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Our 2019 RYLA student graduates from the program on March 9th.  Read about how Daniel Eduardo Zavala learned about the world from his participation in a RYLA program.  "Life changing"

 

 

How RYLA changed my life

Daniel Eduardo Zavala is a District Rotaract Representative. Taking part in a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards event set him down a path of Rotary service.

By Daniel Eduardo Zavala, Rotaract Club of San Joaquin, Venezuela

In 2010, I had my first exposure to Rotary during a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) event in San Cristobal, a beautiful city in my country of Venezuela. A secretary at the university I was attending recommended that I would get a lot out of the event scheduled for the following weekend, and being up for adventure, I said yes. I remember that day like it was yesterday.

I didn’t know what the future held for me. But taking part in that RYLA led me down a path that would change my life forever. I learned how many people around the world were working to make this world a better place. I met people my age or younger who were committed to improving their communities. And it made me want to do the same.

After that RYLA, I returned home with a desire to do all I could to help eradicate polio and bring about positive changes in my country. I joined Rotaract, and began taking part in international service projects. In all, I probably traveled to more than 28 countries, helping out in cities all over the world.

Rotary has given me the best experiences in my life. I traveled to Guatemala to provide food, clothes and toys for children living near a garbage dump. In Venezuela, I built and repaired parks for children. In India, I learned many new things about their culture, and following that, made trips to Argentina, Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, Sri Lanka and other countries. I always tried to give of myself and leave the communities I visited with more than when I had arrived.

In serving alongside members from other countries, I learned that we are all different but equal, sharing a common goal of making a difference in the world.

When I began serving through Rotaract, I was an IT student. Now I am a lawyer and programmer, a proud Rotary program alum, and a  District Rotaract Representative. This is my Rotary adventure. I now have family around the world. And I am looking forward to the day when I join Rotary.

Traveling in Dharmshala India

 
EClub President, FRank Alaska Quinn has been traveling through India on his way to volunteering at teh Tibetan Children's Village School in Dharmasala India.  Here is life through Frank's lens from the culture, the environment and sometimes his shoes.
 
 
In December (or at the end of the year) a very wide variety of multinational festivals and holidays are celebrated around the world, whether within particular religions, cultures, or otherwise. Celebrations listed here are celebrated in at least two or more countries.  
 
Wikipedia and other global websites were used to compile this information.
 
There are many other festivals and holidays celebrated in the month of December.  The ones mentioned here are examples of our diversity as a Rotary Club and as Rotarians from around the world.
 

December

Buddhism
  • Bodhi Day8 December – Day of Enlightenment, celebrating the day that the historical Buddha (Shakyamuni or Siddhartha Gautama) experienced enlightenment (also known as Bodhi).
Christianity
  • Adventfour Sundays preceding Christmas Day
  • Saint Barbara's Day4 December – The Feast of St. Barbara is celebrated by Artilleryregiments across the Commonwealth and some western Catholic countries.
  • Krampusnacht5 December – The Feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated in parts of Europe on 6 December. In Alpine countries, Saint Nicholas has a devilish companion named Krampus who punishes the bad children the night before.
  • Saint Nicholas' Day: 6 December
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception Day: 8 December – The day of Virgin Mary's Immaculate Conception is celebrated as a public holiday in many Catholic countries.
  • Saint Lucia's Day13 December – Church Feast Day. Saint Lucia comes as a young woman with lights and sweets.
  • Las Posadas16–24 December – procession to various family lodgings for celebration & prayer and to re-enact Mary & Joseph's journey to Bethlehem[4]
  • Longest Night: A modern Christian service to help those coping with loss, usually held on the eve of the Winter solstice.
  • Christmas Eve24 December – In many countries e.g. the German speaking countries, but also in Poland, Hungary and the Nordic countries, gift giving is on 24 December.
  • Christmas Day25 December and 7 January – celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike.[5][6][7][8]
  • Anastasia of Sirmium feast day: 25 December
  • Twelve Days of Christmas25 December–6 January
  • Saint Stephen's Day26 December – In Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic a holiday celebrated as Second Day of Christmas.
  • Saint John the Evangelist's Day: 27 December
  • Holy Innocents' Day: 28 December
  • Saint Sylvester's Day: 31 December
Hinduism
  • Pancha Ganapati: a modern five-day Hindu festival celebrated from December 21 through 25 in honor of Ganesha.
Judaism
Secular
There are also a number of holidays, real or pretend made popular by movies, TV and parodies. This list is too long for this article.  
10th December as you are aware is celebrated as Human Right Day as well as conferment of Noble Peace prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We celebrate this day as the conferment of Noble Peace Prize since 1989. This year is the 29th conferment of Noble Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.The day is a gazetted holiday day and our school actively participate in the celebration in the public celebration at the main temple of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Central Tibetan Administration civil staff completing 25 years of service are publicly honored. We also have guest of honor from Indian Parliament. This year we had a team of Human Right Committee executive  members from Congo. 
 
