Incoming district governors discuss 2013-14 RI theme

The 2013-14 RI theme, Engage Rotary, Change Lives

The 2013-14 RI theme, Engage Rotary, Change Lives

By Daniela Garcia, RI editorial staff, reporting from the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA

Incoming district governors broke into applause as RI President-elect Ron Burton announced the 2013-14 RI theme, Engage Rotary, Change Lives, during the first plenary of the International Assembly, Rotary’s annual training event for future leaders.

I asked several of the future leaders their thoughts about the theme, moments after it had been announced here in San Diego, California, USA. Here is what they said: Continue reading

Hats that make kids smile

Harriet “Pepi” Noble

By Harriet “Pepi” Noble, a member of the Rotary Club of Mechanicville, New York, USA

There were a lot of happy, smiling faces out there in our community recently, as the beautiful and colorful Hats For A Purpose were distributed to local schools to help warm the hearts and heads of kids who needed them. Continue reading

Birthplace of Interact celebrates 50 years

Melbourne High School Interactors and Rotarians from the sponsoring club of Melbourne, Florida, USA. Photo courtesy Rotary Club of Melbourne

By Kevin Arter, a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Florida, USA

Fifty years ago, my club sponsored the very first Interact Club at Melbourne High School. The Interactors at Mel High, as it is known locally, received their charter on 5 November, 1962.

More than half of our Rotary club’s members today were not yet born when Interact began. But the youngest members of our club, who are in their 20s and 30s, recognize the enormity of our club having started something so important, and are excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Continue reading

Bracelets for children in Peru

Justin Bodin with some of the bracelets he made. Photo courtesy of Holmen Area Rotary Club.

By Steve Johnston, a member of the Holmen Area Rotary Club

When it comes to giving, Justin Bodin excels.

Justin, 24, became a member of the Holmen Area Rotary Club, Holmen, Wisconsin, USA, three years ago and quickly found a way to help children in a community in Peru enjoy a better Christmas. And it all started with something as simple as making a friendship bracelet.

Justin was born with a congenital heart disorder and was a special needs student through school. At 14, a friend of the family taught him how to tie friendship bracelets. Continue reading

The dictionary, warm coat handshake

Harriet “Pepi” Noble

By Harriet “Pepi” Noble, a member of the Rotary Club of Mechanicville, New York, USA

There’s something about the nip in October’s air that gets me to thinking about two of my favorite organizations: The Dictionary Project and Operation Warm. With much in common including dedication to their core values, environmental concerns and furthering the health and education of children, I love telling their stories. Continue reading

Meeting the health, education needs of children in Jamaica

A doctor gives a student an eye exam during the mobile health clinic. Photo courtesy Liguanea Plains Rotary Club.

By Carolyn Graham, a member of the Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains, Jamaica

For the 2012-13 Rotary year, the Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains, Jamaica, is focusing on “Peace Through Literacy.” We see literacy as important in strengthening all other areas of life, as it provides the mental acuity needed to acquire life skills and coping strategies.

On 12-14 September, we sponsored a mobile health clinic to New Providence Primary School. More than 150 children from first through sixth grade were given eye screenings and a general checkup by a doctor. Continue reading

Literacy project promotes reading, writing in Burkina Faso

Charlie Wasser

By Charlie Wasser, a member of the Rotary Club of Sunnyvale, California, USA

About 18 months ago, I transferred my membership to the Rotary Club of Sunnyvale, California, USA. I was excited when my new club embraced a literacy effort I had been involved in, receiving a global grant from The Rotary Foundation for a new media center in Hounde, Burkina Faso. Continue reading

Promoting Rotary through Facebook ads

One of the top performing Facebook ads for Rotary District 6440.

Rich Lalley, Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield, Rotary District 6440 Club Service Advisor and Webmaster, for social media week

Whether or not you’re active on social media you understand that the nature of communication is undergoing a revolution. If they were a country, Facebook’s 955 million active users would be the world’s third largest, only behind China and India.

For this reason alone, Facebook offers Rotarians a terrific platform to promote Rotary and spread the word about our great service organization. Continue reading

Seeking new horizons

John Davis

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