Special Meeting May 4, 2016

Since tomorrows meeting will be a special celebration with Norberto receiving his Rotary International award, it would be a great meeting to bring a quest!
If you can bring someone it would be greatly appreciated so we can show off just what an honor it is to be a Rotarian!
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."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Our Club was presented the prestigious 2016  “Outstanding Civic Organization” award by the First Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for our work with the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida.   The award was presented as part of the National Philanthropy Day 2016 honors celebrating 30 years of making an impact in our city.  Chuck Gersbeck accepting the award on behalf of Arlington Rotary.
Thank you to The Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida for nominating our club for Outstanding Civic Organization!
The First Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals would like to congratulate the 2016 National Philanthropy Day Award Winners!
Boys & Girls Ping Pong Tournament
Arlington Rotary partnered with Malik Jackson of Jacksonville Jaguars and Boys/Girls Club to stage a city wide ping pong tournament at NFL center for the kids last week. We helped put together 12 tables. 

Vegetable Bus for Boys & Girls Club of NE Florida
The bus from JTA has been delivered to Sargent's to begin the transformation to a mobile vegetable bus. This is Arlington's big project to benefit the Boys and Girls Club and serve our neediest areas.
A big thank you to JTA.
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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