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The Rotary Club of Plainview hosted the Rotary Club of Bethlehem, Palestine, on a Zoom meeting, June 16.  Mazin Qumsiyeh, a professor at Bethlehem University, was the main speaker.  The club learned about issues ongoing in Palestine as well as the service work of the Bethlehem club.  Rotary connects the world through service above self.  Plainview and Bethlehem members ended the meeting with a desire to work together on future projects and have additional joint meetings.
Rotary Club of Bethlehem
There are People of Action right here in Plainview who are making our city, our region, and our world a better place.  The Rotary Club of Plainview is the only service club in Plainview that has consistently met during the COVID pandemic using Zoom technology.  Rotarians are People of Action.  We have connected with organizations around the world during the past two months and have supported COVID-related economic relief efforts in Plainview with donations of $5,000.
We invite you to join community leaders who seek service above self.  Together, we protect COVID medical professionals with 3D printed PPE; we cheer residents of area nursing homes with homemade Valentine's Day cards; we encourage students to active secondary school attendance through Perfect Attendance awards; and we support those whose lives have been disrupted by COVID-prevention through funding non-profit organizations.  These pictures are just a part of the life-changing work we do weekly.  You see, Rotary connects the world through service above self.  Be our guest on Zoom.  Find out how you can be a person of action in our community. 
The Rotary Club of Plainview is co-hosting a blood drive with Wayland Baptist University in the Brown Conference Center on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00am-2:30pm.  All appropriate social distancing and health protocols will be in place to maximize your safety while serving the community through your donation.
Please sign up today on the Vitalant website: https://www.bloodhero.com/index.cfm?group=op&expand=936352&zc=79072 
As a bonus for those who participate, your blood will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.  The need for blood is important right now with so many people not getting out the past two months.
Rotarian and Wayland Baptist University professor Scott Franklin has been using WBU 3D printer to help save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has been printing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for local healthcare professionals serving in our community.  The Rotary Club of Plainview recognizes his efforts to provide these much needed face masks and other pieces with the 3D printing.  He was able to present and get funding for another 3D printer for Rotaract. 
We are proud to say Scott is our Rotarian of the Quarter. 
Scott has been a member of the Rotary Club since 2013 and has served on several committees and is the President Nominee for this coming July. 
        Thank you for all you do Scott. 
 This month, the club voted to donate $2,000 from its special projects fund to the Plainview Disaster Relief Fund and to reallocate $1,000 intended for end of year perfect attendance awards at PISD to help feed school-age children ($500 to PISD) and soon to be born children ($500 to Compassionate Care Pregnancy Center).  In addition, one of our caterers (Weekends BBQ) reported they were doing well during the crisis and asked that we forward his gift to support PISD's food delivery.
Plainview Area Disaster Relief Fund -- Leigh Bradley, Executive Director, Plainview Area United Way, and Jay Givens, President, Rotary Club of Plainview
PISD -- back row--Marcus Guerror, Southwest Foodservice Excellence chef; Antonio Berumen, Southwest Foodservice Excellence General Manager;
Rick Garcia, Chief Operations Officer, PISD;
Kelly Kothmann, Southwest Foodservice Excellence Assistant General Manager front row--Sylvia De La Garza, Board President, PISD, and Jay Givens, President, Rotary Club of Plainview
Compassionate Care Pregnancy Center -- SuNell Pyeatt, Executive Director, Compassionate Care Pregnancy Center, and Jay Givens, President, Rotary Club of Plainview
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and economic disruptions, Rotary International strongly recommended all Rotary Youth Exchanges terminate as early as was safe for students to return to their homes.  Today, Rosaya Afzal left the Lubbock airport at 7am to start her return to Germany.
Here is a photo of her host family, Ted and Lyn Baker, president Jay Givens, RYE student Palak Wadhwa, and Rosaya at the airport as she prepared to go through security this morning.  District Youth Exchange Officer William Morris and Rotarian SarahLee Morris joined them in seeing Rosaya off.  Club RYE Counselor Coralyn Dillard has done a wonderful job with this students for a decade but wasn't able to be at the send-off due to an out of town funeral.
Saturday at 2pm, several Rotarians and other youth and adults in the community drove by her host family's home to say farewell.  The video is a sample of the goodbye she received.
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we have to say goodbye to our exchange students sooner than anticipated. Please keep Palak and Rosaya in your thoughts and prayers as we move forward with this directive.  Rosaya will be heading home to Germany today (Sunday) and Palak will be with us until India opens their boarders.  The girls are scheduled as our speakers for their final presentations.  Palak will present next week and Rosaya the week following.  Please tune in and join us, via Zoom, to show our love and support for these amazing young ladies
RYE students Palak and Rosaya are now social media influencers.  They emphasized 19 businesses in Plainview and the importance of social distancing safety by visiting 19 Plainview cows to make sure they were wearing masks.  View COWVID-19 photos on our Facebook page.
Rotarian and WBU professor Scott Franklin found a way to use WBU 3D print lab to produce personal protective equipment. 
On April 3rd he delivered 30 face shields to the ER here in Plainview.  That's service above self.   
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Plainview, President Jay Givens presented checks for $1000.00 each to Faith in Sharing House and Salvation Army to help community members impacted by the COVID19 economic downturn, secure needed food, staples and rent assistance.  
Rotary Club of Plainview


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