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Welcome to all new officers and chairs of District 7780 for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year.
Allow me to introduce myself and my co-chair of the Rotary Literacy Project for 2016-2017.  I am Terry Hodskins of Rotary Club of Wells and Wrap-A-Smile and my Co-Chair is Kerstin Kirchner of Rotary Club of Saco Bay.  We are following in the previous footsteps of many literacy chairs before us but we have added a few new twists to the program that we hope you will find interesting.
We are going to ask that all Rotary Clubs in District 7780 take part in a program to bring Literacy to the forefront of your Club.  We ask you to do this for your community’s and for Marge Barker our District Governor as Literacy is very dear to her heart.  NO, not everybody knows how to read! Your Literacy chairs will soon receive a list of suggested subjects for your Club.  Those who achieve the goal of at least ten of the suggestion topics will be recognized at the District Conference with a Governor’s Citation.
Another difference is that all members of District 7780 will have a hands-on opportunity to help out at Ruth's Reusable Resources in Portland as early as September - a well-kept secret in Maine soon to be shared.
One of Rotary's goals is to strengthen the ability of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. All over District 7780 clubs are engaged in literacy projects that can change lives both in their own communities and also across the globe.  For example, distributing dictionaries to first and third graders, the Library Ready to Read project, the Imagination Library project, and an ongoing involvement with local Head Start schools, to list but a few.
We often think of books as something that just appear in schools but for millions of children in the world this is not true.  Literacy can make the difference between a future that is self-determined and one that is determined by exploitation. Think about it… there are entire villages that are illiterate.  There are no schools, and it seems that there is no chance for a better future. But through education and literacy, we can help learners reach goals and break the poverty cycle. 
Here are just some of the areas of focus for this year:
Local Literacy Projects 
Governor's District Literacy Citation
YES, Rotary Reads - Continue distributing books throughout your community.
Volunteering at Ruth's Reusable Resource on September 17, 2016
Four Way Test Contest - Literacy contest for young adults. The Rotary 4-Way Test is the Rotary members’ guide to help us make good decisions.
Use the Literacy resource list for more ideas.