Dear Rotarians,

In this season of thanks, I am grateful to have an opportunity on behalf of the Board to say thank
you to all of you – our members – who contribute to our efforts through our committees, programs
and projects, mentoring our branches, and attendance at events. We are so fortunate to work with
you to advance our shared goal of bringing people together to create lasting and positive change in
ourselves, in our communities, and across the globe.
Can you believe we are already six months into the Rotary year? It’s incredible what we have
accomplished so far, and I look forward to seeing where 2024 takes us. Here is a brief recap of
just some of what the club has accomplished in the first six months:
 Approved and moved forward with the set-up of the RCEHT West Africa Branch, which
meets in Ghana;
 Developing the RCEHT East Africa Branch, which will meet in South Sudan;
 Added a total of thirteen new full members and four new associate members;
 Developed the RCEHT Economic Development Program, currently in its Phase 1 Overview
process;
 Approved two new endorsee organizations: Her Future Coalition and Lift the Vulnerable;
 Approved and funded a grant to support the Stop Human Trafficking Lending Library in
Chiangmai, Thailand;
 Stood up a PR committee and engaged with RCEHT member organizations to share our
club’s information in physical locations, such as at our District (5950) conference;
 Fundraised over $5,000 for our newly established RCEHT Foundation; and,
 Reviewed and updated our grant application process, membership engagement policy, and
scholarship process.
Thank you for your time and generosity over the last six months and your impact on our
local and global communities. I know our efforts and impact will only increase as we
move into the latter half of our Year of Action. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season, no matter
the specific holiday you celebrate. See you in 2024!
Yours in Rotary,
 
Lisa Podonly
Rotary Club to End Human Trafficking President, 2023-2024
 
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