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Rotary International District 6880 Rotary Review Bill Trant, Governor

Rotary International District 6880

Rotary Review

Bill Trant, Governor

Rotary International District 6880 Rotary Review Bill Trant, Governor

Basic education and literacy is one of Rotarys six areas of focus and is the RI theme for the

month of September.

We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic develop- ment, and promoting peace. Consider these facts:

develop- ment, and promoting peace. Consider these facts: •93 million adults in the U.S. read at

•93 million adults in the U.S. read at or below the basic level needed to contribute successfully to so- ciety.

Childrens early vocabulary skills are linked to their economic backgrounds.

By 3 years of age, there is a 30-million-word gap

between children from the wealthiest and poorest families.

•34% of children entering kindergarten lack the basic language skills needed to learn how to read.

Rotary clubs all over the world are taking action to enhance basic education

and literacy in their communities. Once way District 6880 is doing its part is with the Dictionary Project. Thanks to the Malone Family Foundation of Alabama, this project is fully funded for the purchase of a dictionary for every third-grade stu- dent in the public school system. Not only do the students get the dictionaries, they receive a visit by Rotarians delivering them. Other programs in our District include providing GED assistance, childrens reading programs, and purchasing

books for newborns and school libraries.

By supporting the advancement of basic education and literacy for adults and children alike, Rotary continues to Make A Difference.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Bill Trant

District Governor

2017-2018 District 6880 Officers

District Governor Bill Trant P.O. Box 2604 Opelika, AL 36803-2604 334-705-0041 (H) 334-749-8700 (W) 334-728-9700 (C) billopelika@yahoo.com

District Governor Elect Samuel Adams (Sam & Mary Virginia)

3225 Boxwood Drive

Montgomery, AL 36111

334-263-9430 (H) 334-356-6700 (W) 334-301-0597 (C)

District Governor Nominee James Edward Dotherow III (Skip & Terry)

3618 Bankhead Avenue

Montgomery, AL 36111 334-284-2513 (H) 334-313-1543 (O) 334-313-1543 (C)

Immediate Past District Governor Barry Cavan (Joan) 4691 Chrystan Road Montgomery, AL 36652 334-272-6662 (H) 334-590-7677 (C)

Vice Governor

Jim Golson (Nancy)

457 Kimberly Drive

Auburn, AL 36832

334 -502-5064(H)

334-329-9533 (C)

District Rotary Foundation Robert J. Kelley (Donna) 2002-2003 Selma

4330 Highway 22W

Selma, AL 36701-0810 334-872-0115 (H) 334-872-1390 (W) 334-327-0712 (C)

District Treasurer Bob Mills (Dianne)

411 Country Club Road

Troy, AL 36079-2905 334-566-2153 (H) 334-807-5172 (W) 334-728-9700 (C) bmills@troybankandtrust.com

District Secretary Michael Hill 1912 Northgate Drive Opelika, AL 36801 334-745-4415 (H) 334-844-1604 (O) 334-744-5795 (C) hillmic@auburn.edu

District Communications Officer Eric Lewis (Wendi)

507 Forest Edge Place

Montgomery, AL 36117

334-409-9147 (H) 334-279-9100 (W) 334-221-0066 (C) eric@rotarywebservices.com

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District 6880 Receives Honors

District 6880 Receives Honors While in Springfield, Illinois, for the Zone 30 - 31 Insti- tute,

While in Springfield, Illinois, for the Zone 30-31 Insti- tute, PDG Barry Cavan picked up a few recognitions for our Districts efforts during his 2016-2017 term.

District 6880 was recognized for the generous contribu- tions to Polio Plus, received second place in the develop- ment of new clubs with one new club and placed third in our Zone for total Per Capita Giving with $128.49. Our District placed first in both districts in net gain in membership with a net gain of 75.

Each member in our district should take pride in what we accomplished last year. I thank you for all your hard work and your Service to Humanity,commented PDG Bar- ry.

and your Service to Humanity, ” commented PDG Bar- ry. Rotary International Chooses 2018-2019 President Barry
and your Service to Humanity, ” commented PDG Bar- ry. Rotary International Chooses 2018-2019 President Barry
Rotary International Chooses 2018-2019 President Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New
Rotary International Chooses 2018-2019 President
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the
selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-
19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates
have been suggested.
As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to
maximize Rotary’s reach.
“Those who know what good Rotary clubs do will want to be a part of it, and we
must find new models for membership that allow all interested in our mission to par-
ticipate,” he says.
“With Rotary more in the public eye, we will attract more individuals who want to
be part of and support a membership organization that accomplishes so much good
around the world.”
(Continued on page 4)

Continued from page 3

Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first

fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser. He is a lifetime mem- ber of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employers Confederation.

