Like to read? Need meeting make-up credit? Then volunteer to read and judge essays submitted to Rotary’s Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest, the largest character values and ethical literacy essay contest in North America. Nearly 40,000 high schools students write a short (500 – 700 word) values-based essay each year. You will be reading the top essays submitted by Georgia high schools, and helping select the 150+ school winners who will receive recognition and cash prizes.
The essays provide an eye-opening glimpse into the hopes, struggles and everyday lives of teenagers in our community. Serving as a Rotarian reader and judge is an excellent way to see how core values – such as those contained in Rotary’s Four-Way Test – are experienced by a younger generation.
There are two ways to volunteer:
- Essay reading sessions will be at the home ofSusan Mason, a Rotarian and the contest director. The required commitment for a meeting make-up credit is to read for at least 2 hours, on the following dates:
- Monday, Feb. 16(10 AM to 5:00 PM)
- Wednesday, Feb. 18 (9 AM to 5:00 PM)
- Wednesday, Feb. 19 (Noon to 5:00 PM)
- Tuesday, Feb. 24 (10 AM to 6 PM)
- Wednesday, Feb. 25 (9 AM to 5 PM)
To sign up for a time slot to read essays, contact Susan (firstname.lastname@example.org; 404.367.9453). Location: 840 Woodley Drive, Atlanta, GA 30318, near Atlanta Memorial Park and Bobby Jones Golf Course. Rotarian spouses and friends are also welcome.
For additional information on Rotary’s Laws of Life Essay Contest, to watch a 4-minute contest video, or to read last year’s winning essays, visit the contest website at www.georgialawsoflife.org.
- Want to participate but can’t make these dates above? We also need two to fivesemi-finalist judges, who will help select the top statewide winners. These judges will receive approximately 15 essays via email on or about March 6, and will have 5 days to read the essays and return their rankings. Most semi-finalist judges take 2 to 3 hours ofat-home reading to complete the assignment. Please reply to Teresa Raetz at mailto:email@example.com if you would like to volunteer as a semi-finalist judge during the week of March 6.
The Rotary Club is Lawrenceville is participating in a matching grant project to fund the development of a new septic system for a hospital in Haiti. This project is one of the District 6910 International Service projects coordinated through the District Office (Brian Heimbigner, D6910 International Chair). With Board approval, the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville donated $2,000 toward the project and these funds will be leveraged, along with funds from other District 6910 clubs, through the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Club of Pignon is the local host club.
As outlined in the grant application, there is an urgent need to completely replace an aging and outdated septic system for Hospital Bienfaisance De Pignon. An engineering study has determined the feasibility and cost of replacing the existing system with a new, gravity-fed, lagoon septic system, including updated latrines for the hospital. Once the local funding is secured and the grant project approved, the project is expected to take less than one year to complete.
Rotary Club of Lawrenceville participated in the Gwinnett Great Days of Service Project on September 30th. Fifteen members of the club assisted Lawrenceville Elementary School with a project of cleaning up the school’s courtyard. The area had overgrown bushes and plants. The area is now perfect for teachers to bring their students out for a lesson, or just to eat lunch. Principal Johnson was elated with the transformation.