Thank you Chrissy Geimann with the American Heart Association for educating our club on this important health issue. There’s a lot of talk about inequality between men and women, but one area in particular where women are leading in record numbers: heart disease. It’s the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer. But there’s a leadership role just waiting for women like you to pounce on: Leading the charge to end this deadly foe once and for all. *Go Red For Women* encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. In 2010, the AHA set a strategic goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20 percent while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by the year 2020. https://www.goredforwomen.org/
Charlotte-South Rotarians shared their time the week of Christmas at The Harvest Center. The mission of this local nonprofit is to create a community where individuals affected by homelessness, poverty and unemployment are empowered through transitional programs and transformed by the Love of Christ. www.theharvestcenter.org
Charlotte-South celebrated Monday, December 15 with their annual Holiday Celebration at Zebra. The Carolina Chamber Players graced us with their musical talent and we took time to pause and share much needed holiday fellowship. A friendly reminder we will not be having a meeting on Monday, December 22 or Monday, December 29. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
We would like to welcome our newest members, Bill Nuttall and Matt Drinkhahn to Charlotte-South Rotary! As usual, we kept things lively this day as our President, Andy Bach showed off his recent clown costume in his support of the *”Rotary Distinguished Clown Corps” (RDCC). * This project will establish a group of Rotary, business and community leaders that will make a donation to be split between Hemby and Levine Children’s Hospitals and will periodically visit children in those hospitals to put some much needed joy in their eyes. The RDCC is based on a model used by other cities and will be supported by Charlotte Center City Partners. The RDCC recently participated in the Novant Christmas Parade on Thanksgiving Day. Rotary was featured in Parade literature and advertising so it was a great opportunity to get the word out to people that might not otherwise know about what Rotary is and what it does. Thank you Bill and Matt for having fun with us on the day we inducted you and we are so glad you will be joining the fun.
Today Charlotte-South presented the Harris Y a donation in support of their Y Readers literacy program. *(ymcacharlotte.org/yreaders )* These funds were made possible through our World Tasting Tour event this past June. *Pictured:* Rick Dunlap and Shannon Emmanuel with past president Mike Walker.