Archive | January, 2017

Incoming district governors look forward to making a difference

17 Jan

Rotary Voices

170116_themeBy Ryan Hyland, Rotary editorial staff

RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley urged incoming district leaders to seek gender and age parity and protect the environment in announcing the 2017-18 presidential theme Rotary: Making a Difference. “We know that we can do more together than we could ever do alone. I ask you to keep that spirit of teamwork and cooperation always in your minds and to take it back with you to your districts.”

We caught up with incoming district governors after the theme was announced to get their thoughts, and see how they planned to make a difference in their leadership year.

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The best of both worlds: Rotary and Rotaract

14 Jan

Rotary Voices

Fernando Pinto Nercelles Fernando Pinto Nercelles

By Fernando Pinto Nercelles

When I learned about the changes approved by the 2016 Council on Legislation that allowed Rotaractors to join a Rotary club while maintaining their Rotaract membership, I immediately saw an opportunity and knew that I had to take it. Why?

It’s quite simple, I feel dual membership is one of the most effective ways devised to achieve the best of both worlds.

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Crossing the Choluteca bridge

13 Jan

Rotary Voices

The Choluteca bridge The Choluteca bridge is a suspension bridge in Honduras built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1935 and 1937.

By Neal Beard, a member of the Rotary Club of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA

For the past eleven years, I have traveled to Honduras with many other Rotarians to help on numerous Rotary humanitarian projects in the southwestern part of Honduras near the Pacific Ocean and in the mountains along the Nicaraguan border.

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New Year’s resolution: Stand up and be an ambassador for Rotary

12 Jan

Rotary Voices

150209_burrellBy Evan Burrell, Rotary Club of Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia

It’s a new year, and here’s something you can resolve to do for your club and for Rotary in 2017.

Think about the last time someone gave you a “word-of-mouth referral” that influenced your decision to do something. Maybe a friend shared a new favorite restaurant over Facebook, or your neighbour recommended a plumber. Or maybe it was that friendly suggestion to come along to a Rotary club meeting that got you involved in Rotary in the first place. Regardless, you probably acted on the referral, in part, because it came from someone you trust!

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Leveraging our vocational skills to help disadvantaged youth succeed

11 Jan

By Quentin Wodon, Author of the Rotarian Economist Blog, President of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and Lead Economist at the World Bank In the Washington Metropolitan Area, …

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Leveraging our vocational skills to help disadvantaged youth succeed

11 Jan

Service in Action

By Quentin Wodon, Author of the Rotarian Economist Blog, President of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and Lead Economist at the World Bank

In the Washington Metropolitan Area, the Capital City of the United States, more than 17,000 young adults ages 18 to 24 are considered disconnected from work and school. Quite a few of them live in or near Capitol Hill, which is where my Rotary club is located. These youths often come from low-income families, are not in school and are not working. They typically face multiple challenges, including homelessness, issues with the courts, or substance abuse.

These challenges prevent them from successfully transitioning into adulthood. They are a serious threat to long-term community development, not only because of the risks of violence and criminality that arise when youth do not have the tools to succeed, but also because of the sharp impact…

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Your favorite stories from 2016

10 Jan

As we head into the new year, we’re taking a look at back at 2016. Here are your five favorite stories from this past year (based on views): Rotary offers many programs that allow you to engage wit…

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Your favorite stories from 2016

10 Jan

Service in Action

As we head into the new year, we’re taking a look at back at 2016. Here are your five favorite stories from this past year (based on views):

  1. Rotary offers many programs that allow you to engage with fellow members and make new connections outside your club and district. Learn how to make the most of your Rotary membership.
  2. The Rotary Club of New York hosts monthly breakfast meetings at the United Nations with UN officials and representatives of its member states. Each meeting is broadcast live for Rotary members around the world.
  3. During September, Rotary Literacy Month, we encouraged members to take action to support basic education and literacy projects.
  4. July’s ethical dilemma encouraged a discussion regarding funding and sponsorships.
  5. When disaster strikes, Rotary’s project partner ShelterBox often works closely with Rotarians to evaluate local needs and devise a plan for immediate response. Members of the Rotary family assist response…

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Rotary’s commitment to creating a healthier world

9 Jan

By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff  Rotary members are committed to fighting and preventing diseases. In fact, 15 of our 26 Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) are focused on disease prevention and t…

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Rotary’s commitment to creating a healthier world

9 Jan

Service in Action

By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff 

Rotary members are committed to fighting and preventing diseases. In fact, 15 of our 26 Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) are focused on disease prevention and treatment. Rotarian Action Groups help Rotary clubs and districts plan and carry out community development and humanitarian service projects. Here are a few examples of RAGs whose members are committed to applying their expertise to fighting disease:

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