Monthly Archive:: February 2016

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Goodwill games

From the March 2016 issue of The Rotarian The fierce July sun beat down on us as we approached the field where the match was to take place. It wasn’t much of a soccer pitch, with its uneven terrain and rusty poles for goalposts, but the local teens we had met came

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Ensure recognition for your Interact clubs

Interact clubs are making a positive difference in schools and communities around the world. Leaders of sponsor Rotary clubs and districts should make sure their Interact clubs get the recognition they deserve by verifying that they qualify for a Presidential Citation. First, ensure that the Interact club status is active in Rotary’s

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Register for a special Jubilee of Rotarians celebrated by Pope Francis

Rotary members worldwide are invited to join President K.R. Ravindran in Rome on 30 April to celebrate the Jubilee of Rotarians, a special event hosted by District 2080 and the Vatican. His Holiness Pope Francis will celebrate a Jubilee mass in St. Peter’s Square, where 8,000 seats will be reserved for Rotary

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Celebrate Rotary’s 111th anniversary

Are you seeking inspiration for ways to mark Rotary’s 111th anniversary on 23 February? Here are some thought-starter ideas: Host a celebration party at your next club meeting. Inform your social media followers on 23 February that it’s Rotary’s anniversary by changing your Facebook cover photo to a birthday cake.  Encourage club

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Beware of new email scam claiming to be from Foundation Chair Klinginsmith

A new email purporting to be from Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith is targeting Rotary members. The email falsely claims that members can become End Polio Now ambassadors if they email club information to a Gmail address within 48 hours. The fraudulent email has the subject line “BECOME AN END POLIO

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What it's like to go to jail for your beliefs … and forgive your captors

From the January 2016 issue of The Rotarian. In this issue, we kick off 2016 with first-person accounts of Rotary members’ most harrowing and heartfelt personal experiences. Pick up the issue to explore more stories. Naing Ko Ko Rotary Peace Fellow University of Queensland, Australia, 2012-13 In 1988, when I was 16,

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Find resources for planning your centennial celebration

We’re kicking off The Rotary Foundation’s centennial celebration at the Korea convention, 28 May-1 June. But you can get started now planning your club’s centennial activities with the resources available in our promotion kit: Ideas and activities for clubs Doing Good in the World promotional flier Doing Good in the World bookmark

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Cultivating peace: Rabia Raja

From the February 2016 issue of The Rotarian Rabia Raja thought she knew exactly how the residents of her home village of Dandot, Pakistan, should improve their schools. “I remember saying to them, ‘You don’t do this; you don’t do that,’ and they answered me, ‘What have you done for this place?'”

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Cultivating peace: Summer Lewis

From the February 2016 issue of The Rotarian In 2007, Summer Lewis was eager to return to school. She had graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, sociology, and women’s studies and spent several years traveling and working with organizations focused on economic development at

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Cultivating peace: Sachin Rane

From the February 2016 issue of The Rotarian Growing up in India, Sachin Rane dreamed of being a police officer like his father and grandfather. “Our walls were decorated with uniformed pictures of my ancestors,” he says. But he never imagined how far police work would take him. Sachin Rane Area of