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Rotary Member of the Week
Joseph Kress
Joe is working with the Blood Center of Wisconsin, having previously served as District Director for the Boy Scouts. Although a member of our club only since 2013, Joe has been a Rotarian for a number of years, previously in Pierre, S.D., and La Crosse. He is currently serving on the Rotary Club's Board of Directors and is responsible for Intergenerational Service activities. He and his wife Kari were married this spring. Joe enjoys hunting, camping, fishing, and curling.
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Dale Leffel introduced our newest Club Director, Joe Kress, who is heading up the Intergenerational Service Committees. Dale attended the Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and brought back videos from the convention. One was the Brazilian national anthem. We stood while it was being played and remained standing to sing our own national anthem. Joe introduced a video of Lucía Gómez Garcia, a young Argentinean girl, who gave a wonderful inspirational speech at the Convention.

In her speech, “You Are Never Too Young to Change the World,” Lucía showed that young people can make a huge difference. Among those she cited were Malala Yousefzai and Ryan Hreljac. Malala is a Pakastani who, as a young girl, became an advocate for girls’ education in defiance of the Taliban and continued even after being shot in an assassination attempt when she was 15. In 2014 she became the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Ryan is a Canadian who, while still a child, began raising money for those affected by the global water crisis, and has since raised millions of dollars for water and sanitation projects in Africa. The speaker said, “We are little children ready to do big things.” The 14,000 in attendance gave Lucía a standing ovation. Lucía’s speech may be seen at http://video.rotary.org/4RA/lucia-gomez-garcia-you-are-never-too-young-to-change-the-world/

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