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The Rotary year starts every July 1 and with it comes new leadership at the global level and often down to the club officer level. The new Rotary International President is Holder Knaack of Germany. To read more about him, click here. Each year new leaders step up and bring their perspectives and talents to bear on meeting the year's challenges in making a difference in our world. This year's theme is "Rotary Opens Opportunities". What opportunities will Rotary open for you this year?
 
 
             
    
RI President Holger Knaack and his wife, Suzanne
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Nigeria polio free, leaving the devastating disease endemic in only two countries of the world; Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rotary continues to push this disease towards extinction! To read the entire story, follow this link.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, starting the week of March 23, 2020 the Walnut Rotary Club (under the direction of Debbie Quinn), the Princeton Rotary Club (under the direction of Laura Kann), and the quilting network of Terry Johnson (a local Princeton woman) came together to implement a simple, reusable mask sewing project for health care workers, visitors to health care facilities, nursing homes, and first responders in the greater Princeton and Walnut communities.  Along the way, In-Home Care and the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments provided invaluable support including resources and access to a Facebook page to spread the word about the project and recruit sewers and Perry Memorial Hospital provided a pattern and guidance about the type of masks needed. (click read more below)

As Rotary clubs across the country adjust to new conditions, many are turning to online, virtual meetings. If your club is doing this, here is something to add a little fun to the meeting.
 
Sycamore Rotary Club and Coroco Coffee have teamed up to raise money for the End Polio campaign.  We had a table at the recent multi-district PETS, sampling Coroco Coffee blends (bourbon coffee was very popular), and felt the reception was very favorable with requests from other district clubs to attend one of their meetings and talk about the project.  7% of every sale will go to the End Polio fund.  More information is available at http://corococoffee.com.
 
 
Six short term exchange students from Argentina joined the Sycamore Rotary Club for a meeting on January 22, 2020. The exchange is coordinated through the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Sur in Argentina. The students will spend six weeks with area host families and then this summer their American counterparts will visit them in Argentina. Short term exchange is a great way for area youth to experience another culture, both as a host and as a guest!
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