGS Chair

Gerry Wersal has been a Rotarian for 11 years and is a member of the Prior Lake Rotary Club.  He has been a leader his local club as well as in the District.  He is currently serving as the Chair of the District Grants Subcommittee.  His job, as he explains in this episode, is to review and approved projects applying for Grant money through the district.

Visit the District Grants Subcommittee web page.  There you will find downloads for:

  • 2010-11 District Grant Application & Instructions in Word Document format
  • 2010-11 District Grant Reference Guide
  • District 5960 Grant Reporting Form
  • LINK to Future Vision Plan-The Rotary Foundation

Thank you for listen to this podcast; please leave feedback!

Right Click Here To Download This Episode

Contact Rotary Club Radio

To contact the host of this program with questions, show ideas, or any other reason, email him at: kirk@rotaryclubradio.com.

If you have questions about this tip or any other idea to promote Rotary, please feel free to email me with your comments at kirk@rotaryclubradio.com

We want your comments, questions and feedback! Leave a Comment Below!

postheadericon 016 Rotary Club Radio – Craig Leiser, District Governor – Rotary 5960

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Rotary Club Radio Episode 016

Rotary Minute

Rotary International recently celebrated it 106th Anniversary and it encourages all Rotary Clubs, whether you are celebrating your first year or your 100th year, to use the anniversary to tell others about Rotary and what Rotary is doing in your community and around the world.

There are many opportunities to communicate your clubs activities to the local community, so be sure to take advantage of the local media through Press Releases and shout to the masses what is happening in your local club!

Featured Segment

016 Rotary Club Radio – Craig Leiser, District Governor – Rotary 5960

It was a pleasure to interview Craig Leiser today.  Craig is the 2010-2011 District Governor of Rotary 5960 which covers areas in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Craig has a lot of experience in Rotary starting with serving as Club President in his home club, the Stillwater (SunRise) Rotary Club. Craig has served on committees within the district and participated extensively with the Foreign Exchange Student programs having hosted many students over the years.

Craig has taken the extraordinary opportunity to take part several Rotary International Conventions including:

  • Chicago Centennial
  • Copenhagen Denmark
  • Salt Lake City
  • Montreal

He is excited to also be attending the 2011 Convention in New Orleans as well!

Rotary District 5960 Statistics

  • 65 Clubs Rotary Clubs
  • 4 Rotaract Clubs
  • 1 club being formed (Chain ‘O Lakes)
  • 10 Interact Clubs
  • 3150 members
  • Located in both Wisconsin and Minnesota

District Goals

Listen to the show to hear Craig discuss the district’s goals, his vision, and passion for Rotary.

Updates on Nicaragua Fast Hope

Be sure to listen to find out the latest on Fast for Hope and how your club can participate in the project.

District Conference – Prom Center, Oakdale, MN
April 14-16, 2011

District Governor Leiser would like to invite everyone to attend to the 2011 Rotary District 5960 District Conference. 

There is going to be so much going on at the District Conference, I hope you’ll come!  For more information about the Rotary 5960 District Conference.

Fast For Hope

For more information on Fast for HopeDistrict 5960’s project.

Rotary International Convention in New Orleans USA

For more information about the Convention, visit: www.RotaryCon2011.com

I encourage you to listen to this podcast and please leave feedback!

Right Click Here To Download This Episode

Contact Rotary Club Radio

To contact the host of this program with questions, show ideas, or any other reason, email him at: kirk@rotaryclubradio.com.

If you have questions about this tip or any other idea to promote Rotary, please feel free to email me with your comments at kirk@rotaryclubradio.com

We want your comments, questions and feedback! Leave a Comment Below!

postheadericon 004 Rotary Club Radio – How can your Rotary Club help Haiti?

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Rotary Club Radio Episode 004

In this episode: How can your Club help Haiti?

Featured Segment

You probably have heard by now that the Island of Haiti was struck with a massive 7.0 Earthquake a continues to be rattled hourly by aftershocks that are as violent as a 5.0 earthquake. The people of Haiti have been dealt an incredible blow to their community and Rotary has stepped up efforts with Shelter Box to provide over 700 shelter boxes with more to come. A 3 person SRT team is already on the ground and is organizing the immediate distribution of the Shelter Boxes. I had an opportunity to interview a SRT Member ~ David Eby ~ at the District Conference last April and he is currently on deployed in Haiti.

Right Click Here To Download This Episode

But, what about our Club? What ideas do you have as a club to help in Haiti?

  • Collect money for a Shelter Box?
    – Will sustain 10 people with shelter, water purification, and cooking supplies.
    Cost: $1,000
  • Send Money to District 7020
    – Coordinating relief strategies for Haiti
    – http://www.clubrunner.ca/dprg/dxhome/_home.aspx?did=7020
    Cost: $ Donation
  • Collect Clothes, Shoes, and other supplies to be shipped to Haiti?
    – Needs to be organized and implemented immediately.
    – Possible involvement with schools and other community groups.

We know that the first 48 – 72 hours of an earthquake crisis are very important to the survival of the event. As I write this, we are approaching 68 hours and rescue will begin to turn into recovery efforts. Current estimates of death are between 50,000 – 100,000, but disease and violence will take more in the coming days and weeks. Sanitary conditions are terrible and clean water isn’t widely available ~ except via relief efforts.

The recovery for this region is expected to take years and already there are hundreds of thousands left homeless and afraid to even go back to their homes for fear that another earthquake will strike.

Links To Stories We Covered In This Episode:

www.rotary.org

www.shelterbox.org

Rotary District 7020

Relevant Videos

Interview with David Eby, SRT Member Currently Deployed to Haiti

Interview with Tom Henderson, Founder of Shelter Box

To contact the host of this program with questions, show ideas, or any other reason, email him at: kirk@rotaryclubradio.com