Monthly Archive:: September 2015

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Under One Sky lights the way to a better world

Rotary and ONE, an international advocacy organization, joined other event partners in downtown Chicago on 24 September to demonstrate a commitment to ending extreme poverty and inequality and to promoting action on climate change on the eve of the United Nations launch of its Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 ambitious goals constitute

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Nigeria declared polio-free, removed from endemic list

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 25 September that Nigeria is now polio-free and has been officially removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic. It’s been 14 months since any cases of polio caused by the wild virus have been detected there. With Nigeria’s historic achievement, polio remains

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Save the date: 23 October, Rotary’s World Polio Day event

Celebrate our remarkable progress toward a polio-free world with the Rotary World Polio Day event, streamed live from New York City on 23 October. Co-hosted by UNICEF, the event will highlight recent milestones: In July, Nigeria marked one year without a case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus, and in August,

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What peace means to me

People and nations worldwide will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, the date designated by the United Nations in 2001 “to be observed as a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence.” That commitment to peace is directly linked to goals pursued by Rotary members since The Rotary Foundation’s mission

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Member interview: Jim and Roberta Graham on heroism in Afghanistan

From the October 2015 issue of The Rotarian Eleven years ago, Jim and Roberta Graham developed a personal connection to Afghanistan after their son Rick, who was stationed there with the Indiana National Guard, learned of an infant in a refugee camp who needed heart surgery. In a story that tugged at

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Health: Considerations for travel

From the October 2015 issue of The Rotarian In 1938, British travel writer Freya Stark observed: “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure.” In many ways, travel is even more pleasant today than when Stark trekked across

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Convention: Korean spas

From the October 2015 issue of The Rotarian When you travel to Seoul for the 2016 Rotary International Convention, 28 May to 1 June, few experiences will bring you closer to the local culture than a visit to a Korean spa, called a jjimjilbang. But don’t expect plush bathrobes and dim rooms

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Legacy of PolioPlus lives on in India

From the October 2015 issue of The Rotarian India reported its last case of polio in 2011. Since then, the toddler behind that statistic has grown into a child who laughs, plays, and runs, albeit with a limp. Past RI President Rajendra K. Saboo is gratified that no other children will be

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Sports: Family matters in baseball

From the October 2015 issue of The Rotarian In 30 years of covering baseball, I’ve seen my share of runs, hits, and errors. Back in 1985, players went on strike in hopes of boosting their pay past a minimum of $40,000. Fans watched highlights on a six-year-old cable network called ESPN. The

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The Rotarian Conversation with Isabeli Fontana

From the October 2015 issue of The Rotarian From the runways of Paris to the catwalks of Milan, from the pages of Sports Illustrated to the cover of Vogue, Brazil’s Isabeli Fontana is one of the most recognizable figures in the world of high fashion. Two years ago, the supermodel became a