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ROTARY AND EDUCATION
Rotary strives to promote peace through education. Since 1947, The Rotary Foundation has awarded more than US$1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational grants and is the world’s largest privately-funded source of international scholarships. Grants are administered by local Rotary clubs.
ROTARY’S EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
• Ambassadorial Scholarships
Approximately 1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to university students around the world to study in another country from three months to two years. These students serve as ambassadors of goodwill. Since 1947, The Rotary Foundation has sponsored more than 39,000 scholars from over 115 countries.
• Group Study Exchange
Group Study Exchange (GSE) enables groups of young professionals aged 25-40 to participate in four-to-sixweek exchanges between two countries. GSE teams focus on vocational, educational and cultural development. Since 1965, about 65,000 individuals (13,541 teams) from 106 countries have participated.
• Youth Exchange
Some 8,000 teenage students from around the world study in another country and learn about its history, language and culture each year. They too, serve as goodwill ambassadors and promote world understanding and peace.
• Rotary Grants for University Teachers
Grants are awarded annually to about 30 university faculty members who teach for up to 10 months at an academic institution of their choice in a developing county. Since 1985, 486 university teachers have participated in this program.
• Rotary World Peace Fellowships
This program trains future diplomats and international leaders in the art of peace building and conflict resolution. Up to 110 Rotary World Peace Fellows are selected annually to study at one of eight universities for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution. Fellows are offered an opportunity to gain a Master’s degree in peace studies, conflict resolution, international relations or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies. Since 2002, 339 fellows from over 75 countries have participated at a cost of more than $23 million. Universities include: Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina; University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England; International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan; University of California, Berkeley, USA; University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand..
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Rotary Community Corps
A Rotary Community Corps (RCC) is a group whose members are not part of a Rotary club but share Rotary’s values and commitment to service. With more than 6,700 Rotary Community Corps in over 75 countries, RCCs are considered partners in service. With the guidance and support of their sponsor Rotary clubs, RCCs plan and implement projects that address issues affecting their communities such as health, literacy, safety, employment, and the environment. They may also help support Rotary club service efforts.
All RCCs share four major goals:
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Why work with an RCC?
Rotary Community Corps is an integral part of a club’s balanced service program. RCCs are a great way for Rotary clubs to include community members as they work to address local concerns, and to initiate and implement sustainable projects.
How can I start an RCC?
A Rotary Community Corps is organized and sponsored by a Rotary club in the same country or district. Additional clubs can cosponsor the RCC, including a Rotary club in another country.
Obtain your club’s support
RCCs rely on the continued support of their sponsor Rotary clubs, so it is important for Rotarians to have a good understanding of the program and the commitment involved. Consider these suggestions to get started:
Once your Rotary club’s board has agreed to sponsor a RCC and has formed a committee, you can move forward with developing the corps and recruiting members. Consider distributing the brochure Rotary Community Corps: Changing Lives, Shaping the Future at community events for prospective members.
Apply for recognition from RI
Once an RCC has achieved a strong membership base (a minimum of 10 members), it can be officially recognized by Rotary International. To apply for a charter, fill out the Rotary Community Corps Organization Form, and send it to RI World Headquarters or the international office serving your area.
After RI has received the information, an official charter certificate will be mailed to the president of the sponsor Rotary club. Rotarians should consider planning a special ceremony or celebration to present the charter certificate to the Rotary Community Corps.
How should I publicize RCC activities?
Register a project on ProjectLINK
On behalf of an RCC, a sponsor Rotary club can register a project that could benefit from financial assistance, donated goods, or volunteers by completing and submitting the ProjectLINK Submission Form: Project Seeking Support to RI.
Share your RCC sucess stories
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Rotary zones overview
Rotary International's Board of Directors is elected by Rotary's 34 zones. RI Bylaws require the composition of the zones to be reviewed at least every eight years to ensure that each zone has approximately the same number of Rotarians.
The Board adopted new zone definitions at its June 2008 meeting. The zone realignment took effect 1 July 2009.
