Monthly Archive:: April 2014

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Trustees approve new Foundation funding model

The Rotary Foundation Trustees have approved a new model for funding the Foundation’s operating costs. Effective 1 July 2015, the Foundation will direct 5 percent of Annual Fund donations to help pay administrative and fund development expenses and to build a strong operating reserve. The Foundation will also draw on other funding

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Find digital guidelines for your club website in Rotary’s Brand Center

The Quick Start Guide for Club Websites makes it easy for you to quickly update your club and district websites to reflect Rotary’s voice and visual identity. Find recommendations for organizing your site, displaying the logo and club name, selecting colors and fonts, and more. Reach out to your website provider to

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Interact students feared dead in South Korean ferry tragedy, six rescued

Fourteen Interactors are among the 350 passengers who are dead or missing and presumed dead after a ferry capsized and sank on 16 April during a routine trip off the coast of South Korea. Six fellow Interact club members were rescued. Of the 476 passengers and crew on board the 7,000 ton

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Rotary member sacrifices record deal for disaster relief

On September 11, 2001, Todd Shea found himself running toward ground zero. He had no business being there. A singer-songwriter with a record deal, Shea should have been prepping for a gig at CBGB, one of New York City’s most iconic venues. Instead he was using his band’s van to bring food,

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Friendship Trees

Rotarians have planted trees in the name of fellowship, friendship, and community service since the early 20th century. These trees, which can be found worldwide, have grown into enduring monuments of Rotary’s ideals.  As president emeritus, Harris traveled extensively during the 1920s and 1930s, often accompanied by his wife Jean. During these

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Alumni award winners turn heads with unique accomplishments

Maya Ajmera founded the Global Fund for Children in 1993 to provide seed money to community-based organizations that help at-risk children across the world. Since then, GFC has awarded more than $32 million in grants to over 600 organizations in 80 countries, improving the lives of millions of children – from educating

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Paralympian Dennis Ogbe defying paralysis

Dennis Ogbe grips the discus in his right hand. He swings his arm and twists at the waist as far to the right as he can. With one move he snaps back, letting the saucer fly. Upper-body strength is important for any discus thrower, but for Ogbe, a Paralympian, it’s everything. At age

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Moving doctor’s office rescues women from breast cancer

In Tamil Nadu, India, two doctors, both members of the Rotary Club of Srirangam, discovered an alarming trend in the remote city outskirts of Trichy, women dying of breast cancer. Drs. K. Govindaraj and K.N. Srinivasan knew that much of the death and suffering could be avoided, and both were motivated by

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Watch General Secretary John Hewko talk polio with Forbes

India – once considered the global epicenter for polio – celebrated three years in January since its last case of the crippling disease. As a result, the World Health Organization declared its 11-country Southeast Asia region polio-free, a momentous achievement signaling we are closer than ever to eliminating polio once and for

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Writer and war widow Artis Henderson finds peace through Rotary

In the first month of my stay in Dakar, Senegal, as a Rotary Scholar, a friend gave me a piece of helpful advice. “Buy a wedding ring,” she said. I had already learned that as a young American woman in a Muslim country, I attracted a certain kind of attention. But a