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  • Rotarian sacrifices record deal for disaster relief
    On September 11, 2001, Todd Shea found himself running toward ground zero. He had no business being there. A singer-songwriter with a record deal, Shea should have been prepping for a gig at CBGB, one of New York City's most iconic venues. Instead he was using his band's van to bring food, water, and supplies to first responders. After five gruelin
  • Alumni award winners turn heads with unique accomplishments
    Maya Ajmera founded the Global Fund for Children in 1993 to provide seed money to community-based organizations that help at-risk children across the world. Since then, GFC has awarded more than $32 million in grants to over 600 organizations in 80 countries, improving the lives of millions of children – from educating AIDS orphans in Uganda to conducting so
  • Paralympian Dennis Ogbe defying paralysis
    Dennis Ogbe grips the discus in his right hand. He swings his arm and twists at the waist as far to the right as he can. With one move he snaps back, letting the saucer fly. Upper-body strength is important for any discus thrower, but for Ogbe, a Paralympian, it’s everything. At age three, Ogbe contracted malaria, and while receiving treatment at a clinic ne
  • Moving doctor’s office rescues women from breast cancer
    In Tamil Nadu, India, two doctors, both members of the Rotary Club of Srirangam, discovered an alarming trend in the remote city outskirts of Trichy, women dying of breast cancer. Drs. K. Govindaraj and K.N. Srinivasan knew that much of the death and suffering could be avoided, and both were motivated by their personal experiences with the disease. Govindara
  • Writer and war widow Artis Henderson finds peace through Rotary
    In the first month of my stay in Dakar, Senegal, as a Rotary Scholar, a friend gave me a piece of helpful advice. “Buy a wedding ring,” she said. I had already learned that as a young American woman in a Muslim country, I attracted a certain kind of attention. But a ring? My friend nodded. “That way everyone will leave you alone.” With my thumb I felt for th
  • Peace fellow Ali Reza Eshraghi on today’s Iran
    Iranian-born journalist Ali Reza Eshraghi, 35, is the Iran project manager at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and a teaching fellow in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working as an editor at several Tehran newspapers – all of which were eventually banned or shut down by the governmen
  • Water project unites Lebanon clubs across all divides
    A project to provide clean water to all of Lebanon’s schools is uniting leaders from many of the country’s diverse religious, cultural, and political divisions. In 2011, Rotary members in northern Lebanon decided to install new tanks and water filters in a few nearby schools with the help of a Rotary Foundation grant. The idea caught on and a few other clubs
  • Southeast Asia declared polio free
    The World Health Organization certified on 27 March its 11-country Southeast Asia region has eradicated polio, a long-awaited declaration given that five years ago India represented nearly half of all polio cases worldwide. The region’s last wild polio case was reported in West Bengal, India, on 13 January 2011. “This achievement is an important milestone fo
  • Join Rotary’s End Polio Now Thunderclap
    On 27 March, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) will declare the South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization polio-free, an important milestone in the worldwide effort to eradicate polio. The 11 countries in the region -- Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka,
  • Do-it-yourself libraries
    When the editors at Reader's Digest made a list of the "50 Surprising Reasons We Love America" for their July 2013 cover story, they placed Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi at No. 50, Bill Gates at No. 25, and at No. 11, sandwiched between sliced bread and tumbleweeds, was Little Free Library, a homespun-tribute-turned-international-phenomen

Welcome to The Rotary Club of Cannock Web Site

Founded in 1935, over the years the Club has raised substantial funds to aid local and international projects some of which can be found on this website. If you think you might be able to help Rotary, or consider becoming a member please get in touch.

Guest Speaker

wateraid-logoAn entertaining and informative talk was given on 14th March by Paul Fisher from WaterAid UK and Seven Trent Water. Rotarian’s enjoyed a talk about how to make a simple and clean toilet for 3rd world country’s. Also, the club were reminded how important water is to the world population and that billions of people were still absent of water and sanitation facilities.

Cannock Rotary Club Members enjoyed an evening of Magic to celebrate all the clubs Past Presidents. Close up table Magic was performed by Adam Paul Cooper of APC Magic.

Dog handler, Bob and his dog Jake came to the club yesterday evening. This was a perfect event for all. Jake, the Working Cocker Spaniel and Metropolitan Police Dog helped to keep people free from further harm after the 7/7 London bombings. He risked his life to search the bus wreckage at Tavistock Square and the mile-long route from Russell Square to the bomb-damaged train at Kings Cross, ensuring that the area was safe for paramedics and explosives officers. All the guests enjoyed meeting Jake after the talk.

An entertaining and informative talk was given on 12th January by Sarah from Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards. Sarah’s team are responsible for enforcing a wide range of legislation relating to the supply and distribution of goods and services. Sarah showed club members a huge amount of confiscated counterfeited household, drink and grocery items. Club member’s received valuable advice  from this popular event.

A wonderful presentation was given of the recent work by Laura Brown from Therapies Unite. Laura is a local qualified physiotherapist who took part in a three month self funded placement as part of a volunteer physiotherapy unit in Mexico. Laura treated disabled children and adults with musculoskeletal and neurological problems to improve their mobility and provide them with access to healthcare that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

Laura returned to the UK and was inspired to set up Therapies Unite, with a goal to set up a permanent volunteer project that places skilled and qualified professionals in communities that will benefit most from their expertise.

Laura plans to return to Mexico in December for many months, any professional or sponsorship help would be welcome. Cannock Rotarians donated £100 funding towards Therapies Unite’s 2012 projects.

An entertaining and informative talk was given on 7th September by a Cannock Rotarian Member. Alan presented to us the charity that he and his wife Manage.

Action Kenya is a small charity run to help poor people in coastal Kenya. One of the projects is to improve the conditions at Gede School for Physically Disabled and Deaf Children and to find sponsors for the children. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please get in touch with Action Kenya.

 

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