Archive | November, 2014

Amazing projects shared on Rotary Showcase

30 Nov

Rotary Voices

Women use Hippo Water Rollers in Africa to transport clean drinking water. Women use Hippo Water Rollers in South Africa to transport clean drinking water.

By Rotary Voices staff

Rotary members in Juneau, Alaska, USA, are using their loose coins to create big change in different parts of the world.

The Rotary Club of Juneau-Gastineau collects nickels, dimes, and quarters from members in glass jars placed around the room during its weekly meetings. More than $8,000 has been collected since the program began. But more amazingly, the spare change has been turned into more than $39,000 in micro loans, by working through the microfinance website Kiva.

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Volunteering isn’t supposed to be fun, is it?

29 Nov

Rotary Voices

Nisha Kotcha, right, with English television and radio personality Jonathon Ross. Nisha Kotecha, right, with English television and radio personality Jonathan Ross.

By Nisha Kotecha, president of the Rotaract Club of Hampstead, Hendon and Golders Green, England

Earlier this month, I volunteered with some of my fellow Rotaract members at the Hampstead Christmas festival in the Hampstead area of London, England. We had no idea what we were going to be asked to do. It was cold, dark, rainy, and my feet were soaked within minutes of getting there.

We had organized an event for past members of our club a few days before, and I heard from some of them who had volunteered for the Live

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Making the most of Rotary’s online tools

28 Nov

Rotary Voices

Himal Pandya leads a digital workshop in Gujarat, India. Himal Pandya leads a digital workshop in Gujarat, India.

By Himal Pandya, a member of the Rotary Club of Bhavnagar Royal, Gujarat, India

We conducted a digital workshop recently to give incoming leaders in Rotary District 3060, eastern India, hands-on training on how to use Rotary’s website and various other online tools to manage their clubs and publicize Rotary’s good works. It was my pleasure to walk participants through how to register on, edit their profiles, share a project on Rotary Showcase, and much more.

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Courting Blakness — offering indigenous peoples a voice in art

27 Nov

Rotary Voices

The Courting Blakness exhibit showcased work by indigenous peoples. The Courting Blakness art show included work by indigenous peoples.

By Bobbie Chew Bigby

Since beginning as a Rotary Peace Fellow at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, earlier this year, I have found many opportunities to build peace and not even have to leave campus.

One of the most profound experiences thus far was volunteering to put together “Courting Blakness,” a curated art show that featured works by Australia’s First Peoples — Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The show was set against the backdrop of the Great Court, known for its picturesque grassy area and stunning sandstone pillars.

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Climbing Mount Olympus to eradicate polio

26 Nov

Rotary Voices

The climbers raise a banner on Mount Olympus, Greece. The climbers raise banners on Mount Olympus, Greece.

By Kostas Karvounis

In September, I joined two fellow Rotary members in Greece, Vassilis Papagiannis and Spyros Gravellas, in climbing Mount Olympus to raise money and awareness for polio eradication.

Almost three-decades ago, Rotary promised to eradicate polio, and we intend to keep our promise. Even though Greece has been polio-free for more than two decades, I still remember close family friends who were disabled by polio. I have four children, and I know that until polio is eradicated from the world, it remains a threat to children everywhere. So offering our children a polio-free world is the least we can do.

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No better place to be nurtured than the family of Rotary

25 Nov

Rotary Voices

Dedication of a new library in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dedication of a new library in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

By Ahmed Yusuf Omer, immediate past president of the Rotaract Club of Habesha, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

There is an Ethiopian saying, “50 lemons are heavy for one man but are a treat for 50 men.”

Dissatisfied with the opportunities I saw around me to give back to my community and repay the debt I felt I owed for the blessings I had received, I joined the Rotaract Club of Habesha in Addis Ababa,

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Five reasons to give to The Rotary Foundation

18 Nov