Children and youth will be the winners as the Rotary Club of Sugarloaf hosts the 4th
Annual Gwinnett Duck Derby at the West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center in Norcross on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Gwinnett businesses have sponsored this fun, family event, while individuals are adopting ducks for only $5 each. All are invited to come to the free event, scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. to swim and to watch the ducks race.
All proceeds will go towards the club’s local and international programs for children and youth. The Sugarloaf Rotary Club, founded in 1982, is part of Rotary International and is known for its service to the community and support for such organizations as the Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club, Corley Elementary School, and the Brookwood High School Interact Club.
The Rotary Club of Sugarloaf is made up of business owners and community leaders with a heart to serve others. By raising funds each year, the club has been able to:
- Purchase a virtual reality computer system installed at Corley Elementary School
- Fund a scholarship for a Gwinnett Science Fair winner
- Provide sidewalks for Annandale Villagers
- Continue the Polio Plus effort of Rotary International aimed at eradicating polio entirely
The racing of the ducks occurs at 4 p.m., while pool games, a food truck and a DJ will add to the fun. Approximately five thousand ducks will be launched from a slide into a lazy river which is part of the aquatic center. The ducks will flow into a catch basin and the first three finishers will be awarded prizes. The first place prize is $2,500, the second place prize is $1,000, and the third place prize is $500.
A number of sponsors are supporting the event including the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation; Hayes Automotive; The Whitlock Group; Andersen Tate & Carr; GFS Advisory; Jackson EMC; Thompson, Sweeny, Kinsinger & Pereira; and many others.
To learn more and to adopt a duck, visit www.gwinnettduckderby.com.
Why Rotary? A Russian Experience Builds Bridges in Gwinnett
In an effort to build bridges and friendships across the world, Rotary District 6910 hosted a team of nine Russian physicians and a translator who wished to learn about medicine in America – how medical students are taught and how patient care is delivered. After visiting Gainesville and Athens, team members, who represented multiple specialties including radiology, pediatrics, dermatology, neurology, oncology and others, were transported to a Rotarian’s home for a southern feast fit for royalty.
Thanks to the Hayes Automotive Group, a 15-passenger van was available to transport the Russian citizens around Gwinnett and even into Atlanta for sightseeing. Sunday featured tours of the CNN Center, the World of Coca-Cola and dinner at The Varsity. On Monday, the contingency visited Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) where they learned about how medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences and physical therapy are taught to the 1,100 student population.
The translator wasn’t necessary when the physicians toured the college’s Anatomy Lab which features several Mondopads, touchscreens for learning. In addition, the Simulation Center with high fidelity mannequins, a surgical suite, trauma bay and birthing area captured the interest of the physicians. The Russian doctors were familiar with the benefits of osteopathic manipulative medicine and paid rapt attention to a demonstration by Dr. Regina Fleming.
A stop at the Concussion Institute housed at Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth was a highlight of the visit, along with information about rehabilitative services and bariatric surgery. The physicians indicated they would like to implement some of what they learned about the American delivery of health care in Russia.
Dinner at Dominick’s in downtown Lawrenceville was a hit one evening and the next morning featured more conversation via a handy cell phone app and breakfast with the universal connector of coffee. Group members admitted that their “impressions of the United States before arriving were misguided and that going forward, regardless of what they hear on the news, they’ll know firsthand that Americans, especially Rotarians and Georgians, are a warm and friendly people.”
The Gwinnett experience took the combined efforts of the Lawrenceville, Sugarloaf and Gwinnett Rotary clubs. A certificate from the group stated, “We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to you for your hospitality and great contribution to Russian-American relations…This is true dedication to world peace and mutual understanding. Thank you for your friendship which helps to bring our two great countries closer together.”
You never know what to expect when you say “yes” to new experiences, but most often the rewards are so much better than expected.
Rotary International President Barry Rassin
Dear fellow Rotarians,
One year ago, your Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new vision statement, reflecting our aspirations for our organization and its future. It reads, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
That simple sentence distills so much of what is essential about Rotary. We unite, because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone. We take action, because we are not dreamers, but doers. We work to create lasting change that will endure long after our involvement has ended – across the globe and in our communities. And perhaps most important of all, we work to create change in ourselves – not just building a better world around us, but becoming better people ourselves.
A quotation attributed to French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery goes: “If you want to build a boat, don’t begin by collecting wood, cutting boards, or assigning tasks. Begin by awakening in the souls of your workers a longing for the vast and boundless sea.” Each of us came to Rotary because we had a longing – to have an impact, to make a difference, to be part of something larger than ourselves. That desire, that vision for a better world and our role in building it, is what drives us in Rotary. It’s what made us become members, it’s what motivates us to serve, and it’s what led me to choose our theme for this Rotary year: Be the Inspiration.
I want to see Rotary Be the Inspiration for our communities by doing work with a transformational impact. It’s time to start moving forward, by removing the barriers that are holding us back. Let’s make it easier to make adjustments in our clubs or start new clubs that suit different needs. Let’s work to strengthen Rotaract and smooth the transition from Rotaract clubs into Rotary. Let’s give all Rotarians the flexibility to serve in the ways that work best for them, so that every Rotarian finds enduring value in Rotary membership.
Truly sustainable service, the kind of service we strive for in Rotary, means looking at everything we do as part of a larger global economy. This year, I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration for sustainable service by addressing the impact of environmental issues on our work. The environment plays a key role in all six of our areas of focus, and that role is only becoming greater as the impact of climate change unfolds. It’s time to move past seeing the environment as somehow separate from those six areas. Clean air, water, and land are essential for healthy communities – and essential for the better, healthier future we strive for.
Be the Inspiration – and together we can, and we will, inspire the world.
President, Rotary International