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Creating stronger community ties through Rotary Community Corps

14 Jul

Service in Action

By Carolina Barrios, Member of the Rotary Club of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

In 2010, severe flooding affected a huge part of the Colombian territory and the Caribbean region surrounding Cartagena. Streets had turned into rivers and canoes became the only possible form of transportation. During this time, the Rotary Club Cartagena de Indias connected with the community of Leticia to assist them through emergency relief efforts.

After these efforts, the club remained active in Leticia to develop a revitalization plan with community leaders. Our objective was to understand their challenges and needs, and propose possible solutions while giving the community hope that we were there to stay and assist. As passionate Rotarians aiming to make a difference, our actions were oriented to improve the community through projects like: decorating the church, building a new park, organizing health brigades, standing up for the public school (it was in danger of…

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Creating stronger community ties through Rotary Community Corps

14 Jul

By Carolina Barrios, Member of the Rotary Club of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia In 2010, severe flooding affected a huge part of the Colombian territory and the Caribbean region surrounding Cartage…

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Golf tournaments fund clean water for Nepal

13 Jul

Rotary Voices

Kaufman and children in Nepal Jon Kaufman with children in Nepal during an installation of a water filtration system.

By Jon Kaufman, a member of the Rotary Club of Peninsula Sunrise, California, USA

The installation of two water plants in rural villages in Nepal now produce more than 20,000 liters of safe drinking water every day, using solar wind as their power source. We helped install the SunSpring ultra-filtration systems the week of 1 July through 7 July as part of the ongoing H2OpenDoors project sponsored by my Rotary club and partnering clubs.

I was able to raise the $50,000 for these units at two different golf tournaments in 2015, thanks to hundreds of generous donors.

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A proud son

8 Jul

Rotary Voices

Bill and Joan Bill Pollard and his mom, Joan, president of the Rotary Club of Petersburg.

By Bill Pollard, past governor of District 7600 and a member of the Rotary Club of Churchland – Portsmouth, Virginia, USA

In 1988 at the age of 25, I was invited by Tommy Adkins, a retired banker and neighbor of my parents, to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Petersburg, Virginia. I had just started my banking career in my hometown of Petersburg and I remember calling my mom, Joan Pollard, asking her about Rotary. I recall her telling me it was a service oriented club and that my mom and dad had friends in the club.

We discussed it for a few minutes and I told my mom I would go because it would help

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How will you celebrate Rotary and our service to humanity?

7 Jul

Service in Action

Atlanta-GIF--853x480By Azka Asif, Rotary Service Connections Staff

Service to humanity has been the cornerstone of Rotary since its earliest days, and has been its main purpose ever since. RI President John F. Germ believes no other organization effectively brings together committed, capable professionals in a wide variety of fields, and enables them to achieve ambitious goals like Rotary does.

Throughout the years, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. In 2016-17, the Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary members using their capacity, network, and knowledge to change the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.

The centennial is a great time to share our accomplishments, but also a time for Rotary members to continue to use their unique abilities to…

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How will you celebrate Rotary and our service to humanity?

7 Jul

By Azka Asif, Rotary Service Connections Staff Service to humanity has been the cornerstone of Rotary since its earliest days, and has been its main purpose ever since. RI President John F. …

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Annual tennis tournament brings together Rotarians from all over the world

5 Jul

Service in Action

By Rotary Service Connections Staff

The International Tennis Fellowship of Rotarians held their 11th  annual world championship tournament in southern Georgia, USA.  44 competitors from nine countries, including Italy, Romania, and Paraguay, and from around the U.S. participated in the tournament. They arrived to play tennis, but they came as much for the fellowship and camaraderie. Read more about this story featured in The Rotarian.

“This fellowship deal, it’s a part of Rotary that 90 percent of Rotarians know nothing about and don’t have an idea of what they’re missing. “It’s an unbelievable opportunity. There’s nothing better than being hosted in a foreign country by fellow Rotarians with whom you have a connection not only through tennis but through friendship. They show you what the real country is, what the real food is, the real average, everyday events and life.” — Eugene McNease, avid tennis player and Vice Chair…

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Annual tennis tournament brings together Rotarians from all over the world

5 Jul

By Rotary Service Connections Staff The International Tennis Fellowship of Rotarians held their 11th  annual world championship tournament in southern Georgia, USA.  44 competitors from nine countr…

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Peace Fellow’s project improves access to health care for refugees

4 Jul

Rotary Voices

Bartlett Bartlett

By Rebeccah Bartlett, 2014-16 Rotary Peace Fellow, Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Many refugees rank finding a job and getting a good education for their children as their most pressing needs after finding asylum in a new country. Access to healthcare barely makes their list, even though health affects their ability to acquire and keep a job as well as their children’s ability to perform well in school.

What’s more, refugees are rarely able to focus on accessing prenatal/postnatal health care and family planning services, despite the fact that 80 percent of most refugee populations are made up of women and children. Many refugees in transit through Europe have little or no systematic support or knowledge of the public health resources and legal rights available to them. They are also particularly vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking.

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