Mar 222016

Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.

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

If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.

  1. A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.
  2. If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.
 March 22, 2016  2nd Row Left Box, District Interest, Family of Rotary, General News, Global Impact, Serving Community Tagged with: ,  Comments Off on EDUCATION March is Rotary Literacy Month
Jun 042015

Last year Sea Island Rotary Club, along with others from District 7770, participated in a friendship exchange with several clubs from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, District 9370. We recently learned that the Kloof Rotary Club has been trying to find funds to install an addition at the Esibusisiweni Orphanage and Creche (pre-school). This facility is short on space and also needs a kitchen and toilets.

Because of this need and our relationship with the District 9370 Rotarians, Sea Island Rotary has allocated a portion of our charitable giving this year to this project.

Kloof Rotarians, children, and teachers at the orphanage/pre-school.

Kloof Rotarians, children, and teachers at the orphanage/pre-school.

 June 4, 2015  Charities, District Interest, General News, Global Impact, Photos Comments Off on Sea Island Rotary Contributes to South African Rotary Project
May 092013

Rotary News — 5 April 2013

The 2013-18 Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan, developed by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), is expected to be finalized this month. Rotary International, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are global partners in the GPEI.

In 2012, the World Health Assembly declared polio eradication a “programmatic emergency for global public health” and called for the development of a comprehensive polio eradication and endgame strategy. The plan is designed to interrupt transmission of the wild poliovirus by the end of 2014, strengthen routine immunization, lay the groundwork for securing a lasting polio-free world, and transfer the eradication initiative’s assets to other public health efforts. It is estimated that polio eradication could save the world US$40-50 billion by 2035.

The new plan will cost about $5.5 billion. Therefore, increased support is needed from governments of donor and polio-affected countries, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and the public, to ensure implementation. Every Rotarian can become an advocate by contacting elected officials, business leaders, friends, and the press to encourage support for eradicating polio.

 May 9, 2013  General News, Global Impact, Newsletter Content Comments Off on Polio Eradication and End Game Strategic Plan developed
May 032013

“I operated today on a 2 year 3 month old boy who was struck in right eye with a stick resulting in poor vision, corneal laceration, marked bleeding in the front of the eye, and a traumatic cataract. He will definitely lose some vision but hopefully retain some.”

“All my adult surgical patients today had dense white cataracts. You could not see the back of the eye. I love making blind people see. And that’s what this Rotary program is really all about. Giving these young developing world ophthalmologists some recognition and the tools / training to enhance their prevention of blindness work.”

“Thanks again. See you soon.”

Yours In Rotary.  Baxter

The Sea Island Rotary Club has provided funds to sponsor visiting Ophthalmologists from 10 Countries (Kenya (2), Eritrea, Ecuador, India, Albania, Papua New Guinea, Laos, Azjerbajian and Nepal) since 2000.  These Doctors travel to America and get additional training from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and then they travel back to some of  the poorest Countries around the World where they help their citizens to prevent blindness.  It’s really a great program and effort led by our very own Dr. Baxter McLendon.

It’s also in part due to all of the efforts from the Members of our Club that make this happen.

 May 3, 2013  General News, Global Impact, Newsletter Content, Serving Community Comments Off on An Update from Dr. Baxter McLendon