Dan Mann from Lighthouse of Pinellas Speaks with the Club on February 7th

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Lighthouse of Pinellas was founded in May of 1956. The organization’s mission statement is “to advance the independence and quality of life for individuals in Pinellas County who are blind or visually impaired.” Also from its website, “Lighthouse of Pinellas is the only private, non-profit agency providing vision rehabilitation training for individuals of all ages who are residents of Pinellas County, Florida, under one roof.” For more information, visit lighthouseofpinellas.org

Ian Pike from Tampa Bay Watch

Ian Pike, Membership Coordinator from Tampa Bay Watch, spoke to the club on Wednesday, January 24th. “Tampa Bay Watch is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs” (Mission statement, website). There is more information including opportunities for volunteering, events and education, donations, and membership on the organization’s website.

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Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust

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This month we learned about CART, Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust, from a fellow Rotarian who visited our Club. 

From its website, “CART started in 1996 with Rotarians voluntarily emptying their pockets and purses of change at weekly meetings… 100% of donated funds go to cutting edge Alzheimer’s disease research.

As of May 2016, the CART Fund has awarded $5.8 million dollars.” To find out more about CART, visit their website
here.

 

Jodie Miller from LiFT Academy Speaks to Our Club

Jodie Miller, Development Director for LiFT Academy, spoke to our club on January 17th. LiFT stands for Learning Independence For Tomorrow. From its website, “LiFT is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of knowledge and skills in education within an inclusive setting.” They are seeking Community Partners with whom LiFT University students can intern and receive on the job training. This kind of experience is invaluable for students in this program who have neurodiversities.

To find out more visit their website, call 727-258-7659, email info@liftacademy.org or Jodie Miller at jmiller@liftacademy.org.
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The Club hears from Rob Barber from Sozo Children

On December 27, 2017, Rob Barber spoke to our club about a nonprofit organization called Sozo Children. Over half of the population of Uganda is under the age of 15 for various reasons including war, disease, and extreme poverty. An estimated 2.7 million children in Uganda have been neglected and orphaned. Sozo Children establishes and operates homes for children in Uganda including providing for basic cares and needs. Below is Barber on a past trip to Uganda with Sozo Children. To find out more, visit their website here or send an email to info@sozochildren.org.

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Rotary Youth Exchange: Message from Steven

Shih-Tang Tai, aka Steven, a past Rotary Youth Exchange student of the club, contacted club member and “Mom” Amber Saltzman. He shared that he graduated college and is excited to be starting his internship with Evergreen.  Rotary Youth Exchanges are for youth ages 15-19 years old, are sponsored by Rotary clubs in over 100 countries, and can last from a few days to a few months up to a full academic year. Read more about RYE here!

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Holiday Meals

On December 21, our club funded 51 of these boxes of food to needy families in our community. They were delivered by officers of the Pinellas County Sherrif’s Office.

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Club Caroling

A holiday tradition for us that is always a blast is coming together for the singing of holiday songs. On December 20th, we did just that. Vernon Bryant lead in song and on keyboard. Although the doors were closed to our room in the back of Jimmy Guana’s, where we hold our weekly Wednesday morning meetings, one of the servers commented we were a pleasure to hear and even carried a tune!

 

Holiday Lights at Florida Botanical Gardens

On December 13th, several of our club members volunteered for the Florida Botanical Garden’s Holiday Lights. You will see our club members volunteer on various evenings for this memorable event this month.

The Florida Botanical Gardens will be hosting their Holiday Lights in the Gardens event through December 31, 2017, nightly between 5:30 – 9:30PM. A minimum $4 donation is appreciated.