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NEWSLETTER - Current Mar 31, 2018
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People of Action

Club #4414 yyy District 6930


Port St. Lucie Rotary meets on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. The Saints Golf Course 

Port St. Lucie, Florida



This Newsletter is published weekly to keep our Club's members, former members & friends informed of our activities






Editor's Corner

Tree Planting Project

Weekly Meeting

District Conference

Rotary Foundation

PolioPlus Report

Upcoming Events

Just For Fun 


Our Club has received the City's approval for a Rotary Club sign on Morningside Blvd in front of our meeting place. We will supply the sign, and the City will install it. Ryan knows someone who will provide us with the sign at no cost. So the only question is - what will the sign look like, and what will it say? Pictured below is the typical sign used by Rotary Clubs. It's 30 inches in diameter. Our's could say:


Port St. Lucie Rotary Club

2601 SE Morningside Blvd.

Tuesdays at 12:15 pm


Rotary Club of Port St. Lucie

19th Hole at The Saints Golf Course

Meets Tuesdays at 12:15


Next meeting:

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018


Our guest speaker will be from an Organization called "Castle," whose mission is Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect through Education and Awareness.

Check out the list of Upcoming Events featured below.


When Ian Risely assumed his RI President role in July, he offered the theme Rotary: Making a Difference, and a goal to focus on the environment. He issued a challenge to all Rotary clubs worldwide - to plant a tree for each Rotarian in their club.


"It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring," Riseley said. "I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself."


The Port St. Lucie Rotary Club decided to accept this challenge and embark on a tree planting project. The tree planting event will be held the morning of Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at the new Woodland Trails Park. The volunteers (who will be digging holes and planting trees) can be Rotarians, families and friends. Everyone is welcome. We’ll need lots of them!


There will be more details on this volunteer activity - but, mark your calendar for this great tree planting community service project on May 12th.



The project to construct a neighborhood park in the southwest area of the City was envisioned as early as 2002 when the project was identified as part of the City’s "Parks Project Improvement Program & Six-Year Development Plan."


In early November 2017, the public was invited to participate in a community survey to vote on their name for the neighborhood park. By majority vote, the park is now named "Woodland Trails Park."


Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new neighborhood park happened on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 10 a.m., at the park site, which is located on a 13.58-acre parcel located between Edinburgh Drive and SW Calmar Avenue. The address for Woodland Trails Park is 1485 SW Calmar Avenue, PSL, FL 34953.


Construction of the park began in early December 2017. Expected to open to the public in May 2018, the park will feature recreation amenities consistent with other neighborhood parks found throughout the City:



Picnic facilities with pavilion

Dog Park

Fitness Station


Open space play area

Size: 13 acres


President Ryan Collins opened the meeting promptly at 12:15. Ryan introduced Brenda Marvin, a visiting Rotarian from the Eau Gallie Rotary Club, (for information about this Club, their website is http://eaugallierotary.com/). Ryan reminded everyone that the annual golf tournament will be held April 28th. Ryan announced that volunteers from our Club will be assisting Gary Smith in putting together litter loops on April 14th at 10 a.m. Ryan also said that we will be planting 30 trees at the Woodland Trails Park on May 12th beginning at 9 a.m.


Claudia announced that she will be in charge of programs for the 2018/2019 Rotary year, and Claudia invited members to contact her with speaker ideas.


Next, our sergeant at arms fined members for not having their pins or badges, or for arriving late. Tony then went around the room calling on members who wanted to share happy dollar stories.


Claudia gave us the sad news that former Club member, Chuck Johnson, had passed away. Chuck was president of Port St. Lucie Rotary 1990-1991.

Our guest speaker this week was Anna Marie Colonnese, special projects coordinator for Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful.


Anna Marie began by keeping the City beautiful is part of theCity's strategic plan. The mission of KPSLB is to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments.


KPSB is an affiliate of keep America Beautiful, whose guiding Principles are (1) Education: This is the key to encouraging positive behaviors toward community improvement; (2) Individual Responsibility: Improving communities, their environment, and quality of life all begins with personal responsibility - individuals becoming more engaged as citizens and stewards of the environment; (3) Public-Private Partnerships: Broad-based community alliances are essential to achieve sustainable community improvement; and (4) Volunteer Action: By engaging volunteers we extend the reach of our education and multiply the impact of our actions.


They have 1-- Adopt-A-Street Groups. Volunteers collect litter, and the City provides grabbers, bags, and vests.


On April 28th, they will have the 2018 Annual Cleanup Day. You can register at the Public Works location at 450 SW Thornhill Drive, at 7:30 a.m. Volunteers receive a free breakfast, and are then transported by bus to several locations throughout the City that need cleanup. Buses then bring the volunteers back for a free lunch. For more information:





JUNE 2ND-6TH, 2018


Day 1 - Tampa ♦ Day 2 - Key West ♦ Day 3 - Havana

Day 4 - At Sea ♦ Day 5 - Tampa


We will be the first group of Rotarians to visit Havana in almost 60 years.




 Rotary Foundation


Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty. Along with the Foundation they provide training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institutions.


