Archive | November, 2016

Take action this World Diabetes Day

15 Nov

By Larry C. Deeb, M.D., Treasurer of the Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes As most of you know, diabetes is a worldwide epidemic. But just how big? Diabetes affected 415 million people worldwide i…

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Take action this World Diabetes Day

15 Nov

Service in Action

By Larry C. Deeb, M.D., Treasurer of the Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes

As most of you know, diabetes is a worldwide epidemic. But just how big? Diabetes affected 415 million people worldwide in 2015 and by the year 2040, that number will increase to 642 million. Developing countries are at a greater risk due to lack of resources. In developed countries, children with diabetes have full access to care, and can lead healthy and productive lives. But in the developing world, this care may be unaffordable or unavailable. Some children die quickly, while many others are chronically unwell, have trouble completing school and finding marriage partners, or develop early and devastating complications.

The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimate diabetes-related deaths will increase by more than 50 percent in the next 10 years if we don’t start taking action. The Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes (RAG Diabetes) charter president Wayne Edwards formed…

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Working to empower Syrian refugees

11 Nov

By Will Todman, Rotary Global Grant Scholar from the United Kingdom Having studied Arabic and modern Hebrew for my undergraduate degree, I had gained a background in the history, languages, and lit…

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Working to empower Syrian refugees

11 Nov

Service in Action

By Will Todman, Rotary Global Grant Scholar from the United Kingdom

Having studied Arabic and modern Hebrew for my undergraduate degree, I had gained a background in the history, languages, and literatures of the Middle East. I was most interested in the region’s contemporary politics and decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Arab Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, USA, for the unique chance to study in Arabic while enjoying the flexibility to develop expertise in my real area of interest. Based in Washington, DC, the program also offered amazing opportunities to gain insights into the world of foreign policy.

As my interests related to conflict resolution and local development, areas Rotary focuses on, a friend suggested I apply for a Rotary scholarship through my local district to study at Georgetown. Without the grant, I would never have been able to afford the expenses of studying abroad, and am…

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Pushed to the limit, for a good cause

10 Nov

Rotary Voices

Jose Zambrano on a recent training ride. Jose Zambrano on a recent training ride.

By Jose Zambrano, Rotary staff

It’s been almost two months since I started my training as part of the Miles to End Polio team. I can honestly say training for El Tour of Tucson has pushed me to my limits, but has also been an unbelievable experience.

Although I love outdoor activities, and am a very active person, my longest previous ride had been 40 miles. So trying to accomplish 104 miles is a huge challenge for me.

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48 hours as a diplomat

9 Nov

By Kristin Brown, Rotary Service Connections Manager A few weeks ago I had the privilege of participating in a workshop and conference sponsored by the France-USA Inter-Country Committee (ICC). The…

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48 hours as a diplomat

9 Nov

Service in Action

By Kristin Brown, Rotary Service Connections Manager

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of participating in a workshop and conference sponsored by the France-USA Inter-Country Committee (ICC). The event represented what ICCs do best: mentoring young people, developing leaders, fostering intercultural dialog, and promoting peace.

The France-USA ICC solicited applications from graduate students in international affairs or diplomacy, and each national section selected eight students to participate in a two-day intensive workshop with diplomats, representatives from UNESCO, and other professionals in global affairs. Before arriving in Paris, each of the eight American and seven French students prepared a paper on a different aspect of the question, “Can the preservation of cultural heritage contribute to world peace?”

group-cip-sign-stepsAt a reception on the eve of the conference, the students met their counterparts for the first time. Over the next two days, they presented their work in pairs, one French and…

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6 ingredients for membership growth

7 Nov

Rotary Voices

Festival booth One public event the club organized included a booth at a neighborhood festival.

By Quentin Wodon, a member of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., USA

Let’s admit it: achieving a high growth rate (negative or positive) is easier with a small club. Still, after more than five years of almost continuous decline in membership, my club was excited to report a 60 percent growth in membership from July to October. We had 18 members on 1 July. Now we have 29, with 11 new members inducted in the first trimester of the new Rotary year.

How did we do it? Let me share our recipe:

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Celebrating Rotary’s youngest leaders!

6 Nov

By Molly Friend, Rotary Programs for Young Leaders Staff Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs like Interact. E…

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Celebrating Rotary’s youngest leaders!

6 Nov

Service in Action

By Molly Friend, Rotary Programs for Young Leaders Staff

Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs like Interact. Every year, Interact Clubs take action to make a positive difference in their communities through service projects.

Join us as we celebrate 54 years of service and leadership through Interact! Now through 2 December, Rotary is accepting videos for the 8th annual Interact Video Awards. Below are five reasons you should encourage Interactors in your community to create a video showing how they have fun while making a difference:

1) Raise awareness

1Communities around the world face issues like homelessness, inequality, or climate change. By encouraging young people to use their voice through video, together you can help bring awareness to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Highlight how Interact clubs take action to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals to…

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