Archive | August, 2017

Connection activities: How to make new friends all over the world

10 Aug

Service in Action

By Rotary Service and Engagement staff

This post is part of the ‘Making the Most of Your Membership’ series celebrating Rotary Membership and Club Development Month throughout August.

Rotary is a global community of 1.2 million members. That means you have 1.2 million Rotary friends all over the world! You regularly attend club meetings and work within your local communities to make a difference, and your Rotary membership comes with access to a network of people located all over the world who share your passions and interests. Through the networking activities below, you have opportunities to make a global impact by connecting with Rotary members outside your club and district:

Join aRotary Fellowship to share your passions and hobbies with fellow Rotarians. Fellowships enhance the Rotary experience by helping members make friends outside of their clubs and expand their international network, interests, and develop a more global…

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3 meeting formats that increased our member participation

10 Aug

Rotary Voices

Stacey Vanden Heuvel and Jeanine Gangeness, 2017-18 International Service Director, offer their reflections of the club’s values during a recent meeting.

By Stacey Vanden Heuvel, The Rotary Club of Rochester, Minnesota, USA

As one of the largest clubs in our district, we knew we had to do something to address our declining attendance and meet the needs of our diverse membership. Beginning in 2015 with a club visioning exercise, we began looking for ways we could be flexible and innovative. Here’s what’s worked for us.

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Take advantage of all that Rotary has to offer

6 Aug

Service in Action

By Azka Asif, Rotary Service and Engagement staff

Throughout the month of August, Rotary Membership and New Club Development month, we’re celebrating our clubs, members, and all the good they do in their communities and around the world. While we join Rotary for many varied reasons, we remain because of the value it adds to our lives. Through the friends we make and the lives we impact, Rotary offers us opportunities to engage with a global community and make a positive difference.

Throughout August, we encourage you to make the most of your membership through the many activities and programs available to the Rotary family.

Every week this month, we’ll be sharing a post on how you can take advantage of the many networking, fellowship, and service opportunities Rotary offers. Follow this blog and look out for the posts below:

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Take advantage of all that Rotary has to offer

6 Aug

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The Rotary network at work

5 Aug

Rotary Voices

The Kuehn family, on sofa, during their stay in Vancouver, stranded by wildfires. Ray and Joanne Moschuk, rear, hosted the family.

By Past District Governor Chris Offer, member of the Rotary Club of Ladner, British Columbia, Canada

Wildfires in the forests of British Columbia are common but the fire season in 2017 has been one of the most destructive in many years. At its peak, 40,000 people were evacuated from farms, villages, and cities. More than 1,000 fires were burning 100,000 hectares. Numerous highways were closed, isolating large parts of the province.

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Solar lamp project delivers light in Belize

3 Aug

Rotary Voices

Residents of a remote village in the Toledo district of Belize use their solar lamps.

By Audrey Cochran, a member of the Rotary Club of Northwest Austin, Texas, USA

Tonight Amelia Ramirez sits with her younger siblings at their kitchen table. A stack of books sit on the table and Amelia smiles as she reads. She no longer fears being burned by a kerosene lamp. The fumes that had irritated her eyes and made her cough are gone. She no longer begs her mother to stop before her school work is done because of the heat, the bugs, and the fumes caused by the kerosene lamp she was previously forced to use. Amelia’s family received a solar lamp from Rotary District 5870.

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Lead with a passion for Rotary

2 Aug

Rotary Voices

The Rotary Club of Central Ocean – Toms River, New Jersey, USA

By Michael Bucca, past president of the Rotary Club of Central Ocean – Toms River, New Jersey, USA

Passion is infectious, and that couldn’t be more true about Rotary!

I spent a wonderful year of my life leading a great group of people. I say it because I really mean it. The joy and pleasure that being president of my club brought to me is immeasurable. It caused Rotary to become a part of who I am forever.

This deep belief about Rotary had an incredible side effect, the members started feeling that way too!

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