Monthly Archive:: November 2013

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A lesson in the power of clean water

Early each morning, the students of Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta in El Tunino, Guatemala, trek down the mountainside on their way to school. They carry the essentials for the day: books, backpacks, and class projects. But one other item they used to haul from home is thankfully absent: a bucket of clean

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Redirects from pages on old website not available

Due to suspicious web traffic on Rotary.org we have disabled redirects from specific level pages on the old site. This will impact bookmarks your club or district website may have for the old site. This restriction will be in place indefinitely. If you are looking for specific web content, please use our search

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Membership is her message

It’s not hard to find Kristi Govertsen in the restaurant. She’s wearing a royal blue T-shirt reading RIOTT. It stands for Rotarians in Our Twenties and Thirties, but of course there’s more to it than that. “You should always,” Govertsen explains, “name yourself something that’s both a noun and a verb.” Just

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Update your club information by 1 December

Make sure every member of your club counts by using My Rotary to update your membership information by 1 December. Up-to-date club rosters and contact information make it possible for us to provide your club with a more accurate bill. They also enable your members to register for the Rotary International Convention;

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Jack Sim wants you to talk about toilets

By age 40, Jack Sim was a successful entrepreneur running 16 businesses. He had enough money to retire, so he started searching for a neglected cause to which he could devote his time and effort. Realizing that people don’t want to talk about toilets, he set about making the humble commode into

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End Polio Now campaign earns top public relations award

Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign has won a top award in global public relations from PR News, a public relations resource serving the communications and marketing community. The highly regarded Platinum Awards presented by PR News salute the year’s most outstanding communications initiatives and organizations, and honor corporations, agencies, and nonprofits that

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Rotary clubs take action for typhoon-ravaged Philippines

Rotary clubs around the world are pledging emergency aid to communities in central Philippines after last week’s massive typhoon flattened entire coastal towns and villages, killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly 600,000 more. The situation remains dire as widespread destruction has made food, water, and medicine scarce in remote areas affected

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Rotary, ShelterBox organize aid for typhoon victims

On 9 November, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines killing thousands of people and leaving millions struggling in its aftermath. Rotary extends its sympathy to those affected by the storm and stands ready to come to the aid of the more than 21,000 Philippine Rotarians and the communities they serve. We have reached

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Rotary, UN bring industry leaders together to exchange ideas on critical issues

United Nations diplomats and officials gathered with 1,300 Rotary members on 2 November to discuss ways to engage youth activists, prevent disease, promote peace, and resolve conflict around the world. Held annually at United Nations headquarters in New York City, Rotary-UN Day celebrates the enduring partnership between Rotary and the UN and

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A handyman’s tale of Rotary connections

Cecil “Pancho” Padilla’s emotions hover so close to the surface that at times they engulf him. As he recalls his involvement in setting up a dental clinic in Mulege, Mexico, his voice wavers: “There was a polio-stricken girl we’d helped on an earlier visit, and on this visit we were able to