Monthly Archive:: April 2015

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The talent around the table: Mitty Chang

When it comes to Rotary, Mitty Chang is practically a lifer – and he’s only 26. Chang joined Interact 10 years ago in Fremont, Calif., where almost a quarter of the 2,000 students at his high school were Interactors. He went on to organize two Rotaract clubs. Now an entrepreneur who works

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Rotary, Shelterbox organizing aid for quake victims in Nepal

Rescue missions and emergency aid continue to arrive in Nepal after a massive earthquake hit the country on 25 April, killing at least 7,500 people and injuring thousands more. The 7.8-magnitude quake, the worst to hit Nepal in more than 80 years, has affected 8 million people in the country’s 39 districts,

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Launch Pads

On the third-largest island in Fiji, 17-year-old Asenaca Sepa dreams of becoming a nurse. Her classmate, Laisenia Kidia, wants to study marine biology. The teens are students at Bucalevu Secondary School on Taveuni Island. Its rich soil and abundant flora have earned it the nickname “the garden island.” Waterfalls and breathtaking sunsets

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World Immunization Week: Protecting children through lifesaving vaccines

This year’s observance of World Immunization Week, 24-30 April, signals a renewed effort to prevent an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths worldwide from vaccine-preventable diseases, including polio, by closing immunization gaps. The extensive polio-eradication infrastructure created by Rotary, its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), and governments and health

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Spirit of Earth Day: Tree planting project stems from surviving a tsunami

As a child, Gowri Rajan was scared of trees because of the reptiles and insects lurking in their roots, branches, and leaves. “I wouldn’t go near trees,” says Rajan. “It’s ironic that, later in life, a tree would be the reason I’m still alive.” On the morning of 26 December 2004, a

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Simplified billing process gets positive reviews from club leaders

The single-page invoice that Rotary clubs received in January, which replaces a complex document they’d previously had to complete, is being cheered by many club officers. In the past, club secretaries had to fill out an eight-part semiannual report to calculate the amount their club owed Rotary International for membership dues, subscriptions,

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Ecuadorean heart surgeon donates his professional skills to children in need

Pediatric heart surgeon Gerardo Davalos has treated scores of young heart patients, but one made a particular impression on him. The day before 11-year-old Josue Ochoa died in 2013, Dr. Davalos, a member of the Rotary Club of Quito, Ecuador, walked into the boy’s hospital room to say goodbye. The atmosphere in

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Polio vaccine celebrates 60th anniversary

Sunday, 12 April, marks 60 years since the Salk polio vaccine was declared safe, effective, and potent. In that time, the number of polio cases has dropped by 99 percent worldwide. With just three countries remaining polio-endemic, we are closer than ever to eradicating this crippling disease. Jonas Salk’s inactivated polio vaccine

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How a simple school project in India became a global grant

Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club

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Why these Rotary members can’t stop attending conventions

Phyllis Jane Nusz, a past district governor from California, USA, attended her first Rotary International convention in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1997 as an incoming club president. “I have never stopped going since,” she says. “It was amazing to see people for the first time from all over the world — the different