Archive | June, 2018

Becoming a Rotary alumni is just the beginning

24 Jun

Rotary Voices

Members of the Rotaract Club of Birmingham attend The Rotary Club of Birmingham’s Annual Rotary Trail Party in May. From left: Erica Murphy, Mary Meadows Livingston, Jeris Gaston, Amanda Martin, and Uma Srivastava.

Jerris Gaston

By Jeris Burns Gaston

If you told me twelve years ago upon finishing my Rotary Ambassadorial Program year in Dublin, Ireland, that this was just the start of an adventure, I would have been hard pressed to believe you. The program itself was such a unique and enriching experience that improving on this worldview changing year seemed impossible. However, as I enter my thirteenth year as a member of the Rotary family, I now realize that being an alumnus is just the beginning.

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My journey to Hiroshima: reflections on memory

22 Jun

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Rotary Peace Fellows from International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, visit the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima.

By Lorena Rodriguez, 2017-19 Rotary Peace Fellow, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan

Last March, I visited Hiroshima with other Rotary Peace Fellows from International Christian University, hearing stories from survivors of the atomic bomb. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Hiroshima, we also saw the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Hiroshima is full of stories told and illustrated in various ways: in the images, monuments, poems, and human and nonhuman survivors. All these stories made me reflect in different ways about my commitment to memory and peace.

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School environmental clubs pioneer sustainable community development in Tanzania

20 Jun

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School environmental clubs pioneer sustainable community development in Tanzania

20 Jun

Service in Action

By Dr. John Philip, Chair of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors and Member of the Rotary Club of Newbury, United Kingdom

The island of Ukerewe in Lake Victoria, Tanzania is only accessible by a three and half hour ferry journey from the mainland town of Mwanza. The island’s 350,000 residents are subsistence farmers and fishermen and live on the edge of poverty.

Most of the island’s school children walk long distances on empty stomachs to get to school each day. They are lucky to have something to eat when they get home after school.

Three years ago, with the help of local farmers and the Rotary Club of Nansio in Tanzania, I teamed up with my wife Chris to establish environmental clubs in three schools on the island. The project aimed to inspire and empower children to engage in preserving and protecting their environment and learning sustainable farming methods…

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Effective stewardship makes Rotary service possible

20 Jun

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By Steven A. Snyder, Rotary Club of Auburn, California, USA, and Chair of the Rotary International Finance Committee

As my year of service on the Rotary International Finance Committee winds down, I find myself reflecting on how a critical part of Rotary service is effective financial planning. Simply put, effective stewardship of the contributions of our members is what helps Rotary execute its vision for a better world.

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Partner for success at the Multi-Club Workshop

18 Jun

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Partner for success at the Multi-Club Workshop

18 Jun

Service in Action

By Leonardo de Angelis, Member of Rotary Club Ravenna, Italy and Coordinator of the Multi-Club Workshop

The search for international partners and funding is a particularly challenging step to implementing large scale global grants. Partnering with organizations with a common goal can help support projects. Through my experience with the Multi-Club Workshop, I’ve had the opportunity to work on several large-scales projects, and have helped secure international partners and funding for each one. We recently completed two global grant projects, one in Nepal and one in Zambia, which were supported by several Italian non-profit organizations (NPO). The value of these two projects went from US $99,000 to US $231,600. That means a 134% increase in project value, allowing us to make an even greater impact in their communities.

We encourage our Rotary friends to engage in collaborative relationships with NPOs interested in cooperating on important humanitarian projects. In our experience…

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Epic Journey Against Diabetes

13 Jun

Service in Action

By Edwin A. Velarde, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Westlake Village, California, USA; Member of the Board of Directors for the Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes, and Director of Public Relations for the USA/Canada chapter of the Cycling to Serve Rotary Fellowship.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 422 million adults have diabetes. Over 3.8 million deaths are attributed to diabetes and high blood glucose. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure,  increased risk of heart disease, blindness among working adults and non-trauma leg amputations. About 95% of people living with diabetes have Type 2 where the body does not efficiently use its naturally-produced insulin. Type 2 diabetes can be preventable and reversed in many cases.

With all the wonderful things Rotary does for humanity like eradicating polio, providing clean water and developing economies, the world needs Rotarians. Rotarians can be examples in leading, preventing and managing diabetes…

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Ralph’s Rickshaw Ride for Polio

12 Jun

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Ralph Zuke with a passenger in his cycle-drawn rickshaw.

By Ralph Zuke, president of the Rotary Club of Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA

I am often asked, “Why Rotary?” The short answer is: Rotary allows me the opportunity to do things I never dreamed I could do.

The Rotary symbol is a cogged wheel. I view every member in Rotary as a cog in that wheel (about 1.2 million). When I first joined Rotary I learned that I, as one person, could move that wheel forward.

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Rotaractors: Find your road to Rotary

11 Jun

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Rebecca Fry will be presenting a workshop on the Road to Rotary at the Rotaract preconvention.

By Rebecca Fry, a member of the Rotary E-Club of Silicon Valley

In 2005, I made a seemingly small decision to apply for “science camp.” It happened to be the Rotary-sponsored, National Youth Science Forum. Fast forward 13 years and I’ve been heavily involved in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotaract and most recently I took the next exciting leap and joined the Rotary E-Club of Silicon ValleySelecting the best Rotary club to join was an 18-month journey.

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