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Polio vaccinators make significant headway in Nigeria
Nigeria is closer than ever to eradicating polio, riding a successful effort to reach children in seven northern states at highest risk for the disease. "Rotarians have [gone] into remote areas of the country by car, canoe, motorbike, and even on foot to ensure every child gets the vaccine," says Rotary's Nigeria PolioPlus Committee Chair Tunji Funsho. In Katsina state, members of the Nigeria PolioPlus Committee (NPPC) recently met with leaders of two communities notoriously opposed to immunization, mainly on religious grounds and in protest of the lack of basic health care. They persuaded...
Rotary Scholar’s unique ability in bringing clubs together
In a municipal hospital in Cubatão, Brazil, a new mammography machine funded by a Rotary global grant provides breast cancer screening to women who previously had to wait for weeks before they could get in for a checkup with a doctor. A Rotary global grant also funded training for medical staff and cancer awareness education for people in the community. Isis Mejias Carpio of Houston, studying at the University of São Paulo on a Rotary scholarship, played an instrumental role in bringing together Rotary clubs in two countries to make the grant possible. Members of the Rotary Club of Cubatão,...
Rick Burns’ thoughtful approach to Iraq and Afghanistan
Humanitarian Rick Burns, a retired civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army, has been helping people in the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq since 2003. He's seen a lot of good, but he's also seen what happens when good intentions go awry. Take the fertile grounds of Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan, for example. Burns recalls an initiative to help fruit exporters become profitable again after the war. Cold storage facilities were built, but because no one considered the country's spotty electricity, the facilities ended up being too expensive to maintain. "We really want to make...
Pedaling coast-to-coast for a purpose
Keith Harris is pedaling for a purpose. At the tender age of 50, he's set out on an eight-week, 4,400-mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise $25,000 for The Rotary Foundation. He's also hoping to raise an additional $2,500 for Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where a few years ago he was treated for a life-threatening heart condition. "The trip is sort of my midlife crisis," he admits but it's not the first time he's pedaled across the country. He made the trek about 20 years ago, before he married his wife, Christina. Harris has been a Rotary member for 18 years. He's...
Blown away by the realities of human trafficking
At the age of 17, Jennifer was sleeping on the streets of Atlanta. She'd felt abandoned most of her life, unprotected from her brothers and her mother's boyfriends, who physically and sexually abused her since she was five. And now, kicked out of her house, Jennifer - whose last name is withheld for privacy - was alone and vulnerable. She was soon lured into sex trafficking and was unable to escape for two years. Then she found Covenant House. "Studies have shown that if a young person ends up on the street, within 48 hours someone is going to approach them with the intention of exploiting...

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A new, dynamic, business friendly schedule! One service project, one social event, and two regular meetings per month! Lunch meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month at the Chamber South Building, 12:00 PM. See calendar for more info!
Chamber South Building at Fuchs Park
6410 SW 80th Street
South Miami, FL  33143
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President-Elect Gabriel DeArmas, of Home Instead Senior Care, has announced June 14, 2014 as the date for the Rotary Club of South Miami Installation Banquet.  Theme, location and time to be determined, but mark your calendars today!
Second annual Rotary Hoedown to be held at the Lapidus Manor on Saturday, April 5, 2014, 7:00 p.m.  Dinner and drinks will be provided.  Costume contests, line dancing, and kettle corn eatin' galore, we will see you there!!
Art Festival coming up February 22nd and 23rd!!
"I have a dream..."

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2014 Art Festival a Huge Success!!
On Saturday and Sunday, February 22nd and 23rd, 2014, the Rotary Club of South Miami put on our 31st annual South Miami Rotary Art Festival.  Form the quality of the art and artists, to the live music and ecclectic assortment of food vendors, to the unique beer garden, this year's festival was one of our best, ever....
President-Elect Gabriel DeArmas, of Home Instead Senior Care, has announced June 14, 2014 as the date for the Rotary Club of South Miami Installation Banquet.  Theme, location and time to be determined, but mark your calendars today!

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