Archive | March, 2016

Empowering disabled teens and adults through Rotary Community Corps

31 Mar

By Kam Breitenbach, a member of the Rotary Club of Parker, Colorado, USA, and advisor to the Parker Rotary Community Corps In Douglas County, Colorado and many counties in the United States, the sc…

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Empowering disabled teens and adults through Rotary Community Corps

31 Mar

Service in Action

By Kam Breitenbach, a member of the Rotary Club of Parker, Colorado, USA, and advisor to the Parker Rotary Community Corps

In Douglas County, Colorado and many counties in the United States, the school district finishes educating those with disabilities when they turn 21 years of age. How can this population integrate into their community and experience the joy of giving to others? This is where Rotary can impact their lives through a Rotary Community Corps!

The Rotary Community Corps (RCC) of Parker is for disabled teens and adults in Parker, Colorado and surrounding communities. This service oriented RCC aims to help a population of special needs teens become a part of their community, have a purpose, and learn leadership skills while making new friends. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Parker, the RCC is the first of its kind and serves as a model for other communities interested in engaging people with…

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Educating future water leaders through Rotary’s partnership with UNESCO-IHE

30 Mar

By Ir. H.J. Kloosterman, Rotary Host Area Coordinator of the UNESCO-IHE Scholarship program My Rotary life suddenly changed in late 2011 when then Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, Steve Brown, dro…

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Educating future water leaders through Rotary’s partnership with UNESCO-IHE

30 Mar

Service in Action

By Ir. H.J. Kloosterman, Rotary Host Area Coordinator of the UNESCO-IHE Scholarship program

My Rotary life suddenly changed in late 2011 when then Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, Steve Brown, dropped me an email saying he was coming to the Netherlands to talk to UNESCO-IHE. I knew Steve from his involvement in efforts to start Rotary in Afghanistan and the Sultanate of Oman (where I lived at the time), and now I suddenly found out that Steve was involved in setting up a partnership between The Rotary Foundation and UNESCO-IHE, the world’s largest postgraduate water education facility, located in Delft, Netherlands.

At that time I knew very little about UNESCO-IHE, but quickly learned about this vibrant and multi-cultural centre of excellence on water education. What struck me here was not only Rotary’s commitment to provide funding to support UNESCO-IHE students in their 18 month graduate studies in Water…

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The key to a successful multi-generational Rotary club

30 Mar

Rotary Voices

Emmanuel Rey Emmanuel Rey addresses his multi-generational club.

By Emmanuel Rey, a member of the Rotary Club of Villa Devoto, Argentina

In 20 years as a member of the Rotary family, I have learned much. I began my Rotary journey as a member of Interact when I was 12, and six years later moved on to Rotaract. After passing the maximum age of 30 for that program, I proudly became a member of my Rotary club two years ago.

At first, I dreamed of building a big and youthful Rotary club, especially as I observed how hard it was for my fellow Interactors and Rotaractors to bridge the generation gap and become members of Rotary.

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How to get a free website for your Rotary club

25 Mar

Rotary Voices

Mitty Change at the International Assembly Mitty Chang unveils the free website offer to Rotary Leaders at Rotary’s annual training event in San Diego in January.

By Jermaine Ee, Rotary Club of Los Angeles

Mitty Chang and I, founders of Candeavor, met in the lobby of a budget hotel in Sydney, Australia, while attending the International Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at the 2014 Rotary Convention.

 Although we were both from California, we came from very different backgrounds. Mitty is from the technology center of the world, Silicon Valley, while I am from the media & entertainment center of the world, Los Angeles. And while Mitty has over a decade of experience in the Rotary family (he is a member of the Rotary E-Club of Silicon Valley), I was just a newbie.

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Take the plunge, it’s World Water Day!

23 Mar

By Rebeca Mendoza, Rotary International Regional Grants Officer Today, World Water Day, is dedicated to learning more about water related issues, sharing our individual stories and projects, and ta…

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Take the plunge, it’s World Water Day!

23 Mar

Service in Action

By Rebeca Mendoza, Rotary International Regional Grants Officer

Today, World Water Day, is dedicated to learning more about water related issues, sharing our individual stories and projects, and taking action to make a difference. Nearly 1.5 billion people work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on the safe delivery of water. The theme for World Water Day 2016— water and jobs — focuses on how access to sufficient quantities and adequate quality of water can change workers’ lives and livelihoods – and transform societies and economies.*

Cimenagraph_ghanaRotarians are working hard to improve lives through clean water. As a Regional Grants Officer for District 9211, which consists of Uganda and Tanzania, I receive a high volume of applications for Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) grants.  While WASH initiatives in this region vary by location, many of them consist of providing wells and rainwater harvesting, improving sanitation, and many are WASH in…

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Get involved with Rotary Community Corps

21 Mar

By Zuhal Sharp, Rotary Programs Staff Rotary Community Corps (RCCs) are teams of men and women who work in partnership with Rotary clubs to improve their communities. RCC members may be farmers, te…

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Get involved with Rotary Community Corps

21 Mar

Service in Action

By Zuhal Sharp, Rotary Programs Staff

Rotary Community Corps (RCCs) are teams of men and women who work in partnership with Rotary clubs to improve their communities. RCC members may be farmers, teachers, shop owners, or even retirees, but they all share a commitment to their communities’ long-term development. They bring enthusiasm, creativity, and sustainability to the projects they design and carry out.

There are more than 8000 corps in 90 countries. Some examples of their work include:

  • The RCC of Alexandria Sunrise in Egypt provided new toilets, drinking faucets and an improved playground to the local school in their community.
  • The RCC of Chowbaga in India provides free medical checkups and treatment to women and children from poor communities
  • The RCC of Chandi-Bhanjyang in Chitwan assisted with post-earthquake relief efforts in Nepal by providing food supplies to families in the community.

Sign up for the Rotary Community Corps: Community Solutions…

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