Monthly Archive:: August 2014

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Polio's Retreat

As photojournalist Allison Kwesell walks through the narrow streets of an Indian village, familiarity sets in. She visited here four years ago, when she first met Samir and his family. He was two years old then and had recently contracted polio. Kwesell approaches the front porch of a home when she hears

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Rotaract award winners celebrated for their life-changing projects

The village of Kumbharwadi is one of many in a drought-prone region near Mumbai, India. Until recently, its residents had access to only one well with drinkable water. During the summer months, the well runs dry, and the women and girls of the village travel three to four hours a day to

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Young writers get published with the help of Rotary

In Jamaica, 11-year-old Jordan Allwood reads his classmates a story about a lonely puppy who finds a new family. The puppy grows into a big dog, enjoys walks along the beach, and survives a frightening autumn day when he is caught in a trap before being rescued by his family. Jordan’s story

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Clubs breaking down barriers to clean water in Ghana

When Marty Hatala, a member of the Rotary Club of Boaz, Alabama, first traveled to Ghana in 2010 to volunteer at a local orphanage, she saw how local communities struggled to find clean water. Though at least 80 percent of the country’s population has access to improved water sources, according to UNICEF,

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Secrets of a successful crowdsourcing campaign

In case you haven’t heard, a man raised nearly $60,000 to make potato salad as a spoof on a popular fundraising site. If he can do that, a campaign to raise money for feeding hungry children or building a school in a war-torn country should be a snap, right? Wrong. The Internet

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Rotary supports WHO director-general’s public health emergency for polio

In May, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the international spread of polio a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), and issued a set of recommendations to all polio-impacted countries. On 31 July, the situation was reassessed and the Director-General has declared polio remains a public health emergency.

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John Germ selected as 2016-17 Rotary president

John F. Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, and chair of the International PolioPlus Committee, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of RI in 2016-17. He will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates. For Rotary to thrive, Germ

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Celebrate Membership Month

August is Membership Month, which means it’s time to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world. There are many ways to join in the celebration, but here are a few activities to get you started: Say it loud, say it proud!

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President Gary C.K. Huang’s ambitious 1.3 million membership goal

Gary C.K. Huang never imagined he would become Rotary International’s president when he joined in 1976, but now that he is in office, he hopes to increase membership to 1.3 million by the end of his term. “It’s simple. The more members we have, the more people we can help. A stronger