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Members of the first Rotary club reunite at Comely Bank, the home of Paul P. Harris, in 1942. (From left) Silvester Schiele, Montague "Monty" Bear, Harris, Bernard E. "Barney" Arntzen, Rufus F. "Rough-house" Chapin, Harry L. Ruggles, and Robert Fletcher Rotary Images
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First Rotaract Council to take place 20 May
By Arnold R. Grahl
Rotary International News -- 25 October 2010
Rotaractors take part in a service project during the 2010 RI Convention in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Rotary Images/Monika Lozinska-Lee
A Rotaract Council will be held for the first time on 20 May during the Rotaract Preconvention Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
At the three-hour council, which will be modeled after the RI Council on Legislation, Rotaractors who are registered for and present at the preconvention meeting will be able to consider and vote on nonbinding resolutions to change the Rotaract program. The Rotaract Council's recommendations will be reviewed by the 2011-12 Rotaract and Interact Committee, then considered by the RI Board of Directors in September 2011.
A Rotaractor proposed the idea for the Rotaract Council during a question-and-answer session with 2010-11 RI President Ray Klinginsmith at the Rotaract Preconvention Meeting in Montréal, Québec, Canada, in June. Klinginsmith liked the suggestion and moved the proposal forward.
"I'm excited about this, and I think Rotaractors are as well," he said. "This is a recognition of the important role they'll play in the future of Rotaract.
"The Rotaract Council will give Rotaractors the opportunity to make some decisions about which direction the program will go," Klinginsmith added.
An e-mail has been sent to presidents of Rotaract clubs and their sponsor Rotary clubs with information about the council, including the Proposed Rotaract Resolution Form necessary to propose a resolution. Rotaract clubs should update their club's contact information to make sure they receive future information about the council.
Rotaract clubs will be able to propose up to two resolutions to be considered by the council. Each resolution must include a statement of purpose and effect and may be no longer than two pages. Rotaractors will then have an opportunity to vote online to determine the order of consideration for the resolutions. More details about that vote will be provided later.
Resolutions will only be accepted on six topic areas: Standard Rotaract Club Constitution and Bylaws; Rotaract Statement of Policy; the 18-30 age range for membership; Rotaract alumni activities; Rotaract program name, emblem, and motto; and RI fees and dues for Rotaract clubs and their members.
Although the Rotaract Council will be modeled after the RI Council on Legislation, there will be notable differences. Because all attendees of the preconvention meeting will be eligible to take part, participation will not be geographically representative. Decisions by the Rotaract Council will also be advisory and nonbinding.
Last year, about 300 Rotaractors attended the preconvention meeting in Montréal. Attendance is expected to exceed that for the 2011 preconvention event.
"The creation of the Rotaract Council demonstrates President Klinginsmith's and Rotary International's responsiveness and commitment to Rotaract," said Dong-Joon Lee, chair of the Rotaract and Interact Committee. "Hopefully many Rotaract clubs around the world will actively participate, and in the process shape an even brighter future for Rotaract."
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History of The Rotary Foundation
Arch C. Klumph, founder of The Rotary Foundation, circa 1916 Courtesy of Rotary Images
In 1917, RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed that an endowment be set up “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, when the endowment fund had grown to more than US$5,000, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.
Five Trustees, including Klumph, were appointed to “hold, invest, manage, and administer all of its property . . . as a single trust, for the furtherance of the purposes of RI.”
Two years later, the Foundation made its first grant of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into the Easter Seals.
The Great Depression and World War II both impeded the Foundation’s growth, but the need for lasting world peace generated great postwar interest in its development. After Rotary’s founder, Paul P. Harris, died in 1947, contributions began pouring into Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.
That year, the first Foundation program – the forerunner of Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships – was established. In 1965-66, three new programs were launched: Group Study Exchange , Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants .
The Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants program was launched in 1978, and Rotary Volunteers was created as a part of that program in 1980. PolioPlus was announced in 1984-85, and the next year brought Rotary Grants for University Teachers . The first peace forums were held in 1987-88, leading to the Foundation's peace and conflict studies programs .
Throughout this time, support of the Foundation grew tremendously. Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, it has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion. More than $70 million was donated in 2003-04 alone. To date, more than one million individuals have been recognized as Paul Harris Fellows – people who have given $1,000 to the Annual Programs Fund or have had that amount contributed in their name.
Such strong support, along with Rotarian involvement worldwide, ensures a secure future for The Rotary Foundation as it continues its vital work for international understanding and world peace.