A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and is vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran.

Rassin received Rotary's highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotarys relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.

Rassins nomination follows Sam F. Oworis death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary Interna- tional president-elect.

Are You A Polio Pro? By: DG Jim Golson 24 What does this number mean
Are You A Polio Pro?
By: DG Jim Golson
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What does this number mean to you?
The number of hours in a day? The name of a recent TV show?
It has a special significance to all Rotarians. It is the day in October that we devote our actions
to finalize the elimination of Polio around the world in which we live.
Yes, we are “this close”; but, we are not there yet. In fact, the most recent estimate is that to fin-
ish the work that we began in 1985 will require an additional $1.5 billion over the next three years. That
is a number that is so large most of us cannot even grasp how to think of it in manageable terms.
Let me help! Fortunately, we have a lot of organizations and governments that are willing to
help. Collectively, they have pledged $1.2 billion toward the effort. That leaves $300 million. Still a
huge number. Since we have 535 districts in Rotary International, that works out to approximately
$560,000 per district or approximately $186,000 per district per year.
So what does that mean for you and me? In our district we have approximately 2,500 members.
That works out to approximately $72 per member per year. But, as they say on TV: But Wait! Remem-
ber that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has promised to match each $1 donated by Rotarians
with an additional $2 from their foundation. That means that each of us has to donate only $24 per year
to gain $48 from the Gates Foundation to get the requested $72 per year!
Now we can better understand how the number 24 is so significant to Rotarians in our district.
So, what’s your part in helping eliminate polio from the world? It’s just $24!
Please do your part and donate $24 to Polio Plus on October 24, World Polio Day. You can
make your donation on-line at www.rotary.org or by a check given to your club foundation chair or
club president.
The children of the world are counting on us.
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On Wednesday, Sept. 13, the Auburn Rotary Club hosted

Pam Haney of Auburn Universitys Canine Performance

Services —and her canine friend, Lily. Haney, who serves as CPSbreeding program manager, discussed with Rotarians how the program is striving to breed and train mans best friendso he also can be mans front- line defense by detecting threats commonly associated with biological, explosive and other terrorist attacks on the battlefield and in domestic locations like airports and large-audience events. Pictured with Haney is Club Pres- ident Chris Warren. (RIGHT)

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comed as its club speaker Bill Felkey (right), profes- sor emeritus of Auburn Universitys Harrison School of Pharmacy. Felkey, whose area of expertise is in healthcare informatics, spoke to Rotarians about connected health— the use of technology and data to manage the delivery of healthcare to specialized patient populations. Felkey is pictured with Club President Chris Warren (left). (ABOVE)

At the Wednesday, Sept. 20 meeting of the Auburn Rotary Club, Lisa Pierce (right) of Alabama Rural

the Auburn Rotary Club, Lisa Pierce (right) of Alabama Rural Ministry spoke about the nonprofit organization

Ministry spoke about the nonprofit organizations efforts to eliminate substandard housing in rural Alabama. Since 1998, through the assistance of

charitable donors and volunteer groups, ARM

helps provide improve the warmth, safety and en- ergy efficiency of their homes. ARM was among the organizations recently receiving more than $30,000 in Community Needs Grants from the Au- burn Rotary Club. Pictured with Pierce is Club President Chris Warren. The Auburn Rotary Club meets each Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at Saugahatchee Country Club . (LEFT)

Pictured Left to Right, Tallassee Rotarian Tina Harris with her son Lane and Tallassee Rotarian

Pictured Left to Right, Tallassee Rotarian Tina Harris with her son Lane and Tallassee Rotarian Stephanie Weldon with her son Luke. Both students are third graders at Tallassee Elementary School who received a dictionary this year. (ABOVE)

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porting education in Tallassee, AL by distributing dictionaries to all third graders at Tallassee Elemen- tary School. On September 8, 2017, the Tallassee Rotary Club handed out 134 dictionaries to the third graders once again. This year, the Tallassee Rotary Club

also gave every third grader at Tal- lassee Elementary School a Rotary bookmark depicting The Four Way Test”. This annual event is

something the Tallassee Rotary

Club looks forwarding to provid- ing every year and their fundrais- ing efforts go to buying these dic- tionaries.

