Archive | January, 2018

My return to Minneapolis after 7 years

20 Jan

Rotary Voices

Rotary Scholar Anna Ueda with Rotarians in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

By Anna Ueda, 2010-11 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar

On Thanksgiving week in November 2017, I visited Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, where I was accredited as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar seven years ago. This short trip brought me so many precious moments in reconnecting with amazing people that I had met through Rotary, that I had to share them.

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Enhancing lives through vocational service

19 Jan

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Enhancing lives through vocational service

19 Jan

Service in Action

By Sanjiv Mirchandani, member of the Rotary Club of Panaji, India

Vocational Service is an extremely important Avenue of Service through which every Rotarian can truly Make A Difference.

I joined Rotary because I wanted to be able to reach people in underprivileged communities. India has a very large population and literacy levels are still very low. I wanted to help provide people with opportunities to learn new skills so that they can either seek employment or become self-employed and earn a living for themselves.

I also wanted to help women gain skills and become financially independent so that they could not only contribute towards the betterment of their families but also have an equal standing in all spheres of life. Financial independence can be a major factor in boosting one’s confidence.

Lastly, I wanted to assist differently abled people, especially the young ones, in acquiring skills they could use…

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Vocational training team aims to empower teachers in Tanzania

18 Jan

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Vocational training team aims to empower teachers in Tanzania

18 Jan

Service in Action

By Thomas Walsh Jr., Member of the Rotary Club of Ames, Iowa, USA

Teacher shortages resulting from an increase in public secondary schools and a new required national testing system has created ongoing challenges for secondary education in Tanzania. As a result, the country has seen an increase in staff turnover, schools are hiring teachers with limited post-secondary education or formal teacher training, and students have lower test scores. With dropping school rankings, the country has seen a decrease in tuition revenue and delays in teachers’ salary payments. This has been compounded with limited English language instruction, required at the secondary level, as underqualified teachers don’t always have the proficiency or confidence to teach their subject entirely in the English language.

Schools report high numbers of younger teaching staff with limited curriculum resources and books.  Data gathered in Pare Mountain schools found that 69% of the teachers had less than…

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Incoming district governors prepared to Be the Inspiration

17 Jan

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By Hank Sartin, Rotary editorial staff

District governors-elect got their first look at the 2018-19 presidential theme Be the Inspiration Sunday at the International Assembly, an annual training event for incoming district leaders. RI President-elect Barry Rassin urged the audience to build a stronger organization by inspiring a younger generation and by getting the word out to the community at large about the work Rotary does. “I will ask you to inspire with your words and with your deeds: doing what we need to do today, to build a Rotary that will be stronger tomorrow; stronger when we leave it, than it was when we came.”

We caught up with incoming district governors after the theme was announced to get their thoughts on being the inspiration.

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Teaspoons of peace that will last a lifetime

13 Jan

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With peace makers from around the world at the International Institute on Peace Education conference in Innsbruck, Austria

By d’Arcy Lunn, 2016-18 Rotary Peace Fellow, International Christian University, Tokyo

Take visiting 15 countries over five months, then add in any number of training events, an internship, research, attending conferences and events, and meeting two Nobel Peace Laureates, and you get an amazing formula for gaining skills in peace building. The final and most important result of this equation, though, will be what I eventually do with it all. I have some ideas about that.

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Ethical Dilemma Discussion: what would you do?

12 Jan

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Ethical Dilemma Discussion: what would you do?

12 Jan

Service in Action

A prominent business leader recently joined your Rotary club. They run a global business and their customers are primarily Rotary members. This new member doesn’t seem interested in club activities or service projects. Every year, your club selects members to send to the Rotary Convention, and your club’s leaderships selects this new member to attend as they think it will inspire them to get more involved within Rotary. The member mentions they plan to exhibit a booth promoting their business in the House of Friendship for the entire convention and don’t anticipate having time to attend general or breakout sessions. It seems the only reason this member joined Rotary is to grow their business.

What would you do?

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Are you Proudly Rotarian?

11 Jan

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Members of the Rotary Club of Sunyani Central, Ghana, hold a polio day rally.

By Frank Kofi Owusu Debrah, Foundation Chair and Past President of the Rotary Club of Sunyani Central, Ghana

It is certainly true that the reasons for a person joining Rotary are varied and many. For some, it’s the personal and business networking that motivates them. For others, it’s fellowship and a sense of belonging to a world-wide organization of people. Still for others, it’s a status symbol. Whatever the reasons, everyone has one. Sadly, some of the reasons don’t fit Rotary’s primary purpose; a network of problem solvers living the mantra of Service Above Self.

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