Overview of Rotary International's leadership structure
Rotarians are members of more than 32,000 Rotary clubs, which belong to the global association of Rotary International (RI). Each club elects its own officers and enjoys considerable autonomy within the framework of Rotary’s constitution and bylaws.
Clubs are grouped into approximately 530 RI districts, each led by a district governor, who is an RI officer and leads about 50 clubs. The district administration, including assistant governors and various committees, guides and supports the clubs.
The RI Boards
The 19-member RI Board of Directors , which includes the RI president and president-elect, meets quarterly to establish policies. Traditionally, the RI president, who is elected annually, develops a theme and emphasis for the year.
RI is headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, USA, with seven international offices in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Korea, and Switzerland. The office of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI), located in England, serves clubs and districts in that region.
The Secretariat’s active managing officer is the general secretary, who heads a 650-member staff working to serve Rotarians worldwide. Contact the Secretariat .
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Council on Legislation
The Council on Legislation, Rotary’s “parliament,” meets every three years to deliberate and act upon all proposed enactments and resolutions submitted by clubs, district conferences, the RIBI Conference or General Council, and the RI Board. The Council itself also makes proposals. Read more about the Council on Legislation .
The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation
The 15 directors of The Rotary Foundation are appointed by the RI president, with the agreement of the RI Board. The Trustees manage all business of the Foundation. The trustee chair, who serves for one year as chair, is the head of the Trustees. Each trustee is appointed to a four-year term.
Tanaka is choice for 2012-13 RI president
By Peter Schmidtke
Rotary International News -- 9 August 2010
Sakuji Tanaka, a member of the Rotary Club of Yashio, Saitama, Japan, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2012-13. Rotary Images
Sakuji Tanaka, a member of the Rotary Club of Yashio, Saitama, Japan, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2012-13. Tanaka will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates.
Tanaka said he would like to see Rotary "continue its vital work as the force to improve our communities."
To do this work, Rotary needs active, involved clubs, he added. "We are fortunate to have our revised RI Strategic Plan to help build strong clubs that are vibrant, action-oriented, and relevant in the changing world."
For 32 years, Tanaka was president of Tanaka Company Ltd., a wholesale firm that went public in 1995 and later merged with other leading wholesalers in Japan. Currently, he serves as vice president of the Yashio City Chamber of Commerce and adviser to Arata Co. Ltd., an animal feed and pet food wholesaler. He also chaired the National Household Papers Distribution Association of Japan for eight years. Tanaka studied business at Nihon Management Daigakuin and Tokyo Management Daigakuin.
A past trustee of The Rotary Foundation, Tanaka chaired the 2009 Birmingham Convention Committee. His other service to Rotary includes RI director, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, district governor, and member of the Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force, the Permanent Fund Committee for Japan, and the Future Vision Committee.
Tanaka established an endowed Rotary Peace Fellowship, and he and his wife, Kyoko, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors of the Permanent Fund, and Major Donors.
He is a recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award.
Tanaka said that eradicating polio will "fulfill the promise we made to children in the world" and that "there is no doubt in my mind that the day of this success will be realized in the near future."
Tanaka and Kyoko have three children and five grandchildren.
The 2010 nominating committee members are John F. Germ, USA (chair); Monty J. Audenart, Canada; Keith Barnard-Jones, England; Peter Bundgaard, Denmark; Frank C. Collins Jr., USA; Rudolf Hörndler, Germany; Jackson San-Lien Hsieh, Taiwan; Umberto Laffi, Italy; Ashok M. Mahajan, India; Gerald A. Meigs, USA; Paul A. Netzel, USA; Samuel A. Okudzeto, Ghana; Kazuhiko Ozawa, Japan; Noraseth Pathmanand, Thailand; Themistocles A.C. Pinho, Brazil; Barry Rassin, Bahamas; and Barry E. Thompson, Australia.
Top five reasons to support The Rotary Foundation
By Antoinette Tuscano
Rotary International News -- 30 September 2010
By contributing to the Foundation, you advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Rotary Images
There are as many reasons to support The Rotary Foundation as there are ways to do good in the world.
By contributing to the Foundation, you help support the Foundation's six areas of focus, which help to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. By giving US$100 a year through the Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) initiative, you become a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member. Contributions to EREY are the primary source of funding for Foundation programs.
