Protecting babies from unintended harm has been the most meaningful part of being a Rotarian for Kay Resler (Rotary Club of Davis, CA). Kay traveled to Kenya as part of a Global Grant team that provided training and education to medical professionals. This trip helped inspire her to include The Rotary Foundation in her estate plan to ensure that Rotary will always have the resources needed to help communities around the world.
In Kenya, Kay's team found a lack of understanding about the dangers of shaken baby syndrome (SBS). Kay noted, "Remarkably, some of the nurses and doctors said they believed that shaking a baby was the right thing to do when a child was crying inconsolably." The team's training produced immediate results. "After our presentations, which included simulation dolls, the medical professionals understood the devastating effects of SBS." They were able to share this information with parents and caregivers, protecting children throughout the community.
Kay has generously supported Rotary with her time and talent over the years, including serving as club president and while on the club Board, attending three international conventions and travelling to China with a delegation of Rotarians "spreading the word about Rotary."
Recently she decided to give back financially to The Rotary Foundation as part of her long-range financial and estate planning. "I have been fortunate and decided this was a way that I could leave a meaningful legacy," Kay explains.
"I know that the Foundation has a proven track record, so who better to entrust with carrying out my wishes than an organization that I truly believe in? I'm just an ordinary person," Kay shares. "And I feel good knowing that, through my eventual gift to the Foundation, I will leave a legacy that helps Rotary make the world a better place."
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