Archive | April, 2018

Unexpected lessons from my disaster relief experience

13 Apr

Rotary Voices

Yannis Comino with ShelterBox aid supplies.

By Yannis Comino

Over my summer break at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, I decided to trade in the warmer weather of Australia for an English winter. Why, you might ask, would I do such a thing? Well, the only way I can explain it is — I was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. During my New Generations Service Exchange at the headquarters of ShelterBox International in Truro, Cornwall, I gained priceless insight and first-hand experience in disaster relief management.

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Ethical dilemma: what would you do?

12 Apr

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Global Grant provides an opportunity for empowerment

11 Apr

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Global Grant provides an opportunity for empowerment

11 Apr

Service in Action

By George Poulakos, Member of the Rotary Club of Ventura, United States

The only crossing between the South African country of Zambia and its neighbor Botswana is in Kazungula. The Zambesi River flows between the two countries, and all vehicles must be carried over on a pontoon. Commercial trucks wait in a queue for up to 10 days, and during this time, many of them entice vulnerable young girls to “entertain” them. This is much easier than it should be in an extremely impoverished town with a history of sexual abuse and child marriage. With no source of income in their families, many girls and young women become victims of this sexual abuse.

Prominent civic leaders in nearby Livingstone, Zambia, a tourist destination, have already taken action. They’ve identified three vocations where trained young women can find employment—tailoring, computer work, and food preparation. They formed an NGO and opened The…

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Recognize youth leaders!

10 Apr

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Recognize youth leaders!

10 Apr

Service in Action

By Erika Emerick, Rotary Programs for Young Leaders Staff 

May is Rotary’s Youth Service Month! Rotary’s programs for young leaders connect people ages 12-30 through service, friendship, and leadership development. Interact and Rotaract clubs empower young people to create sustainable change in their schools and communities both locally and globally, and young people develop leadership skills and international friendships in Rotary Youth Exchange, New Generations Service Exchange, and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA).

This passion for service drives our young leaders to create innovative and sustainable solutions to community needs aligned with Rotary’s causes, including peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention, basic education, and more. Through service young leaders gain invaluable experience while developing leadership skills.

Rotary International recognizes Youth Leadership All-Stars, young people making positive change locally and globally. Read how our 2017 All-Stars serve and lead their communities:

1) Nicolas Silva, member of the Rotaract Club of Trenque…

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Ideas Factory sheds light on club innovation

9 Apr

Rotary Voices

A facilitator leads the discussion during the Ideas Factory.

By Daniel Vankov, president of the Rotary Club of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

At the Rotary Club of Brisbane, we attempt to be the motor behind major community initiatives in our community, in Queensland, and beyond. As members, we have a duty to continue our impact and expand it. Getting a good measure of the club, our strengths and weaknesses, so we can build on them is not easy. For humans, we can look in a mirror to do a self-assessment. At least externally. But organizations don’t have it so easy. We knew we needed to create the right mirror to get a good look inside our club.

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Splash into action, it’s World Water Day

8 Apr

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Splash into action, it’s World Water Day

8 Apr

Service in Action

By the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG)

Water is one of the most essential parts of life and a basic human right. According to the United Nations, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. *

Founded in 2007, the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) has facilitated hundreds of projects – helping clubs find partners, ensuring sustainability, stressing the importance of a community-driven approach, and developing best practices.

We encourage a holistic, integrated approach in which water is not the end in itself, but is rather the means to a better life and livelihood in the community. Most importantly, WASRAG links water and sanitation to improved hygiene, better health, and community empowerment – especially for women.

This World Water Day…

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The key to pitching Rotary to young professionals

7 Apr

Rotary Voices

Michael Walstrom leads a presentation on attracting young professionals into Rotary.

By Michael Walstrom, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton, Florida  

I think most would agree that Rotary has struggled to attract and retain young professionals. At a district conference in 2016, my district governor, Eric Gordon, asked me to put together a program for “YP” development. This was a new committee, so I was starting from scratch. I was 38 at the time and two years into my Rotary journey. The only thing I really knew was that I had a lot to learn.

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