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Blog Action Day – Just one more hand can….

In honor of blog action day, I thought I'd share a story with you.  If nothing else, it will help to debunk the mind set that one person can not have an impact on our world. Several years ago I had the privilege of participating in a mission to rebuild a school in Zimbabwe through my Rotary Club.  I spent two weeks in a small village outside of Victoria Falls called Chikandakubi.  It was by far the most profound and eye opening experience of my life. After some 24 hours of traveling, our team arrived at the lodge, which was owned by members of the Victoria Falls Rotary club.  I was over tired an in sensory overload.  Everything was different from what I was “used to”.  The sites, smells, and sounds all felt more vibrant then in the states.  The beauty of the famed Victoria Falls goes beyond my ability to describe in words.  To those who do not live there, Africa has a mystical quality about it – there is temptation to romanticize the landscape. Unfortunately, there is little else to romanticize about Chikandakubi.  The village, like many in Zimbabwe, has been ravished by aids and the vast majority of the population is starving.  Most children are either orphans or being raised by their grandparents as the 25 – 35 year old generation has been eliminated by Aids.  Some of the children are forced to stay in their compounds to help care for livestock or go out into the streets to generate money as their elders are frail and can not provide for the family.  Combine that with the reality that there is a fee to attend school, and you have a large population of [...]

Melissa Ward, Managing Partner of NewWard Development, LLC™ has been appointed Publicity Chair for Rotary District 7190.

Melissa Ward, Managing Partner of NewWard Development, LLC™ and President of the Twin Bridges Rotary Club has been appointed Publicity Chair for Rotary District 7190.  Ms. Ward will be serving the district from January 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.  “This is a thrilling opportunity for me to get more involved in Rotary and be able to help spread the word about what Rotarians do”, said Ms. Ward.  Rotary District 7190, lead by District Governor Harriet Nobel of the Champlain Canal Rotary Club, comprises of 46 clubs representing 1535 members in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Schoharie, Washington, Warren, Fulton, and Montgomery counties.  Rotary International is a world-wide community service organization that initiated such programs as Polio Plus, the global eradication of polio, world literacy and much more. You can learn more about Rotary District 7190 at www.CapitalRegionRotary.org. Media Contact:  Melissa Ward, 518-899-5855, melissa@newward.com