Monthly Archive:: September 2016

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Nigeria reclassified as polio endemic

Nigeria reported three cases of wild poliovirus in the northeastern state of Borno in August of this year. Following the World Health Organization’s confirmation of these cases, the country returned to the list of polio-endemic countries. The other polio-endemic countries are Afghanistan and Pakistan. These are the first cases detected in the

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Fighting for Flint

Saginaw Street, paved with 116-year-old bricks and lined with restaurants, runs through the heart of downtown Flint, Mich. Around the corner you’ll find a farmers market, a row of museums, a craft brewery, and three campuses: the University of Michigan at Flint, Kettering University (formerly known as General Motors Institute), and the

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Rotarians, Heifer International help farmers grow economy

“Agriculture is the lifeblood of Arkansas; it’s the state’s original business,” says Sharon Tallach Vogelpohl, an Arkansas Rotarian for nearly 20 years. But that business has become more challenging in recent years as row-crop farming has become more commoditized, making it difficult for families who have been farming for generations to make

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Rotary staff members help keep India polio-free

More than one million Rotary members have volunteered their time and resources to help end polio. This month, for the first time, a group of Rotary staff members will join volunteers and health workers in the field and see our polio eradication program in action. Follow the five participants as they travel

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Live streaming event showcases a century of progress on polio

In 1916, New York City experienced a devastating outbreak of polio— the first major outbreak of the disease in the United States. One hundred years later, the world is a different place in fighting this disease. Cases have been reduced by 99 percent over the last 25 years and polio has been

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Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'

Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television’s fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch’s students, keeping them on track to graduate, and

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Practicing peace

Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as “a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence.” Rotary’s commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year,

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Growing a future in Cape Town

From the October 2016 issue of The Rotarian On a drive along the N2 Freeway in Cape Town, South Africa, travelers speed past endless clusters of corrugated metal shacks that fill the sandy Cape Flats area between the airport and iconic Table Mountain. “I grew up in this area,” says Lloyd Whitfield,

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Member interview: John Warren on enlisting men to help end domestic violence

From the October 2016 issue of The Rotarian As a criminal prosecutor and assistant district attorney, John Warren has seen much more than his share of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse cases. Now, by founding the nonprofit Men of Action, he hopes to help prevent family and sexual violence by

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Culture: Social niceties gone bad

From the October 2016 issue of The Rotarian I was having breakfast in my local diner the morning after the Oscars when I happened to mention how surprised I was that Spotlight … I did not get to finish the sentence. “Don’t tell me who won,” said a regular at the table,