Lettera del Governatore dicembre 2019

Valerio Cimino
Governatore 2019 – 2020
San Cataldo, 01 dicembre 2019
Carissime Amiche e carissimi Amici,
il mese di dicembre è dedicato alla prevenzione e alla cura delle malattie. Il Rotary si sforza di migliorare e ad ampliare l’accesso alle cure gratuite o a basso costo nelle aree sottosviluppate. I nostri soci coinvolgono le comunità per aiutare a prevenire la diffusione delle malattie più importanti come la polio, l’Aids e la malaria.
Il nostro Distretto sta realizzando diverse iniziative di prevenzione e cura delle malattie attraverso le Sovvenzioni globali della Fondazione Rotary. Tra queste la creazione di una struttura di day hospital per il trattamento trasfusionale della Talassemia a Larache in Marocco (curata dalla Commissione distrettuale per la Talassemia con la partecipazione di un gran numero di Club del Distretto), la fornitura di attrezzature per l’ospedale di Ipogolo in Tanzania (RC Sciacca e altri 14 club), la cura alla framboesia in Congo (RC Canicattì), la realizzazione di un ambulatorio medico diagnostico con telemedicina ad Ambanja in Madagascar (RC Agrigento, Canicattì, Caltanissetta, Licata) e altre ancora.
Grazie alla collaborazione con il Distretto 3271 del Pakistan, potenzieremo le attrezzature e amplieremo le attività dell’ambulatorio “Catania Salute e Solidarietà”. La sovvenzione globale vede capofila il Club Catania Est, la partecipazione di altri 7 Club dell’Area Etnea e i contributi dei Distretti 3271 e 2110. Si realizza così un mio desiderio: una sovvenzione globale per sostenere un progetto nel nostro Distretto.
Il mese appena trascorso è stato dedicato alla Fondazione Rotary che, finora, ha già approvato 261 sovvenzioni distrettuali con 22,4 milioni di dollari di finanziamento (tra cui la nostra), e 460 sovvenzioni globali con 33,9 milioni di dollari di finanziamento.
Molti Club hanno già cominciato a versare alla Fondazione i proventi delle attività di raccolta fondi e le proprie donazioni, ma vi è un’altra occasione per contribuire: il “Giving Tuesday”, la giornata globale delle donazioni che si terrà il 3 dicembre e che coinvolge migliaia di organizzazioni in tutto il mondo. Anche i singoli soci possono sostenere la nostra Fondazione con una donazione online.
La Fondazione Rotary è stata il tema del seminario tenutosi ad Enna il 16 novembre. Giovanni Vaccaro e Francesco Daina ci hanno informato sulle sovvenzioni in corso, il PDG Titta Sallemi ha consegnato le premialità dello scorso anno, il DGE Alfio Di Costa ha lanciato le linee guida per il prossimo.
Il momento più bello e coinvolgente è stato l’intervento di Loris Paoletti che, colpito duramente dalla polio, ha raccontato la sua esperienza di convivenza con i postumi della malattia. Le sue parole ci hanno toccato, coinvolto emotivamente, commossi. Loris ci ha resi ancor più consapevoli dell’importanza di quanto stiamo facendo per eradicare la polio. La lunga standing ovation che ha seguito il suo intervento ha mostrato il nostro l’affetto e il nostro ringraziamento a Loris e alla moglie Marisa. Grazie ancora!
Nel pomeriggio una settantina di rotariani hanno dedicato quasi due ore al confezionamento di 24 mila buste contenenti riso, soia, verdure e vitamine che consentiranno di sfamare, per
un anno, 80 bambini nei paesi poveri. All’interno delle scatole abbiamo inserito anche dei disegni realizzati dai nostri bambini per mandare, oltre al cibo, anche un messaggio di amicizia e solidarietà.
I pasti saranno distribuiti nelle scuole diventando così un incentivo alla frequenza. Tanti bambini potranno acquisire quell’alfabetizzazione di base che consentirà loro di sfuggire a un destino di sfruttamento cui, altrimenti, la povertà li avrebbe destinati.