Here are a few ways your contributions are making change possible.
5. Fighting hunger
In Romania, orphans and sick children have eggs, milk, and meat because of a Foundation grant that benefits local farmers. The farmers are able to buy everything from animal feed to packaging materials. There is one stipulation: They must donate a portion of their products to children’s hospitals, schools, and orphanages.
In Alaska, USA, the Rotary Club of Anchorage East is also fighting hunger by distributing food to low-income families through a mobile food pantry.
Projects such as these help address the areas of focus of maternal and child health as well as economic and community development.
4. Reducing child mortality
The Rotary clubs of Jaela-Kandana, Western Province, Sri Lanka, and Madras Northwest, Tamil Nadu, India, are helping to reduce child mortality by providing improved sanitation facilities for 15 families in a small community in Sri Lanka. With a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant , the clubs have built 14 toilets, helping to prevent diarrhea and other diseases related to poor sanitation.
According to the World Health Organization, 1.8 million children die of diarrhea every year, making it the second leading cause of death among children under five. Proper sanitation can reduce the rate of child mortality in many communities by up to a third. Water and sanitation is the third area of focus.
3. Promoting peace and conflict resolution
Watching civil war tear apart his homeland of Côte d'Ivoire instilled in Rotary Peace Fellow Kouame Remi Oussou a passion to resolve conflict.
He is now working for the United Nations Development Programme in the Central African Republic, a country that weathered periodic internal fighting before a comprehensive peace accord took effect in 2007. Read more about Oussou .
Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders in promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and conflict resolution. Help support the Rotary Peace Centers . Peace and conflict prevention/resolution is the first area of focus. Read about four Rotary Peace Fellows and their visions for peace .
2. Basic education and literacy
Education helps rebuild lives, whether it's in small rural towns or in war-torn countries. For example, a literacy project sponsored by U.S. Rotarians in conjunction with the International Reading Association (IRA) is helping Sudanese refugees rebuild their communities by equipping them to teach future generations.
The Southern Sudan Teacher Training Initiative provides refugees of the country's decades-long civil war, who are known as the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan, with teacher training materials, guidance, and support to help them teach students in kindergarten through eighth grade. "People returning from refugee camps to rebuild their lives in Duk County are hungry for books and school supplies," says John Dau, a Lost Boy, humanitarian, and founder of the John Dau Foundation. Read more about the project .
1. Eradicating polio
Around the world, Rotarians are taking millions of steps in walkathons, diving into icy ocean waters, and participating in other fundraisers to help Rotary fulfill its promise to rid the world of polio. Si Burgher, of the Rotary Club of Bloomfield, Indiana, USA, raised almost $1,600 by having his shaggy eyebrows shaved.
Rotary launched its PolioPlus program in 1985. Since then, eradicating polio has been the organization's top priority. End Polio Now and help fulfill its promise.
What is your club known for?
Rotary International News -- 24 September 2010
Left: The Rotary clubs of Churchland-Portsmouth and Portsmouth, Virginia, USA, hold a barbecue networking event each year as their signature event. Photo courtesy of Bill Pollard Right: The Rotary Club of Malone, New York, funds projects through its annual spaghetti dinner. Photo courtesy of Martha Weaver
The Rotary Club of Greater Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA, holds an auction every year, raising money for scholarships to local universities and for The Rotary Foundation. For the past 20 years, the auction has been the activity that defines the club in the community.
The Rotary Club of Malone, New York, USA, has built a reputation out of its spaghetti dinners. "They always have a huge turnout and significant merchant support," notes Martha Weaver, a member of the club. "More than once, we have run out of spaghetti sauce."
For the Rotary Club of Calcutta Uptown, West Bengal, India, Rotary Foundation Matching Grant projects have been its signature in the rural areas of the Bengal region, helping provide eye care, computer centers for youth, and improved sanitation.
Developing signature activities that are visible in the community helps enhance the public image and awareness of Rotary, one of the priorities of the RI Strategic Plan. To encourage clubs to promote their own defining activities and to gather input from Rotarians, RI Vice President Thomas M. Thorfinnson recently moderated a discussion on Rotary International's official LinkedIn group.
