Rest in Peace, Don Forsythe

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Last week, friends, family and Rotarians from near and far paid their respects and said goodbye to a dear friend, Rotarian and colleague, Don Forsythe.
Don was known for his warmth, humor, unwavering spirit and unshakeable commitment to service in Rotary (and beyond). He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Don’s family.
Rest in peace, Don.

We only have one Earth.

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.

How should you celebrate? Click HERE for ideas on how to best contribute to Earth Day.

If we keep Mother Earth healthy, she’ll keep us healthy.

Source: Wikipedia, EPA

Rotarians in Ukraine and Brazil partner to treat cleft palate children

Hanford, California may be far away from Ukraine and Brazil, but we love to report on what Rotarians are doing all over the world.

Treating children with cleft palate is a complex, multidisciplinary procedure involving surgeons, dentists, orthodontists, speech pathologists, and psychologists. But in Ukraine, these professionals are not accustomed to working together. A partnership was formed between Rotarians in Ukraine and Brazil to train Ukrainian specialists in effective collaborative methods to treat these children, with the Rotary Club of Kyiv Multinational hosting a vocational training team of Brazilian doctors.

The Brazilian specialists have become world leaders in cleft palate treatment since Brazil established a national center of expertise in Bauru, São Paulo, where children from all over their country receive treatment. Their training of Ukrainian professionals was aimed at improving the quality and outcomes of corrective surgeries on children with cleft palate.


Rotarians love to give.

Whether we’re giving to the Rotary Foundation or Polio Plus (which aims to eradicate polio worldwide), Rotarians love to give. 

If you love to give, be it volunteer hours or monetary donations to your favorite cause, you may already be a Rotarian at heart. 

To give to a Rotary cause now, click HERE.

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