Monthly Archive:: July 2014

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Political strife, protecting U.S. diplomats are part of the job for former Rotary Peace Fellow

As an agent for the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, Justin Peele applies the education he received in conflict resolution as a Rotary Peace Fellow to a job that puts him in some dicey situations – including one in 2013 in which his actions won him State Department recognition for his courage and

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Why and how to host a Rotary Day

In an effort to increase membership by 100,000 this year, RI President Gary C.K. Huang is urging clubs and districts to organize fun, informal community events called Rotary Days. “We need to showcase our good work to everyone in the community,” says Huang. “Rotary Days need to be fun and all-inclusive… Let’s

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Polio vaccinators make significant headway in Nigeria

Nigeria is closer than ever to eradicating polio, riding a successful effort to reach children in seven northern states at highest risk for the disease. “Rotarians have [gone] into remote areas of the country by car, canoe, motorbike, and even on foot to ensure every child gets the vaccine,” says Rotary’s Nigeria

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Committee members named to nominate 2016-17 RI president

The following Rotarians will serve on the 2014-15 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2016-17. The committee is scheduled to meet on 4 August. Zone 2Kazuhiko Ozawa, Rotary Club of Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan Zone 4Yash Pal Das, Rotary Club of Ambala, Haryana, India Zone 6Shekhar Mehta, Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar,

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Rotary Scholar’s unique ability in bringing clubs together

In a municipal hospital in Cubatão, Brazil, a new mammography machine funded by a Rotary global grant provides breast cancer screening to women who previously had to wait for weeks before they could get in for a checkup with a doctor. A Rotary global grant also funded training for medical staff and

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Rick Burns’ thoughtful approach to Iraq and Afghanistan

Humanitarian Rick Burns, a retired civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army, has been helping people in the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq since 2003. He’s seen a lot of good, but he’s also seen what happens when good intentions go awry. Take the fertile grounds of Arghandab River Valley in

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Pedaling coast-to-coast for a purpose

Keith Harris is pedaling for a purpose. At the tender age of 50, he’s set out on an eight-week, 4,400-mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise $25,000 for The Rotary Foundation. He’s also hoping to raise an additional $2,500 for Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where a few years ago

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2015 São Paulo convention dates changed

Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang and the RI Board have changed the dates for the 2015 Rotary Convention in São Paulo, Brazil, to Saturday, 6 June, through Tuesday, 9 June – starting and ending one day earlier than previously scheduled. The dates were changed because the original opening day (Sunday, 7

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Blown away by the realities of human trafficking

At the age of 17, Jennifer was sleeping on the streets of Atlanta. She’d felt abandoned most of her life, unprotected from her brothers and her mother’s boyfriends, who physically and sexually abused her since she was five. And now, kicked out of her house, Jennifer – whose last name is withheld

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Access to online reports extended for 2013-14 district governors

District governors for 2013-14 will continue to have access to reports and information about their year in the District Administration section of Rotary’s website until 30 June 2015. If you’re an immediate past district governor, you have access to reports on club officers, membership, contributions, and semiannual dues. And you’ll also be