“December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month”

Rotary All Stars President Rose, Rotary Club Columbia Metro (2015) is my inspiration for this months Governor’s newsletter. She reminds us that during the month of December, all around the globe, peoples of nearly every race, nation, culture and faith will celebrate. Some will feast and dance and sing songs.  Some will make sacrifices, undertake journeys, and offer special prayers.    . . .
December’s holidays present us as Rotarians an amazing array of multicultural lessons. Let’s not let December 2016 pass by without taking this opportunity to promote goodwill and better understanding by learning about a holiday that is “foreign” to us. Looking for a place to start?  Here is one possibility:  multicultural teachable moments. <http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson246.shtml>
President Rose goes on to say, with this plethora of holidays and celebrations decorating December with gifts and feasts and an assortment of rich traditions—why has Rotary International asked us to focus our attention on Disease Prevention and Treatment?  I agree with her that it might have everything to do with a simple four-letter word: HOPE.
Disease robs individuals and communities of both vitality and hope; and yet, Rotarians all around the world have plans to give communities struggling in the face of disease “hope and a future.” 
Be a part of those well laid plans. Add Rotary’s Annual Fund to your gift list. Annual Fund gifts are gifts of HOPE; and you can give them in honor of the loved ones in your life.
As you immerse yourself in the December traditions that you cherish and enjoy, may you collect blessings as numerous as the stars.
Doing Good:  Fighting Disease
The Rotary Foundation helps make health care available for hundreds of orphans in Uganda.
The First Dude and I are Flying High with Rotary as I continue to make my official club visits and board meetings. Our Rotary family spans South Texas and beyond.  Please continue to share the remarkable things your clubs are doing to serve your members and our local and global communities.  Tell your Rotary story.  Thank you for the warm hospitality as I continue the official clubs visits and board meetings.
Together we will continue to Fly High with Rotary Serving Humanity.
Rotary International District 5930
District Governor 2016-17
Deborah High