Tuesday evening was the debunking of our outgoing president, Ed Smith. He did a GREAT job! Because he was always on the ready to put out small fires that came up as we planned events, he wore his fireman's hat, and we all helped him by extinguishing the tiny lighter that kept lighting. At the end of the ceremony, Ed presented the gavel to our incoming president, Hans Bruhner. We look forward to a productive year!   
President Ed Smith Debunked 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Each year the Russian River Rotary Foundation presents "Rockin' the River" community concerts on the Guerneville Plaza. These free dancing street parties are held every other Thursday from 7 pm to 8:30 pm beginning June 21st and going until September 13th. This summer's lineup are: Zepparella, The Everly Brothers Experience, Marlene Valente & Invasion Latina, LuvPlanet, San Francisco Airship, Coco Montoya, and Midnight Sun! Our Rotary members are there to provide information about Rotary and community events and to host a raffle to raise money for these concerts. In the photos, our 2018-19 president, Hans Bruhner, is in front of our booth selling raffle tickets to concert goers. Helping Hans this evening were fellow Rotarians Jeff and Daniela. Come out and enjoy the fun!
Rotary at "Rockin' the River" 2018-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 08, 2018
Russian River Rotary celebrates all of  the 2018 Russian River Rotary Scholarship awardees.  A HUGE thank you to our amazing donors! They are our biggest support system and without them this night would not be possible.  Congratulations to the very deserving El Molino High School and Laguna High School recipients. Congrats Class of 2018!!
2018 College Scholarships Glen Blackley 2018-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
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