Monthly Archive:: June 2014

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President Burton reflects on his call to ‘Engage Rotary, Change Lives’

Ron Burton has made the world his office. Over the past year, the Rotary International president has traveled more than half-a-million miles across 50 countries, to inspire and motivate Rotary’s 1.2 million members. Although many encouraged him to use cheaper, virtual alternatives, he believes it takes face-to-face engagement. “I was the first

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Why the Rotary year begins 1 July

Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July? The international convention initially played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year. Rotary’s first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the

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Polio detected in sewage sample near São Paulo

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was detected in a sewage sample collected in March 2014 near São Paulo, home of this year’s World Cup. Brazilian authorities are conducting further investigations to rule out any local spread, but at this time no cases of polio

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Rise of the female Honduran entrepreneur

Marta Lopez bakes up to 100 items a day in a small clay oven. Higinia Reyes owns a corn mill. Remigia Dominguez is the head of a weaving co-op. All of these women live in rural Honduras and run their own businesses with the support of loans provided by the Adelante Foundation

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Ten things to know about the new Rotary Foundation funding model

I’ve been very involved in the development of our Foundation’s new funding model and have closely followed the questions being raised about it in social media and elsewhere. The new funding model for The Rotary Foundation was developed because our ability to continue “doing good in the world” depends heavily on the

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Rotary in the News

A busy May for Rotary International didn’t go unnoticed by the rest of the world. It’s not all the time that Rotary’s work is written about in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Bloomberg News, just to name a few. But that’s exactly what happened last month. From our record-breaking

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Literacy project forges virtual friendships for young students

A group of elementary school students smile and laugh, asking each other questions and sharing stories. Their conversations turn to recess, their pets, favorite sports, and what they like to eat. It may sound like a typical classroom setting, but half of the students in the room are in Durham, North Carolina,

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8 tips for getting young people interested in your club

Nathaniel Smith and Kristin Post met on a walking tour of Dupont Circle, a lively neighborhood in Washington, D.C. That’s where things got a little creepy — in a ghoulish sort of way. The Halloween-inspired walk featured ghost stories and neighborhood history. It also replaced a regular meeting of the Rotary Club

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Choose the winning book title and you could win a trip to the convention

The Rotary Foundation will celebrate 100 years of Doing Good in the World in 2016-17. To commemorate this momentous occasion, we commissioned Rotary member and author David Forward to write the definitive history of our Foundation. Every great book deserves an equally great name, so we’re asking your help to choose one.

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Donate to PolioPlus by 30 June and earn recognition for your district or club

Districts that give 20 percent or more in District Designated Funds to PolioPlus will receive a special certificate each year they achieve this goal. To qualify for 2013-14, DDF contributions must be received by 30 June. If your annual contribution continues at this rate through the eradication of polio, your district will