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Bringing up babies

After overcoming a tough childhood, pediatrician Ramon Resa is helping to raise a new generation of kids By Mary MacVean Photos by NashCO At three years old, an age when most toddlers are being assessed on how high they can count or how well they can recite their ABCs, Ramon Resa faced

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Rotary advisers put polio on world stage

Behind the scenes of polio eradication Rotary’s national advocacy advisers are putting polio on the world stage. Here’s how. At the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta in June, world leaders were on hand to celebrate a historic $1.2 billion in commitments to finance polio eradication. It was a huge moment for the

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‘Peace needs to be lived’

Rotary Day at the United Nations pushes peace from concept to reality By Geoff Johnson Photos by Monika Lozinska On the 99th anniversary of the end of World War I, more than 1,200 people gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, for Rotary Day at the United Nations.  Representing 87 countries, they convened on Saturday,

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Honoring champions of peace for Rotary UN Day

Rotary Day at the UN filled with peace champions and workshops Rotary will honor six champions of peace at the United Nations on 11 November. The Palais des Nations in Geneva, built as the headquarters for the League of Nations, remains an enduring emblem of humanity’s hope for global peace, making it

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Jonathan Cavendish on why he created polio movie Breathe

Movie producer Jonathan Cavendish tells the story of his parents in new movie ‘Breathe’ For producer Jonathan Cavendish, the new film “Breathe” was not just another project. It was a chance to honor his amazing parents.  The film tells the true story of Jonathan’s father, Robin Cavendish, who, in the 1950s, was

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Rotary praises unsung heroes on World Polio Day

Rotary and the Gates Foundation host fifth annual World Polio Day to highlight progress in the fight to eradicate the disease By Ryan Hyland Photos by Alyce Henson After another year of dwindling polio cases, Rotary leaders, top health experts, and celebrities said on 24 October — World Polio Day — that

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Scholar measuring and stopping public corruption

Scholar measuring and stopping public corruption Global grant scholarship recipient Lusiné Mehrabyan is working toward solving one of the most difficult and pervasive world ills: government corruption. Mehrabyan, a native of Armenia who was raised in Ithaca, N.Y., recognized the plague of corruption in her home country but also in the U.S.

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On the tracks of the Beast

In Mexico’s migrant shelters, a Rotary scholar puts his education into action Story and photos by Levi Vonk There are two inescapable elements of southern Mexico.  The first is dust – desert rock ground to a powder that finds its way into your every crevice: the backs of your knees, the folds

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The power of a garden

Rotary members in Harvard, Illinois, USA, have teamed up with community groups to help alleviate hunger and bring the community together. By Arnold R. Grahl Photos by Monika Lozinska Videos by Andrew Chudzinski  On a sunny morning in July, two dozen preschool children from Brown Bear Daycare inspect a bed of milkweed

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New partners build on Rotary's strengths

Habitat for Humanity and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness join with Rotary to improve lives  Rotary has added two service partners that offer clubs new ways to collaborate with other organizations and strengthen their projects: Habitat for Humanity and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). Habitat