Dear Rotarians,

Rotary International President John Germ’s 2016-17 theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, reflects our Club’s goals for this year.  Now in our second century of Service to Humanity, our Club will be directing our energies to three of Rotary’s Avenues of Service: Community Service, International Service and Youth Service.

Our Club has two committees that lead our community service: our Community Service Committee and our Wilmington World Class Committee.  This Rotary year our Community Service Committee will be leading an ambitious project to help at Stubbs Elementary School in East Wilmington where 96.6% of the children’s families are very low income.  We have received a Rotary Foundation District Grant to help these children with needed meals, clothing, books, furniture for their families, and rehabilitating the school’s garden, providing food and teaching nature and caring for the environment.  Our Wilmington World Class Committee will be expanding our program of mentoring students, many at Stubbs School, will be running workshops to teach jobless people how to start and run businesses to support themselves, and will be continuing to develop long term strategies to help strengthen Wilmington.

Our International Committee will be sponsoring a Rotary Foundation Global Grant to help the South Karachi Rotary Club in Pakistan help indigent mothers learn commercial skills to be able to lift themselves and their children out of abject poverty.  We will be partnering with and helping to guide the Karachi Club in structuing its program.

Our Youth Service Committee will be working to form a second and possibly a third Interact Club as well as a Rotaract Club, will be sending five high school students to RYLA at Camp Fairlee, and will be running several other youth activities.  Related to this, our Scholarship Committee will once again be providing four year college scholarships to three deserving high school students.

As you can see, this will be an exciting year when our Club will be helping our community in the spirit of Rotary Serving Humanity.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Kai Lassen