La nostra fatica è stata ricompensata dalla consapevolezza che, rimboccandoci le maniche e con il sorriso sulle labbra, abbiamo concretizzato l’ideale di Servizio che distingue il Rotary.
Giusy ed io abbiamo partecipato alla celebrazione del 40° anniversario della fondazione del Rotaract di Augusta e del 25° anniversario della fondazione dell’Interact della stessa città.
I nostri ragazzi hanno raccontato la storia dei loro club attraverso le interviste a coloro i quali li avevano fondati o diretti in anni anche lontani. Il riappropriarsi delle radici è la base dell’identità ed è stato anche la celebrazione dell’orgoglio di appartenere alla Famiglia Rotariana.
Abbiamo partecipato agli eventi conclusivi di due sovvenzioni distrettuali – la consegna dei campetti di calcetto a Partinico (capofila il Club Costa Gaia) e la consegna di attrezzature per la mensa della Caritas dell’istituto Don Orione di Palermo (capofila il Club Palermo) – che mostrano come il Rotary può incidere positivamente nelle comunità in cui opera.
Siamo stati a Palermo presso la missione “Speranza e Carità” in occasione di un corso di caseificazione curato dalla specifica Commissione distrettuale. Il nostro Rotary ha dato un piccolo contributo all’enorme lavoro che frate Biagio Conte porta avanti a favore degli ultimi.
Abbiamo partecipato alla III Assemblea Distrettuale dell’Interact a Palermo e apprezzato il grande impegno di servizio dei nostri ragazzi, guidati con dedizione dall’IRD Chiara Curcuruto.
Abbiamo portato il saluto dei Rotariani di Sicilia e Malta agli RD incoming dei Distretti Rotaract italiani riuniti a Palermo in occasione del Seminario di Istruzione dei Rappresentanti Distrettuale Eletti (Sirde).
L’ultimo appuntamento del mese è stata, a Caltanissetta, la tradizionale celebrazione della “Festa del Ringraziamento”, il “Thanksgiving day”, con i venti ragazzi che stanno partecipando allo scambio giovani annuale. L’evento, organizzato dalla Commissione distrettuale Scambio giovani, ha visto l’attiva collaborazione dei Club di Caltanissetta, San Cataldo e Agrigento.
Il programma Scambio giovani, uno dei fiori all’occhiello del Rotary e del nostro Distretto in particolare, è uno strumento per la formazione dei nostri giovani: acquistano sicurezza, imparano un’altra lingua, conoscono modi di vivere diversi, ci aiutano a connettere il mondo.
Concludo porgendo – anche a nome di Giusy, Cinzia e Carlo – a tutti i Rotariani, Rotaractiani e Interactiani del Distretto e alle loro famiglie gli auguri di un sereno Santo Natale e l’auspicio che il 2020 porti al nostro Rotary tanti successi nel servizio.
Un affettuoso abbraccio.
Valerio

My dearest friends,
December is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of diseases. Rotary strives to improve and expand access to free or low – cost care in underdeveloped areas. Our members involve the community to help prevent the spread of major diseases such as polio, AIDS and malaria.
Our District is carrying out several disease prevention and treatment initiatives, through Rotary Foundation global grants. Among these: the creation of a day hospital facility for the transfusion treatment of thalassemia in Larache, in Morocco (treated by the Thalassemia district commission, with the participation of a large number of district Clubs ); the supply of equipment for the Ipogolo hospital, in Tanzania (Sciacca R. C. and 14 other Clubs); yaws care in the Congo, (Canicattì R.C.); the establishment of a diagnostic medical clinic with telemedicine in Ambanja, in Madagascar (Agrigento, Canicattì, Caltanissetta, Licata Rotary Clubs), and many others.
Thanks to the collaboration with the Pakistan District 3271, we will upgrade the equipment and expand the activities of the “Catania Salute e Solidarietà” clinic. The global grant sees as its leader the Catania Est Club, the participation of 7 other Clubs of the Etna Area, the contributions of the Districts 3271 and 2110.Thus a wish of mine is fulfilled: a global grant to support a project in our District.
The month just passed was dedicated to the Rotary Foundation. So far, it has already approved 261 district grants with 22.4 million dollars in funding (including ours), and 460 global grants with $33.9 million in funding.