Mrs. Allison Cokers third grade students at Tallassee Elementary School posing with their dictionaries. Pictured with the students from left to right are Tal- lassee Rotarians Tina Harris, Stephanie Weldon, John David Lambert, and Laura Leigh Peters. (LEFT)

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Our Guest speaker 9/18/17 was our very own, Marvin Smith who serves as Scout Executive for the Tukabatchee Area Council Boy Scouts of America. He told us about the Boy Scouts oath

and how they are preparing the youth of today to

make ethical and moral choices in their life- time.He even passed out a few prizes. Marvin Smith is pictured with Graham Champion.

Amy Minor was the guest speaker at the Brundidge Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday, September

Amy Minor was the guest speaker at the Brundidge Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday, September 20th. She spoke to the club about Suicide Pre- vention and the upcoming "Out of Darkness" community walk. The

walk to fight suicide will be held on the track at Troy University on Sun-

day, November 5, 2017.

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at Troy University on Sun- day, November 5, 2017. (ABOVE) Carol Franks updates the Brundidge Rotary

Carol Franks updates the Brundidge Rotary Club on her retirement and her new role with Rotary. (ABOVE)

Brundidge Rotary Club's newest member Buriece Gracey with Chief Moses Davenport and Rev Ed Shirley waiting to hear from our District Gov Bill Trant. (BELOW)

waiting to hear from our District Gov Bill Trant. (BELOW) DG Bill vis- ited the was
waiting to hear from our District Gov Bill Trant. (BELOW) DG Bill vis- ited the was

DG Bill vis- ited the was Brundidge Rotary Club and was joined by AG Keith Roling. (LEFT)

Jimmy Ramage, Danny Graham and Buriece Gracey are ex- cited about the Iron Bowl raffle tickets the Brundidge Rotary Club is selling. Contact any Brundidge Rotarian for more in- formation. (BELOW)

Bowl raffle tickets the Brundidge Rotary Club is selling. Contact any Brundidge Rotarian for more in-
Guest speaker, Jamie Foote (standing), case manager and Assistant Executive Director of Family Promise of

Guest speaker, Jamie Foote (standing), case manager and Assistant Executive Director of Family Promise of Baldwin County with Wayne Gruenloh (seated), Robertsdale

Robertsdale Rotary Club Sponsor- ships/Contributions as of September,

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$200.00 - Womens Care Medical Center $1034.00 - Habitat for Humanity $8600.00 – ARCBC $500 - Catholic Social Services Project Reach $500 - Central Baldwin Educational Foundation $500 – Robertsdale High School Broadcast $100 - Rotary District 6880 Hurricane Harvey Re- lief Fund $100 - Miracle League of Coastal Alabama

School Broadcast $100 - Rotary District 6880 Hurricane Harvey Re- lief Fund $100 - Miracle League

Speaker for 9/19/2017, Mark Davidson, Taking

the Next Step, helping those in need of guidance

regarding finances for now and the future.

of guidance regarding finances for now and the future. Coming Events: October 7 - Honebee Festival

Coming Events:

October 7- Honebee Festival in Robertsdale. The Robertsdale Rotary Club will have a food booth and all funds raised will go to C.A.R.E. House (Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center)

October 28-Docs Haunted Swamp. This is a no charge Halloween Fun event for the community and the Robertsdale Interact students assist with this program.

the Robertsdale Interact students assist with this program. Point Clear Rotarians Rod Platt, Craig Nelson and

Point Clear Rotarians Rod Platt, Craig Nelson and Skip Jones take aim atthis

year's Sporting Clay Clas- sic to take place Friday,

Oct. 20th at the Bushy

Creek Clays in Perdido, AL. To register a team, contact Jay Weber at 251 422-0104.

