Rotarly INTERNATIONAL Archive

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Nowhere to turn

As thousands of refugees streamed into Berlin, they strained the health care system. Rotarian and physician Pia Skarabis-Querfeld spent the last three years building a network of volunteer doctors to help those in need. By Rhea Wessel Produced by Andrew Chudzinski On the nightly news and around her city, Pia Skarabis-Querfeld saw

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7 things you did not know about Rotaract

7 things you don’t know about Rotaract Decoding the secrets of their success 1. Rotaractors are experts in their fields The mediator: Joan Nairuba 26, a member of the Rotaract Club of Kololo, Uganda, and a lawyer specializing in mediation I work at a commercial law firm, but I do more mediation

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Rotaract: 50 years of changing lives

50 years ago, the first Rotaract club was formed to give young adults a place to connect and take action for good. Rotaract members from each decade share what the program was like and how it shaped their lives. The year is 1968.  A wall divides East and West Berlin, as the

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Vision Quest

President-elect Barry Rassin on where Rotary has been, where he hopes to lead it – and how the organization profoundly changed his life President-elect Barry Rassin wants to explore ways of starting new Rotary clubs. Photos by Alyce Henson When Barry Rassin arrived at Rotary headquarters in Evanston at 4 a.m. for

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Interota 2017 recap

2017 Interota recap Rotaractors mark 50 years of Rotaract at their triennial meeting In September, Rotaractors from around the world gathered in Taipei, Taiwan, for their triennial Interota convention. This year’s meeting was a special celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Rotaract, and attendees marked the occasion with song, dance, parties, and

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Rotary gives millions in grants to fight polio

Rotary gives $53.5 million to help eradicate polio EVANSTON, Ill. (Jan. 25, 2018) — With 22 confirmed cases in 2017 to date, and just one case in 2018, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year. Rotary gives

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Healing scars of war

In the mountains of Poland, 26 children traumatized by violence get a chance to be kids again at Rotary camp By Iuliia Mendel Produced by Monika Lozinska Beneath the emotional scars of living in a Ukrainian war zone, Mykyta Berlet flashes the same mischievousness of any other 12-year-old boy headed to camp. He

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Migration challenges inspire Rotary peace scholar

Migration challenges inspire peace scholar Rotary Peace Fellow Linda Low could not have known what world events would bring when she took a position as the communications manager for the Europe region of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 2015.  But shortly after she started her new

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Saving mothers and babies

Have you ever decided to help someone and spent months planning the project, motivating and inspiring people about it, and securing funding for it? And what if you realized, once you’d put in all the work, that although the project was a nice idea, it wasn’t what the community really needed?  That’s

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Rassin's 2018 presidential theme

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration By Hank Sartin Photos by Monika Lozinska Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community