International Service Opportunities
The Rotary Thousand Smiles Dental Clinic in Ensenada Mexico is this weekend, Aug. 4 and 5th. In May Dr. Brad Baker and I presented a check for $2,000 to the 1000 Smiles Foundation when we attended the clinic in Ensenada. The next clinic will be November 3-4.
The San Diego Youth Symphony is sponsored by Rotary Dist. 5340 and the Rotary International Youth Exchange program. The purpose is to foster world peace. The Escondido Rotary Club supported this program with a grant of $1,000. In July we hosted 24 students from around the world to San Diego, and five came from Russia. The San Diego Youth Symphony has performed several places this past month including Balboa Park and Escondido’s California Center for the Arts. The last performance will be Wednesday, August 2, 6 PM at the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest at La Jolla Cove.
Rotarians in Dist. 5340 are partnering with the Rotary Club of Gula, Uganda, Africa to supply a hospital with vital supplies. The matching grant information is on the Dist. 5340 web site as Grant # G-1538. This is a $300,000 Global Grant that is sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Diego. The Rotary Club of Escondido will join this partnership and will earn matching funds from both District 5340 and Rotary International.
Rotary World Polio Day is October 24 and our Rotary Club will continue to support this flagship program with a grant from the International Service budget. More to come about this in October.
None of our Rotary support would happen without your support and the success of the annual Coeur de Cuisine. So, on behalf of the children who receive free dental surgery in Ensenada, Mexico, the music students from around the world who come to San Diego to meet and join together to make beautiful music, the people of Uganda who will benefit from medical treatment at a new hospital, and the millions of children and adults that have not had to suffer the ravages of polio, I thank you and Jan Jones, Chairperson of this year’s Coeur de Cuisine for continued support of Rotary making a difference in the world.