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Presidency Xs 3 /Aquaculture Workshop

“Reach Within to Embrace Humanity” is this year’s theme for Rotary International.  Three area Rotary Clubs have succeeded in reaching within Gadsden State Community College for leadership.

Ed Clark, economics instructor, Luanne Hayes, director of governmental relations at Gadsden State Cherokee, and Kay Smith-Foster, public relations coordinator will lead their Rotary Club during the 2011-2012 year. They will each begin their reign as president July 1.  Clark will preside over the Anniston Morning Club, Hayes will head the Centre Rotary and Smith-Foster will lead the Gadsden Rotary Club.

The three recently completed a President Elect Training Seminar, commonly known to Rotarians as PETS, in Nashville Tennessee.  This was a seminar for the Mid South Area Rotarians including the District 6860, of which all three clubs are an active part.  Over 400 Rotarians from Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky attended the training and motivational workshops which prepared them for serving their communities and the world by assuming various leadership roles including presidency and assistant governors.

Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto “Service Above Self.”

Clark stated, “One of the main goals I want to achieve during my year of presidency is to obtain a Future Vision Grant that will allow us to participate in an international service project.” The Anniston Morning Club has a hugely successful Dancing with the Stars annual fund-raising event.  Last year the club raised $58,000 with this one event.

The Centre Rotary Club provides a five-week summer camp for approximately 125 disadvantaged youth and participates in the Pennies for Polio program which provides money for the internationally sponsored Rotary goal. Hayes said, “I am looking forward to my year of service and to making a difference in our community.”

Smith-Foster said that the Gadsden Rotary Club has a two-fold objective with their fund-raising events planned for the coming year. First of course is to raise money to implement various service projects in our community, and next would be to supplement funding for projects in our district, as well as some international projects.  In addition to this goal she is hoping to build a stronger more unified club.  The first event the Gadsden club plans to host will be a “Little Black Dress Affair” scheduled for August 25 at the Gadsden Country Club.  The funds raised from this event will benefit the Children’s Hospital Lifesaver Helicopter.  In addition Gadsden Rotary is also working with the City of Gadsden to build a permanent outdoor stage that will be located on the Coosa and utilized by the community for various events.

The three leaders all agree that the year ahead will bring challenges in recruiting, retention and fundraising, but in spite of the obstacles all agree that they are looking forward to accomplishing goals and strengthening their respective clubs.

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Gadsden State Host to Workshop

 Twenty-two middle and high school teachers from Alabama and Georgia recently attended the 12th annual “Growing Fish in Recirculating Systems K -12 Teacher Workshop” at Gadsden State Community College.  The purpose of the workshop is to educate teachers on ways to use aquatic biology/aquaculture as a vehicle to deliver math and science concepts to their students.

During the workshop participants built several types of systems, hatched catfish, dissected fish and learned about aquaponics and hormonal control of reproduction in fish for induced spawning.  The five-day session is a team taught course sponsored by Gadsden State, Auburn University’s Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn Marine Extension and Research Center, the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

Dr. Hugh Hammer, aquaculture instructor at Gadsden State, said, “We have trained over 300 teachers nationwide since we began these workshops.  It is a perfect fit for us to host the workshop because our facilities are designed for hands-on education.”  The workshop is highly regarded as the best of its type in the nation.  Thanks to the current funding from the United States Department of Agriculture the workshop was free to the teachers.  Since the program began, Gadsden State has shipped fish to high schools in Ohio, West Virginia, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota and Connecticut for educational purposes.

For more information on future workshops contact Dr. Hugh Hammer at 256-549-8345 or hhammer@gadsdenstate.edu.

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