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“Welcome to Week TWO of RI’s Month of Youth Activities.

It’s the middle of May and very soon children in K-12 schools will be taking time off for the long-awaited summer holiday. Some lucky ones will go on vacation with their family members and loved ones; some will end up in camps and yet others will find themselves seated behind long benches at city parks for donated lunch bags provided by charitable organizations like Rotary International. The Minute this week, by Brad Webber, is culled from the current Rotary Magazine (May 2024) and is a testimony to how Rotary, through its Foundation, improves the lifestyle of all people, especially the underserved in poor communities of the world. According to the report, “a community kitchen built by the Rotary Club of Nuevo Santander at a local school is ensuring hundreds of children have meals in low-income neighborhoods of Nuevo Laredo, a city on the U.S. border. “Most of the houses in this area do not have running water or electricity,” says Club President Jorge Tello. The club launched the $150,000 project in 2018, and the kitchen at the Comedor Santa María school began operating in August 2020; meals were first served to-go due to the COVID-19 pandemic before the dining room opened in May 2021. “Operation costs for providing breakfast and lunch for 230 children every day is $9,300 a month,” Tello says. The funds are donated by businesses and individuals. Club members supervise the operation, and Rotarians are providing solar panels to the facility.”

Comedor Santa Maria School served more than 30,000 meals in 2023.” – Submitted by: Christopher W Knapp, District 6000 Foundation Chair

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“Welcome to Week ONE of RI’s Month of Youth Activities.

This is May, the month of Youth activities. Through Interact Clubs, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Rotary Youth Exchange and New Generations Service Exchange, The Rotary Foundation has funded numerous projects aimed at molding great leaders for the future of Rotary and the world.
·Interact clubs: Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills and learn about the world through service projects and activities.

·Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: RYLA is a leadership development program for young people who want to learn new skills, build their confidence, and have fun. Events range from one-day seminars to weeklong camps.

·Rotary Youth Exchange: Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time. Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.

·New Generations Service Exchange: New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, customizable program for university students and professionals up to age 30. Participants can design exchanges that combine their professional goals with a humanitarian project.

“True leadership is about inspiring others to be their best selves.” Paul Harris” – Christopher W Knapp, District 6000 Foundation Chair

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“Youth Services Month

Can one week in the life of a teenager set the course of her life? That is question for the article in this month’s Rotary Magazine. Jennifer Chang from the Rotary Club of Cupertino, CA says a resounding yes. Her one week was attending RYLA in District 5170 where following graduation from law school she is now RYLA Chair. She says, “I wouldn’t be who I am if the Los Altos club had not invested in me”. “Investing in young people is how we grow Rotary, and it is how we change and improve the world”. Let’s be sure that we are investing in our youth with all of the youth service programs that Rotary has to offer; RYLA, Scholarships, Interact, Rotaract, Student Rotarians, Exchange Students, 4 Way Test Essay Contest, and Ambassadorial and Peace Scholarships. We will grow Rotary by investing in our youth.” – Mark Leutgeb, District 5580 Membership Chair

Our motto is “Service Above Self” and investing in children’s future is one of our favorite ways to do it. Are you looking to make a difference and meet great people while doing it? Come check out our Rotary club, we would love to have you.