6 social media resolutions that can improve your club’s exposure

5 Feb

Rotary Voices

160204_SocialMediaPartyPopperBy Evan Burrell

Maybe you spent much of last year banging away on social media to gain exposure for your club (because everyone says you should), but you felt like you were getting nowhere fast. It’s still early in the year. Why not take a step back, make an honest assessment of your approach, and determine what you could do better.

Here are six social media resolutions I think you should make this year to elevate your club’s social media exposure.

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Rotary members respond to Flint, Michigan, water crisis

4 Feb

Rotary Voices

160203_waterflintBy Amy Krug, president of the Rotary Club of Flint, Michigan, USA

We have been heartened by the outpouring of support from Rotary members in response to the water crisis in our city of Flint, Michigan. In April of 2014, a switch in the source of water from Lake Huron to the Flint River without an appropriate corrosive control plan resulted in erosion of pipe scale, lead solder, and lead copper joints which allowed the release of this lead into our water supply.

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How will your club celebrate Rotary’s anniversary?

3 Feb

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Rotary members in District 3150 India celebrate by illuminating the Falaknuma Palace. Rotary members in District 3150 India celebrate last year’s anniversary by illuminating the Falaknuma Palace with the message Keep India Polio Free.

On 23 February, Rotary clubs worldwide will mark the 111th anniversary of the first Rotary club meeting by holding an event, hosting a fundraiser, or lighting a notable building.

Send us a photo of how your club is celebrating Rotary’s anniversary, and we’ll include it in our gallery. Attach a JPEG file to your email, preferably at least 500 pixels wide and the highest resolution possible. Please include a brief description (2-3 sentences), along with a photo credit.

Check back on 23 February to see the global celebration of Rotary’s birthday.

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A South African’s Youth Exchange to Denmark

2 Feb

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Ronan Morgan and South African flag Rotary Youth Exchange student Ronan Morgan holds up the South African flag.

By Ronan Morgan

I had just arrived in Denmark after a 13-hour flight from South Africa, tired, but not exhausted. I was excited and ready to face a year of surprises and challenges as a Rotary Youth Exchange student from District 9400. It was not until I moved into my new home where I would spend the first five months of my exchange that it fully hit me – I was not in Johannesburg anymore, or anywhere familiar.

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West Africa Project Fair exhibits the power of Rotary

29 Jan

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West Africa Project Fair exhibits the power of Rotary

29 Jan

Rotary Service Connections | English

By Dr. John Philips, Past District Governor of District 1040 and Chairman International Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors

Natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes bring the best out of Rotarians. We roll up our sleeves, rattle tins, raise money and deliver support, care and assistance.

When a Rotarian colleague recently told me he was disappointed with the outcome of his club’s emergency assistance efforts to another country some years ago, I was not surprised. “Our results were most unimpressive. The disaster relief help we had provided was a gut reaction, unplanned, disorganized, and driven by the international community” he told me.

Historically, developed countries have often tried to impose their own solutions for challenges faced by developing countries. We can stop this through Rotary.

A few years back, I saw a large wooden box in a hospital in Tanzania. The box contained an x-ray machine donated by a North American…

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Surefire ways to welcome new members

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New Member Welcome KitBy Wally Bobkiewicz, a member of the Rotary Club of Evanston, Illinois, USA

This year, our club has been working to enhance how we welcome and orient new members.

Through this effort, we learned of a resource available on shop.rotary.org — a New Member Welcome Kit containing just a few items, all of which are updated to reflect Rotary’s visual identity. This kit is intended to be supplemented with club-specific materials that highlight our membership and our impact in the community.

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