Visit to new ShelterBox HQ in Truro

7 Dec

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Operations Coordinator Sam Hewett briefs Newton Operations Coordinator Sam Hewett (left) briefs MP Sarah Newton on preparations to help people fleeing Mosul. Photo © Thom Axon

By Sarah Newton, Rotary Club of Falmouth, and a Member of Parliament representing Truro and Falmouth, United Kingdom

In July, Cornwall-based international disaster relief charity ShelterBox moved its headquarters to Truro, keeping its warehousing and aid-packing base in Helston.

On 10 November, I made my first visit to Falcon House, now that ShelterBox has relocated most if its staff, including its operational and fundraising teams, into my

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Sing, Dance, and Keep India Polio-Free!

5 Dec

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Selfies at a Khera Khurd polio rally So much warmth, hospitality, and joy at the polio rally in Khera Khurd, a village on the outskirts of Delhi. And so many fun selfies! #endpolio

ingridBy Ingrid Schwab, Rotary staff

Amit says it feels like our team has been in India for a week, but really it’s been about two days. It definitely feels like a lifetime. This is the first Rotary staff Sub-National Immunization Day (SNID) trip to India, and our schedule is full of activities to experience and understand the fight to end polio. On this day, our colleagues at Rotary’s National PolioPlus office, Amit, Lokesh, and Deepak, arranged for us to take part in a polio awareness rally in Khera Khurd, a village on the outskirts of Delhi.

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Corporate membership: What has worked for us and what hasn’t

4 Dec

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Corporate members have helped the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Corporate membership has helped the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, attract senior business leaders.

By Robert Fisher, Rotary Club of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

As the first club chartered in Australia, we have a membership of around 250 people. We had two ‘champions’ who were keen to introduce corporate membership. Over several years, they sought acceptance of this category in the upper layers of Rotary, and eventually were given the go-ahead to try it as part of a pilot project in 2011.

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Creating leaders through Rotary Family Health Days

3 Dec

By Alicia Michael, President of Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA) As three young ladies entered the Rotary Family Health Days camp site, I noticed their bright green school u…

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Creating leaders through Rotary Family Health Days

3 Dec

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By Alicia Michael, President of Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA)

As three young ladies entered the Rotary Family Health Days camp site, I noticed their bright green school uniforms and their even brighter smiles.  I was at one of 380 sites operating for three days across Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda this past October.  These young ladies had every appearance of typical teenage girls on their way home from school on a Friday afternoon.

However, most would find that there was nothing typical about this scene.  I’m not certain what I expected as I approached the girls, but I am certain it was not a conversation I had ever encountered before.  I introduced myself as they politely shook my hand and giggled a bit.  They told me their names and informed me they were 17 years old and were best friends.

They had already been greeted by…

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Photos from the 2016 Ride to End Polio

1 Dec

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On 19 November, Rotary staff joined Rotary members from District 5500 (Arizona, USA) and around the world in El Tour de Tucson, one of the premier organized fundraising rides in the United States. This year’s staff team met the challenge head on, completing 104-miles in good spirits and with only one flat tire.

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2017 Presidential Conference: Celebrating our Commitment to Peace

30 Nov

By John Germ, Rotary International President, 2016-17 Dear Friends, It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 2017 Presidential Peace Conference on 9-10 June 2017, taking place in Atlanta immed…

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