RI directors will be moderating more discussions in the coming weeks, giving clubs a chance to share how their activities are helping to support the RI Strategic Plan. Join the discussion on LinkedIn.
"Surveys of Rotarians have made it clear to the Board that the vast majority of Rotarians want to be known for the good that we do. Signature activities or projects are a great way to make that happen," Thorfinnson says.
Mark Meyers, of the Rotary Club of Croydon South, Greater London, England, notes on LinkedIn that his club is known for its Christmas charity collection. "We organize a trailer with a sled on it and a public address system playing Christmas carols. Father Christmas encourages people to come out and greet their neighbors while club members circulate, asking for donations."
The Rotary Club of Strongsville, Ohio, USA, is known for its golf outing held in the middle of winter -- ice, snow, and all -- says club member Joseph Dzurilla. The Rotary Club of Delhi Vasant Valley, Delhi, India, creates awareness of Rotary through blood donation camps.
The Rotary clubs of Churchland-Portsmouth and Portsmouth, Virginia, USA, hold a barbecue networking event full of food, refreshments, and live entertainment. According to Bill Pollard, a member of the Churchland-Portsmouth club, about 3,000 people attend the event, with each club netting about $10,000 to support local projects and programs.
How does your club help support the goals of the strategic plan? Join the LinkedIn discussion.
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History of the Rotary World Magazine Press
Rotary International’s unique communications network has steadily grown throughout the century along with Rotary itself. It includes The Rotarian, the official English-language magazine, published at RI World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and about 31 Rotary World Magazine Press publications, which are independently produced in countries around the globe. The regional magazines are published in more than 20 languages and distributed in about 130 countries. They have a combined circulation of more than 775,000.
First regional magazine
The first regional magazine was started in Great Britain and Ireland in 1915, not long after The National Rotarian appeared. In the 1920s, a Rotary regional magazine in Australia became the predecessor to Rotary Down Under. This Australian magazine was the first regional publication to gain RI approval. Though regionals were published in several continental European countries in the 1920s and 1930s, they suspended publication during World War II.
The founders of three Latin American regional publications were Rotary leaders. El Rotario Péruano, the official regional magazine of Peru, was founded in 1933 by Fernando Carbajal Segura, RI president in 1942-43. The first editor of Rotarismo en México, founded in 1974, was Frank J. Devlyn, RI president in 2000-01. And the predecessor of Brasil Rotário, a bulletin called Notícias Rotárias that started in 1924, was edited by Joo Thomas Saboya e Silva, then president of the newly founded Rotary Club of Rio de Janeiro, which had been chartered a year earlier.
The magazines today
The Rotarian and the Rotary World Magazine Press enjoy a mutually cooperative and beneficial working relationship. Information is freely shared, as is expertise and help in the field. This system enables RI to distribute its message throughout the world. Articles and photographs from each monthly issue of The Rotarian are sent to the regionals, including the President's Message, material from Rotary Insider, and special features promoting the RI theme, Rotary and Rotary Foundation programs, and the international convention. Though the publications help promote RI’s mission, each magazine retains its individual identity, national flavor, and editorial freedom.
2009-11, Sri Lanka
Ravi Ravindran is CEO of a publicly listed company in the tea packaging industry and the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association. As national PolioPlus committee chair, Ravi headed a task force of representatives from Rotary, UNICEF, and the Sri Lankan government and worked closely with UNICEF to negotiate a cease-fire with northern militants during National Immunization Days. He chairs the Schools Reawaken project sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, which entails rebuilding more than 20 tsunami-devastated schools. A member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Ravi is a Major Donor and a recipient of The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. He has served as a Foundation trustee and an RI task force and committee member. Ravi and his wife, Vanathy, live in Kelaniya.
By Arnold R. Grahl
Rotary International News -- 14 June 2010
District governors Tanya Woff and Karlis Graubics at the base camp of Mount Everest. Photo Courtesy of Tanya Wolff
Hiking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2009 for Big Brothers Big Sisters gave District Governor Tanya Wolff a creative idea for raising money for The Rotary Foundation's Annual Programs Fund.
Wolff decided to organize a similar trip to the base camp of Mount Everest and challenge the Rotarians she met during her club visits in District 6330 (parts of Ontario, Canada, and Michigan, USA) to either join her or pony up donations for the Foundation.
