On November 12th, Rotarians, Youth Exchange students and friends all traveled to Reading, Kansas to help clean up tornado damage from earlier this year. More pictures are available at: http://philput.smugmug.com/Youth-Exchange/2011-Rotary/111211-Reading-Tornado/20113176_vpMLV4#1587378365_bZZpjBG
Nov 15, 2011
Rotarians and Youth Exchange students from all over District 5710 met in Reading Kansas to help with the cleanup after the tornado damage earlier this year. A message from District Governor John Vandewalle: On behalf of Rotary District 5710, I want to thank all of you for getting involved in helping the people of Reading, KS.
As Rotarians and friends of Rotarians, we pride ourselves in being able to touch the hearts of humankind one person at a time.
We are always distraught at hearing of the devastation and destruction people are being subjected to around the world and often despair.
Being associated with Rotary allows us to not only despair but to act and often when others have already made their contribution and moved on, we are there.
Reading, KS was almost totally wiped out by tornadoes but the people are coming back despite the hammer of misfortune. To a large degree, this small community devastation was somewhat overshadowed and forgotten by the limelight received by the tragedy in Joplin, MO.
Each one of you if you were there in person or in intent contributed to the wellbeing and future of hope for the people of Reading. To all the leaders and organizers, be proud of yourselves and we are thankful that you chose to come to the fore on this occasion.
I am sure that we will be back in Reading in the spring to spurn their situation and give the people a renewed appreciation of the good in their neighborhood and a future of renewal.
This was a true District wide response that brought many clubs, Rotarians and friends together in our District and allowed us to realize that we can be Bigger, Bolder and Better.Reaching within to embrace Humankind is what it is all about.
Our very own District 5710 Rotary World Peace Scholar, Summer Lewis, is doing great! She has finished 2 semesters of her program and is currently in South Vietnam working an Internship for a few months in her area of study. Check out her blog akansandownunder.blogspot.com
Last week in Rockwall Texas was one of those invigorating events where your batteries are recharged about Rotary. Rotarians from Montana down to South America all came together for training and fellowship. Early in the week was training for incoming District Governor (DG) Nominees and DG Elects. Also this year 2 Rotarians intersted in furthering their Rotary carear attended District Resource Leader training. Later in the week all Rotarians met for the Zone Institute where we heard from several Rotary leaders. Our RI President Elect, Sakuji Tanaka and RI President Elect Nominee Ron Burton spoke about the future of Rotary. Our new RI General Secretary John Hewko stopped by on his way to India to give us an update on the Secretariat. Next year the Zone Institute will be held in Overland Park and all of our District Rotarians will be able to attend and help out with this great event.