The Joining of Families of Rotary Youth Exchange
Nothing is more exciting to a young adult than to spread his/her wings and go to another country and immerse themselves in another culture, away from the familiar surroundings of family and friends. Nothing could be more nerve racking than putting your child on a plane and trust a family to take care of your child and keep them safe. Host families become nervous and excited about caring for a child and helping that child navigate through a new school, new foods, and the host parents extended families.
The Rotary of Coconut Creek received an honor and blessing like no other. On Sunday, January 10th, 2016, the Club received an email from Keith and Laura Royle (Host Parents) that Aya’s family from Brazil were coming over to visit and invited the members to come and meet them. What ensued was short of amazing!
Aya comes from an impressive Rotary lineage. Her mother, Roseli Anzai is a Rotarian from Rotary Club of Sao Paula – Aeroporta (District 4420). Her grandfather, Tim Ussi, is a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Aracatuba (District 4470). Upon meeting the family, it was immediately obvious why Aya is the young lady that she is. We had coffee and desserts and Tim asked David Mountford if we can have a Rotary Meeting, which we did. The team explained to Tim and his wife, Nilce Ussi, the format of our meeting and we discussed the various projects that the Club was working on in 2016. We had our happy dollars exchange and Tim expressed so much gratitude to the Club and Keith and Laura for taking care of Aya. In addition to Aya’s mom and grandparents in attendance were her dad, Wilson Anzai, her Aunt and Uncle Mark and Vivian Ussi and cousin Nolan.
Most of the conversation has to be translated (thank you Aya and Sara Monaghan) but there were no moments of awkwardness, rather the moments that were shared were simple friendship and love because we are all part of this one big amazing family which is Rotary. No language barrier could take away the reasons that brought us all together. The next generation of Rotarians is a responsibility that each and every one of us need to take seriously. This generation is the future and we need to become that solid foundation for them to continue the work that we have started.
So if you needed another reason to make that decision (or New Year Resolutions) to join Rotary, here it is. Make this year the year that you become part of a family that believes together we will leave behind a world free of Polio, and make a difference in the lives of people around the world.
Last night, we had Meghan Balling and Daron Willison from Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program come to our club to tell us about the ongoing danger to our local coral reefs and how we can reverse the damage to these important ecosystems.
The Conservation Program focuses on the reefs just off our coastline from southern Miami-Dade County up through Broward and Palm Beach Counties and to the St. Lucie inlet in Martin County (the rest of the reef stretching down through the Florida keys is protected and managed by the national park system and is seeing some recovery). The Southeast Florida Coral Reefs initiative is bringing together government, citizens and stakeholders to effectuate sound policies that will both protect the reefs from damage and allow access to boaters, divers, recreational fishermen and commercial fisheries.
This reef system, one of the largest barrier reefs in the world at about 350 miles, is crucial to our South Florida way of life by:
- Providing an environment that supports a variety of marine wildlife including fish and seafood for consumption
- Supporting 70,400 local jobs and producing $8.5 billion in revenue to our region
- Protecting coastal dwellings and property from hurricanes and storm surges
- Giving recreational fishermen and divers a beautiful habitat to explore
- Providing medicines for cancer, HIV and heart disease
Reefs are under attack from hazards such as invasive species, pollution, damage from divers and boats and stress from a rising human population.
How You Can Help:
Learn more here: http://www.slideshare.net/dawillison/our-florida-reefs-your-voice-our-future
Read all about Jade Crosby’s upcoming adventure to Japan in the August Issue of Coconut Creek Life. In addition, follow her blog, ryetojapan.tumblr.com.
District 6990 Rotary Youth Exchange Outbound Jade Crosby 2015
Justine will be our guest speaker July 20th, 2015. Justine was born and raised in South Florida and first fell in love with Equine-Assisted Therapies when she volunteered during high school and college. She attended horse camp during summers as a child and took lessons at a young age. After college, Justine was asked to join the Board of Directors.
Justine served as the Board Secretary for almost three years when she made the decision to leave mortgage banking and sales to join the exciting world of riding and horses. At Equine-Assisted Therapies, Justine works on the special events, fundraising and community development areas. She said she is thrilled to wear boots to work every day instead of high heels and use her marketing & sales background in the non-profit world.
For additional information, visit their website http://equineatsf.org/.
Rotarians for Hope & National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Rotarians for Hope have joined forces with NCMEC to raise awareness and funding to combat this heinous crime of sex trafficking, against children and young adults in our local communities, across the U.S. and globally. Supporting NCMEC is essential in today’s society because you never know when you or someone you know may need their help. Rotarians for Hope and NCMEC, strive to build a bridge between all entities to expedite the recovery of exploited, missing and kidnapped children and young adults though social media, law enforcement agencies, government agencies and international agencies like Interpol. Please visit the site for additional information and statistics at http://www.missingkids.org/rotariansforhope
Our first fund raising goal is $20,000 and you can make the difference by purchasing our lapel pins for just $20.00, which is just .67 cents a day! These lapel pins are available by contacting the Rotary Club of Coconut Creek and can be purchased as an individual or as a group or company. Please email your request to the District 6990 Rotarians for Hope Chairman, David W. Mountford at email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-718-0012. Please take a moment and click on NCMEC website to view all of the services that are offered not only to the victims but also to the families that are anxiously waiting for the safe return of their children.
Together, we can build a network of Hope and help provide children with a better tomorrow.