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

Rotary Voices

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

Rotary Voices

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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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