After formal speeches from our government there are series of cultural performances. This year our teaching staff took part for the performance as we do not want to disturb our students because of their upcoming annual examination. I have uploaded the performance by our staff.

What Do You Do When You Have A Dream?

 
There are many ways to carry out your dram or your vision.  Here is just one  of those stories and it's a local Upstate NY story too.  It's about sense of purpose, perseverance, family and most of all love.
 
So many people have ideas to do good in the world.  Here's the real life story of a young woman who made her dream come true.  Watch the video and then check out the Bakery for their recipe for success.  It is also an excellent explanation of Autism and social enterprise.  

Shelterbox and Rotary extend our partnership in the Philippines

 

ShelterBox and Rotary International are Project Partners in Disaster Relief.  By working together, we are ensuring that no family is left without shelter after disaster.  Not only do Rotary and Rotaract clubs around the world support ShelterBox financially, but on many of ShelterBox’s deployments local Rotarians, Rotaractors and Response Teams work closely together at an operational level. Rotarians often have great connections with communities and authorities that can help response teams understand the situation and respond better together.

Recently, in the Philippines, ShelterBox and Rotary have taken this partnership to the next level. ShelterBox has deployed disaster responses in the Philippines on twenty-five separate occasions. To innovate our responses, ShelterBox Operations Philippines was set-up as an in-country organization with aid stored locally so that we can respond more effectively.

Dave Ray, Horizon’s Lead at ShelterBox said:

“Rotary has been involved in the creation of the new agency in the Philippines since way before its actual invention. We have worked with Rotarians on all of our responses in the past so it is a very natural thing for us to go to Rotarians and ask for their advice when we were beginning the process.”

ShelterBox Operations Philippines, a locally registered ShelterBox office, was set up with a plan to create a network of local Rotarian Coordinators. In this way, when a disaster hits in the Philippines, our response can begin almost immediately.

When Tropical Storm Urduja hit the Philippines it caused flash flooding, landslides and destruction. The Rotary Club of Biliran Island started their response shortly after the storm passed by providing food, water, and health kits. They were quickly in contact with the local Rotarian Coordinators who coordinated with ShelterBox HQ Operations and the in-country Response team, who then started the ShelterBox Operations Philippines response.

There are many ways for Rotarians and Rotaractors to partner with ShelterBoxGain inspiration from fellow members and contact ShelterBox to get involved.

 

It's Youth Services month and this story about Rotaract demonstrates the work of this organization of younger Rotarians.  This high energy club in Argentina worked together to make a difference in people's lives.  Their experiences, told in the story below, 
Hen Power
 
A thought-provoking look at a therapy designed to help alleviate loneliness and depression.    This idea has spread throughout England and Wales and all the way to Australia.  
 
What do you think?  Comment on our June Wall please.
 
When I first saw these photos and read how the children of this Tibetan Children's Village school in India gathered to welcome visitors I realized that children everywhere and yes, perhaps schools most places welcome visitors in similar ways - flags, gifts, happy faces, lots of pictures, assemblies.  
 
So among our differences we can celebrate similarities as well.  Thanks to EClub member, Phuntsok Namygal, Data Administrator of the school, for these lovely photos and our story of the week.
 
STORY
TCV Welcomes US Congressional representative Lleana Rose Lehtinen and Rep. Claudia Tenney along with her team today in the afternoon. We are very happy to have them in the midst of our very innocent and loving children welcoming them with flags held high as they possibly can reach.
A Note from Pep - This letter from our District Governor resonated with me because I also believe that Rotary is something you must experience, an emotional connection.  For me it was a little 3rd grade girl who kissed the dictionary I gave her.  That was my Rotary 'aha'  moment.  I carry that picture in my heart.
 
For others it's the drop of polio vaccine or seeing a family take their first drink of clean water or watching a child put on a new warm winter coat.  For others it's traveling to assist communities to build computer labs, or pioneering conservation projects and community development and for others it's moving us towards peace.
 
Having just inducted two new members into our Rotary family I also feel responsible for helping them find the Truth of Rotary to enrich their lives.
 
Have YOU had an 'aha' Rotary moment?  Please share it on our November wall.
 
Welcome to our Rotarian Visitors from Around the World!
 
You are in good company!  As an EClub we make it very easy to make up missed meetings. Each week there is a new e-Bulletin that serves as our meeting forum. There are also many archived bulletins. You can select any of these marked Weekly Meeting Activities on the right Menu bar as a Make-Up.  
 
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