Bemidji Rotary sponsors blood drive
The Bemidji Rotary Club is sponsoring a United Blood Services blood drive on March 10, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM at The Sanford Center. If you wish to donate blood, you can do so by going online at www.bloodhero.com, using sponsor code bemidji. There you can pick your own time slot on the schedule grid.
The Bemidji Rotary Club is still in need of a few more volunteers to help make this drive run smoothly. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Martin at email@example.com or call at 218-368-9671.
If you are unable to volunteer your time, please donate your blood - and save a life!
United Blood Services is a nonprofit community blood center, providing blood and blood products for local area hospitals throughout the United States. United Blood Services community blood centers provide blood, blood components and special services for patients in more than 500 hospitals in 18 states, from California to the Gulf Coast, from the "Tip o' Texas" to the Canadian border. More than 25 million people in communities throughout these states depend on United Blood Services' generous volunteer blood donors and its dedicated staff to make sure lifesaving blood is available when and where it is needed.
Mats for the Homeless
Here is another opportunity to help with a community service project. Rotarian Heidi Doyle needs the following help with a service project. They are in need of plastic bags to use in a recycling project for the homeless. You can bring your plastic bags to our Rotary meetings at the Sanford Center on Mondays. The group started in October creating sleeping mats crocheted out of plastic bags for homeless people . They meet on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm at the First Lutheran Church. Everyone is welcome to join them. Heidi Doyle will be on hand if you are interested in learning how to crochet. You do not have to know how or want to crochet to help. They will need help flattening bags and cutting them into strips. It will be a bring your own supper event (no need to bring enough to share). This is a great opportunity for fellowship and service to our community. If you have any questions you can call Heidi Doyle at 760-1070. To learn more about their needs and the project, click on 'Read more'.
Take time to review the opportunities to volunteer at upcoming local events, and give graciously of your time.
The Rotary Club will be manning the concession booth at the following events at the Sandford Center:
The Chicago Concert on April 27, 2014.
This is a great opportunity to socialize with fellow Rotarians, and earn some extra money for our charitable causes. If you or your family and friends can assist, let Wendy hear from you. She can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Childrens Culture Connection
A group of middle school students from Red Lake presented to the club their experiences from the Childrens Culture Connection. Through this program they were able to learn what life is like for students in Afghanastan. This program was made possible through a donation from the Bemidji Rotary Club.
What is the Childrens Culture Connection?
"Through partnerships with middle schools and international children’s charities, our comprehensive, multi-media curriculum comes right into the classroom where students are introduced to kids in some of the most exciting – and challenging – places on earth. We immerse them in the cultures, the rich histories, and the past and present problems of these countries. They experience the stories and circumstances of real kids’ lives. and start to think outside the American box. By examining the issues going on in the rest of the world, we effectively hold a mirror up to similar issues we face right here at home. Students learn that to change the world, first one must understand it. And they feel the magic of discovering their own voices – while learning to listen to others."
Contribution to the Rotary Foundation
Friend of the Rotary Foundation, Dr Seth Tyberg of Spinal Health Professionals (right), presents a $1000 check to Bemidji Rotary President Jeanne Edevold Larson (left) in support of the Rotary Foundation.
The Foundation’s mission is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Some of the programs supported by the Foundation include PolioPlus, Ambassadorial Scholarships, and Group Study Exchange.
Grant Approved for the Wounded Warriors Guide Service
The Bemidji Rotary Club recently presented Brian Ophus, Executive Director of the Wounded Warriors Guide Service, with a check for $1,000 to be used to purchase equipment for their ice fishing program. The program will be operated by volunteers that will take veterans on single day or multi day fishing trips.
Wounded Warriors Guide Service, Inc. was established in 2010 to help returning disabled veterans with their rehabilitation efforts. The program discovered that through outdoor recreational therapy, the clients were able to accelerate through rehabilitation programs because of increased confidence.
The mission of WWGS is to provide an environment for disabled veterans that will restore confidence in both their mental and physical abilities and pride for the sacrifices they made in the service of their great nation.
Rotary is pleased to welcome two new members - Margot Kelsey and Andy Haskell. Pictured left to right are Karl Bleser, Margot, Nate Haskell and Andy.