Westfield Rotary Announces April Programs

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WESTFIELD – The Westfield Rotary has announced its April program schedule.

Upcoming programs include:

As autism becomes more prevalent in our society, so does the need to understand it. Autism Educator, Adrienne P. Robertiello from Children’s Specialized Hospital, one of New Jersey’s largest providers of services for children with autism, will present “Make Friends with Autism,” a new community initiative that provides free tools and resources to help businesses understand and interact with people living with autism. She will highlight the components of the program including, comprehensive and reliable information about autism, training materials focused on best practices, consumer and vocational relationships, and customer service strategies. An original film will be shown to offer a real-life glimpse of some challenges and successful experiences of families during common community excursions.

Byron Miller – Westfield Rotary club member, Asst District Governor and Rotary International Service Above Self Award recipient spearheads the District’s efforts in supporting clean water initiatives through Pure Water for the World. He recently traveled to Haiti, where the organization has been instrumental in implementing clean water programs. From an insightful perspective, he will share poignant observations, casting light on the darkest of times for this human experience. Learn first hand, of the people’s struggles to cope, tales of great heroism, tragic endings and of Haiti’s new reality. It is a story of the human spirit, of moving forward and of hope.

As a means to promote goodwill and understanding around the world, Rotary International created the Group Study Exchange (GSE) program which offers a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country’s culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas. Today, the Westfield Club will host this year’s visiting team from the Punjab area of India.

The Westfield Rotary Club, in accordance with one of its goals of community service, will be awarding grants to local non-profit agencies for programs and projects that directly serve people in the community. Grant recipients will be recognized at this Rotary luncheon and will receive grant funding to continue and enhance the work of their non-profit organizations.
Westfield Rotary was founded in 1921 and is a non-denominational service organization of professional women and men who live or work in the Westfield area. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to among other things, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

One of 33,000 clubs in 160 countries worldwide that make up Rotary International, the Westfield Rotary is the largest provider of scholarships to Westfield students, a major contributor to community grants as well as several international projects. They meet 50 weeks per year between 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. for lunch and a program at the Westfield Area Y, 220 Clark Street in the second floor Kellogg room. They welcome guests to join them at any of their weekly meetings.

Anyone interested in attending a program or learning more about Rotary in Westfield may visit http://westfieldrotary.com or contact President Mark Swingle at 1-908-379-2705 or email westfieldrotary@gmail.com.

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