Rotary International and its Paul Harris Foundation are at the final stages of an over 20 year project to eradicate polio form the world. We are involved in fighting food shortages, disease, providing clean water, eye exams and glasses, donated medical supplies, operations and other needed aid to people around the globe.
The purpose of the annual fair is to bring information to area seniors about services available to them: transportation, recreation, restaurants, health care, etc. The Fair also functions as publicity for all participants and a fund raiser for the three sponsoring agencies. Park Forest Rotary Club, Rich Township Senior Department and the Park Forest Nurses.
Senior Fair celebrates May as Older American's Month.
The Four Way Test Award:
Students are selected by their peers, teachers, counselors and administrators based on living their lives according to the Rotary "Four Way Test of the things we Think, Say or Do." This is a character award and in not based on academic, athletic, music, science or math skills. Living as a good citizen, volunteerism, doing small acts of kindness without fanfare when no one else is looking is the traits we are recognizing. Candidates are given the story of the "Four Way Test" and write an essay describing how the test is used or how it applies to how they live their lives. The winner in each area high school and middle school is invited to bring their family to a dinner or luncheon with the Rotary Club. Present are their school counselors, principal, superintendent and school board members. The recipient's nominating letter is read and the student reads their essay. They receive a certificate and their name is added to a plaque at their school that contains all the former awardees. These outstanding youngsters are the future.
Early Act Program:
The Park Forest Rotary Club sponsored the first EarlyAct Club in the area in 2004. The purpose is to bring Rotary values and ethics to elementary students. The Forest Trail Middle School is home to about 32 sixth, seventh and eighth graders in this year's club. They hold weekly meetings on Wednesday afternoons. Their motto is "Service Above Self," and it is inspirational to watch them grow each week in it's pursuit. They spent the first meetings electing officers, committee chairs and planning their fund raising, service and fellowship activities.
Park Forest Wetlands Project:
Our last project here in Park Forest was to partner with the Village and we donated the money and some of the labor to provide and build the viewing deck at the Wetlands Project. Due to the fact that the wetlands are protected and no building or structure can penetrate the ground, this made the project most interesting. The entire deck floats on top of the land with specially designed feet. Much care was taken to protect the land and allow the wildlife to flourish.
The goal of the Dictionary Project is to improve the reading ability and comprehension of all children, everywhere. It is our goal to encourage children to use dictionaries so that they will be able to use the English language effectively. A student cannot do his or her best without a dictionary. By providing this tool we assist teachers in making all students active readers, good writers, and creative thinkers. Students can use the dictionaries throughout their school career and serves as a resource for the whole family. It improves everyone's vocabulary and it encourages children to learn more words. The dictionaries are a gift for the children to keep. The project is funded through donations and sponsors who introduce the program in their local schools. The Rotary Club of Park Forest distributes the dictionaries to Park Forest School District 162 and 163, Park Forest Library and University Park Library.
ShelterBox is the only national aid organization that provides shelter and life-saving equipment. We instantly respond to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict and have helped over 100 disasters in more than 60 countries. ShelterBox supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value. The cost of a box is $1,000 including delivery direct to those who need it. Each box bears its own unique number so as a donor you can track your box all the way to its recipient country via the website. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide. Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of international disaster relief, providing emergency shelter for the people who need it most on every continent.
Watch ShelterBox at work in Haiti, 2010
Used Cell Phones for Family Shelter:
The Rotary of Park Forest supports the South Suburban Family Shelter by collecting used cell phones. The South Suburban Family Shelter then sells the phones to a company that refurbishes or recycles the phones. The Mission of South Suburban Family Shelter is to provide comprehensive, coordinated services to families in which domestic violence exists without imposing any one solution. South Suburban Family Shelter accepts clients regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, or age.
Please check our current locations of collection boxes to donate your used cell phones.
End Polio NOW:
After 20 Years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease. The Rotary of Park Forest supports Rotary International in its endeavors to eradicate polio worldwide.
As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high. By donating now, you can help Rotary achieve a polio-free world.
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