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On Friday 2/16 Rotary members Carol Erker, Sidney Turner and Dottie Rutledge met with two Sarasota County officials, Shawn Yeager, Division Manager, Beaches and Water Access and Ryan Murphy, Operations Coordinator at Ted Sperling/South Lido Nature Park to view and discuss the proposed sites for our red cedar tree plantings. Shawn and Ryan are as excited as we are about this project and are willing to help us source the trees and get them properly planted. Our next step is determine the best source for purchasing our trees! More information will be posted as available, but right now all systems are go!
Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley has challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.
Some Other Tree Facts
- A single tree can absorb CO2 at a rate of 48 lb. per year.
- Trees act as natural pollutionfilters by absorbing pollutants through the stomates in leaf surfaces.
- Trees lower temperature by transpiring water and shading surfaces.
- Trees reduce heat sinks. Heat sinks are 6-19 degrees F warmer than the surrounding area.
- Trees reduce erosion.
- An acre of trees absorbs enough CO2 over one year to equal the amount produced by driving a car 26,000 miles.
- Trees provide food and wildlife habitats.
- Planting trees remains one of the cheapest, most effective means of drawing excess CO2 from the atmosphere.
- Trees recharge ground water and sustain stream flow.
- One large tree strategically placed in a yard can replace 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours per day.
Read more about what trees can do for us at the Arbor Day Foundation site.
The Rotary Club of Longboat Key’s Tuttle Elementary Nutrition (TEN) Program is a major accomplishment that has resulted in hundreds of needy children receiving free food every two weeks. In partnership with All Faiths Food Bank we created, and we stock, manage and staff a food pantry every two weeks, where up to 100 households ‘shop’ for free food.
Thank you so much for donating your time and efforts to make sure Tuttle Elementary school’s pantry is staffed and stocked!
To sign up to help, please follow this link below.
Tuttle Bag Labelling – http://cerv.is/m?0259gDmMST3
Tuttle School Pantry – http://cerv.is/m?0259gVQK4YC
It will take you to Longboat Keys private registration page, one for each “event”. From there you will have to create a profile and then choose your dates!
Have a great day!
Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley has made the case that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.
Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, Riseley said. “They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda,” he said.
“The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern,” he said.
The president-elect challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.
We are working through Carolyn Brown, Director Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources office with Division Manager Shawn Yeager to identify an appropriate site for Longboat Key Rotary for our contribution to the tree planting project. Once the site is identified we will update everyone.
Help kindergarten students by reading with 2 individual students from 1:00-2:00 on Tuesday afternoons. It is a very rewarding experience and a great way to help them improve literacy skills. You can sign up for 1 or more weeks.
Please contact Janet Shapiro at 941-504-5453 or email@example.com.
Weekly Meeting Calendar:
February 13 Bobbi Bird: Our District Governor – Annual Report
February 20 Dr. Eric Hodges, USF professor (Introduction by Karen Holbrook) “Mission Continued Veterans Reintegration”
February 27 Kristen Fisher, Regional Manager, Children First
March 6 Tom Harmer, Longboat Key Town Manager
March 13 Kristen Kandel, Recruitment specialist, YMCA’s Safe Children Coalition – Foster care in Sarasota county
March 20 Club Assembly
March 27 Recognition and Awards
ATTENTION ALL AMAZON USERS: Did you know that you can easily select the Rotary Foundation as your Amazon charity and a percentage of everything you spend will be donated in your name? It’s so easy to do – click here to set it up. BE SURE TO SELECT THE ROTARY FOUNDATION OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL in Evanston, IL, as your selection.
On Tuesday, September 6, the Rotary Club of Longboat Key hosted Dr. Matthias Haury, the Chief Operating Officer of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neurosciences, who described the four year journey of the Institute from its inception in Jupiter,Florida, to now being a world leader in understanding how our brains work in health and disease. In addition to Longboat Key Rotarians, 35 guests attended, many invited by Brigitte and Andreas Porwol.
Dr. Haury, an accomplished researcher and Immunologist, shared the overall approach of the Max Planck Institute in Germany as they commenced research operations in Florida with a particular focus on the Neurosciences. The Florida Institute focuses on developing novel and cutting edge approaches to understanding brain functioning as a mandatory precursor to developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.
Dr. Haury shared several of the areas of investigation developed by the MPFI for Neurosciences. These include real time optical imaging of brain nerve cells at work in memory formation, understanding mechanisms that underlie brain cell communication and regeneration, novel gene editing techniques, and how neurological and psychiatric disorders alter the structure and function of brain circuits. These are all necessary steps on the way to specific brain disease treatments and disease prevention.
You can learn more about the Institute at www.maxplanckflorida.org.
Another wonderful day celebrating our nation’s birthday with some of our best friends. WOOF!
Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.
Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
“I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Germ.
Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide, he said.
After a historic year in which transmission of the wild poliovirus was stopped in Nigeria and all of Africa, Germ said we are closer than ever to ending polio.
“We are at a crossroads in Rotary,” he added. “We are looking ahead at a year that may one day be known as the greatest year in Rotary’s history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio.”
Last year’s milestones leave just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the virus still circulates. Polio would be only the second human disease ever to be eradicated.
When that moment arrives, it’s “tremendously important” that Rotary is ready for it, said Germ. “We need to be sure that we are recognized for that success, and leverage that success into more partnerships, greater growth, and even more ambitious service in the decades to come.”
Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, encouraged attendees to return to their clubs and communities and spread the word about Rotary’s role in the fight for a polio-free world.
“People who want to do good will see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world. Every Rotary club needs to be ready to give them that opportunity,” Germ said.
Enhancing Rotary’s image isn’t the only way to boost membership. “We need clubs that are flexible, so our service will be more attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people.”
He added: “We need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward.”