Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
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Posted by Dr. Andrea Sorichetti on Sep 19, 2016
Vice-President Andrew Bandler introduced Dr. Andrea Sorichetti, a graduate from Queen's University, with a Bachelor of Science and Physical and Health Education. Dr. Sorichetti received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and studied Medical Acupuncture at McMaster University. During her chiropractic internship, Dr. Sorichetti was selected to work at St. Michael's Hospital in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She was also selected to work at Sunnybrook -- St. John's Rehabilitation Hospital. Practicing with an evidence-based approach, she collaborated with a team of health care providers including medical doctors, pharmacists, dietitians, social worker and psychologists. Dr. Sorichetti is trained in the treatment and management of concussion and post-concussion syndrome through Complete Concussion Management. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and a certified Webster Technique practitioner, specializing in prenatal and post-natal care. Dr. Sorichetti also specializes in veterinary chiropractic, operating Quinte Animal Chiropractic out of various veterinary hospitals in the region. Andrew was especially proud and pleased to introduce Dr. Sorichetti as a guest speaker and his wife and offered to be her IT support.
Dr. Sorichetti stated there are four main issues surrounding concussions -- prevalence (10 - 30% of athletes involved in sports suffer a concussion each season with as many as 50% of concussions not reported), coaches/trainers/parents not recognizing concussions, lack of training by doctors (concussion training is not covered in medical school curriculum resulting in children being sent back to school/sport too early by doctors) and improper management. So what is a concussion? A concussion is a disruption in neurological function following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. Following impact, affected brain cells become excited and fire in an uncontrollable manner, which can cause any number of concussion symptoms. While the initial symptoms of concussion may only last a few hours to days, the injury actually results in an extreme energy deficit within the brain that can last for 3 to 5 weeks or longer. During this energy deficit, research has found that the brain is very vulnerable to any additional trauma, whereby even smaller impacts can result in serious or even fatal brain injury, even if the person feels completely recovered. It is, therefore, extremely important that athletes with a suspected concussion be immediately removed from all activity that may cause further head trauma until this energy deficit has been restored.
Dr. Sorichetti shared the story of Rowan Stringer, a young high school rugby player who died following a tackle in 2013. She had suffered a concussion the week before, had suffered headaches, treated with Advil. As a result of the inquest held and information that surfaced, a mandate was given to develop a concussion policy that would include testing and treatment. The main challenge with concussions is that it is difficult to determine when the energy deficit has been restored and athletic activity can be safely resumed without increased risk. There are currently no "brain scans", x-rays or MRIs that can show the recovery level within the brain. The best way to know when someone has recovered is to compare a pre-injury brain function through a process known as baseline testing. This testing will show a healthy state versus an injured state. These tests allow clinicians to have a record of an athlete's performance in various areas of brain function when they are healthy. This way, if they do sustain a concussion, this information can be used to more accurately determine their recovery and safe re-integration back into sport.
Concussions can be treated by seeing someone trained on concussion management and receive an early diagnosis and treatment through manual therapy (whiplash), exercise therapy (to treat blood flow abnormalities), nutrition to decrease inflammation in the brain, vestibular therapy to help with balance and co-ordination and visual therapy. Concussions should not be scary. They are treatable. People can get better. There is hope. The concussion problem can be addressed with proper concussion management. CCMI (Complete Concussion Management) is a certification and training program for medical doctors and health care practitioners. CCMI provides cutting-edge and effective treatment options for patients suffering from recent or long-standing concussion-related symptoms including headaches, dizziness, visual problems, school and work difficulties, fatigue and drowsiness and memory problems.
Andrea was thanked by Mike Bandler on behalf of the Club. Her insight and information was very well received.
Posted by Bill MacKay on Sep 19, 2016
Rotary 101 was presented by Bill MacKay. Rotary’s Guiding Principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
- FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
- SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
- THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business , and community life;
- FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
- Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
- Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and Code of Conduct.
- Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. Learn more in Communities in Action: Guide to Effective Projects and this Community Service Presentation Powerpoint.
- International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
- Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.
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Aug 29, 2016 by Sam Brady
Every year, the Anne Leverton Award is presented to a Rotary volunteer who shows exemplary leadership and efforts during Rotary Loves Kids and Party in the Square. Anne Leverton was a long-time Rotarian who fully embraced the ideals of Rotary. Anne was a fierce supporter of Rotary Loves Kids. When I think of Anne, I think of fellowship, loyalty, volunteerism, community and especially "Service Above Self". Sadly, Anne passed away after a battle with cancer in late 2011.
This small memoriam is intended to recognize all of these same attributes in the recipient and their ongoing efforts to make RLK a success. This year's recipient is definitely someone you want on your team. When you lead a group like RLK there are a lot of moving parts. Certainly too many to try and micro manage. As such, you really need to be able to depend on each individual to do their job and do it well. We have a great team, as evidenced by this year's 14th successful event. However, this one volunteer just makes it all look and feel very easy. Connie Reid's favourite saying is "I've got it -- all taken care of". Music to my ears. Connie not only takes care of setting up Party in The Square with Eric Thompson, John Smale and Chris Finkle, but she also manages to organize a golf day, pizza party and swimming outing for kids in care at CAS. Never an unkind word. Always cool, calm and collected........well maybe not cool (it was very, very hot). But beyond this role of dependable volunteer, Connie went above and beyond for this year's event. As July 15th loomed about one week away and we still didn't have a silent auction to speak of. Connie stepped up to the plate and with Tracy Bray and Rose Oulette, constructed a slate of incredible items. Asked for, procured, picked up, set up, organized and collected. In the end, we netted another $3,500 we didn't have.
It is this "can do" attitude and ongoing Service Above Self that we recognize today. Please help me congratulate Connie Reid. This year's winner of the Anne Leverton Award.
The Rotary Club of Belleville may present, on an annual basis, up to three Paul Harris Fellow awards to individuals in our community who meet the criteria and most reflect the spirit of Rotary. Any member of the Rotary Club, in good standing, may nominate someone for this deserving award. Nominees should exemplify the qualities and ideals of the Rotary Motto "Service Above Self". Proposed nominations will be screened by the Immediate Past President to ensure they meet eligibility criteria and then will be evaluated by a Past President Advisory committee. Nominations should be submitted by the end of October for presentation at a special evening event to be held on November 14th.