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reminded of the
impact a collective
body of people have
when working towards
the same goals."
The MacGregor Downs Country Club
clubhouse is located just off NC 64
past the US1 / NC64 split in southwest
Cary, North Carolina. Clubhouse
telephone number is 919-467-7468.
Cary MacGregor Rotary Club
Meeting Time & Location
Wednesday 12:30 - 1:30 PM
MacGregor Downs Country Club
430 Saint Andrews Lane
Cary, North Carolina 27511
daughter of Dr. Don, is
living and working in Spain
for a year. She has a blog
to chronicle her
She calls her blog, "A Pirate's Voyage"
and you can follow her adventures HERE.
Growing up in Duncan, Okla., USA, I took it for granted that
everyone could read. In my own elementary school, not only
were we expected to be reading by the age of seven or eight,
we were expected to read upside down. We each took turns
reading books to the entire class, and of course, if you want to
read out loud to a group while you show them the pictures, you
can't do it the right way up. All the way through elementary
school, we did that every week, until it didn't really matter to us
which way we were holding the book.
RON D. BURTON
I never thought too much about that skill at the time. But a few months ago, on a visit to a
Rotary project in Decatur, Ala., I walked into a first-grade classroom and was asked if I
would read a book to a class of six-year-olds. Naturally, I was happy to oblige. I sat down,
opened the book they had chosen, and started reading to about 30 little kids – upside down,
just the way I did it back in second grade.
In a sense, I was doing exactly what I'd learned to do more than half a century earlier. But
as an adult, and especially as a Rotarian, I saw that experience in a different way. I was
reading to a group of children who were well on their way to literacy themselves. We were
sitting in their classroom, in a school where Rotarians came every week to read one-on-one
with children who needed a little extra help. There wasn't any question that every child in
that room would grow up to be a literate adult. And all of them took that completely for
granted – as they took it for granted that adults would care enough to read them a book
while showing them the pictures, even if that meant reading upside down.
We all know that millions of children all over the world aren't that lucky. That's why we
make basic education and literacy a priority in our Rotary service. As we mark Literacy
Month in Rotary, we remind ourselves what a gift we are giving when we help a child to
read – whether it's a child on the other side of the world or right in our own hometown.