Monthly Archive:: March 2014

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Water project unites Lebanon clubs across all divides

A project to provide clean water to all of Lebanon’s schools is uniting leaders from many of the country’s diverse religious, cultural, and political divisions. In 2011, Rotary members in northern Lebanon decided to install new tanks and water filters in a few nearby schools with the help of a Rotary Foundation

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History of Women in Rotary

The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary. “My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt

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Southeast Asia declared polio free

The World Health Organization certified on 27 March its 11-country Southeast Asia region has eradicated polio, a long-awaited declaration given that five years ago India represented nearly half of all polio cases worldwide. The region’s last wild polio case was reported in West Bengal, India, on 13 January 2011. “This achievement is

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Alaskan Rotarians see membership hike while uniting to build park

The Rotary Club of Eagle River Area in Alaska experienced a 50 percent increase in membership after building a playground designed for children with disabilities to play alongside their classmates. Former club president Tonya Gamble says the club is always looking for ways to increase membership, but it wasn’t until they took

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Problems running reports on Internet Explorer 11

We are experiencing an issue with the Internet Explorer 11 browser that makes it difficult to run reports on Rotary.org. Users with IE 11 cannot select the prompts on their reports. SAP, our business reporting software provider, is aware of the problem and working on a solution. In the meantime, we recommend

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Join Rotary’s End Polio Now Thunderclap

On 27 March, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) will declare the South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization polio-free, an important milestone in the worldwide effort to eradicate polio. The 11 countries in the region — Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka,

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Small clubs band together for big results in Ghana villages

A primary school without desks, a secondary school in need of floors and windows, and a health clinic that lacked beds. These are some of the challenges that have faced three villages in eastern Ghana — and that Danish Rotary members have taken on over the last four years. The Rotarians learned

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Register by 31 March to save on convention fees

Register by 31 March for the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney for your last chance to save on registration fees. After 31 March, the basic fee of $360 increases to $410, and you’ll only be able to register online or on-site. From 1 to 4 June, you’ll have the chance to

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Do-it-yourself libraries

When the editors at Reader’s Digest made a list of the “50 Surprising Reasons We Love America” for their July 2013 cover story, they placed Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi at No. 50, Bill Gates at No. 25, and at No. 11, sandwiched between sliced bread and tumbleweeds, was Little Free

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Minutes of January Board meeting now available

The minutes of the January 2014 Board of Directors meeting are now available. Highlights include: Clubs in District 2230 (Belarus, Poland, Ukraine) will be reorganized into District 2231 (Poland) and District 2232 (Belarus and Ukraine), effective 1 July 2016. Effective 1 January 2015, clubs must report new and terminated members within 30