Archive | February, 2016

Peace is possible: lessons from war-torn Bosnia

13 Feb

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Bridge over Neretva River The restored bridge over the Neretva River in Mostar, a symbol of peace in Bosnia.

By Anton Polsterer, past governor of District 1910 and past chair of the Intercountry Committees Executive Council 

I joined Rotary in Vienna in 1986 and transferred to the Rotary Club of Moscow while working in Russia from 1989-92. After moving back to Austria, I became governor of the district covering Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia, and Austria. After years of war and totalitarian government rule, these communities longed for freedom and peace.

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Fostering peace through Rotary Friendship Exchange

12 Feb

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Fostering peace through Rotary Friendship Exchange

12 Feb

Service in Action

By Daniel Dumitras, Rotary Club of Timisoara Ripensis, Romania, and participant in a Rotary Friendship Exchange visit to District 5110, USA

I love watching movies. Through movies, you can meet new people, places, and learn new facts. One of my favorite quotes comes from the movie Casablanca: “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”.  I felt like I was living in a real-life movie when our district hosted the Rotary Friendship Exchange team from District 5110 (Oregon, USA) in 2015. You can talk about real, beautiful and profound friendship when you talk about people like Camille, Susie, Amanda, Laurie, Marylyn, Emily, Jim, Don, Ted, Davis, Tyson and Rick.

I’ve learned that Rotary’s founding pillar Service Above Self is impossible without friendship because “We are not alone… “(Did I mention I also like music?) We are an organization of more than 1.2 million members. Our goal of service…

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3 ways to make Rotary personal

11 Feb

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Michael Bucca (right) celebrates his wife becoming a Rotary member. Michael Bucca (right) celebrates his wife becoming a Rotary member.

By Michael Bucca, Membership Chair, Central Ocean Rotary Club of Toms River, New Jersey, USA

Most Rotary clubs would be elated to have the chance to add new members on a regular basis. Many around the world have used traditional recruitment methods such as membership drives, advertising in newspapers, and inviting guest speakers to join. While clubs have success with these methods, there is one key component that helps convert more prospective members into actual members.

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Peace fellows dig in to Rotary’s areas of focus

10 Feb

Service in Action

Originally featured in the February Rotarian Magazine

The Rotary Peace Centers program is Rotary’s long-term response to conflict. Rotary Peace Fellows work to address today’s most pressing global issues, including their work in Rotary’s six areas of focus. Read their stories and see how investing in the peace fellowships pays lasting dividends.

Saving mothers and children, fighting disease

Adrien Lokangaka grew up in a small village in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  He lacked many things–but when he needed it, he had medicine. What does public health have to do with peace? Everything, Lokangaka says: “Congo is a country that has been devastated by war. People need not only the end of war, but they also want to be free from the consequences of war, and one of those is bad health. I am helping to improve health outcomes among the population, so that they may be at peace with…

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Peace fellows dig in to Rotary’s areas of focus

10 Feb

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Ghana excited to take part in next phase of H2O Collaboration

9 Feb

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School children at spigot in Volta Primary school children in the Volta region of Ghana use a new spigot to wash their hands.

By Ako Odotei, a member of the Rotary Club of Tema, Ghana, Africa. This is the first in a series of planned posts from Rotary members involved in the Rotary-USAID International H2O Collaboration that supports lasting, positive change to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) initiatives.

When the Rotary-USAID International H20 Collaboration asked Rotary clubs in Ghana to participate in the second phase of the partnership, there was a lot of excitement as well as some trepidation. US$4 million (the amount the collaboration has committed to each country for 2015-18) is a lot of money!

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

5 Feb

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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

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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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