April 15 - 17, 2010 - Springfield, Missouri

Friday, April 16, 2010

On Friday morning April 16, the Missouri Rotary Convention will have two events concurrently.

  • Service in Action — hands on projects where Rotarians, spouses, and guests will demonstrate Service Above Self. Lunch will be served at the project site. OR,
  • Klinginsmith and Kennedy. Attendees can choose to attend a meeting led by RI President Elect Ray Klinginsmith. Ray specifically invites his club president-elects (but all Convention attendees are welcome) and then attend a presentation by Robert Kennedy on “Our Environmental Destiny”, followed by a luncheon.

The Projects for Service in Action

Truck of Hope with the Ozark Food Harvest

Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Springfield and Ridewell Corporation, two Mobile Food Pantry trucks have been featured in Rotary Video Magazine (RVM video archive) and the Rotary Magazine. This project with Ozark Food Harvest will organize and conduct a food distribution at a Senior Center. Your service to clients will be Transforming Hunger into Hope.

The Weekend Backpack Program™

Rotarians will go to the Ozark Food Harvest facility for The Weekend Backpack Program™, which provides severely at-risk children with a backpack filled with nutritious child-friendly foods for them to take home on the weekends, when they might otherwise go hungry. HOPE NOTES from Rotarians will give students personal messages of support and encouragement.

A District Simplified Grant with Springfield Southeast will provide personal hygiene products for this project. Such items are generally not available through the Food Harvest network.

Making WAPI

What are WAPIs? The reusable WAPI (Water Pasteurization Indicator) is a simple, low cost device containing a special soy wax that helps users determine when water has reached pasteurization temperatures. The wax melts at the same temperature as the water is pasteurized and safe to use.

Water related diseases are responsible for 80% of all illnesses and deaths in the developing world. An estimated 1.5 billion cases of diarrhea occur each year, resulting in the death of nearly 2 million children. Worldwide, about 1.3 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. Producing WAPIs and distributing them to families living in areas of the world where clean water is unavailable positively impacts world health. More about WAPI at www.integratedsolarcooking.com.

We will start the project with a presentation Barb and Ken Quick, whose daughter Bobbi is a medical missionary in Haiti. Her clinic helps malnourished children from an area north of Port Au Prince. The WAPI’s made made by our team will be used at this clinic.

Nutritious Meals for our International Community

Rotarians will prepare and pack nutritious meals to be sent by Convoy of Hope to our international community. Our goal is to prepare 30,000 meals for international distribution. The Convoy has a warehouse facility and staff in Haiti.

Convoy of Hope several water and hunger programs, such as water filters and water drilling. Seeds of Hope is a food sustainability program. The Family Packets consist of 8 various seed packages supplemented with educational literature covering the subjects of nutrition, garden preparation, and seed planting. Seeds and literature have been sent to Africa, Latin America, and Europe.