Monthly Archive:: May 2014

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Water summit urges collaboration to quench world’s thirst

The statistics are staggering. Worldwide, 2.5 billion people have no improved sanitation facilities. More than 783 million people lack access to clean drinking water. But the message at the World Water Summit held Friday in Sydney was encouraging: Rotary members and their clubs can bring down those numbers through collaborations and partnerships

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Rotary’s historic climb in Sydney

During Friday’s world record-breaking Sydney Harbour bridge climb, Rotary members raised enough money to protect 240,000 kids from polio. Despite the physically grueling four-hour trek up and down the bridge’s storied steel arches, the 340 participants kept their good spirits and stood side-by-side waving 278 flags. “When the helicopters were going around,

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Rotary brings the world to Sydney

It may be the start of winter in Sydney, Australia, but things are heating up down under as more than 18,000 Rotary members from over 150 countries arrive for their biggest international event of the year, the Rotary Convention. The four-day event, held 1-4 June, offers the perfect venue for our members,

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Rotary's work commemorated in stamps

For more than 80 years, countries around the world have honored the work of Rotary with commemorative stamps. The first appeared in 1931, when Austria created an overprint — a later printing over an officially issued stamp — in honor of the RI Convention in Vienna. Other RI conventions have been commemorated

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Training nurses to save mothers and babies in East Africa

Josephine Awor doesn’t need statistics to know Uganda struggles to provide adequate health care to expectant mothers and babies. As a nurse who has worked with vulnerable populations in areas affected by conflict in South Sudan, she’s seen firsthand what happens when mothers are forced to deliver and care for newborns without

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Beware of new email scam claiming to be from RI President Burton

A new email falsely claiming to be from RI President Ron Burton is targeting Rotary members.  A letter attached to the email asks the recipient to send $1,500 to rescue missing children in China and claims that the sender will be rewarded with $3,000. The fraudulent email has the subject line “RI

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New Ugandan club takes on challenges of a growing economy

Despite three years of strong economic growth and a burgeoning middle class, the central Ugandan city of Entebbe is still mired in high poverty rates, inadequate health care, and water insecurity. In 2010 the United Nations established the Regional Service Centre Entebbe, which is a logistical launch pad for UN missions in

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Rotary project creates cookbook for the visually impaired

A woman with a black apron is stirring tomatoes into a pan of vegetables in Bursa, Turkey. Visually impaired, she is being helped by an assistant, who is a spouse of a Turkish Rotary member. Elsewhere in the kitchen, other cooks and Rotary spouses are preparing meatballs, slicing and peeling eggplants, and

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A global thirst for water

Growing up in northern Ghana, a particularly arid region of a parched land, Braimah Apambire saw how a lack of access to water can sap a community’s vitality – and how something as simple as a catchment or pump can transform lives. Apambire, director of the Center for International Water and Sustainability

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Convention blog helps Rotary members keep pace, connect

As new friendships and collaborations form at Rotary’s International Convention each year, we’re reminded of the unwavering commitment Rotary members have to service. With these guiding principles in mind, we created the Convention Insider blog to facilitate and to strengthen your connections. Every Rotarian has a unique story to tell, and by