Archive | February, 2017

2017 Presidential Peace Conference – Celebrate Rotary’s continued commitment to Peace

28 Feb

By Past District Governor Rudy Westervelt, Conference Program Chair, and Past RI Director Robert Stuart, Conference Chair Dear friends, Join RI President John Germ and us in Atlanta on 9 and 10 Jun…

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2017 Presidential Peace Conference – Celebrate Rotary’s continued commitment to Peace

28 Feb

Service in Action

By Past District Governor Rudy Westervelt, Conference Program Chair, and Past RI Director Robert Stuart, Conference Chair

Dear friends,

Join RI President John Germ and us in Atlanta on 9 and 10 June, immediately preceding the RI Convention, for the 2017 Presidential Peace Conference hosted at the Georgia World Congress Center.  The conference will discuss some of our world’s most pressing challenges and highlight solutions to address the root causes of conflict.

The opening session kicks off on Friday, 9 June, at 13:00 with an impactful keynote address by Dr.  Bernice A. King, Chief Executive Officer of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Nearly 100 experts will speak on twenty-four breakout sessions over the two-day event. Attendees will select breakouts from six tracks representing a variety of topics including, but not limited…

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How inclusive is your club?

27 Feb

Rotary Voices

170217_mckenzieBy Kate McKenzie, Rotary E-Club of Western Australia

Recently, I came across the concept of “conscious inclusion” when reading an article about how a bank consulted with an NGO for people with vision impairment when designing their new credit/debit cards. I started thinking about whether Rotary clubs are practicing conscious inclusion.

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Peace is possible

16 Feb

By Past TRF Trustee Carolyn E. Jones, Chair of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace It seems there are a whole bunch of Rotary members who aren’t content in merely being just members and want to mak…

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Peace is possible

16 Feb

Service in Action

By Past TRF Trustee Carolyn E. Jones, Chair of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace

It seems there are a whole bunch of Rotary members who aren’t content in merely being just members and want to make a greater impact. These members have decided to organize, specialize and focus their efforts on one specific area like water and sanitation, microcredit, or health. By the time they come up with a name, it is so long that they simply call themselves Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs). One day, I went online and stumbled across the Rotarian Action Group for Peace’s website and knew I wanted to join right away.

Peace RAG is a group of Rotarians, their family members, program participants, and alumni working together for the purpose of advancing peace throughout the world. The RAG formed in 2012 as a group focused on providing a network of resources to further the…

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7 steps to increasing your club’s Facebook presence

15 Feb

Rotary Voices

Facebook cover photo Use a cover photo that really speaks to your club’s mission.

By Melissa Ward, Rotary Club of Twin Bridges, Southern Saratoga, New York, USA

A Facebook page gives your club a voice on Facebook. With so much other “noise” on social media, there are several things you can do to raise your club’s page above the distractions. 

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Improving basic education and literacy – a task for all Rotarians

14 Feb

By Ivan Karanovic, member of Rotary Club Belgrade Skadarlija (Serbia) and lead for a Global Grant project To ensure Rotary continues to attract passionate members, we must invest in our future lead…

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Improving basic education and literacy – a task for all Rotarians

14 Feb

Service in Action

By Ivan Karanovic, member of Rotary Club Belgrade Skadarlija (Serbia) and lead for a Global Grant project

To ensure Rotary continues to attract passionate members, we must invest in our future leaders. By focusing on basic education and literacy projects, we develop future leaders that will catapult Rotary forward. Youth faced with disaster or living in disaster struck areas are in need of our support and assistance to ensure they have strong futures ahead of them.

Terrible floods struck the Balkan countries in May 2014. The city of Obrenovac, in southwest Serbia, was greatly impacted. Homes, schools, public buildings and peoples’ lives were destroyed. Everyone in the region offered their support by volunteering, rescuing people trapped in their homes, and by working with the government and NGOs to donate resources including food and clothes. The scale of the floods was massive and every effort made a difference.

School buildings were strongly…

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Getting creative with science in rural Taiwan

13 Feb

Rotary Voices

Students show off their construction skills by making kites out of newspapers during classes supported by the Rotary Science Education Program. Students show off their construction skills by making kites out of newspapers during classes supported by the science education program.

170209_leungBy Pauline Leung, a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei Pei An, Taiwan, and past governor of District 3520

On a rainy day in Spring four years ago, I was talking to a few young teachers about the education system in Taiwan. The country was on the verge of extending free education to children through the age of 12, which I thought was a good policy to reduce illiteracy.

However, the teachers had concerns about the impact of the policy on schools in remote areas of Taiwan that have less resources and thereby have a harder time staying competitive.

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Peace Corps Volunteers changed my world view  

11 Feb

By District Governor-elect Abbas Rajabi, District 5450 USA Peace Corps sends U.S. volunteers, usually recent university graduates, to live and work abroad for two years. Their goal is to help host …

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