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Club Bulletin - September 2020
Rotary Club of New Albany, IN
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September President's Message:

Greetings Rotarians and Friends:
It is hard to believe another month has already passed. The Rotary Club of New Albany has been busy in August and is ready to start a productive September.

This past month our club added a new feature to stay engaged with membership by launching our 5:31 Club Meetings (pictures below). Once a month, New Albany Rotarians, family members, and guests will join together at a local establishment for fellowship and networking. These meetings will occur at 5:31 p.m. generally on a Tuesday evening.  This new format will serve as a great way to introduce new people to our club as guests to be introduced to Rotary and what we do in our community and around the world. I'd like to publicly thank Rotarians Matt Millies and Cory Cochran for all their work in coordinating and launching this initiative. We hope to see you at the next 5:31 Club Meeting on September 22nd!

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month for Rotary. This area of concentration is one of Rotary's six areas of focus. We all know how critical reading and writing are for success in life – for gaining information, communicating, making agreements, etc. Enhancing basic education skills and literacy are essential in reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace. Improvements can reduce maternal death, improve childhood mortality, and reduce poverty. They can also enable success in business or a profession.

Last week, our club completed a service project to recognize our local educators' achievements and hard work. You can read more about that project, which Rotarian Jerry Leonard coordinated, in this newsletter below. This project was just one way the Rotary Club of New Albany stays committed to basic education and literacy. Projects like this one are undertaken by  Rotary Clubs around the world to address issues such as low adult literacy, returning youth to school, enhancing student performance, or supplementing limited school resources. Service like this is how Rotarians in New Albany, Indiana, and around the globe are helping change the world.

This month I will challenge our club to continue thinking about  MAKING A DIFFERENCE by supporting basic education and literacy.

Be well, and continue opening opportunities for others!
Club Donates Hand Sanitizer to Local Teachers

Our club delivered 200 bottles of hand sanitizer to our three public middle schools in Floyd County. That's one for every middle school teacher in the New Albany Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation. What a great service project to help thank and encourage our teachers for everything they are doing this year to keep our local kids educated and safe!  Check out all of the project photos here.
Applicants Wanted for $40,000 Graduate Scholarship

Do you know a graduate student who would be interested in an international study opportunity for the 2021-22 academic year?  Global grant scholarships are for graduate students studying abroad in one of Rotary’s six causes: Promoting peace; Fighting disease; Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; Saving mothers and children; Supporting education; Growing local economies. Scholars interested in the 2021-2022 Global Grant Scholarship may apply any time until December 18, 2020 by visiting rotary6580.org.
Rotarians Celebrate Africa Being Declared Polio Free 

Learn more about the World Health Organization's declaration and what it means for the fight to eradicate polio.  Story
Club Grant Contributes Towards Catalyst Rescue Mission 

A grant by the Rotary Club of New Albany contributed towards Catalyst Rescue Mission adding 15 new sets of bunk beds and 60 new mattresses.  Catalyst's mission is to help end homelessness in Southern Indiana by providing emergency shelter, case management, life skills training, and social services that propel people into housing permanency.
Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for our first 5:31 Club!  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about our next meeting on Tuesday, September 22nd, 5:31pm at The Floyd County Brewery.

Recordings of our recent virtual club meetings can be found by visiting rcna.us.
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