Monthly Archive:: August 2013

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What’s new about the Rotary website? Everything!

Welcome to your new Rotary website. We’ve heard from many corners that Rotary needs a faster, improved website that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for and helps you get your Rotary business done.  We listened – and we hope you’re as excited as we are about its clean, modern

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Witnesses to history

The first Rotary club in Ukraine was chartered in 1992, mere months after the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union. Twenty years later, young people have embraced Rotary through 24 Rotaract clubs across the country. While many of them focus on the challenges facing Ukraine today, members of the Rotaract Club of

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Why Rotary?

You’ll find Rotary clubs in small towns and big cities across the globe. It’s where like-minded professionals and community leaders come together to exchange ideas, take action, and make new friends. See why Rotary is their choice–and why you should make it yours–for creating positive change at home and around the world. 

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Register early for Sydney convention and save

Register early for the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia, 1-4 June, and pay US$100 less than the on-site registration fee. Rotary’s annual convention is a wonderful way to experience the true internationality of Rotary, as you connect with leaders, exchange ideas, and get inspired to take action to benefit communities

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Couple venture outside comfort zone to bring aid

Seated in a circle of men, women, and children at the base of a sprawling fig tree in the remote Ugandan village of Oduworo, Rotary members Steve and Vicky Wallace ask the villagers about their needs. At least a thousand people have come together at this “meeting tree,” and agree that everyone

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Rotarian Action Group helps countries grow indigenous crops

Australian Bruce French has been eating locally for 35 years– long before it became a culinary trend. Now he’s working with Rotary members to help countries struggling with food security do the same. French founded the not-for-profit Food Plants International, which maintains a database of 25,000 edible plants that includes descriptions, lists

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Ravindran is choice for 2015-16 RI president

K.R. Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, has been selected by the Nominating Committee for President of RI in 2015-16. Ravindran will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates. Ravindran said his top priority for Rotary will be to increase

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Empowering mothers by preventing injuries

Robert Zinser understands numbers. The economist and retired president for Asia at chemical giant BASF has spent his life analyzing and predicting future trends. So when he initiated a five-year, $3 million pilot project to reduce infant and maternal mortality in Nigeria – a country with the second highest mortality rate in

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On a mission to repair lives

Ask most 14-year-old boys about their favorite sports, and they’ll be quick to name a particular team or player, recall a memorable game, or describe the position they’d like to play when they grow up. Samalla Halidu, a young polio survivor, had a different response for Past RI President Rajendra K. Saboo

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Rotary members team up with students for clean water

Growing up in an affluent suburb of Chicago near Lake Michigan, Connor Kenehan never had to worry about a lack of clean water. But when a class assignment opened his eyes to global disparities in water access, he decided to help those who do. Kenehan founded an organization called Well Being after