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September is a time when most students are heading back to school to further their knowledge and education.  In the Rotary World, September is Literacy Month. 
 
September 8th was proclaimed as International Literacy Day by the UNESCO’s General Conference in 1966.  Since then literacy celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights and to work towards a more literate and sustainable society.
 
Literacy ‘skills’ broadly includes knowledge and competencies required for employment, careers and livelihoods, particularly technical and vocational skills, along with transferable skills and digital skills.  Focusing on youth and adults within the lifelong learning framework, the effective links between literacy and skills can be explored.
 
The month of August ends with 18 completed club visits.  Many of your clubs have literacy projects in place:  Little Free Libraries, Books for Babes, 4 Way Essay Contest, Reading Programs, Books and School Supplies and Dictionary Projects.
 
International Literacy Day 2018 provides renewed impetus for Rotary Clubs to make meaningful connections between literacy and technical and vocational education and training through literacy projects and programs.
 
What are your club’s on going literacy projects?  What new projects can you initiate?  Past Literacy Rotarian Action Group (LitRAG) newsletters offer many ideas for literacy projects (Feb 2018, p3).  Visit www.litrag.org or email info@litrag.org
 
Let's get our Ask in Gear with  possibility thinking
 
Look for the Opportunities not the Obstacles.  Focus on the How to create lasting change in your community and around the globe.  Be the Inspiration.
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Rotarians and friends are cordially invited to join us for Happy Hour!
 
Where: Yates Cider Mill
 
When: Wednesday Sept 26th 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
  1990 E Avon Rd,
  Rochester Hills, MI 48307
  Phone: 248-651-8300
 
To order donuts or cider ahead, send email to: romamurthy@yahoo.com  and provide the following information:
1.Do-nut Type: Plain, Cinnamon Sugar
2.Number of Doz of each type ($7.40/doz)
3.Number of gallons of cider ($9.10/gal)
 
Please make checks payable to Roma Murthy.
Note: If we order ahead, discount will be applied, and you'll have no waiting in line.
 
Bring the Kids, Dogs*, Neighbors, Friends!
*Dogs must be on leash
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Join the Rotary Club of Chatham for the 79th Annual Banquet with guest speaker Dave Rozema.
 
Rozema was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
Mr. Rozema is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1977 through 1986 for the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers. In October 2006, Sports Illustrated selected Rosema as one of the "10 Greatest Characters in Detroit Tigers History". Come to the Rotary Annual Banquet to find out why!
 
October 5th, 2018 at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre
Tickets are $60 and include a $17 Tax Receipt.
 
Purchase tickets from area Rotarians or call 519.354.2940 x241 or pop into Forsyth Travel and talk to Brett at 35 Thames Street, Chatham.
District 6380's premier teen leadership training program is back for 2019.  The RYLA Committee is proud to announce the RYLA 2019 is scheduled for Friday, April 12th through April 14th.  This year's program will be held at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, MI.  
 
Think of the change that we can make in your communities if every club sent at least two people to RYLA 2019.  Make sure that your club considers sending at least two people to this life-changing program.
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program sponsored by Rotary. At RYLA, over 120 high school students (grades 9th-11th) from Michigan and southwest Ontario come together with Rotarians for a 3-day camp and participate in presentations, activities, and workshops. Some of the topics covered during this weekend include: leadership fundamentals and ethics; communication skills, problem solving and conflict management; and community and global citizenship.  In-bound Exchange Students are also strongly encouraged to attend as well.
 
 

The Metropolitan Detroit Chorale performs alongside The Macombers from Macomb Community College at Cabaret ‘n’ Cuisine – The Best of Macomb on the evening of May 17, 2019 at The Emerald Theatre in downtown Mount Clemens. Music and a taste fest combine to raise money for the Mount Clemens Rotary Club at its annual fundraiser for multiple worthy charities. It is a benefit for victims of domestic or sexual violence and substance abuse, the elderly, food programs, education and literacy, including a school in Haiti, the eradication of polio worldwide, and more. Tickets will be available after January 15, 2019 on www.theemeraldtheatre.com.

 
 
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