Archive | January, 2016

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

Service in Action

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

29 Jan

Rotary Voices

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 — 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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How to be a global Rotarian in a few easy steps

27 Jan

Rotary Voices

Rotary Global History Fellowship Members of the Rotary Global History Fellowship meet up during the 2014 Rotary Convention.

By Marilyn Axler

You’ve heard that Rotary is a global organization. You’ve probably even had a visiting Rotarian or spouse attend your club. Isn’t it exciting to know that we can share experiences and ideas with others outside our own club?

If you travel for vacation or business to another country, you probably also know you can visit any Rotary club, exchange club flags, and be treated with hospitality. That’s been our experience, whether we are within our own country or any other country with a Rotary club. This is our “Family of Rotary.” But did you know there’s another way to experience the global reach of Rotary?

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2016 Economic Development Presidential Conference to develop solutions for community growth

26 Jan

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Why use e-learning?

23 Jan

Rotary Voices

160122_aldredBy Wendy Aldred, a member of the Rotary Club of Brampton & Longtown, and assistant governor for District 1190 (England)

Several years ago, I became part of the Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland E-Learning Team, developing online courses for Rotary members. I am now leading the project and working with staff at Rotary International to develop courses for Rotary’s Learning Center, where Rotary members can find a wealth of online training materials.

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WHO’s new director of polio eradication: the end is in sight

22 Jan

Rotary Voices

Michel ZaffranIn February, Michel Zaffran will take over as director of polio eradication for the World Health Organization (WHO). Most recently, Zaffran has served as coordinator of WHO’s Expanded Programme on Immunization. He has also served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI), and  represented WHO on the working group that designed and launched GAVI. We caught up with him recently to ask his thoughts about this new challenge:

I am extremely excited, but also emotionally very moved, to have been selected for this position. I started working for the World Health Organization in September of 1987 in the immunization program. A few months later in May the World Health Assembly endorsed the resolution to actually eradicate polio. I was just at a very junior level but remember seeing my bosses work on the resolution, and so I was there from the very beginning. So…

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Incoming district governors eager to serve humanity

19 Jan

Rotary Voices

160118_themeBy Ryan Hyland, Rotary editorial staff

Incoming district governors got their first look at the presidential theme for 2016-17, Rotary Serving Humanity, today at the International Assembly, an annual training event for future leaders. RI President-elect John F. Germ encouraged attendees to work as a team to get the word out about what Rotary is, and what we do, especially as we near the end of our goal to eradicate polio. “The more we are known for what we’ve achieved, the more we’ll be able to attract the partners, the funding, and most important of all, the members to achieve even more.”

We caught up with incoming district governors after the theme was announced to get their thoughts.

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What do we mean by vocation, anyway?

16 Jan

Rotary Voices

Alabama club builds wheelchair ramps Members of the Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville, Alabama, USA, use their vocational skills to build two wheelchair ramps for needy families in December.

By Evan Burrell

The question we face almost from the time we are old enough to talk is “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

It’s a question most often put to us by our parents, teachers, and friends. When we are young, we are content to keep our answers pretty vague or even whimsical. When I was 10, I wanted to be a Cowboy Astronaut Zookeeper!! Sometimes I wish I was one, if only to see the look on the face of Rotarians who ask me what my vocation is.

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2016 Presidential Conference on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene to help address WASH concerns

14 Jan

Service in Action


By PDG Chit Lijauco, District 3820, and member of the Presidential Conference on WASH organizing committee

It’s interesting to watch how the same problem can manifest itself in different ways. Take water, for instance. As I visited different club projects when I was a district governor of District 3820, Philippines, I observed that water was a concern all over my vast district composed of urban and rural areas, mountains and islands. In urban areas, the problem was not so much water supply as its potability, cleanliness and sanitation. Within rural communities, water supply becomes more and more critical. In both situations, the health of the local community is compromised.

We have many examples of clubs addressing water, sanitation, and hygiene issues throughout our district. The town of Candelaria is mountainous, with many small communities scattered in the highlands. With an increase in population and the natural supply of water like…

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