Fitchburg-Verona
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Books for the world report from Zimbabwa
Good afternoon Shirley 
 
I have just returned from 2 weeks in Zimbabwe, and was able to make the presentation of the books that we collected from the centre. You will recall that we had shown the senior school some pictures of the books in order to gauge their requirements, and were told to bring whatever we could lay our hands on. This we did, and a pallet of boxed books duly made its way on our truck to the mine and from there to the school. I then arranged for a hand-over on Friday 23rd September.
 
Upon arriving at the school I was a tad surprised to see that the books had been carefully unpacked and laid out on display, complete with flowers! There was a huddle of teachers going through them and it was clear that this was going to be a lot more formal than I had anticipated. Sure enough, the Headmaster informed me that the local Chief, the District Schools Inspector, various Government representatives etc. etc. would all be present (I was severely underdressed in shorts and khaki shirt), and after the assembled children sang the National Anthem, and some introductory words by the Headmaster, the DSI delivered a heartfelt vote of thanks to both the mine and the donors. Shirley - it would have made you proud to see the excitement that the books generated.The thirst for knowledge is immense, and the school informed me that with this donation they now felt confident that they could offer A-level Physics and Chemistry  to their students next year. Wonderful.
 
It is also worth noting that the Zimbabwean Ministry of Education has just (in September) launched their STEM programme (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) so these books are entirely appropriate and the timing could not have been better. And they will need more - I have plenty of schools in the District that are in a similar state of need.
 
I have attached a few photographs and will forward the letter of thanks from the Headmaster when it arrives.
 
Thank you to all at Rotary and keep those books coming!
 
Regards
 
Grant Hudson
 
The books being unwrapped at the mine
 
From L -to -R: the Sciences teacher, the Mine Manager, Senator Chief Marozva, Council Member Mr. Mapeture and the Headmaster
 
 
 
Books for the world report from Zimbabwa 2016-10-12 00:00:00Z
Congratulations to new club officers for 2016-2017
 
Congratulations to our newly elected officers for the upcoming year for Fitchburg-Verona Rotary Club.  Officers were sworn in at our last meeting on June 28th.
 
Our President is Sue Mach, President-Elect is Bridget Krueger, Secretary is David Beach, Treasurer is Amanda Pun, Past President is Mary Egan, International Director is Janine O'Rourke, Vocational Director is Scott Seid.   We are looking forward to another year of community and international service projects.
 
 
Congratulations to new club officers for 2016-2017 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z
Little Free Library - McKee Park Fitchburg
 I was pleasantly surprised recently while reading a neighborhood newsletter about a family that moved to Fitchburg from Minnesota.  In the article the mother stated 5 things she liked about Fitchburg and one of the items listed was the Little Free Library at McKee Park.   As a Rotarian I was very pleased to read her comment and realized the importance of maintaining our library with current books for kids and adults.
 
I am reaching out to our members and friends, if you have children's books and adult books that are appropriate to share with others, please bring them to our club meetings and I will make sure they are added to our library.
 
Thank you for your help with this great community service.
 
Little Free Library - McKee Park Fitchburg Mary Egan 2016-05-10 00:00:00Z
Annual Wine Tasting Event - held November 19
It was another successful Wine Tasting Event that allowed the Fitchburg-Verona Rotary Club to raise funds for local community projects and international projects. 
 
 
Annual Wine Tasting Event - held November 19 Mary Egan 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z
Books for the World Project
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Fitchburg-Verona Rotarians are excited about the upcoming book packaging event to be held on Saturday, November 14 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Rotary Books for the World warehouse off of Wright St, Madison.  We will be joining Madison Breakfast Rotarians and other fellow Rotarians and volunteers to package thousands of books to send to countries abroad.  Thank you to many local school districts and libraries for your generous donations of materials that will be utilized by many other children and teachers in foreign countries.
Books for the World Project Mary Egan 2015-11-05 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Fitchburg-Verona 6th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser
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Come enjoy an evening of wine tasting and complimentary appetizers while helping the Rotary Club of Fitchburg/Verona raise funds to support our local community and international service projects.
Rotary Club of Fitchburg-Verona 6th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser Melissa 2015-10-23 00:00:00Z
Saving lives in Ghana
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z
Finding Safe Haven
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z
Helping people with disabilities make their own music
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z
India celebrates three years without polio
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z

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