Monthly Archive:: February 2015

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Interact club’s winning video highlights scope of youth service in Rotary

For the second time in three years, the Interact Club of Hugh Boyd Secondary School in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, took the $500 grand prize in the annual Interact video contest, beating 88 entries from 33 countries. The secret to the club’s success isn’t just the professional quality of the videos but

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Historic Moments: PolioPlus turns 30

This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched PolioPlus, its campaign to rid the world of polio. Beginning on Rotary’s anniversary, 23 February, Rotary members worldwide will be holding events to celebrate three decades of polio eradication progress. Since 1985 Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of cases from

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Event at Indian racetrack nets $350,000 for service projects

Rotary members in India selected a popular racecourse in Mumbai to promote Rotary to the tens of thousands of racing aficionados who gather there daily, raising more than $350,000 for club service projects in the process. And between races, spectators at the Mahalaxmi Race Course were also treated to the Rotary members’

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Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights — the summit of Mount Everest

Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt’s mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan

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Bryn Styles elected new Rotary Foundation trustee

The RI Board of Directors elected Bryn Styles to serve the remaining term of Rotary Foundation Trustee Monty Audenart, who passed away on 21 January. Styles, a member of the Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia in Ontario, Canada, will serve through 30 June 2017. His previous Rotary International positions include director, Council on

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San Francisco club reveals formula for growth and retention of members

Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet at a wine bar after work, share a social outing, and promote all their activities on social media like Meetup and Facebook. As the first evening club in the city, it has attracted many young professionals from Silicon Valley tech firms whose

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Enhance your leadership skills in the Rotary Learning Center

Professional development is right at your fingertips with the Rotary Learning Center, which offers members a range of interactive courses on navigating Rotary’s online tools and developing leadership skills to prepare for new Rotary roles. Anyone with a My Rotary account can take a free course in the Learning Center. Among the

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Colorado joins Kosovo club to restore sanitation in blighted local schools

Blighted schools in the mountain city of Peja in western Kosovo are a reminder of the ethnic strife and war that ravaged this area in the 1990s. To restore ruined sanitation facilities in some of those schools, local Rotary members recently partnered with their counterparts from Colorado, USA. Though residents have been

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You've been fighting Ebola all along

From the February 2015 issue of The Rotarian Among the loved ones Elizabeth Mulbah has lost to Ebola: her foster daughter, Isatu Bayon, a nurse who caught the virus while caring for an Ebola-positive mother and infant; Bayon’s 20-year-old daughter, who was named after Mulbah and nicknamed “Diamond”; Mulbah’s sister-in-law, Jenneh Siabu;