Dear District 5750 Rotarians,
As we celebrate Earth Day and observed a solar eclipse, it reminds me of what an honor it is to serve Rotary International around the globe.
President R. Gordon R. McInally's words in the April 2024 Rotary Magazine are a poignant reminder of the importance of peace and empathy in today's turbulent world. His call for Rotary to work aggressively towards peace echoes Rotary’s commitment to fostering understanding and cooperation globally. His reference to Senator Robert Kennedy's speech highlights the transformative power of empathy in diffusing tensions and promoting unity. As Rotarians, let us heed President McInally's message and strive to be beacons of peace, empathy, and understanding in our communities and beyond.
Our Rotary Magazine shares impactful and critical stories from around the world.  Here are a few highlights from the most recent issue:
  1. A Labor of Love: A Rotary-supported initiative in Nigeria aims to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality, supported by a Rotary Programs of Scale award.
  2. Hot Spots: Cities are working to transform heat islands and protect their citizens as temperatures rise.
  3. A Spectacular Sight: Rotary members across North America observed the 2024 solar eclipse wearing eclipse glasses.
  4. Q&A with Claire Chiang: Entrepreneur Claire Chiang, speaking at the Rotary convention, reflects on a life and business of purpose.
  5. Together We Promote Global Understanding: Former U.S. assistant secretary of state recognizes Rotary's contributions to addressing pressing global challenges.
  6. Food of the Future: Can breadfruit help feed a warming world?
  7. Rotary's First First Gentleman: Nick Krayacich discusses his unique position as his wife became Rotary president.
  8. Projects Around the Globe: Learn about Rotary clubs' projects in the U.S., Australia, Nigeria, Macao, and Suriname.
  9. Hope in Grief: Rotary members who've lost loved ones to suicide are working to prevent more deaths as suicides rise in the U.S.
  10. Engineer Follows the Science of Water: A Rotary scholar dedicates her expertise to altruistic causes.
In District 5750 in Oklahoma, you are making an amazing impact in our community and world as People of Action.  Please enjoy this newsletter and highlights from our fellow Rotarians.  I hope to see many of you in Durant at our Tri-District Conference “Healing in the Heartland.”   Here is a link to the program and the fantastic work of the Conference Committee including our District Administrator Amy Hollas.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you!