Archive | February, 2018

Get on board with Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship

15 Feb

Service in Action

By Brett Morey, Founder & Chair of the Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship

Ever had an idea about turning a hobby and passion into a project benefiting thousands of people?  Well, that’s exactly what I wanted to do with the new Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship. For years, I have been gathering friends, fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors, to help me with Learn to Surf events for high school, college and international students, at risk children as well as disabled children and adults for years. Last year I finally decided to combine my passions and the SURF Fellowship was born.

I first joined the Rotary Club of Brentwood in Northern California in 2002, went on to serve as President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle and am currently the Youth Service Chair for District 5340 (San Diego, Imperial & part of Riverside County).  Last May, I contacted Rotary International to…

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Clean water for Fante Mayera, Ghana

14 Feb

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Albert Essien, left, visits the stream that is a source of water for the village.

By Albert Essien, Rotary Club of Tema Meridian, Ghana

Fante Mayera is a medium-size rural community of about 800 people in the greater Accra region of Ghana. In August, I visited the community with the manager of the Rotary-USAID partnership in Ghana and other officials to meet with villagers and check on the progress of a borehole and latrine. I had been part of an initial visit with my Rotary club in 2016 to assess conditions there, and it was exciting to return and see the difference this important collaboration is making.

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Training the next generation of Rotary leaders

11 Feb

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Training leader Mary Helman carries a flag across stage during the 2018 International Assembly.

By Marty Helman, past governor of District 7780 and a member of the Rotary Club of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA

I was fortunate enough to serve as a training leader at this year’s International Assembly, an annual training exercise for incoming Rotary leaders. It is a rarified atmosphere. All of us training leaders were well aware of both the privilege and responsibility wrapped up in the invitation to train the next generation of Rotary leaders. 

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Global grant partnership started with a project fair visit

9 Feb

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Global grant partnership started with a project fair visit

9 Feb

Service in Action

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Program staff

In 2015, Pieter Koeleman from the Rotary Club of Campbell River in Canada traveled to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, for the annual West Africa Project Fair. Throughout the week-long event, Pieter was immersed in local culture, visited and participated in Rotarian-led service projects, learned about local priorities and gathered information about projects for his club to consider supporting. Pieter also struck up a friendship with the host district’s Governor, Marie-Irène Richmond Ahoua, whose passion, vision and hospitality evolved into a long-term global grant partnership. We asked Pieter and Marie-Irene to share their story.

What interested you about the project fair in Abidjan? Why did you attend?

Pieter Koeleman: With 20 years of experience in international service, a mailing with information about the West African Project Fair (WAPF) caught my attention. Knowing my long-term interest in West Africa, its communities and culture and people, my…

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In Rotaract, we see, feel, and act

8 Feb

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Rotaractors in Faisalabad were moved to help a widow they saw on a news report.

By Fatima Khurram, Rotaract Club of Faisalabad Janubi, Pakistan

Not long ago, a mother of one of our members saw on the news a documentary about a widow struggling to provide for herself and her three adult children living with disabilities. Her house was broken and she had no income to support them.

When word reached us, we called the news channel to ask for contact information so we could visit her. The very next day, a group from my club visited.

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7 steps for submitting an outstanding peace fellowship application

6 Feb

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A Rotary Peace Fellow at the 2017 Convention in Atlanta.

By Sarah Cunningham, Marketing and Recruitment Specialist at The Rotary Foundation

Although the application window for fellowship programs is generally short, applying for a fellowship is a long-term process requiring research, planning, outreach, and perseverance. Here are seven critical application steps we’ve learned from 15 years reviewing and selecting finalists for the Rotary Peace Fellowship.

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Two brothers take aim at eliminating hepatitis

4 Feb

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On the way to Paraguay, one month into the expedition.

By Fred Mesquita, Rotary Club of São Paulo-Jardim das Bandeiras, São Paulo, Brazil

Two brothers, a car, one important social cause, a lot of courage, and many adventures along the way. That’s how our Expedition “Me Leva Junto” (Take me with you) began in October 2015, now more commonly known as the “Hepatitis Zero Expedition.”

My brother José Eduardo and I completed the first stage of our expedition, the Americas, in December, traveling through 20 countries and visiting 274 cities on the American continent. All our efforts are volunteer; there is no sponsorship from any company or organization.

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4 ways to build peace through Rotary

3 Feb

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4 ways to build peace through Rotary

3 Feb

Service in Action

By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff

According to UNHCR, 65.6 million people are currently displaced by conflict, violence, or persecution. Rotary members refuse to accept conflict as a way of life and are committed to pursuing projects that address the structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Rotary projects provide trainings that fosters understanding and equip communities with skills to resolve conflicts. During February, Rotary Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month, build peace and mitigate conflict by:

  1. Incorporating conflict resolution and mediation strategies into service projects involving local schools, orphanages, workplaces, and community centers.
  2. Supporting marginalized groups in risk of violence or persecution by providing relief to those who have fled areas of conflict.
  3. Participating in fellowship and service activities with Rotary clubs in other parts of the world to promote greater international understanding.
  4. Recruiting candidates for a

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