Traveling around the world experiencing Rotary

By Brian Rocha, a member of the Rotary Club of Goleta, California, and District 5240 Public Relations Chair

I’ve done a bit of traveling in my life. But recently, I got an urge to turn my travel experience into something much more rewarding. I wanted to travel not just to travel, but to make an impact and make a difference in the world.

I pitched the idea to my Rotary club and Rotary International, and they were in full support. Support in terms of moral support. I financed the trip myself. So last year, I began an eight month journey visiting several different countries around the world, capturing pictures and video throughout the experience. Continue reading

Portugal takes part in World’s Biggest Commercial

Manuel Cordeiro's This Close picture for the World's Biggest Commercial.

Manuel Cordeiro’s This Close picture for the World’s Biggest Commercial.

By Manuel Cordeiro, member of the Rotary Club of Vila Real, Portugal

In January, I took on the responsibility of coordinating Portugal’s participation in the World´s Biggest Commercial video. After hearing from some fellow Rotarians, we followed a very simple strategy: involve the entire family of Rotary in this task. Continue reading

Portuguese Rotarian helps teens in Timor-Leste

Manuel Cordeiro, center, with primary school children in Timor-Leste. Photo courtesy of Cordeiro

Manuel Cordeiro, center, with Timorese students. Photo courtesy of Cordeiro

By Manuel Cordeiro, a member of the Rotary Club of Vila Real, Portugal

In the 12 years since I joined the Rotary Club of Vila Real, my enthusiasm for Rotary has grown constantly. I work Rotary into everything I do and consider myself first and foremost a Rotarian. Through Rotary, I have been blessed with seeing lives changed in Timor-Leste. Continue reading