A Word about the Get to Know - Rotary Connection
The Get to Know Program works throughout Canada and the United States to connect youth to nature through the power of the creative arts. This goal is achieved through Get to Know’s collaboration with partners across North America who host community events that encourage kids to get outdoors and sponsor online art galleries that feature nature-inspired artwork from youth in their communities. One of Get to Know’s significant partners throughout the years have been Rotary Clubs across North America.
Rotary is an international foundation that establishes local Rotary clubs all around the world which are comprised of people who are passionate about making positive change in their communities. Since 2011, the Get to Know Program has had a growing relationship with Rotary Clubs throughout Canada and the United States to accomplish our shared goals of getting kids active and creating leaders who will speak out about important environmental causes in their communities. Rotary currently helps to sponsor four of Get to Know’s online galleries and has played a large part in sponsoring youth to attend the annual International Unconference - a youth-led summit that features creative artworks that make a powerful statement about the environment. The collaboration between Get to Know and Rotary has helped to create connections between youth and nature and has enabled the development of young leaders who are passionate about the environment.
This is a statement from a past Rotaract President and Get to Know Unconference participant:
"I am a newly graduated nurse, with a passion for social justice issues. From signing up to join the Rotaract Club in my first year of university, and not knowing a lot about Rotary at that point, I had the chance to attend the 2011 Get to Know International Unconference in beautiful Jasper BC, because of a Rotarian who sponsored a few of us girls from Kelowna to go. Meeting environmental leaders and other youth who are passionate about the world, made me realize how bad of a shape our earth is, but also how many people are interested to save it!
This I would say was the actual start to my involvement with Rotary. I progressed to Secretary in my first few months in Rotaract, and Get To Know became a huge part of my life as well. I was able to speak, and teach, about the environment, and what Rotary's involvement around the world was/is. Through the next few years, I had the chance to go to the Unconference in Calgary, be President of the Rotaract Club, do SO much good with Rotary(fundraisers, speeches, travel, etc...) and help to make Rotary a major sponsor of GTK. I think this partnership is essential because the environment is a hot topic around the world, and Rotary has the resources and connections to bring the information around the world. Without Get to Know, I would not have been as passionate to become so involved in Rotary, and I know the same is true for many of my peers who I met the Unconferences! "
- Tanveer Gill, Age 23, Kelowna BC.
To learn more about the work that Rotarians are doing and to find a club near you – check out their website here .
If you are a current Rotary member who would like to know more about how you sponsor a youth to attend this year’s unconference contact: Jaime Nowell: firstname.lastname@example.org