Monthly Archive:: August 2016

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Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims

Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard

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ShelterBox and Rotary clubs take action following earthquake in Italy

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, killing more than 240 people and trapping an unknown number beneath rubble. Tremors were felt as far away as Rome, 100 km (65 miles) southwest of the quake’s epicenter. International disaster relief agency and Rotary International project partner ShelterBox is sending a response team

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Rotary members link love of beer, clean water crisis

When you sit down to enjoy a beer, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about one of its main ingredients – water. Or the fact that 3,000 children die each day from diseases caused by unsafe water. A group of innovative Rotarians aren’t just thinking; they’re doing something about

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Member Spotlight: Zabit Aimal's mission is to make peace

From the September 2016 issue of The Rotarian Kabul, Afghanistan, isn’t the easiest place for a fatherless child to grow up. Years of harsh Taliban rule had left Zabit Aimal the sole provider for his mother and sister. So in 2007, at age 17, he jumped at the chance to work as

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Member interview: Chris Clemens, 'homeless Rotary club president'

From the September 2016 issue of The Rotarian Chris Clemens would make a splendid case study in the liberating influence of decluttering. In recent years, he has gone from sharing a five-bedroom house with roommates to living out of an 80-square-foot Volkswagen van. The freelance marketing professional and web designer now has

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The Rotarian Conversation with Henry Winkler

From the September 2016 issue of The Rotarian In 1977, the nostalgia-fueled sitcom Happy Days was in its fifth season. Many people remember the three-part season opener, when Fonzie “jumped the shark,” but perhaps fewer recall the episode that immediately followed, when the charismatic dropout and consummate cool guy got a library

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Service: The motives behind motivation

From the September 2016 issue of The Rotarian You may be surprised to learn that in 1905, when Rotary began, it was not based on the idea of Service Above Self. Instead, the two main aims of the Chicago club were “the promotion of the business interests of its members” and “good

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Convention: Southern comfort

From the September 2016 issue of The Rotarian Unlike some parts of the American South (looking at you, Lone Star State), Atlanta doesn’t often boast about size. But insiders know about its intense heat, enormous airport, deeply layered history, and big heart when it comes to showing visitors a good time. As

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Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador

Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than

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World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now

Rotary’s fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our