On 17 April, Wolff; Karlis Graubics, governor of District 7600 (Virginia, USA); Eric Robinson, president–elect of the Rotary Club of Wiarton, Ontario; and his cousin Doug Robinson reached the base camp at 17,500 feet, having raised more than US$50,000 in pledges for the Annual Programs Fund through their website, www.everesttrek.org.
"It's an absolutely beautiful experience," recalls Graubics, 70, who underwent 11 weeks of endurance training to prepare. "At the same time, when I talk about the experience, I stay away from saying I had a ball. I did not have a ball. Nobody on that trip had a ball. It's something you determine to do, pace yourself, and do it."
Graubics, who says he is not a thrill-seeker, got on board after he and his wife hosted Wolff at their home so she could attend a training institute nearby. At first, Graubics wanted nothing to do with the idea.
"I said, 'You're 47. I am 70. You go, and tell me about it,'" he remembers. But days later, while listening to club presidents share their enthusiasm for projects at his district conference, "I thought to myself, 'You know, I haven't done anything really exciting this year.' I began thinking, 'Maybe this thing would be a good idea.'"
Pledges began coming in as soon as Graubics decided to consider the trek, and let the cat out of the bag. "My little comment started bringing in money. So I said, 'I think I better take a serious look at this.'"
For her part, Wolff describes herself as a wannabe runner. As a part-time employee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton, she helped coordinate the hike up Mount Kilimanjaro, during which 23 of the 24 participants made it to the summit
"I figured a smaller group might be able to raise between $25,000 and $30,000 for the Foundation," she says. "Most of the members I challenged laughed at the idea of seeing themselves huff and puff to nearly 18,000 feet. But I was determined to go, even if I was going alone."
Wolff selected Adventure Alternative to organize the trip because of its work with nonprofits. She says setting up a website for pledges through GiftTool was also instrumental in the effort’s success.
Once the idea was cemented, Wolff contacted Ratna Man Sakya, governor of District 3292 (Nepal), who invited the team to take part in the district's conference. Wolff and Graubics altered their schedule to attend and toured projects that international Rotarians had helped sponsor.
"Being able to attend the district conference while we were there was a big bonus," says Graubics. "When you are in Kathmandu on the street, you see how poor the place is, and you want to help."
He adds that he and Wolff plan to work with the clubs in Kathmandu on projects their districts can sponsor together.
The trip itself has helped energize his district, Graubics says.
"This was so beyond anything that had ever been done in my district. It's like a breath of fresh air," he says. "I cannot be prouder of my district and the way they are really stepping up."
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Russian delegates participating in a Open World program in April 2008, visit a museum in Denver, USA. Photo by Hardy Klahold
The Open World Program is a congressionally sponsored program that brings emerging leaders from Russia, Ukraine, and other Eurasian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Georgia and Moldova) to the United States in order to give them firsthand exposure to the American system of participatory democracy and free enterprise.
The program is administered by the Open World Leadership Center located at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The principles of accountability, transparency, and citizen involvement in government are among the concepts emphasized by the Open World Program.
Rotary International is proudly continuing its relationship with the Open World Leadership Center and serves as a local grantee/host organization with the U.S. Rotary clubs serving as local hosts for Open World delegations. RI has been participating in the Open World Program since its inception in 1999. In May 2008 James H. Billington, chair of the Open World Board of Trustees and Librarian of Congress, presented the 2008 Open World National Grantee of Merit Award to RI for excellent programming and hosting. Read more
Through Open World grants administered by Rotary International, clubs and districts in 47 states and District of Columbia have hosted more than 2,500 Open World participants and have introduced emerging Eurasian leaders to Amercian business processes, health fairs, political systems, and community life.
How hosting works
Each Open World delegation has six participants (five delegates and one facilitator). The duration of the program is eight days and nights (including one weekend).
Responsibilities of host clubs and districts include:
Civic themes and Rotary niche nominations
Open World civic hosting themes for Eurasian countries include accountable governance, rule of law, NGO development, and social services, education, and health care.
If your district or club is working with any of the Eurasian countries or would like to establish a relationship with a Eurasian country or a local club there, RI will nominate specific participants for your specialized delegation. This partnership presents a unique opportunity to facilitate existing relationships or establish new connections with the delegates.
