Archive | February, 2018

Building Peace through Environmental Sustainability in Vancouver

23 Feb

Service in Action

By Rotary Service Staff

We’re bringing you a sneak peek inside the Environmental Sustainability Peacebuilding Conference, hosted in Vancouver, Canada on 10 February, 2018 .

There’s still time to register for the remaining Presidential Peacebuilding Conferences:

For more updates follow the #RotaryPeace hashtag on social media!

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SURF’s up: Who says Rotary can’t be fun?

22 Feb

Rotary Voices

High school students enjoy a bonfire event in 2016.

By Brett Morey, chair of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship and past president of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, California, USA

Have you ever thought of turning a hobby or passion into something even more beneficial through Rotary? I am a third generation Californian and grew up bodyboarding at Huntington Beach and Del Mar, before starting to surf 34 years ago. Back in May, I got this crazy idea to do something with my interest in surfing.

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Get on board with Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship

15 Feb

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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

Rotary Voices

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

Rotary Voices

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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