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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →