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GOVERNOR CRIST NAMES DR. OSWALD SAAVEDRA OF ORLANDO AS POINT OF LIGHT FOR CLIMATE CHANGE/ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS MONTH
July 30, 2009
GOVERNOR'S PRESS OFFICE
Governor Crist Names Dr. Oswald Saavedra of Orlando as Point of Light for Climate Change/Environmental Awareness Month
TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today recognized Dr. Oswald Saavedra of Orlando as this week’s Point of Light in honor of Climate Change/Environmental Awareness Month.
“Dr. Saavedra’s commitment to creating sustainable programs that empower individuals of all races, socioeconomic classes and nations will benefit future generations of people in Florida and beyond,” said Governor Crist. “His extraordinary contributions are an example of what people can do when they are passionate about helping others.”
Following a lifetime of contributions to his community and environment, Dr. Saavedra has spent the last two years working with the EarthWeb Foundation. Through the foundation, he has helped bring greater attention to health, environmental and educational initiatives in the Orlando area. His efforts with the foundation include coordinating yearly Earth Day and fundraising events to improve educational resources at Ivey Lane Elementary School and the New Beginnings Education Complex. He has also helped coordinate canoe trips to clean up lakes, plant trees and restore the fragile and protected arboretum at the University of Central Florida.
In addition to serving his community’s environmental needs, Dr. Saavedra has also helped provide scholarships and educational and housing assistance to women in need. He has additionally provided Christmas for the children at Great Oaks Village and the Central Florida Children’s Home, shelters for children in Orange County. Through the EarthWeb Foundation, Dr Saavedra has also contributed to international communities. The EarthWeb Foundation has helped build schools in Africa, medical clinics in Honduras and an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. The foundation has also partnered with Rotary International to help 300,000 children receive polio immunizations.
AAA Auto Club South is the supporting sponsor of the Governor’s Points of Light Award. This program recognizes Florida residents who demonstrate exemplary service to the community. Award recipients are announced weekly. A panel of judges comprised of leaders in the areas of volunteerism and service evaluate all nominations and make recommendations to the Governor. The Volunteer Florida Foundation manages the program. For more information, or to submit a nomination, go to www.VolunteerFloridaFoundation.org.
The Clinic in Honduras
Unfortunately the trip scheduled in August has been cancelled. Stay tuned for updates for the next trip. Volunteers are still need.
Lake Clean ups
We hope to continue to have three or four lake clean ups staffed by Rotary volunteers every year. We are looking for someone to lead this activity for the next year or two. If you have an interest, contact Kimberly Sterling atKimberlyS@ResourceConsulting.com.
New Beginnings SchoolWe promised to raise $1,000.00 to provide four scholarships of $250 each for academic achievement. The best of the four also wins an all expense paid trip to Honduras.
Ivey Lane ElementaryWe will continue to provide funding for student field trips and school activities as we have done for the past 3 years.
Dedicated to strengthening the threads that connect us all by focusing on health, environmental and educational initiatives. Empowering individuals of all races, socioeconomic classes and nations to improve living conditions for current and future generations.
"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect."
Chief Seattle, 1854
We have offered our support to the Orlando International Airport to begin a recycling program. Just imagine what a difference this could make. If you are interested, we can use your help!