From MJ Blakely, Food Drive Project Coordinator:
On November 6, 2010, the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville held a food drive at the Kroger on Riverside Drive to benefit the Lawrenceville Co-Operative Ministries. It was a bitter cold day. The lows were in the thirties, and it never reached more than fifty degrees. However, the generosity and compassion of those that donated to the Lawrenceville Co-Op warmed all of our hearts.
We only asked that shoppers get an extra item or two to donate, but many of them came out of the grocery store with carts full of items to donate, and those without time to shop gave cash donations. Parents used the opportunity to teach children the importance of giving by allowing their children to place the donated items into the collection bins. Some charitable givers even remarked that the Lawrenceville Co-Op helped them when they were in need.
At a time when our economy is struggling you might expect charitable giving to decline, but here in Lawrenceville people used the food drive as an opportunity to take matters into their own hands. By donating to the Lawrenceville Co-Op, they decided that they would make a difference in our community, and they did. That afternoon the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville delivered an entire pick-up truck and mini-van full of food and other items to the Lawrenceville Co-Op.
On Friday, August 13th, Chloe Chilver, our GRSP student for the school year 2010 – 2011, arrived in Georgia from her native Wales. Not even 24 hours in the States, and she participated in her first official act, and volunteered with our Club’s Beautification Project: Adopt-A-Road.
Chloe is from Overton, a small farming village on the border of Wales and England. One thing to know about Wales is that it takes part in the International Eisteddfod, which is like competition for musicians and poets from all over the world. Chloe says she is into sports and likes to stay fit. Her interests include badminton, archery, and clay pigeon shooting. She is 18 years old, and just graduated from high school. She will be enrolled at Brenau University, in Gainesville.
Sponsoring clubs include Lawrenceville, Buford / North Gwinnett, Gwinnett Mosaic, and South Hall. Paula and Beatty McCaleb are the host family. Her first Lawrenceville Club visit will be on Monday, August 16th.
GEORGIA ROTARY STUDENT PROGRAM
Since 1999, the Rotary Club of Wrexham Erddig has been sponsoring students to participate in the Georgia Rotary Student Programme. Every year up to 70 students from all over the world are accepted into the scheme, and thanks to the massive generosity of Rotarians in the state of Georgia, USA, the cost of their food, accommodation and college fees are fully paid. The students just have to meet the cost of their flights, insurance and spending money.
Three students are participating in the scheme in 2010-2011. They are Christian Dickenson, Christian Chalk and Chloe Chilver. They depart to Georgia at the end of August. All three are former students at Maelor School, Penley.
Rotarian Philip Squires from the Wrexham club says: “GRSP has provided this unique opportunity for young people from around the world since 1947. Each year, over 60 students meet initially and spend two days getting to know each other, before joining their respective college or university. This will is a great experience for these young people provided through the generosity of our fellow Rotarians in Georgia, USA”. This is not an exchange scholarship, although a number of countries do reciprocate in a small way. By way of thanks, and in recognition of the generosity of Rotarians in Georgia, Wrexham Erddig club have, on several occasions hosted two young people from Georgia for a three week cultural visit to North Wales.
Each student will have a host family in Georgia to look after them throughout their stay. One of the ideals of Rotary is to promote world peace and understanding. This scheme started by Rotarians in Georgia, USA, in 1946 just after the Second World War, exemplifies those aims.
Visit the American GRSP website.
Nancy Friauf was there, too, and she even helped us paint! The Great Days of Service for Lawrenceville also included volunteering at the Lawrenceville Co-Op. We had over 50% of the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville’s members participate in the Great Days of Service! Thank you for exemplifying “Service Above Self”! David and Nina, thank you for several of the photos…especially the good ones of me. ; )