By: Angelia Turner

The month of February is special in the Rotary calendar since it is designated "World Understanding Month". The month also includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on 23 February 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day. On February 22nd, we will have a special recognition to celebrate Rotary’s 106th anniversary, marking a special achievement toward the building of peace and goodwill around the world.

World Understanding Month is a chance for our club to pause and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service - Rotary’s continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world.

To observe this designated month, many clubs arrange international speakers, invite Youth Exchange students and international scholars from schools and universities to club meetings, plan programs featuring former Group Study Exchange team members, arrange discussions on global issues, present entertainment with an international cultural or artistic theme, and schedule other programs with an international emphasis. As I write this, our Group Study Exchange team, from District 6880 is still in Calcutta (now known as Kolkata), and doing well. As you may remember last year, we hosted activities for the GSE from Sweden.Many clubs will take the opportunity to launch an international community service activity or make contact with a Rotary club in another country.

With over 1,200,000 members all over the world coming from different backgrounds and culture, we should understand that each project has a vast opportunity to “service” needs in order to bring changes and sustainable development to the beneficiaries, these changes should not be affected by what country or city they live in nor it should be affected by political reasons.

Rotary is not a charitable organization but rather a professional service organization. Through using different skills and professional knowledge of fellow Rotarians, we bring the notion to our beneficiaries that changes and value added to oneself is the most important. We do not bring fish to the beneficiaries; we teach them how to fish. In doing so, the beneficiaries of our projects would realize the importance of self development which results in sustainable growth without the intervention of other people or charitable organization. Once they realize that self development is important, they can use their knowledge to help others just like what Rotary has taught us.

There are many programs like Rotary Friendship Exchange and Rotary Scholars made possible through RI Foundation which fellow Rotarians can take part in. It allows young people from different countries to be in exchange programs so that they learn and understand today’s diversify culture and use their knowledge to help their own country. Let’s use the month of February to think of all the Rotarians around the world who have made a difference. As our theme this year reflects, “Building Communities Bridging Continents”, we can be grateful that our founding fathers had the vision to see beyond our own backyards.

Have a great February!

February Programs
By: Steve Thompson

Thanks to all the program chairs for January. Really was a great month of presentations.
Coming up in February are........

2/1.....Gary Palmer, President of Alabama Policy Institute
Mary Julie Lee, Prg Chair

2/8....Dr. John Miller, Dothan Periodontics
Lisa Williams, Prg Chair

2/15...Dr. Linda Young, President of Wallace College
Vanita Sansom, Prg Chair

Alison Creekbaum, Prg Chair
Please let me know if you have any INTERESTING programs that you want to present to the club.

Website Update
By: Vanita Sansom

The Administration Committee is working to complete each member's profile and photo on the website directory. If you have not completed a membership form, please let me know. This database will include pertinent information on each member and will allow only club members to view the directory. Art Solomon will be at the meetings on Feb 1st and Feb 8th to take photos of members that do not have a current photo. We need your help in updating our membership!Thank You.

Calling Senior High Youth to RYLA!
By: David Jamison

How would you like to spend a weekend of team building, ropes courses, discussion seminars and motivational speakers as the guest of your local Rotary Club?

Rotary District 6880 is sponsoring the 6th Annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program at Camp ASCCA, set for Thursday, March 31st through Sunday, April 3rd. Each Rotary Club in the District can nominate and sponsor high school juniors and senior at a sponsorship cost of $200, which includes both lodging and meals. This fun-packed weekend can accomodate 85 youth.

Rotary District 6880 has some 50 local Rotary Clubs in south central Alabama. The focus of RYLA is on leadership and decision-making skills. The Rotary Four Way Test of things we think, say, or do:
Is it the TRUTH?

Applications are available at each local Rotary Club. The contact person for the Dothan Houston County Rotary Club is David Jamison, whose phone number is 334-718-9501. Applications must be completed by TUESDAY, MARCH 15TH. There will be no cost to any of the youth selected, except for spending money for incidental expenses. Each local Rotary Club will pay the registration fees. Transportation to and from Camp ASCCA will be the responsibility of the student.

Camp ASCCA is a 230 acre facility located on Lake Martin in east central Alabama near Dadeville.

Joined Member
Dustin Byrd...
By: Dustin Byrd

Joined: 01/18/2011
Proposed by: Wade & Hamp Baxley
Classification: Attorney-Civil
Occupation: Ramsey, Baxley & McDougle
Job Title: Attorney
Education: Thomas Goode Jones School of Law - J.D. - 5/07 Auburn University - Auburn - B.S. (1999)
Spouse: Jennifer
Children: Rosemary and John Martin
Hobbies: Civic - Ambassador Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way Loaned Executive (2007), Leadership Dothan (2008-09) and Children's Hospital

Joined Member
Kim Chosie...
By: Kim Chosie

Joined: 01/18/2011
Proposed by: Val Judah
Classification: Healthcare
Occupation: Bradford Health Services
Education: Troy University - degree in Counseling & Psychology.
Spouse: Kern Clark
Children: Carmen and Elli Grace
Place of worship: Evergreen Presbyterian Church
Hobbies: Fishing exercising playing on the farm

Anniversary List

Feb-04...Chip Harp
Feb-27...Kenneth E. Moore

Birthday List

Feb 01...Gary Sherrer
Feb 07...Scot Thompson
Feb 11...Cliff Mendheim
Feb 12...Kevin Walding
Feb 13...Rick Jenkins
Feb 18...Beth Kenward
Feb 20...Khamis Bilbeisi
Feb 25...Dave Burleson
Feb 25....Mark O'Mary
Feb 25....Forrest Register
Feb 26...Preston Brooks
Feb 26....Richard Reinhardt

Upcoming Events

02/01/2011 - Regular Meeting

02/08/2011 - Regular Meeting

02/08/2011 - BOARD MEETING

02/15/2011 - Regular Meeting

02/22/2011 - Regular Meeting

Rotary is 106
By: Angelia Turner

Did you know.........During the first Rotary club meeting on 23 February 1905 in Chicago, Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Hiram Shorey, and Silvester Schiele met to talk about their personal experiences. Harris then unfolded his general plan for their club meetings.

This was the simple beginning of the world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago. It was created because of Harris’ wish to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices.

Rotarians continue to take pride in their history. In honor of that first club, Rotarians have preserved its original meeting place, Room 711 in Chicago’s Unity Building, by re-creating the office as it existed in 1905. For several years, the Paul Harris 711 Club maintained the room as a shrine for visiting Rotarians. In 1989, when the building was scheduled to be demolished, the club carefully dismantled the office and salvaged the interior, including doors and radiators. In 1993, the RI Board of Directors set aside a permanent home for the restored Room 711 at RI World Headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Evanston.

Please join us at our meeting on February 22nd as we will have a special recognition of Rotary's 106 years.