Many Clubs have already begun to pay the fundraising earnings and their donations to the Foundation, but, there is another opportunity to contribute: the global donation day, ’Giving Tuesday’, that will be held on December 3rd and involves thousands of organizations around the world. Individual members can also support our Foundation with an online donation.
The Rotary Foundation was the theme of the seminar held in Enna, on November 16th. Giovanni Vaccaro and Francesco Daina informed us about the ongoing grants, PDG Titta Sallemi gave the awards of the past year, DGE Alfio Di Costa launched the guidelines for the next one.
The most beautiful and engaging moment was the intervention of Loris Paoletti who, hard hit by polio, related his experience of living with the after-effects of the disease. His words touched, emotionally involved, moved us all. Loris has made us even more aware of the importance of what we are doing to eradicate polio. The long standing ovation, following his intervention, showed our affection and our thanks to Loris and his wife Marina. Thanks again!
In the afternoon, about seventy Rotarians devoted almost two hours to the packaging of 24 thousand bags containing rice, soya, vegetables and vitamins, which will allow to feed 80 children in poor countries, for one year. Inside the boxes we also inserted some drawings made by our children to send, in addition to food, also a message of friendship and solidarity.
The meals will be distributed in schools, thus becoming an incentive to attendance. Many children will be enabled to acquire that basic literacy which will allow them to escape a fate of exploitation to which, otherwise, poverty would have destined them.
Our toil was rewarded by the knowledge that, rolling up our sleeves and with a smile on our lips, we brought to fruition the ideal of Service which distinguishes Rotary.
Giusy and I attended the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of Augusta Rotaract and of the 25th anniversary of the founding of Interact, in the same town. Our young people told the story of their clubs, through the interviews to those people who had founded or directed them, in years even far away. The re-appropriation of the roots is the basis of identity and was also the celebration of the pride of belonging to the Rotarian Family.
We participated in the final events of two district grants – the delivery of soccer playgrounds, in Partinico (leader, the Costa Gaia Club) and the delivery of the equipment for the Caritas canteen of the Don Orione Institute in Palermo (leader, the Palermo Club) – showing how Rotary can have a positive impact in the communities in which it works.
We were in Palermo, at the ‘Hope and Charity‘ mission, on the occasion of a cheese-making course organized by the specific district Commission. Our Rotary gave a small contribution to the enormous work that Brother Biagio Conte is carrying out in favor of the last.
We participated in the 3rd District Assembly of Interact in Palermo and appreciated the great service commitment of our young people, led by IRD Chiara Curcuruto, with devotion.
We brought the greetings of the Rotarians of Sicily and Malta to the Incoming District Representatives of the Italian Rotaract Districts gathered in Palermo at the District Representatives Elects Training Seminar (Sirde).
The last appointment of the month was, in Caltanissetta, the traditional celebration of the ‘Thanksgiving Day ‘ with the twenty young people who are participating in the annual youth exchange The event, organized by the district youth Exchange Commission saw the active collaboration of Caltanissetta, San Cataldo and Agrigento Clubs.
The youth Exchange program, one of the flagships of Rotary and of our District in particular, is a tool for the training of our young people: they acquire certainty, learn another language, know different ways of living, help us to connect the world. I conclude by offering – also on behalf of Giusy, Cinzia, and Carlo – to all Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors in the district and their families our best wishes for a peaceful Holy Christmas and the hope that 2020 will bring our Rotary many successes in service.
A warm hug.
Valerio


My dearest friends,
December is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of diseases. Rotary strives to improve and expand access to free or low – cost care in underdeveloped areas. Our members involve the community to help prevent the spread of major diseases such as polio, AIDS and malaria.
Our District is carrying out several disease prevention and treatment initiatives, through Rotary Foundation global grants. Among these: the creation of a day hospital facility for the transfusion treatment of thalassemia in Larache, in Morocco (treated by the Thalassemia district commission, with the participation of a large number of district Clubs ); the supply of equipment for the Ipogolo hospital, in Tanzania (Sciacca R. C. and 14 other Clubs); yaws care in the Congo, (Canicattì R.C.); the establishment of a diagnostic medical clinic with telemedicine in Ambanja, in Madagascar (Agrigento, Canicattì, Caltanissetta, Licata Rotary Clubs), and many others.
