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Rotary Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar & PhD Candidate Speaks to Lawrence Central

Laura DeamAt Lawrence Central’s October 23rd meeting at the Oread Hotel PhD Candidate Laura Dean spoke to us about her travels in the Ukraine.  She is ABD and finishing her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Kansas. She has a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (2013) and a Master of Arts in Political Science (2011) from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in International Studies focusing on Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (2006) from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Arts in World Politics (2003) from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

In 2007-2008, she was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Latvia where she examined the exploitation of women, focusing on sex tourism and trafficking. She studied Russian for three years with a Foreign Language Area Scholarship (FLAS) from the US Department of Education Title VI Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas. She also worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Political Science from 2011-2012 and a Research Assistant for the Institute for Policy and Social Research 2010-2011 at the University of Kansas. While on Ambassadorial Scholar she conducted 15 months of fieldwork for my dissertation in Ukraine, Russia, and Latvia from May 2012- August 2013.

Laura speaks Latvian, Russian, have reading knowledge of Spanish and is learning Ukrainian. In her free time she likes to read obscure East European authors, travel to places most people have never heard of, and volunteer at local women’s shelters.

Chuck UdellWe also had a brief update  by Rotary District 5710’s Paul Harris Society chair Chuck Udell about Rotary’s Paul Harris Society and how all the wonderful rotary sponsored and funded programs around the globe are supported by donations to the Rotary Foundation and even that a portion of these funds also come back to the clubs in the form of District Grants to help local clubs with the resources needed to spread these great programs to those most in need of them.

A  great reason to consider the society is while a Rotarian may not be able to directly serve somewhere else in the world, by being a Paul Harris Society member they can support those who do.  This is the important giving that makes all the other programs possible, without your commitment, the ideal of service fostered by Rotary would not be possible.

We thank both Chuck and Laura for visiting with us!

Buy a Wreath – Make the World a Better Place

Do-the-workIf it were only that simple, but this is a good way to start. Again this year, Lawrence Central Rotary is selling wreaths and holiday decorations from Lynch Creek Farms and all the profits from the sales are going to the Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation transforms these funds into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, the Foundation taps into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into Rotary’s priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Rotary Foundation grants empower Rotarians locally and worldwide to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

You can contact any of our members to purchase in person, wreaths are $39.95 and $10 of each sale goes to the Rotary Foundation helping make the world a better place.

But there’s even an easier way! You can purchase a broader array of holiday decorations online by using this website. – It will direct you to the Lynch Creek Website and 25% of your purchase will come back to Lawrence Central Rotary to help locally and globally uniting for the common good.

Lawrence Central Rotary is proud to do our part locally and we encourage you to help us!

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With World Polio Day on 24 October, it’s a good time to talk about polio eradication.

World Polio Day October 24, 2013 Live Stream Event.To mark World Polio Day on 24 October, Rotary and Northwestern University’s Center for Global Health will host a live streamed global status update on the fight to end polio.  Invited guests include Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors, and Rotary members.

We are at a “tipping point” for polio eradication. In 2012, polio cases were at their lowest levels ever. Rotary and its partners have to finish the job or risk losing long-fought gains entirely.  Since the global initiative began more than 25 years ago, Rotary and its partners have reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide.  There are only three countries where the wild poliovirus has never been stopped: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

Rotary’s chief role is fundraising, advocacy, and mobilizing volunteers. Other partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UN Foundation, and UNICEF, along with world governments.

Every dollar Rotary raises (up to US$35 million/year) will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for polio eradication efforts through 2018.Lawrence Central Rotary Logo with End Polio Now

Rotary and Northwestern University’s Center for Global Health will host a live streamed global update on polio eradication on World Polio Day, 24 October.

You can join the “World Polio Day: Making History” live event from wherever you are worldwide by visiting 

Another of Lawrence Central Rotary’s Shelterboxes has been deployed!

Lawrence Central Rotary Shelterbox #2Lawrence Central along with the help from the Lawrence Monday Noon Rotary and District 5710 grants were able to purchase 3 ShelterBoxes last year.

Shelterbox is a Rotary-based organization that responds instantly following natural and other disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who need it most. Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. ShelterBox is now firmly established at the forefront of disaster relief and our work constantly earns the respect of outside agencies.

We recently received news that the second box we purchased was deployed to Myanmar for refugees who have lost everything due to the ongoing conflict in Kachin state in northern Myanmar.

We’ll be tracking the last one and will post updates on where it went.

If you would like more information on ShelterBox check out their Website.

Visitors to Lawrence Central

Tobin Neis and Bob Haladay Rotary Banner Presentation

Lawrence Central President Tobin Neis and visiting Rotarian Bob Haladay from the Rotary Club of Albuquerque

Last week we had a visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Albuquerque.  Bob Haladay came to lunch and presented us with one of their woven banners and told us about their work they’ve done over the last 97 years! We’ll get a scan of it posted to the Banner page soon.  We’ve just ordered a new batch of Lawrence Central banners so the second they appear on our stoop we’ll have one in the mail to the fine folks in Albuquerque.

Here’s a great video from their club about the club and the work they do.


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