Monthly Archive:: December 2015

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Clubs battle hunger in Missouri with ‘food fight’

Though the media tends to focus on underdeveloped countries when the subject is hunger, food scarcity is also a problem in the United States. Consider parts of Missouri, where one of every six people goes hungry, according to the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri. Rotary member Steve Dulle wanted to

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Bringing social change and mobility through wheelchair project

The common perception of the physically disabled throughout Mexico was that they are incapable of being productive members of society. Unable to work or provide for their families, they face discrimination, must be taken care of, and are kept at home. But an organization called Autonomy, Liberation Through Movement (ALEM) is working

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Indian hospital project is eye-opening

From the November 2015 issue of The Rotarian When Camilla McGill planned her first visit to India about 10 years ago, she couldn’t have known how quickly – nor how painfully – she’d learn one of the trip’s most important lessons. “I was alone in a hotel, and I had a nightmare,”

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New online process makes it easy to follow up on prospective members

Tracking your membership leads is easier than ever. District leaders and club officers can now review inquiries from prospective, referred, and relocating or returning members — all in one place. Sign in to My Rotary and visit the Club and District Administration pages to discover how easy it is to manage your

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CNBC ranks Rotary Foundation in top 10 charities worldwide

On Giving Tuesday, CNBC, one of the leading consumer and business news media outlets in the U.S., named its top 10 charities in the world, ranking The Rotary Foundation No. 5. Charities were chosen for changing the world while maintaining excellent financial standards. The article highlighted Rotary’s tremendous work in eradicating polio.

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AIDS training brings life to Liberian communities

The impact of an HIV/AIDS vocational training project in Liberia can be assessed by the ultimate measure: life itself. “There are children of HIV mothers living today who would not have seen their first birthdays [without the training],” says Elizabeth Mulbah, a member of the Rotary Club of Sinkor, Montserrado County, Monrovia,

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Member interview: Brenda Cressey on how to ask for money

From the December 2015 issue of The Rotarian Brenda Cressey is a superstar in the fundraising arena. As the endowment/major gifts adviser for The Rotary Foundation in Zone 26, Cressey helped lead an ambitious fundraising campaign in District 5340 (California) called Millions for HOPE (Health, Overcoming Poverty, Education), which had netted a

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Culture: Off the cuff

From the December 2015 issue of The Rotarian When I was in high school, public speaking was not considered glamorous. It was a required course relished only by people who also approached debate as a sport or who were thrilled by the prospect of student government. The rest of us dutifully stood

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Convention: Let Korean Rotarians show you their country

From the December 2015 issue of The Rotarian The summer before I got married, my parents suggested taking a bus tour of Korea as a last family hurrah. My sisters and I agreed, reluctantly. The thought of spending seven days on a bus in close quarters with not only our parents but

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Convention: Korean hospitality

From the December 2015 issue of The Rotarian It would be easy simply to describe Koreans as friendly and gracious, or to highlight their earnest desire to make visitors feel welcome. What’s more difficult is to define the driving force behind their warmth. Jeong is a feeling of devotion, of caring and