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The first award is the 2012-2013 Peace Through Service Presidential Citation. The Presidential Citation recognizes Rotary clubs for achieving an array of accomplishments that help them become stronger, deliver more effective service, and enhance their public image. By qualifying for the Presidential Citation, clubs contribute to Rotary’s organizational goals and multiply the impact of their good work through the collective focus of 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.
In order to qualify Clubs were asked to assess their accomplishments this Rotary year. In order to qualify for a citation, clubs must meet the Presidential Challenge and complete one required activity, along with at least three additional activities, in each of the three categories listed. All activities had to be undertaken and completed between 1 July and 31 March of the 2012-13 Rotary year.
We’re proud to say we accomplished these tasks and we are a better club for it!
The second award Lawrence Central was for being a District 5710 Eastern Kansas Rotary Star Club for 2012-2013. District 5710 recognizes as a STAR CLUB every club whose annual contribution to the Annual Program Fund averages $100 or more per member.
(Per capita calculation based on APF giving.)
In order for a club to receive STAR CLUB designation, and be recognized at the District Conference, the club MUST turn in its Annual Fund contributions by March 31 each year. This will allow enough time to determine which clubs will be recognized at the annual District Conference.
Lawrence Central is proud to continue our designation as one of the District 5710 Star Clubs that achieved this annual level of support for our Rotary Foundation.
10 years ago former Lawrence Central charter member Ed Samp had an idea. Samp and several other area residents began talking in November 2002 about the idea of forming another chapter. They had heard of several people who were interested in joining a Rotary club but the meeting time, location or size of the existing two chapters wasn’t appealing to them.
A decade later the current members of the Lawrence Central Rotary celebrated our 10th anniversary. On March 13th, instead of our usual haunt at the Eldridge All American room, we descended upon Famous Dave’s banquet room and discussed the past and the future of our club. Members old and new brought their significant others and families for some time together to celebrate. Many thanks to Lynn O’Neal for putting together a slide show of memories and taking pictures.
Below pictures from the event and a scan of the program from the Rotary Charter Night held March 12, 2003. We’ve also posted our current President Bob Swan’s remarks to the attendees below. Thanks to everyone for coming!
Jorge Coromac who is a member of the Olathe Rotary Club and the Woodland Public Charity VP of Programs and Fund Development came to discuss how they are working to implement Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and the Access to Health programs in in Guatemala, Kenya and South Africa. He also explained how these programs include the opportunity for each Rotarian to be a part of these implementations.
Established in 2001, Woodland Public Charity strives to help children and families in poor communities in under-developed countries. Woodland supports basic assistance for poor families to help them overcome the burdens of poverty. Their goal is to help poor children become healthy, educated, self-sustaining and contributing members of society.
For more information about this and other projects that the Woodland Public Charity is working on visit their website here.
Each year around the holidays Lawrence Central moves from the All American Room into the Eldridge’s Crystal Ballroom to celebrate the holidays by inviting spouses and guests to partake in the holiday spirit. The staff at the Eldridge had a wonderful buffet lunch for us and we were treated to the impeccable sounds of the Free State Chorale.
From all of us at the Lawrence Central Rotary we wish you and yours the very warmest of holiday wishes. Thanks to all who have attended our meetings in the last year and for sharing in a vision for a better Lawrence and the world though the work of Rotary.
After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions. Reaching the ultimate goal of a polio-free world presents ongoing challenges, not the least of which is a hundreds of million dollar funding gap. Of course, Rotary alone can’t fill this gap, but continued Rotarian advocacy like Lawrence Central’s drive can help and this year we did our part by selling holiday wreaths where all the profits made went to the Rotary Foundation’s End Polio Now Campaign.
In addition to in-person internet sales, the kind people at Weavers Department Store allowed Lawrence Central to set up a table to sell wreaths and tell people a little more about all that Rotary does.
The totals are not in yet, but we’ll soon post how much we were able to donate. Thank you to everyone who purchased a wreath, we appreciate your support.
If you haven’t ordered there’s still time to get a wreath in time for the holidays. Use this link ( http://bit.ly/LCRPolioPlus ) to place an order and 25% of your order will go directly to eradicating polio.