Archive | November, 2017

Strengthening the connection between Peace Corps Volunteers and Rotary members

16 Nov

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Strengthening the connection between Peace Corps Volunteers and Rotary members

16 Nov

Service in Action

By Mark D. Walker, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Guatemala (1971-1973)

I felt right at home when my wife Ligia and I arrived at the impressive University of Denver campus to participate in the Partnering for Peace workshop, hosted by District 5450 as a precursor to Peace Corps’ annual alumni conference. The forces that shaped my life would be at this conclave, whose theme was Partnering for Peace: Taking Collaborations to New Heights. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), alumni of the Peace Corps international service program, and Rotarians are my kind of people.

Over 85 Rotarian Returned Peace Corps Volunteers gathered at our workshop to discuss how to better support the communities we serve through local and international service projects. Several project leaders presented on their joint initiatives made possible through collaborations between clubs and nearby Peace Corps Volunteers: establishing a computer lab in Honduras and Senegal, transporting medical equipment to…

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The power of volun-telling

15 Nov

Rotary Voices

Sarah Tuberty, right, and her mother during a visit to Boston last year.

By Sarah Tuberty, president of the Rotaract Club of Sargent College Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

I awoke early on a Saturday morning to the sound of my mother’s voice. “Good morning Sarah, I signed us up for a Rotary service project. You should put on old clothes. We are painting a map on the Alamo Elementary School playground. Quick, we need to leave in 15 minutes”

A form of this conversation occurred more times than I can remember when I was growing up. My mother, Katheryn Tuberty, has been a member of the Vacaville Rotary Club in California, USA, since 1998. Someone recommended to her that as the new administrator of the local assisted living center, it would be a great way to get to know the community. She was hooked from the first meeting. She…

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Working together for peace through Rotary

14 Nov

Rotary Voices

Rotary Peace Fellows Magdalena Zurita and Phil Gittins.

By Magdalena Zurita with Phill Gittins, Rotary Peace Fellows

My interest in promoting peace brought me to Bolivia, where I am doing my applied field study while earning a master’s degree at the Rotary Peace Center at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. I am passionate about the reduction of poverty and inequality, and efforts to address these challenges in ways that promote working together and embracing difference. In May, a Skype call and email exchange connected me to Phill Gittins, a fellow Rotary Peace Fellow, who has been working in Bolivia for many years. Through Rotary two strangers, working on peace separately, are now working on peace together.

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Rotary empowering entrepreneurs

13 Nov

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How empowering entrepreneurs leads to long-term community development

13 Nov

Service in Action

By Lucy Davis, Rotary International staff

“I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I’m closer to my goal than I’ve ever been. When you have somebody who’s willing to get behind you, somebody who believes in what you’re doing, there’s no reason not to succeed.”  – Levi Johnson, entrepreneur and LaunchDETROIT beneficiary

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Detroit, Michigan, USA, to see the impact of District 6400’s LaunchDETROIT project. The initiative was started in 2013 with a vision to revitalize the city by investing in local entrepreneurs. The program’s four pillar system – entrepreneurship training courses, a micro-loan, Rotarian mentorship, and networking opportunities – has since been adopted by Rotary clubs across the United States. Back in Detroit, the program is constantly evolving as new cohorts pass through the program and their businesses mature.

This year, the LaunchDETROIT Committee is applying for their first global grant from…

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4 ways you can take action to help grow local economies

11 Nov

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4 ways you can take action to help grow local economies

11 Nov

Service in Action

By Rotary Service and Engagement staff

According to the United Nations, nearly 2.2 billion people live below the poverty line of US $2 per day, and the world needs 30 million new jobs every year to keep up with the growth of the global working-age population. In honor of Rotary Economic and Community Development Month celebrated each October, take action within your communities to address root causes of poverty: unemployment, underemployment, lack of economic opportunity, lack of appropriate training, and the absence of social safety nets. Here are a few ideas to help grow local economies:

1) Generate income and savings

  • Partner with a local microlender to improve access to financial services and provide financial infrastructure in a community.
  • Offer training on mobile banking resources. Mobile phones, which can be used to make deposits and transfer funds, can increase access to banking systems in developing communities.

2) Empower members of your community…

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The 11th Multi-Club Workshop brings together members to support communities in need

10 Nov

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The 11th Multi-Club Workshop brings together members to support communities in need

10 Nov

Service in Action

By Leonardo de Angelis, Founder and Coordinator of the Multi-Club Workshop

This past September, 47 Rotarians, partners and relatives representing 20 clubs, seven districts and six countries arrived in London for the 11th Multi-Club Workshop. The Multi-Club Workshop annually gathers representatives from various participating Rotary clubs to propose and plan projects they could implement together, while promoting fellowship and an opportunity to experience a new culture together.

The group spent the first two days together visiting local attractions around London. On the third day, while partners and relatives continued to tour the city, 32 Rotarians attended a seminar to discuss projects their clubs are eager to implement. Eleven projects were presented from ten countries: Brazil, Egypt, India, Italy, Lebanon, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Somaliland and Zambia. The value of these initiatives exceeds US $1 million, which we are now working on raising. As a result of the past ten workshops, we have successfully completed 45…

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