Monthly Archive:: December 2016

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Giving Tuesday winners announced

Rotary extends its thanks and congratulations to the Rotary Club of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, for having the most club members (35) who made personal contributions through My Rotary on Giving Tuesday, 29 November. The club will receive a copy of our Foundation’s centennial book, “Doing Good in the World, The Inspiring Story of

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2016-17 Directors-nominee announced

On 2 December, RI President John F. Germ declared the following candidates for the 2018-20 Board of Directors. The announcement came one day after the deadline passed for receiving proposals of additional candidates, in accordance with the Rotary International Bylaws. The directors-nominee, who will be elected at the 2017 Rotary International Convention

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New Grant Center makes applying for grants easier

We are pleased to announce the debut of the new Grant Center, formerly known as the grant application tool. The new site has a fresh look and better organization. The grant application includes clearly defined steps so it’s easier for you to track your progress. Learn more about grants and how to

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Member spotlight: Do Nguyen builds schools and understanding

Three days after he was born, Do Nguyen’s family fled its small Vietnamese village during the First Indochina War. He didn’t have access to school until they returned nine years later. He made up for lost time, completing high school and then college. But after he came to the United States in

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The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities

CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards

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Australian entrepreneur announces $1 million gift to Rotary

On Wednesday, over breakfast with the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith announced a donation of AU$1 million to Rotary (about US$750,000), citing admiration of Rotary members for the time they devote to others. The Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) will administer the funds. “With

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In case of emergency

Three days after Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the Philippines in November 2013, Derek Locke was tramping among the sinews of uprooted palm trees, downed power lines, and fragments of homes shattered by one of the region’s deadliest disasters. As he delivered tents and other essentials in Santa Fe, a small community on

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Technology: Tricks of the trade

Awhile back, I got a call on my landline phone from a pleasant-sounding fellow who claimed to be from Microsoft. He said that a problem with my computer had been detected over the internet and it was urgent that I let him fix it. “Thanks, that is so nice of you,” I

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The Rotarian Conversation with Annie Leonard

What did you throw away today? Have you thought about it since? Annie Leonard has. Leonard spent more than a decade thinking about your trash and following it around the world. She has toured landfills and testified to the U.S. Congress regarding international waste trafficking. That work, plus a dozen more years

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Water wars

The water, steel gray, muscled with hidden current, surges by in a steady itinerant push, making a sound like bacon lightly frying, or faint applause. Blue-black against the afternoon sky, the snowy peaks of the Cascades overlook the river’s basin. To stand on the cool, muddy banks, it’s hard to imagine the