Monthly Archive:: February 2014

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7 things to know about your membership dues

How much does it cost to be a member of your club? You can probably answer that question. What do your membership dues cover? That may not be as clear. Many Rotarians know that a portion of their dues funds club and district expenses, as well as Rotary International operations worldwide. Few

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Royce Abbey, former RI president and war hero, dies at 91

A.H. Royce Abbey, a former RI president and World War II hero who championed the inclusion of women members in Rotary clubs, died on 20 February. He was 91. In addition to his term as RI president in 1988-89, he served as RI vice president and director, Foundation trustee chair, committee member

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In Pakistan, polio vaccinators earn community trust in spite of danger

No polio vaccinator had ever set foot in Killi Baksho, near Pakistan’s rugged northwest border with Afghanistan. Most people there have long opposed immunization, believing the polio vaccine causes infertility or AIDS. The combination of that public mistrust and intimidation from militant groups has been nothing short of deadly. In 2013, 20

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Finding safe haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed — Bianca knew she wanted a better life.

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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of

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Brand Center access issues being resolved

More than 12,000 people have visited the Brand Center since the site launched in January, successfully downloading logos, brochures, and other materials. We have identified technical issues that are making access difficult for a small set of users. We are working to resolve these issues as quickly as possible. Here are a

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Getting to the root of dental problems in Kenya

Fewer than 1,000 dentists serve the 44 million people of Kenya, from the far reaches of the bush to Nairobi’s vast Kibera slum. Dental hygiene is a rarity outside privileged urban regions.    “In most rural areas, people have to travel long distances to see a dentist,” says Stephen Irungu, chief dental

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The first four Rotarians

On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting. Harris’s desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and

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Embrace spontaneity to spark ideas for your club

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs told his biographer, Walter Isaacson, that creativity is the result of spontaneous meetings and random discussions. “You run into someone, you ask what they’re doing, you say ‘wow,’ and soon you’re cooking up all sorts of ideas.” Rotary club meetings tend to be structured for efficiency. A certain

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Nepalese students pool lunch money to help classmates

Using ingenuity, lunch money, and herb seeds, members of the Interact Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town in Nepal organized a community project to provide hygiene products to underprivileged students at their school. The 35-member club cultivated a garden of mustard, cilantro, and other herbs. The Interactors then sold their produce to teachers, parents,