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Dave Hennell, 2014-15 District Governor for 7190, will make his official visit to the SRC Club on Thursday, September 25. In addition, Assistant District Governor Bob Van Alstine will be paying one of several visits he’ll make to our club in this Rotary Year.
Please plan to reserve that date on your calendar so we can have a solid turnout. It also would be a great time to invite non-Rotarians who you might like to hear Rotary’s message.
There are a number of members we haven’t heard from, so here again is our call for reservations. Please let us know NO LATER THAN TUESDAY whether you will or will not attend and whether you plan to bring a guest.
Danny Sarmiento, the five-year-old Honduran child who came here this month under the auspices of Gift of Life for cardiac surgery, will be our special guest on Thursday, Sept. 4, when we resume our weekly dinner meetings at Quigley’s.
Please make every effort to attend. While our club’s financial support of Danny’s lifesaving adventure makes our connection with him a close one, it would be wonderful to see a large turnout for in-person support of a little boy going through a sometimes bewildering experience in a strange land. Feel free to bring a guest or two. The more the merrier.
Several of you have indicated an interest in participating in the Saturday, November 1, “Rotary United Nations Day” in New York City. Here’s what you need to do:
Go online and register.
Space is limited, so time is of the essence. District 7190 is planning on running two buses to the city for the event. Cost per Rotarian is just $35.
District Governor Dave Hennel says, “I strongly encourage that you quickly register online as that will provide you with a confirmation number. If you mail paper, by the time it’s received there may not be spaces remaining. And, you must provide your CONFIRMATION NUMBER (name, club) to reserve a seat on one of our buses. We are considering having at least one of the buses return late for those who may wish to have dinner in NYC after UN Day.
“Send confirmations/bus reservations to DG David and Jessica at email@example.com — use subject line ‘RI UN Day Registration.’ Bus information will be shared as we finalize details and confirm the number of buses that may be needed.”
ALSO — if you do register, please let Bill Dowd know as soon as you do.
Each year the “International Day of Peace,” also known as “World Peace Day,” is observed around the world on September 21. This is an occasion to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace.
The theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is “The Right of Peoples to Peace.”
Peace is a fundamental right of all citizens and essential for co-existence, well-being and happiness.
A major project of Rotary Global History Fellowship is the list of articles about Rotary’s effort for world peace. It is accessible online. And, go here for the current issue, in PDF format. Then, just click on the month, next to the “new” icon.
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We have scheduled a very special club meeting on Thursday, September 4, to welcome a very special guest.
Danny Sarmiento, the 5-year-old Honduran child who recently had lifesaving cardiac surgery at Albany Med through the auspices of Gift of Life and our club’s financial support, is being scheduled to spend the evening with us. He’ll be accompanied by his mother, Maria, and their interpreter.
We originally had been scheduled to take off that week, but because of Danny’s schedule we’ll be back at Quigley’s a week earlier than planned.
Please make a point of planning to attend — and bring a guest– to welcome this courageous young man who SRC supported by raising $11,000.
District 7190 once again plans to participate in “Rotary Day at the United Nations,” this year scheduled for Saturday, November 1.
If you are interested in joining other Rotarians from 7190 for this special day, please let Bill Dowd know ASAP so we can get your reservation in to District HQ. The registration fee is just $50, and the District’s deadline is mid-October. Thus, we’ll need to know your intentions before mid-September.
The day will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch in the UN Cafeteria at 1, overlooking the East River.
“This is a great experience, a time to learn more about our important history with the UN. Registration is open but very limited, so hurry. Our district will be taking a bus — or maybe two, so keep your eyes open for more information on this,” says new District Governor Dave Hennel.
Rotary’s relationship with the UN dates to its creation in 1945 when 49 Rotarians acted as delegates, advisors and consultants at the UN Charter Conference. Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status possible with the UN as an NGO — a non-governmental organization.
Each year at “Rotary Day at the United Nations” more than 1,300 Rotarians gather at UN headquarters in New York. The program is designed to inspire and educate all participants as well as provide insight into the relationship between Rotary and the UN.
Anyone who can be at Albany International Airport at 11 P.M. this Tuesday (8/12) night to greet our Gift of Life child from Honduras would be warmly appreciated.
He’s coming with his mom and an interpreter, and this is a big scary adventure for all of them. (Other info here.)
Danny Ezequiel Jimenez Sarmiento, our Gift of Life child, is scheduled to arrive from Honduras at 11 P.M. next Tuesday (August 12) via Delta flight 1515, along with his mother, Maria, and an interpreter, Karla.
Since the Southern Rensselaer County club is underwriting the $10,000 cost of Danny’s travel and cardiac surgery, it would be great if as many club members as possible would show up to welcome him at Albany International Airport.
According to Dr. Melissa Ehlers, “Danny has a pediatric cardiology appointment on Wednesday, August 13, at 2:30 p.m., and then we are hoping to have his operation performed on Tuesday, August 19.
“If everything goes as planned, he should be able to attend the Gift of Life golf tournament on September 11, and, if you so desire, maybe attend one of the Southern Rensselaer Rotary meetings as well.”
We do so desire, so we’ll work with Melissa on settimg that iup.
Once again thanks to those SRC members who made personal financial pledges to help us reach our goal of supporting Danny, as well as providing an additional $1,000 to “prime the pump” for GOL’s next child medical project.