Thanks to the collaboration with the Pakistan District 3271, we will upgrade the equipment and expand the activities of the “Catania Salute e Solidarietà” clinic. The global grant sees as its leader the Catania Est Club, the participation of 7 other Clubs of the Etna Area, the contributions of the Districts 3271 and 2110.Thus a wish of mine is fulfilled: a global grant to support a project in our District.
The month just passed was dedicated to the Rotary Foundation. So far, it has already approved 261 district grants with 22.4 million dollars in funding (including ours), and 460 global grants with $33.9 million in funding.
Many Clubs have already begun to pay the fundraising earnings and their donations to the Foundation, but, there is another opportunity to contribute: the global donation day, ’Giving Tuesday’, that will be held on December 3rd and involves thousands of organizations around the world. Individual members can also support our Foundation with an online donation.
The Rotary Foundation was the theme of the seminar held in Enna, on November 16th. Giovanni Vaccaro and Francesco Daina informed us about the ongoing grants, PDG Titta Sallemi gave the awards of the past year, DGE Alfio Di Costa launched the guidelines for the next one.
The most beautiful and engaging moment was the intervention of Loris Paoletti who, hard hit by polio, related his experience of living with the after-effects of the disease. His words touched, emotionally involved, moved us all. Loris has made us even more aware of the importance of what we are doing to eradicate polio. The long standing ovation, following his intervention, showed our affection and our thanks to Loris and his wife Marina. Thanks again!
In the afternoon, about seventy Rotarians devoted almost two hours to the packaging of 24 thousand bags containing rice, soya, vegetables and vitamins, which will allow to feed 80 children in poor countries, for one year. Inside the boxes we also inserted some drawings made by our children to send, in addition to food, also a message of friendship and solidarity.
The meals will be distributed in schools, thus becoming an incentive to attendance. Many children will be enabled to acquire that basic literacy which will allow them to escape a fate of exploitation to which, otherwise, poverty would have destined them.
Our toil was rewarded by the knowledge that, rolling up our sleeves and with a smile on our lips, we brought to fruition the ideal of Service which distinguishes Rotary.
Giusy and I attended the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of Augusta Rotaract and of the 25th anniversary of the founding of Interact, in the same town. Our young people told the story of their clubs, through the interviews to those people who had founded or directed them, in years even far away. The re-appropriation of the roots is the basis of identity and was also the celebration of the pride of belonging to the Rotarian Family.
We participated in the final events of two district grants – the delivery of soccer playgrounds, in Partinico (leader, the Costa Gaia Club) and the delivery of the equipment for the Caritas canteen of the Don Orione Institute in Palermo (leader, the Palermo Club) – showing how Rotary can have a positive impact in the communities in which it works.
We were in Palermo, at the ‘Hope and Charity‘ mission, on the occasion of a cheese-making course organized by the specific district Commission. Our Rotary gave a small contribution to the enormous work that Brother Biagio Conte is carrying out in favor of the last.
We participated in the 3rd District Assembly of Interact in Palermo and appreciated the great service commitment of our young people, led by IRD Chiara Curcuruto, with devotion.
We brought the greetings of the Rotarians of Sicily and Malta to the Incoming District Representatives of the Italian Rotaract Districts gathered in Palermo at the District Representatives Elects Training Seminar (Sirde).
The last appointment of the month was, in Caltanissetta, the traditional celebration of the ‘Thanksgiving Day ‘ with the twenty young people who are participating in the annual youth exchange The event, organized by the district youth Exchange Commission saw the active collaboration of Caltanissetta, San Cataldo and Agrigento Clubs.
The youth Exchange program, one of the flagships of Rotary and of our District in particular, is a tool for the training of our young people: they acquire certainty, learn another language, know different ways of living, help us to connect the world. I conclude by offering – also on behalf of Giusy, Cinzia, and Carlo – to all Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors in the district and their families our best wishes for a peaceful Holy Christmas and the hope that 2020 will bring our Rotary many successes in service.
A warm hug.
Valerio