Professional speaker, author and entrepreneur Hev Saing presented to the club "Be Different: Your Differences Are the Key to Your Success". Hev is a Past-President of Madrugadores Rotary in Northeast Philadelphia despite the fact that he does not speak any Spanish. Hev holds a Masters Degree from Boston University in Project Management, and an undergraduate degree in Architecture from his native Cambodia.
For those who missed this inspirational presentation that prompted us all to focus on being the person that we are - no one else can do this, Hev's book is available on Amazon. He is currently working on his second book: "Differences Based Leadership"
Bob Lankin, Past District Governor who is currently serving on the District Membership Committee for Membership Extension, discussed Rotary's focus on more flexibility and outreach to non-represented groups in the organization. Satellite clubs are a way to engage individuals who are interested in service but who are unable or not interested in the weekly Rotary meeting format. The Satellite clubs meet a couple of times a month, do their own service, and are designed to appeal to those under 45 years old (but are open to anyone). We were happy to have last week's speaker, Marissa Cecere, as our guest again this week. Glenside Rotary is actively seeing individuals who would be interested in pursuing this new option. Members usually meet at a bar, or someone's office, after work. There are lower costs (they buy their own food/drinks but do not have set fees per meeting) and do their own service, as well as participating in the sponsoring club service projects. It is really just an alternative meeting option of the main Rotary Club, not a separate club. If you would be interested in this, please contact us, or fill out a membership application (on the Members webpage). We'd love to discuss this with you.
President Norma outline her 10 goals for the upcoming year. Increasing membership and service projects are the key goals. Following her comments, Marissa Cecere who works at Arcadia University described the transformative experience of being a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Milan, Italy and how she then started an Interact club at her high school and was involved in the Arcadia Rotaract Club. Marissa is interested in joining our club, and we look forward to getting to know her better.
President-Elect Norma presented an overview of the new website, and advised that both the Rotary District sites (http://rotarydistrict7450.org/ and the older website at http://www.rotary7450.org/) both link to this website. A link was also placed on the older Wix website for the club so anyone going to that page would be directed here.
Lyn Church, current Treasurer and the Rotary Foundation Chairperson for next year then presented an great overview of the Foundation and it's impact in the world. Thanks to all the club members who have donated so far. We only have a few members who still need to donate before next week so that we can be an EREY club - "Every Rotarian every year". While the Foundation asks for $100 per Rotarian, members are asked to donate whatever they feel is appropriate for them. This is a charity that the club can use to obtain funding for our service projects. For more information go to: https://www.rotary.org/about-rotary/rotary-foundation
Rotary Foundation is a Star Charity, with a Charity Navigator rating of 4, the highest rating possible. Know that your money is being used for service rather than salaries.
Bruce, a member of the Blue Bell Rotary Club, did an inspiring presentation about the water well project that his club has been working on for several years with the Mukaa Community and Children's Home in Nairobi. In addition to showing this amazing project that has made a dramatic difference for the local community, Bruce was able to discuss the project management, grant application and administration and interaction between international Rotary partners. We'll be reaching out to Bruce for his expertise next year as our club explores new service opportunities.