Monthly Archive:: December 2013

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A dangerous idea offers hope for girls in Afghanistan

In 2005, Razia Jan came up with a dangerous idea: to start a free private school for girls in her native Afghanistan. The Taliban were using extreme violence to keep girls from learning. In 2008, the year she opened the school, terrorists in the country — armed with bombs, poison gas, guns,

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Rotary and ShelterBox help restore a sense of normalcy after disaster

Months of heavy rains in the heart of the Peruvian rain forest had caused devastating flooding. It was April 2012, and the Amazon River and other waterways had submerged entire villages, forcing families to leave their belongings on the roofs of their homes and find higher ground. Many had to live on

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Discounted early registration extended for the 2014 Rotary International Convention

RI President Ron D. Burton is extending the early registration deadline.  Rotarians now have until 15 January to complete discounted early registration for the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia, saving $100 off the onsite registration fee.  The 15 January deadline will remain firm, so act soon to take advantage of

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Voice lessons: strengthening Rotary’s image through words

For years, we described Rotary by the numbers: 1,220,115 members in 34,558 clubs in 200 countries and regions. Impressive figures, for sure, but they only tell part of our story. What numbers can’t convey is the essence of Rotary –- what sets us apart and inspires people to get involved. So we

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Use Rotary Club Central and earn recognition for your club

Set at least 15 club goals in Rotary Club Central by 15 March and earn a new recognition award from RI President Ron Burton. You must be a 2013-14 club president, setting goals for your year, to qualify. Burton wants members to discover the benefits of Rotary Club Central, an online tool

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Rotary helps close out the year with gains against polio

When Julia Yank and a team of Rotary members and health workers entered Kaduna, Nigeria, to immunize children against polio they expected to encounter some tough situations. They found one in a mother of three who stubbornly refused to have her children vaccinated. “She argued with us for over 15 minutes,” says

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Nelson Mandela remembered as an ally for peace, polio eradication

In 1996, routine polio immunizations in Nigeria and other African countries were anything but routine. Competing health priorities and lack of funding hampered many governments from putting polio eradication high on their agenda. The drive for a polio-free Africa needed a playmaker. Enter Nelson Mandela. Herb Brown, Rotary’s president in 1995-96, recalls

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Emergency funds aim to quell polio outbreak in Syria, Middle East

Rotary will provide a $500,000 emergency response grant to support efforts to stem the recent polio outbreak in Syria. The funds are the first to the World Health Organization in direct support of a Global Polio Eradication Initiative plan to conduct large-scale immunization campaigns in the Middle East. “It is imperative that

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The Lives of Mothers

Mothers play a fundamental role in every culture. But depending on where a mom and baby live, they have a different chance of living or dying, suffering or thriving. In sub-Saharan Africa, one in 39 women will die of pregnancy-related complications, and one in nine children will die before age five. (In

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The history of Rotary's mottoes

Rotary’s official mottoes, Service Above Self and One Profits Most Who Serves Best, trace back to the early days of the organization. In 1911, He Profits Most Who Serves Best was approved as the Rotary motto at the second convention of the National Association of Rotary Clubs of America, in Portland, Oregon.