Promoting Projects: Tell Your Story

Thu, 23-Mar-2023 10:00 am (60 min)

Level: Beginner


This webinar will be offered in English, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. Everyone who registers will receive access to the recording. Telling your story of service and positive change is an essential part of carrying out service projects. It’s especially important to share how you overcame any challenges, the lessons you learned, and tips for how other people can best approach similar projects. 

Language: English

Grab your boots...pack your bags & saddle up!  
Our herd is headin' to Fort Worth for our 2023 Rotary District 5890 Conference on April 27-30, 2023!
The District Conference Committee has been working together to plan an "District 5890 Texas-Size Celebration" to help all of us celebrate the great work that our clubs have done to help others.


Date:  April 27-30, 2023
Location:  Hilton Fort Worth - $179/night - Hotel Reservation Link
Conference Registration:  $350 (Before Feb 1, 2023) 
$395 (After Jan 31, 2023)
Rotaractor:  $225
Conference Golf Tournament - Thursday, April 27th 
Our Rotary e-Club of Houston will be hosting a delegation of four energy experts from Ukraine sponsored by our US Congress in the Open World program.  
 The Congressional Office for International Leadership (COIL) is an independent government agency of the United States Congress which implements and funds the Open World program. This program brings leaders from partner countries to the United States in order to give them first-hand exposure to the American system of participatory democracy and accountable governance.  
Their orientation will be held in Washington, DC and I have requested a meeting with Senator John Cornyn.  Houston is a major energy city and I have experience with hosting one previous Ukrainian team in 2019 with OpenWorld who focused on Renewable Energy. With the onset of the Russian invasion which has targeted  power plants, this team is interested in both short-term and long-term energy solutions as well as regulations relevant to procurement, production, and transportation of various sources of energy.  They are focused on sustainability policies and issues related to energy transition.
“More than 3,300 Ukrainians have participated in the Open World program and its network of rising star alumni in key government agencies and throughout the private sector has helped move forward the reforms that the Ukrainian people, its government and we at the Embassy support.”
The Open World team consists of two women and two men, one Open World facilitator and one translator (as several have only basic English skills).  Throughout the week we have an agenda which will introduce them to programs across Houston as the" Energy Capital of the World" and on Friday, March 3, the team will present the luncheon program at the Memorial Spring Branch Rotary Club.  
Special thanks to the following in our club who have assisted with the agenda:  Chopin Kiang, Anais Watsky, Akin Olufowoshe, Olivia Hernandez, Brittany Johnson, and Robin and Ed Charlesworth.  
If you are free to join us during the week, please contact Robin Charlesworth.  The agenda will be on the website soon.  On February 25 we will tour the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, celebrate Texas Independence Day at Washington-on-the-Brazos, and wind down at Messina Hof Winery in Bryan with wine and appetizers.  On Sunday, February 27, the group will go to the Johnson Space Center/NASA in Clear Lake.  Our Welcome BBQ Dinner is also Sunday night from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm ($25 per person).  On Tuesday night we will go to the Rockets Basketball game.  These are our Cultural activities during their week.  We will also have a Wrap-Up Dinner on Friday, March 3 at the home of the Charlesworth's.   If you want to join us, let me know so I can get tickets for all.

Turkey and Syria were struck by a devastating earthquake on 6 February that has killed tens of thousands of people, destroyed thousands of homes and other structures, and left people across the region without shelter in bitterly cold winter weather.

The Rotary world responded to this catastrophe immediately. RI President Jennifer Jones activated our disaster response efforts, communicated with the affected districts, and encouraged governors in those regions to apply for disaster response grants and share information about their relief efforts so that Rotary can amplify the calls for support.

The Rotary Foundation Trustees decided that all donations made, from now until 31 March, to the Turkey/Syria Disaster Response Fund will be used to aid earthquake relief projects. In addition, the Trustees made available more than $125,000 to Rotary districts affected by the earthquake through Disaster Response Grants.

Rotary's project partner ShelterBox also has an emergency response team assessing the needs in the region and how it can respond. That team is communicating with Rotary district leaders. Rotary's service partner Habitat for Humanity International is also working on its response. Many Rotary members are asking how they can help. Here's how to have the greatest impact:

  • Give to Turkey/Syria Disaster Response Fund. Donations help clubs and districts provide aid and support rebuilding efforts where the need is greatest. The funds are distributed to affected communities through disaster response grants. The Disaster Response Fund can accept cash contributions and District Designated Funds (DDF).
Ksenia Petrichenko transforms the buildings where we live and work, reducing their environmental impact and the amount of energy they consume.
Buildings are bad news for the climate -- but they don't have to be. While our structures are currently responsible for a third of global energy consumption and emissions, a future where they create more energy than they consume is possible. Energy policy analyst Ksenia Petrichenko has a three-tiered strategy for thinking differently about buildings, transforming them from passive users to active players in the energy system and bringing us closer to our climate targets.

The Host Organising Committee is very excited to welcome Rotary members and guests to Melbourne for the 2023 Rotary International Convention.   Known as one of the world’s most livable cities, you will enjoy what we take for granted, a beautiful, vibrant and cosmopolitan city.  

Set on the shores of picturesque Port Phillip Bay, the southern-most city of mainland Australia  Melbourne is rich in aesthetics, with its beauty enhanced by the meandering Yarra River, immaculate parks and gardens, public art, classical buildings and innovative design.  

Iconic Flinders Street railway station is the meeting point for all people when they come to Melbourne. Start your journey there and enjoy a great coffee and discover what Melbourne has to offer. 

With interlocking laneways with graffiti art and the buzzing inner-city precinct reveals one-off boutiques and world-class restaurants, while our larger modern department stores and shopping complexes compete to enchant the most discerning shopper. Melbourne is culturally diverse and is globally recognised as one of the most concentrated dining and fashion cultures in the world. 

Melbourne is the heart of Australia's major sports: Formula 1, Melbourne Cup (the race that stops a nation), Australian Tennis Open, and the mighty Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which is home to Australian cricket and our unique Australian Football League (AFL).

Just a short drive from the heart of Melbourne, you can take one of the world's iconic drives along the Great Ocean Road. Head north to the Murray River and sit amongst the great river red gums or relax with a glass of local wine on a river paddle steamer. Or, if you prefer, head to Phillip Island. Here you can visit the koala sanctuary and see the world-famous fairy penguin parade in the evening. Step back in time - head to Ballarat and try your hand at gold panning at Sovereign Hill. Visit the Yarra Valley,  home of great cool climate wines, chardonnay, pinot and sparkling. There are unlimited adventures and discoveries to be had, just a short distance from Melbourne City. 

Please keep visiting this site because we will be regularly posting new exciting activities and information. We look forward to welcoming you to our great city. 

Mary Barry 
Chair Host Organising Committee 2023

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