By John Davis, past governor of District 9800 (Australia) and district Rotary Foundation committee chair
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 →
Rotary International and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library have an ongoing partnership to put books into the hands of children in communities both large and small all across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Continue reading →
Members meet at the Brooklyn Brewery for a social event. Photo courtesy Stephen To
By Stephen To, a member of the Rotary Club of Metro New York City, New York, USA
It’s a Wednesday night at Dopo Teatro Trattoria, as theater goers around Times Square dine at the restaurant before taking in a show. Amid the bustle of activity, a group of young professionals arrive for a totally different reason, to attend a meeting of the Rotary Club of Metro New York City. Continue reading →
By Sakuji Tanaka, in English and Japanese Photos by Alyce Henson/Rotary Images On 11 August, I had the honor of taking part in the Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago — the city where Rotary began. The parade and picnic, the … Continue reading →
RI President Sakuji Tanaka joins children in a dance while visiting a literacy project in Accra, Ghana. Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Accra Ridge
By Eric Xavier Amedzo, past president of the Rotary Club of Accra Ridge, Ghana
In early July, Ghana was blessed with our second visit by an RI president in a year, as President Sakuji Tanaka took part in breaking ground on a vaccine cold room in Accra.
This was quite an unprecedented event, coming so soon after past RI President Kalyan Banerjee’s visit in November. I guess Ghana is now a hotbed of Rotary action, and everyone wants to come and see for themselves! Continue reading →
Children wait to use toilets at a primary school in Lagos, Nigeria.
By Suman Ramesh, president of the Rotary Club of Lagos-Palm Grove Estate, Lagos State, Nigeria
At the Shyllon primary school in Lagos, students lacked proper toilet facilities, using the grounds of the school for their sanitation needs. The smell was often unbearable, and the girls found it embarrassing to use an open toilet. Water is scarce, making the environment very unhealthy and disease-prone.
Learning of this situation, my Rotary club undertook a project to provide 10 toilets and a water tank to provide adequate water during the day. Continue reading →
By Jane Baker Koons, consultant to the Arcot Lutheran Church School Project
When the Rotary Club of Elmbrook, Wisconsin, USA, learned the Yercaud TELC School in Tamil Nadu, India, needed a new library it jumped at the opportunity to help. The school, for children from tribal villages, is one of 97 administered by the Arcot Lutheran Church (ALC) School Project in south India. Continue reading →
Participants in a workshop at the 2012 RI Convention. Social media is a valuable tool for sharing Rotary’s story.
By Antoinette Tuscano, RI Editorial staff, reporting from Bangkok, Thailand
As the staff person who does much of the social media for Rotary InternationaI, I listened with interest to Rotary leaders at the International Institute in Bangkok as they discussed the power of the Internet and social media in sharing Rotary’s story.
I understand why some people hesitate to use social media and why it can seem intimidating. Like many of you, I didn’t grow up with a smart phone in my hand twittering my every thought. I’m old enough to remember a time before cable TV and having to actually get up off the couch to change the channel. Continue reading →
Villagers in Belize receive solar powered lamps from the Rotary Club of Huntsville, Texas, USA, and The Grid Earth Project.
By the Rotary Club of Huntsville, Texas, USA
The use of kerosene for providing light in homes results in over one million deaths every year, in addition to countless burn injuries, respiratory illnesses, asphyxia, and visual impairment.
The Rotary Club of Huntsville, Texas, USA, recently joined forces with an Austin based non-profit organization called The Grid Earth Project to provide solar powered household lamps to the village of Gracie Rock, Belize.
Gracie Rock is a small village located on the banks of the Sibun River near the Pecarry Hills of Belize; its inhabitants have traditionally hunted and lived off the land. Many of the villagers use kerosene to light their homes. Continue reading →