Archive | December, 2016

5 reasons to make a year-end gift to The Rotary Foundation

23 Dec

Rotary Voices

By Rotary Voices staff

There’s still time to make your year-end gift to The Rotary Foundation. Here are a few ways that your support is helping to change lives all over the world:

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Providing children hope and opportunity in Nepal

21 Dec

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161220_ahsaBy Tulsi R. Maharjan, Rotary Club of Branchburg

Asha is the Nepali word for “HOPE.” When we think about what motivates us to serve, we are drawn to this word, which is the name of my current mission, the Asha Project. To us, hope and opportunity are really at the core of Rotary’s mission. It is what motivates us to help the people of Nepal.

Hope and opportunity brought me to America 45 years ago and I always wanted to do something for the less fortunate in Nepal. Now, my son, Anil, has joined me as an E-club member in our district to assist with this project. We will be taking our third humanitarian mission in early February 2017. While there, we will also celebrate the silver jubilee of our humanitarian work in Nepal.

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Make new friends around the world

19 Dec

By Zuhal Sharp, Rotary Service and Engagement Staff Rotary Fellowships provide a great way to make new friends around the world and enhance your Rotary experience. Currently there are more than 70 …

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Make new friends around the world

19 Dec

Service in Action

By Zuhal Sharp, Rotary Service and Engagement Staff

The International Fellowship of Draughts Playing Rotarians Rotary Fellowships provide a great way to make new friends around the world and enhance your Rotary experience. Currently there are more than 70 Rotary Fellowships. These are autonomous internationally organized groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants, and alumni who share a common passion.

As we wrap up the 2016 calendar year, we wanted to share some new fellowships that were recently recognized by the RI Board of Directors:

  • Whisk(e)y Drinking Rotarians and Members (DRAM) offers opportunities to learn about Whisk(e)y, food pairings and other topics related to the appreciation of all whiskies produced worldwide. Visit their website or contact chair Terry Moore.
  • The International Fellowship of Draughts Playing Rotarians fosters friendship among those who enjoy playing the game of draughts (checkers). The group plans to organize individual matches and team tournaments. They encourage Rotaractors and Interactors to join to…

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Brothers and sister in peace

16 Dec

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Rotary Peace Centers at Chulalongkorn class of 2016. Rotary Peace Centers at Chulalongkorn Class of 2016.

By Ana Patel, 2016 Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

“Sawatdee” is a useful phrase in the Thai language. It means everything from hello and good morning, to goodbye and peace be with you. I learned the phrase on the second day of my three-month International Rotary Fellowship in Bangkok this summer, along with the traditional gesture of putting

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A sneak peek at the Web refresh

14 Dec

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A sneak peak at the new Our Causes page. A sneak peak at the new Our Causes page.

By Rotary staff

In January, visitors to Rotary.org will discover a new, contemporary site that tells Rotary’s story in a fresh and exciting way. It’s the first step in a two-part process to refresh our entire website: first the public site, Rotary.org, and then My Rotary.

Some of the changes will be obvious: a modern design, increased use of imagery and graphics to tell our stories, and better organization of content to help readers find out who we are and what we’re doing. Others, like the improved speed of the site, will be a welcome surprise.

We believe these changes will more clearly show that Rotary is making the world a better place — and will persuade potential members and donors to support

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Reflections from the field: intensive disaster relief courses inspire service

13 Dec

By Luke Addison, member of the Rotaract Club of University of Winchester, England and Rotaract Multi-District Contact for RIBI I first heard about ShelterBox in 2013. I had just become the Presiden…

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Reflections from the field: intensive disaster relief courses inspire service

13 Dec

Service in Action

By Luke Addison, member of theRotaract Club of University of Winchester, England and Rotaract Multi-District Contact for RIBI

I first heard about ShelterBox in 2013. I had just become the President of the University of Winchester Rotaract Club and was working with several friends to get the group involved in local and international projects. We were, and are still to this day, very lucky to have the support of the Winchester Rotary Club in all that we do. Their club allowed our members to engage with their projects and therefore create some great connections. There was a particular Rotarian who had spoken with me about ShelterBox and the work they did and suggested we raise funds for them. In just a few days we were at Winchester University at 7:00 AM putting up a ShelterBox tent and then standing alongside it for several hours.

In the past few years…

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Water is life, Rotary is good

10 Dec

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The team visits with community leaders in Kolifianu village. The team visits with community leaders in Kolifianu village.

By Justice Lionel Eshun, Rotary Club of Tema, Ghana

Life is usually made up of special moments which make it worth living. I least expected that my Rotary special moment was going to fall on 30 August, 2016.

I joined Rotary barely three years ago, and by dint of my dedication and commitment to service and other Rotary activities, I got elected director of club service projects for the 2016-17 Rotary year. What exactly motivated me to join Rotary?

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Visit to new ShelterBox HQ in Truro

7 Dec

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Operations Coordinator Sam Hewett briefs Newton Operations Coordinator Sam Hewett (left) briefs MP Sarah Newton on preparations to help people fleeing Mosul. Photo © Thom Axon

By Sarah Newton, Rotary Club of Falmouth, and a Member of Parliament representing Truro and Falmouth, United Kingdom

In July, Cornwall-based international disaster relief charity ShelterBox moved its headquarters to Truro, keeping its warehousing and aid-packing base in Helston.

On 10 November, I made my first visit to Falcon House, now that ShelterBox has relocated most if its staff, including its operational and fundraising teams, into my

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