Rotarians make amazing things happen:


The Rotary Club of Guatemala de la Ermita helped 400 local women complete financial literacy courses, so they could pool their money and fund their own micro-lending program.


In Esmeraldas, Ecuador, Rotary members helped grant more than 250 microloans and train more than 270 community members in sewing, baking, plumbing, microcredit, business management, and leadership.


And in West Cameroon, soil erosion and loss of soil fertility have significantly reduced farmers’ harvests. Rotary members gave farmers the skills they needed to improve soil fertility, control soil erosion, and market their produce. The results: increased crop yields and profits.


Your support of The Rotary Foundation enables this to happy. Thank you.




Pakistan & Nigeria replace Paper-based Reporting

with Fast, Accurate Cellphone Messaging


Article by Ryan Hyland

Reprinted from Rotary Foundation News


Mobile phones and simple text messaging may be the keys to victory in the world’s largest public health initiative: the eradication of polio. As the disease retreats from the global stage, thriving in only a few remote areas in three countries, it’s up to health workers to deliver vaccines and share information with speed and accuracy. Health workers in Pakistan are receiving cellphone and e-monitoring training at the Rotary Resource Center in Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are strengthening the lines of communication by giving cellphones to health workers in Pakistan and Nigeria, where a single text message could save a life.


In Pakistan, Rotary has been working to replace traditional paper-based reporting of maternal and child health information — including polio immunization data — with mobile phone and e-monitoring technology.


Community health workers across the nation have received more than 800 phones through a partnership with Rotary, the Pakistani government; Telenor, the country’s second-largest telecommunications provider; and Eycon, a data monitoring and evaluation specialist. Organizers plan to distribute a total of 5,000 cellphones by the end of 2018.


Health workers can use the phones to send data via text message to a central server. If they see a potential polio case, they can immediately alert officials at Pakistan’s National Emergency Operations Center. They also can note any children who didn’t receive the vaccine or parental refusals — and record successful immunizations. In Pakistan, the polio eradication effort aims to reach the nation’s 35 million children under age five.


The result is a collection of real-time information that officials can easily monitor and assess, says Michel Thieren, regional emergency director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergency Program.


Pakistan health workers are replacing traditional paper-reporting with accurate and timely cellphone-based reporting.


"Cellphone technology signals tremendous progress in the polio eradication program," says Thieren, who has directed polio- related initiatives for WHO in Pakistan. "The data we collect needs to have such a granular level of detail. With real-time information that can be recorded and transcribed immediately, you can increase accuracy and validity.


"This gives governments and polio eradication leaders an advantage in the decisions we need to make operationally and tactically to eliminate polio," Thieren says.


Beyond polio


Health workers also are using mobile phones to monitor a multitude of maternal and child health factors.


Pakistan’s child mortality rate ranks among the highest in the world, according to UNICEF, with 81 deaths under age five per 1,000 live births.


But mobile technology can help reduce those deaths, says Asher Ali, project manager for Rotary’s Pakistan PolioPlus Committee.


"Our health workers — including community midwives — are tracking pregnant mothers," Ali says. "When a child is born, they can input and maintain complete health records, not just for polio, but for other vaccines and basic health care and hygiene needs."


They also can monitor infectious diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and influenza-like illnesses, as well as child malnutrition and maternal health concerns.


"If there is a problem with the baby or the mother, we can send information to the government health departments immediately, so they can solve the issue quickly and adjust their strategies," Ali says.


Cellphones also facilitate follow-up visits with families, because health workers can send appointment reminders over text message.



Tuesday, April 3rd

Club meeting - the speaker will be a representative from Castle


Tuesday, April 10th

Club meeting - the speaker will be Stephanie Austin


Saturday, April 14th

Construct litter loops 


Tuesday, April 17th

Club meeting - business meeting


Tuesday, April 24th

Club meeting - the speaker will be Doreen Gilligan


Saturday, April 28th

Port St. Lucie Golf Tournament


Tuesday, May 1st

Club meeting - speaker to be announced


Tuesday, May 8th

Club meeting - the speaker will be Jennifer Tomes


Saturday, May 12th

Tree Planting at Woodland Trails


Tuesday, May 15th

Club meeting - business meeting


Tuesday, May 22nd

Club meeting - the speaker will be Elijah Wooten


June 2nd-6th

2018 District 6930 Conference - Key West - Havana


June 23rd-27th 

Rotary International Conference - Toronto





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Officers & Committee Chairs


President - Ryan Collins 

President-Elect - Dawn Bloomfield
Secretary - Anthony Bonna

Treasurer - Claudia McCaskill

Sergeant-at-Arms - Tony Molinari 

Immediate Past President - George McIlrath

 Membership Chair - Paula Andreozzi

Public Relations Chair - Chuck Snyderman 

Club Service Chair - Jim Knechtges

Community Service Chair - Connie Cox 

International Service Chair - Lyle Fried 

Vocational Service Chair - William Olivos

Youth Service Chair - Tony Molinari 

RI Foundation Chair - George McIlrath




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