Archive | November, 2016

2017 Presidential Conference: Celebrating our Commitment to Peace

30 Nov

By John Germ, Rotary International President, 2016-17 Dear Friends, It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 2017 Presidential Peace Conference on 9-10 June 2017, taking place in Atlanta immed…

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2017 Presidential Conference: Celebrating our Commitment to Peace

30 Nov

Service in Action

By John Germ, Rotary International President, 2016-17

Dear Friends,

It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 2017 Presidential Peace Conference on 9-10 June 2017, taking place in Atlanta immediately before the RI Convention. This special event will celebrate our work to address the underlying causes of conflict and our success in making peace a priority. We’ll hear from inspirational speakers and look ahead to opportunities to continue our steadfast commitment to peace.

johngermThe program will include internationally recognized keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and networking events that explore Rotary’s commitment to peace. The event is open to the entire Rotary family and guests. Registration for the Presidential Peace Conference is US $126.50 and space is limited.  Learn more about the Conference and register online.

I hope you’ll join me in Atlanta to celebrate our accomplishments and recommit our dedicated efforts to Rotary Serving Humanity.

Sincerely,

John

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5 reasons to support The Rotary Foundation on Giving Tuesday

29 Nov

A new approach to Rotary Club meetings

28 Nov

By Helen Reisler and Andreas Runggatscher, members of the Rotary Club of New York Our club, the Rotary Club of New York has always been notable for its international flavor and association with the…

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A new approach to Rotary Club meetings

28 Nov

Service in Action

By Helen Reisler and Andreas Runggatscher, members of the Rotary Club of New York

Our club, the Rotary Club of New York has always been notable for its international flavor and association with the United Nations. The club played an essential role in building support during the UN’s formidable years, and in soliciting New York City for its permanent headquarters.

Thousands of Rotarians from around the world have visited the Rotary Club of New York’s luncheon meetings over the past 107 years. In fact, one of the very first flag exchanges between clubs from different countries took place at the club’s meeting. The club also boasts a substantial list of UN Ambassadors that are honorary members of Rotary. Paul Harris even dubbed our club the “Host Club of America!”

Because of this history, the Rotary Club of New York and its foundation hosts a monthly international breakfast meeting at the…

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Promote the importance of global sanitation and hygiene on World Toilet Day

23 Nov

By the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag) Sanitation has been a focus for Rotary since it’s early years. In fact, the very first Rotary service project, implemented in 1907 in Chic…

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Promote the importance of global sanitation and hygiene on World Toilet Day

23 Nov

Service in Action

By the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag)

Sanitation has been a focus for Rotary since it’s early years. In fact, the very first Rotary service project, implemented in 1907 in Chicago, was the construction of public toilets (often referred to as comfort stations during that time)! In the early years of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, our focus was on just water. Today, we know sanitation and hygiene education is just as important, maybe even more so.

Everyone visits the toilet several times a day. It’s a basic human need, but 2.4 billion people don’t have access to a toilet. The impact of inadequate or no sanitation is devastating, especially on women. One in three women worldwide risk shame, disease, harassment and even attack because they have nowhere safe to go to the toilet. Nearly 526 million women have no choice but to go to…

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Giving hope to a girl with a hole in her heart

22 Nov

Rotary Voices

Wayne Kaufman and his wife, middle, with Natalie and her parents. Wayne Kauffman and his wife, middle, with Natalie and her parents. Rotary connections helped Natalie get surgery to repair a problem with her heart.

By Wayne Kauffman, Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview, Alberta, Canada

Esperanza is the Spanish word for “hope.” When I think about what motivates me to serve as a Rotary Foundation chair for my district, I am drawn to this word, which is the name of one of our recent projects. To me, hope is really at the core of our Rotary Foundation.

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Rotary is a family that unites

19 Nov

Rotary Voices

Wilson in South Africa Mark Wilson during his Rotary Youth Exchange in South Africa.

By Mark Wilson, Rotary Club of London

After a long flight from London, I arrived in Durban, South Africa, in 2011 to begin a year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Canterbury and hosted by Westville Rotary. I did not know what or who would be greeting me, so I had a bit of anxiety which I can clearly remember to this day.

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It’s not “your” project

16 Nov

Rotary Voices

Community discussion Discussing an economic and community development project in Uganda

161115_tusu_headshtBy Dr. Francis “Tusu” Tusubira, a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala-North, Uganda

How many times do we hear Rotary members say, “we have our project in Kireberebe Kisunkaana?”

Let us get one thing right when dealing with economic and community development. And I will call this lesson one: it is not YOUR project.

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