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Club Bulletin - February 2021
Rotary Club of New Albany, IN
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Greetings from club president Joe Glover

Greetings Rotarians and Friends:
 
This year the Rotary Club of New Albany has continued to focus on membership to sustain our club. One of the things I have learned this year as president is that service clubs can’t expect to grow membership without engaging their members in meaningful service. 
 
Selecting a variety of projects, including ongoing and active projects, therefore, is critical to the health of our club.
The pandemic has challenged us this year more than ever when it comes to fulfilling our usual community service level, but this reality will not deter our club. Below are a few basic principles generally accepted to be true about service projects that I think are important for us to consider and keep in mind as we reflect on our service commitment:
  • Sweat equity is the single most vital aspect of our mission and one of our greatest strengths.
  • Members should expect to serve.
  • One-off walk-away projects do little to cultivate longer-term engagement with Rotary.
  • Hands-on projects provide opportunities for members to develop their leadership skills.
  • Fundraisers are an essential part of what we do, but there is much more to being engaged in Rotary.
  • Rotary is more than being a member of a single club
  • Most of us learn by doing.
  • We need to watch out for the threat of status quo and board inertia.
  • We need to say “yes” to good projects promoted by one or more of our members.
  • Our ability to serve is proportional to the number of available volunteer hours.
We believe doing all these things develops a club culture that results in sustainable membership growth. 
 
If you are a friend of the Rotary Club of New Albany and have a project you think we should consider, we ask that you let us know. We are always looking for new service opportunities to consider. We like partnering to help others in our community! 
 
If you are a current Rotarian, we ask that you step up to serve and make service a critical part of your experience as a Rotarian. 
 
If you are a prospective member, we ask that you think about how you could help the club by volunteering and bring forth new projects that might appeal to you and your passions. 
 
I know this to be true above all else: when we all serve, we all grow. 
 
--President Joe 
 
Adapted partially from an article published initially By Richard Cunningham, Rotary Club of James River, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Rotary Club of New Albany Service Project
Align Southern Indiana Kindergarten Readiness Program
February and March 2021
 
About the Project:
The Rotary Club of New Albany is partnering with Align Southern Indiana to help donate school supplies to pre-kindergarten students in Floyd, Clark, Harrison, Scott and Washington counties in Indiana.
 
Why it’s Important:
Small Starts. Big Finishes.  This is a comprehensive Kindergarten Readiness initiative with the goal of having every child ready for Kindergarten.  Investing in a quality early learning program sets children up to succeed later in life. The importance of being ready to learn from day one in Kindergarten cannot be underestimated.   When a child enters Kindergarten ready for school, there is an 82% chance that child will master basic skills by age 11, compared with a 45% chance for children who are not ready. Furthermore, an unsuccessful Kindergarten experience lessens the chance of high school graduation to only 60%.  Unfortunately, only about 15% of our students are Kindergarten ready. This program aims to help bridge those gaps.
 
The Rotary Connection:
More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. One of our goals in Rotary is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.
 
Rotary makes this happen by taking action to empower educators to inspire learning at all ages. This project aligns well with one of our key areas of focus for Rotary.
 
How you can participate:

 
  1. Visit this link and purchase school supplies for the project.  These supplies will be sent directly to Align Southern Indiana after purchase from Amazon where they will be assembled into packets for each student sometime in March 2021. For volunteer tracking purposes, please email Jerry Leonard to let him know you purchased supplies for this project at: jleonard@habitatcfi.org
  1. Purchase your own schools supplies at stores in our community. Collect them and let us know they are ready for pickup. We will have a volunteer pick them up and get them to Align Southern Indiana or we can arrange a drop off location. For volunteer tracking purposes, please email Jerry Leonard to let him know you purchased and donated supplies for this project at: jleonard@habitatcfi.org
  2. In early to mid-March, we will be scheduling a volunteer day to help assemble these packets for students. Please reach out to Jerry Leonard if you’d like to be a part of our team of Rotarians who will volunteer to help complete these packets. We will be putting together a list of volunteers to communicate more details with soon.
 Thanks again, Rotarians!

The Rotary Foundation:  Last year, The Rotary Foundation responded quickly to the growing needs of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing more than $22 million in grant funding to support our communities. http://on.rotary.org/3p7171o

Rotary International:  As we stand at the threshold of the third decade of the 21st century, imagine where we’re headed. https://www.rotary.org/en/future-what-can-we-expect-when-we-get-there
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Recordings of our recent virtual club meetings can be found by visiting rcna.us.
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