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Mandy Johnson, the Opelika Sportsplex event coordinator, talked to the Opelika Rotary lunch group recently about the exciting achieve- ments of the Opelika Swim Team. Opelika Parks and Recreation hosted the 2017 Alabama Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) State Swimming and Diving Championship July 27-29. The Opelika Sportsplex

Randy Price recently spoke to the

Opelika Rotary Club lunch group

about his campaign for the Alabama Senate, District 13, which represents portions of Lee County. The Ala- bama Senate primary is scheduled for June 5, 2018, with a runoff scheduled for July 17, if necessary. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 6 next year. Pictured, from left, are: Walter Dorsey, club member; Price; and Harry Cullinan, club pres- ident.

club member; Price; and Harry Cullinan, club pres- ident. Pictured (from left): Merry Burt, club member;

Pictured (from left): Merry Burt, club member; Mandy Johnson, Sportsplex events coordinator; Harry Cullinan, club president; Bobby Poer, aquatics director; and Carly Howell, swim team coordinator.

and Aquatics Center welcomed more

than 1,500 swimmers, representing 35 teams from all over the State of Ala- bama, to compete in individual swim- ming, diving and relay events, The Opelika Swim Team had 40 swim- mers qualify to compete at the state meet. Those swimmers brought home

Chris Harrelson was in-

ducted into the Troy Ro- tary Club September 19th by President James Bruce. He was spon- sored by Assistant Dis- trict Governor Keith Roling. Chris works at BB&T and is the clubs newest member

sored by Assistant Dis- trict Governor Keith Roling. Chris works at BB&T and is the club
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T R O Y Pictured are Doctor Brown ’ s assistant Ursula Wilson, CRNP, Troy Rotary
T R O Y Pictured are Doctor Brown ’ s assistant Ursula Wilson, CRNP, Troy Rotary
T R O Y Pictured are Doctor Brown ’ s assistant Ursula Wilson, CRNP, Troy Rotary

Pictured are Doctor Browns assistant Ursula Wilson,

CRNP, Troy Rotary President James Bruce, Doctor

Thomas Brown, Amy Minor, CNO, RN and Karen Her- ring, Troy Regional Medical Center Marketing Director.

The September 19th Troy Rotary meeting was hosted by Karen Herring & President James Bruce. They invit- ed Thomas Brown, M.D., Oncologist/ Hematologist now at Troy Regional Cancer Center. Doctor Brown has over thirty years of experience in the field. He earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama- Birmingham and completed his fel- lowship at the University of Texas. He comes from Dothan once each week

and plans to expand his practice to full -time in Troy. Doctor Brown spoke about the advancements in drugs for

curing cancer. New targeted CAR T

cell control has become a major devel-

opment assisting in arresting cancer. Many improvements are being made today to treat cancer and we may be getting closer to cures for several kinds.

The club gathered for team building and fun at Breakout Montgomery. The group worked together
The club gathered for team building and
fun at Breakout Montgomery. The group
worked together to solve the puzzles and
"break out" of the room in a commendable
time of 58 minutes and 24 seconds. The
fun and bonding continued over brunch at
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Several Montgomery Sunset Rotarians participated in Montgomery's National Night out by attending the block party at Newtown Community where they social- ized with area residents and learned more about the surrounding neighborhoods and outreach efforts. (ABOVE)

Huntingdon Rotaract offered pizza to about 20 interested students, and the group agreed to meet on the second and third Wednesdays of the month. (RIGHT)

Several Montgomery Sunset club members attended the Rotary Club Night at the Montgomery

Biscuits Game on August 29th to enjoy fellowship with other area clubs and to share End Polio

Now information with the crowd.

and to share End Polio Now information with the crowd. Montgomery Sunset Rotary welcomed two new

Montgomery Sunset Rotary welcomed two new mem-

bers: Michelle Shaw, Legal Secretary with Balch & Bingham and Jamal Thomas, Publisher, Gumptown Maga-

zine. (RIGHT)

and Jamal Thomas, Publisher, Gumptown Maga- zine . (RIGHT) At its regular meeting on Septem- ber
and Jamal Thomas, Publisher, Gumptown Maga- zine . (RIGHT) At its regular meeting on Septem- ber
and Jamal Thomas, Publisher, Gumptown Maga- zine . (RIGHT) At its regular meeting on Septem- ber

At its regular meeting on Septem- ber 13, Chad Clark (left), president

of the Rotary Club of Fairhope,

presented a check for $30,500 to Brittany Luckie, a Special Educa- tion teacher at Fairhope Intermedi- ate School. The check comprised $21,000 in proceeds from the clubs annual steak cookoff fund- raiser and a $9,500 grant from District 6880. The funds will be applied toward the $48,000 cost of a special-needs playground at the school.

