Lawrence native Karin Feltman told Rotarians at Lawrence Central Rotary on May 22 that she has a “heart for service.” Feltman, a nurse, has been on 15 medical mission trips between 2005 and 2011. Now she’s raising funds and making preparations for a medical mission in Nepal that she believes will last five years.
“I’ve been to Kenya, Malawi, Honduras, Haiti,” Feltman said. Every trip has begun because she was listening to her “little voice” that gave her a sense of what she needed to be doing to find meaning in her life. Now the trip to Nepal will be longer lasting because, she said, that while help with emergencies is good, there is a need for sustainable service that involves truly living in a place. “I want to work with wellness, teaching, and to improve family life there. “
Feltman will work through Evangelical Alliance Mission TEAM at Dadeldhura hospital in the Himalayan foothills. TEAM is an organization that has pioneered medical work in Nepal since the 1960s. It has grown out of a mission movement begun in the United States in 1890 by a Swedish immigrant, and has sent out thousands of workers.
Fund raising is important as she will need to support herself, which costs approximately $3600 per month. Several fund raisers have already been held in Lawrence and she said donations are welcome.
Feltman, (whose first name is pronounced Car-in; her mother was Belgian, she said, and pronounced it that way) is studying to learn the Nepalese language. “It’s difficult and very different from the romance languages common in this country. I do my best to adapt to the customs, the language and the food wherever I am,” she said, although she admitted to having a hard time on some of her trips with the native wildlife, primarily spiders.
She plans to leave for Nepal in January 2014.
“I walk by faith and not by sight,” she said.
Group Study Exchange is Rotary’s International Exchange Program for Young Professionals. The GSE team will visit District 5710 April 28 – May 28, 2013, and will be visiting the Central Lawrence Rotary at our May 15th Lunch Meeting. The team is from East Africa and all are medical professionals and their leader is Medical Doctor from Uganda working as a public health consultant. She is also Past President for Rotary Club Kampala South and Past Assistant Gov D9200.
District 9200 comprises the six East African countries Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The geographical variation ranges from beautiful coastal beaches (both in Kenya and Tanzania), to Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water lake in Africa. The Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – still roam our vast savannahs and bush land. The equator passes through Kenya and Uganda. The total population of all five countries is about 130 million in an area of 3,139,000 sq kms.
These programs are always very informative so if you have time please make it to the Wednesday Meeting!
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.
Just Food’s mission is to serve as the central food distribution facility in Douglas County and to directly provide food assistance for those in need and to coordinate with and support efforts of partner agencies that maintain community food pantries.
Their vision is to be an innovative leader in alleviating the problem of hunger. In collaboration with our partner agencies, as well as government and community leaders, we work together to build the public will to ensure that no one in Douglas County, Kansas goes hungry.
They envision a day when everyone in our community has access to nutritious food through an efficient and sustainable acquisition and distribution network.
If you’d like to know more about Just Food or Lawrence Central stop by the Eldridge for lunch with us from Noon to 1pm!
Lawrence Complete Streets is a campaign to educate citizens about the benefits of enacting policies that consistently create safe transportation networks for all users.
You might ask yourself why are complete streets important? Well, the main reason is that streets are important to the health and productivity of Lawrence, KS. They serve young and old, motorists, bicyclists, walkers, wheelchair users, bus riders and businesses. Efficient, safe and accessible transportation supports our economy and our individual health.
“Complete streets” are road networks that are consistently designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, wheeled-device users, transit riders and motorists of all ages and abilities are able to move safely along and across a complete street.
- Connect people with popular destinations cost effectively
- Help keep people healthy by supporting daily physical activity
- Improve safety and accessibility for all ages, including children and seniors
- Give businesses many safe routes for shoppers and employees
- Reduce traffic congestion and reliance on motor vehicles
- Conserve energy and improve air quality
- Encourage walking and biking to work, school and activities
- Make Lawrence more inviting to retirees with active lifestyles
- What do complete streets look like?
While there is no set formula for a complete street, common features include:
- Sidewalks with curb cuts
- Bike lanes
- Wide shoulders
- Plenty of crossing opportunities
- Bus shelters and crossings
- Raised crosswalks
- Traffic signs
- Elements that buffer, beautify and improve drainage
- Landscape that provides safety and invites community activity
- How are complete streets achieved?
Complete streets can be achieved through a variety of policies: state laws, local ordinances. local resolutions, inclusion in comprehensive plans, rewrites of design manuals, inclusion in comprehensive plans, and agency policies or internal memos from directors of transportation agencies.
Regardless of the format, the best complete streets policies apply to all road projects and require high-level approval of any exceptions. The best complete streets policies direct transportation planners and engineers to consistently design with all users in mind, including drivers, public transportation vehicles users, pedestrians, and bicyclists as well as older people, children, and people with disabilities. (More on the elements of a good complete streets policy can be found at http://www.completestreets.org/changing-policy/policy-elements/).
The Lawrence Complete Streets committee is working closely with the Lawrence/Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which establishes goals, objectives and policies governing transportation planning in the region. The MPO is currently developing a complete streets policy that is expected to be available for public consideration later in 2011. The goal of the Lawrence Complete Streets committee is to educate the public about complete streets in general and about this specific complete streets policy proposal once it is available for public consideration.
Portions adapted with permission from the National Complete Streets Coalition.