In October 2009, more than 10 percent of the general U.S. workforce was unemployed—marking the highest rate we had seen in 26 years. While the national unemployment rate is now less than 8 percent, there is still ample room for improvement. Fewer than 22 percent of persons with disabilities are in the workforce. The jobless rate for veterans who served since September 2001 was more than 12 percent last year. And youth unemployment remains at an alarming 50 percent. Continue reading
After two years of working with the Future Vision pilot, we are certainly aware that change and sustainability are important concepts to Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.
But some may ask: Why change a formula that on the surface appears to be producing results? Is it simply change for change sake? Most certainly not. As an organization, we are not attracting young adults in the numbers we would like. Continue reading
Rotaract preconventions are a time to meet new friends, get reacquainted with old ones, share projects and experiences. Most of all have fun.
But a time to fall in love? That part didn’t quite make it in the Rotaract handbook. However, Rotaractors Marc LeBlanc and Eva Gorny did just that during the 2008 preconvention in Birmingham, England.
Both are members of the Rotaract Club of the University of Lethbridge, Canada. They went to Birmingham, as friends I might add, to represent their club as it was the recipient of the North American Rotaract Outstanding Project award for raising US$25,000 for a microcredit project in Costa Rica. Continue reading
Recently, the Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) entered a service partnership with Rotary International to allow the two organizations to pool their resources to work closely together to fight hunger.
At GFN, we are excited to work with the many Rotarians who have already shown tremendous dedication toward making a difference in this area. Our two organizations share common goals. Continue reading
By Donald Q. Smith, a member of the Rotary Club of Portland Pearl, Minnesota, USA.
If teenage girls from a barrio of suburban San José, Costa Rica, earn a high school diploma, their quality of life is likely to improve.
And if their mothers learn cooking skills, their lives, too, will be changed.
Those have been the goals of two successful projects by the Rotary clubs of Portland Pearl, Oregon, USA, and Belén, Belén, Costa Rica, both funded in part by grants from The Rotary Foundation.
The two clubs forged their first links at a project fair hosted by Central America Rotarians. Continue reading
They say that when life gives you lemons – make lemonade! When we learned our long-time partner, District 4250 (Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras), was in the Future Vision pilot, I certainly thought we had landed in a pile of lemons.
Clubs in my non-pilot District 5240 in California, USA, had been partnering in grants with the Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa, D.C., Honduras, for 10 years to provide corrective surgery for children born with club feet. We were also involved in an “Adopt a Village” project in El Marillal, Honduras, with the Rotary clubs of Choluteca, Choluteca, and Real de Minas-Tegucigalpa, D.C. Continue reading
Sweating profusely, and aching in my knees from the strenuous hike through the jungle, I was beginning to question my sanity and wonder what I had gotten myself into.
My son Jeff, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and I joined 18 other Rotarians from northern Illinois for nine days in late January, delving deep into the rainforest of eastern Guatemala on a service project with District 6440 (Illinois, USA) to Ak’Tenamit.
By Hunter Tanous, alumni of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and Youth Exchange programs
By John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary
Welcome to our new blog designed to tell the Rotary story from a variety of angles and in many different voices. We’ll showcase stories of Rotarians fighting the war on polio—at National Immunization Days and through fundraisers in their communities. We’ll also give voice to those who are working to make a difference in our six areas of focus: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development.