Traveling with Trant Dixie Shehane and DG Bill in BRUNDIDGE DG Bill in Springfield ,

Traveling with Trant

Dixie Shehane and DG Bill in BRUNDIDGE DG Bill in Springfield , IL at Zone
Dixie Shehane and DG Bill in BRUNDIDGE
DG Bill in Springfield , IL at Zone 30 and
31. The District Governors are hosting a
joint conference with in Biloxi ,
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Pictured are 6820 DG Bill Walk-
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Mitchell and 6880 DG Bill Trant. The
background picture is Greg Yank, RI
Board of Directors Representative

Membership & Attendance for August 2017

Clubs in District 6880

 

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Members

Members

Chg From

Meetings

Average

%

Club

6/30/2017

Current

YTD-Chg

Last Mo.

Held

Attend%

Rank

Andalusia

62

63

1

1

5

54.52

35

Atmore

38

37

-1

-1

5

42.16

42

Auburn

114

116

2

0

5

67.45

22

Bay Minette

31

30

-1

0

5

66.00

24

Brewton

66

66

0

0

4

49.00

39

Brundidge

24

25

1

1

5

87.00

3

Central Baldwin Sunset

28

28

0

0

4

86.11

4

Chilton County

9

9

0

0

5

60.00

30

Daphne/Spanish Fort

18

19

1

1

4

75.00

11

Demopolis

42

41

-1

0

5

90.20

1

Dothan

160

151

-9

-7

4

71.08

16

Dothan Tuesday Rotary

130

130

0

1

5

39.10

43

Elba

19

19

0

0

5

65.26

26

Enterprise

61

59

-2

-2

5

81.12

6

Eufaula

0

21

21

0

5

60.95

29

Evergreen

17

16

-1

0

5

73.80

12

Fairhope

85

83

-2

-3

5

75.65

10

Fairhope Sunset

55

59

4

0

4

55.80

34

Foley

65

66 (Jul)

1

n/a

0

0.00

47

Geneva

28

28

0

0

5

70.71

17

Greene County

0

0 ()

0

n/a

0

0.00

51

Greenville

31

31 (Jul)

0

n/a

0

0.00

48

Gulf Shores -Orange Beach

16

15

-1

-1

4

79.00

8

Huntingdon College

0

0 ()

0

n/a

0

0.00

52

Jackson

26

25

-1

0

5

65.60

25

Lee County Sunrise

31

31

0

0

4

67.74

20

Linden

6

6

0

0

3

90.00

2

Luverne

29

29

0

0

4

81.00

7

Mobile

282

279

-3

0

4

34.86

44

Mobile Sunset

61

61

0

0

2

10.00

46

Mobile West

36

34

-2

1

4

62.14

27

Mobile -Sunrise

65

64

-1

0

4

48.41

40

Monroeville

15

15

0

0

4

67.00

23

Montgomery

111

112

1

1

4

58.33

32

Montgomery Capital

44

43

-1

-2

5

59.07

31

Montgomery

44

43

-1

-2

5

59.07

31

Capital

 

Montgomery

40

38

-2

-1

4

82.89

5

Sunrise

 

Montgomery

18

18

0

-1

5

56.58

33

North Mobile

7

10

3

1

2

70.00

18

Opelika

84

87

3

1

5

52.66

37

Opp

27

28

1

0

4

67.59

21

Ozark

0

0 ()

0

n/a

0

0.00

49

Phenix City

35

35

0

0

4

72.73

14

Point Clear

110

100

-10

1

5

53.00

36

Prattville

32

32

0

-1

5

50.00

38

Prattville -

30

30

0

0

4

48.28

41

Millbrook Sun-

rise

Robertsdale

38

37

-1

-1

5

72.87

13

Selma

40

41

1

0

4

69.18

19

Tallassee

21

20

-1

0

5

34.00

45

Troy

84

86 (Jul)

2

n/a

0

0.00

50

Tuskegee

13

13

0

0

5

61.54

28

Wetumpka

25

23

-2

0

5

77.00

9

York -

0

9

9

9

2

72.00

15

Livingston

Totals, Net

2409

2418

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-185

4.37

63.79%

Gain, Avg

Attendance:

46 of 52 clubs reporting