Brittney Massey, program for July 24, 2009

Brittney Massey

Brittney Massey graduated with honors from California State University Long Beach in May 2008. She majored in Communications with a minor in Psychology. Brittney is currently participating in two internships. It is her plan to pursue a career as a Christian motivational speaker.

Brittney was a participant in our district RYLA program in 2003 as a junior at San Dimas High School. She returned to RYLA as a keynote speaker in 2007 and 2008. She also participated in the Rotary International RYLA in 2008.

When the Rotary Club of Long Beach decided it was time time to recruit and retain younger memebers it was only natural that they would sponsor a Long Breach Rotaract Club. Brittney was one of the first California State University Long Beach students to join the Rotaract Club where she was soon elected president.

Along the way to partnering with the new Rotaract Club the members of the Rotary Club of Long Beach learned new skills and developed new strategies for communicating with young people. Brittney will provide the members of our club with insight on how young adults communicate differently from the seasoned members of our club. We need to understand them if we are going to recruit them.

Rotary Foundation Beginning

Some magnificent projects grow from very small seeds. The Rotary Foundation had that sort of modest beginning.

In 1917 RI President Arch Klumph told the delegates to the Atlanta Convention that “it seems eminently proper that we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world.” The response was polite and favorable, but the fund was slow to materialize.  A year later the “Rotary Endowment Fund,” as it was first labeled, received its first contribution of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, which was the balance of the Kansas City Convention account following the 1918 annual meeting.  Additional small amounts were annually contributed, but after six years it is reported that the endowment fund had only reached $700.  A decade later, The Rotary Foundation was formally established at the 1928 Minneapolis Convention.  In the next four years the Foundation fund grew to $50,000.  In 1937 a $2 million goal was announced for The Rotary Foundation, but these plans were cut short and abandoned with the outbreak of World War II.

In 1947, upon the death of Paul Harris, a new era opened for the Rotary Foundation as memorial gifts poured in to honor the founder of Rotary.  From that time, The Rotary Foundation has been achieving its noble objective of furthering “understanding and friendly relations between peoples of different nations.” By 1954 the Foundation received for the first time a half million dollars in contributions in a single year, and in 1965 a million dollars was received.

It is staggering to imagine that from those humble beginnings, The Rotary Foundation is now receiving more than $85 million each year for educational and humanitarian work around the world.

Invitation to an Adventure in Service

Attention all Rotarians;

You are all invited to join and support the adventure of a life time. Matt Weaver is leading a trip to Thailand (1/1-1/10/10) to provide water to a remote Hilltribes village and fundamentally change the lives of approximately 80 poor villagers. Our club and the numerous clubs I have visited in the last 2 years will provide the financial support to build a water system.

We are then going to take a relatively short trip to Thailand to visit the project for the last couple days of its completion. You will visit some the most remote and exotic areas of Asia. We will be visiting the “Golden Triangle” area of Myanmar (Burma), Laos and Thailand.
This trip will NOT consist of hard physical labor. This trip is designed to bring you to see what our funds are supporting and enable you to be a part of something very special.
We will travel to the village, spend 2-3 nights living with the villagers, and help them finish up the project.I will personally guarantee a life changing adventure. However this trip is not for everyone.

This trip is for those who want to be at the “tip of the spear” in making a difference in the developing world.
I will continue to bring more information about the trip in the months to come. In the meantime I encourage anyone with any interest in taking the trip of their lifetime, or would like to support this trip, to contact me with more details.

I promise this will be Rotary International Service in its truest sense.

Matt Weaver

Off to a Good Start

We had our first official meeting last Friday with the new boards presentation. We would like to thank all the board members for their wonderful informal yet funny ways of presentation. Special thanks to Mimi Hennessy of putting together of power point presentation. I know that Arcadia Rotary got talents. We want all this talent to show and share doing Rotary humanity services.

As you saw at the meeting, we spent a lot of preparing the large membership chart with all avenues  of services. We will be able to show many members are involved in with many tasks, members who are not aware what services available to serve you can see in one eye for all services and choose to get involve.

Please feel free to mark with the star stickers wherever you are in serving, Barbara Barnes will have star stickers for you to use. I know everyone in the Arcadia Rotary club are the stars in every ways.

The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;

FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Greatest Rotary Club in the World!