If your club or district is interested in hosting a group of delegates from Russia, Ukraine, or other Open World countries, download and complete the Open World request form, and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 847-866-6116.
For more information, e-mail RI staff.
Learn more about the Open World Program.
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By Susan Hanf and Joe Derr
Rotary International News -- 17 August 2010
The Rotary emblem, unchanged since 1924, was redesigned many times in the early years of the organization.
In 1905, Montague M. Bear, an engraver and member of the Rotary Club of Chicago, sketched a wagon wheel with 13 spokes. When fellow club members began to complain that the design was static and lifeless, Bear added flourishes that made the wheel appear to ride on a bed of clouds. Unfortunately, some members felt the clouds looked like dust, defying the laws of gravity by being kicked up on both sides of the wheel.
Bear responded by superimposing a banner with the words Rotary Club over the clouds.
In 1911, Secretary Chesley R. Perry recommended that “action be taken by the National Association to establish the wheel as the basic part of the emblem of every Rotary club.” Clubs were invited to submit designs to an emblem committee before the 1912 convention in Duluth, Minnesota.
The Duluth convention provided some definition. “The emblem consists of the basic principle of a wheel with gears cut on the outer edge. … The spokes are to be so designed as to indicate strength; the object of the gears … being twofold; to relieve the plainness of the design, and … symbolize power.”
The word Rotary appeared at the top and International Association at the bottom. Clubs were encouraged to use a similar design, placing the name of their city at the bottom in place of International Association. The number of spokes and cogs was unspecified.
As a result, numerous variations on the emblem were in use by 1918. The Board appointed Charles Mackintosh, of the Rotary Club of Chicago, and Oscar Bjorge, of the Rotary Club of Duluth, to the Special Committee to Standardize the Rotary Emblem.
Bjorge drafted an emblem with six spokes and 24 cogs, giving it a sturdy appearance. In this design, the number of teeth and spokes was intended to reflect a real, working gearwheel, and not any aspect of Rotary's history.
In November 1919, the Board adopted Bjorge’s design and a detailed description, and the 1921 convention formally approved them. For many years, descriptions of the emblem simply referred to a 1920 article in The Rotarian, “Redesigning the Rotary Wheel,” which announced the Board’s decision.
By 1924, Bjorge’s design had been modified to include a keyway. This addition has been attributed to Will R. Forker, of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles. He was reported to have said Bjorge’s design made no provision for the transfer of power to or from a shaft, rendering the wheel idle. Forker perceived Rotary as a “living force,” and inserting a keyway into the hub made the new wheel a “real worker.”
In January 1924, the Board formally approved the emblem that was then in use. Not all written descriptions were updated immediately, however. To clear up any confusion caused by the various decisions about the emblem between 1912 and 1929, a standard description of the existing design, with a keyway, was approved by the 1929 convention.
The Rotary emblem, like Rotary’s name and other logos, is a registered trademark. Clubs, districts, and Rotary Entities are welcome to use the Rotary emblem subject to the guidelines for the use of the Rotary Marks as set forth by the RI Board of Directors. These guidelines govern the use of the Rotary Marks on all merchandise, promotional materials, and publications, including domain names and websites. For more informaiton:
Paul Harris, circa 1915. Rotary Images
Rotary International News -- 27 July 2010
In 1916, Rotary founder Paul Harris shared his thoughts about the organization in an article titled "The Future of Rotary," published in The Rotarian.
Addressing the Rotary world, Harris concluded the short piece with wishes for the new year. As the 2010-11 Rotary year begins, consider his words:
I wish you all of the prosperity which your good deeds merit.
May all things you ought have be yours.
May your charities rank among your necessary expenditures.
May you not fall into the popular error of thinking that happiness is to be found in outdoing your neighbors.
May it always be yours to look beneath the veneer of life to the solid substance which lies beneath.
May you be builders, not mere climbers.
May you be able to appraise life's blessings at their real worth.
May you be free to act in accordance with the dictates of your own conscience and good judgment.
May you not be slaves to meaningless customs, social or otherwise.
May you shun the groove followers.
May you have vision to discern the right and health, strength and will to do it.
That is to say, I wish you a happy New Year.
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The family of Rotary extends beyond individual Rotarians and Rotary clubs to include other service-minded people who help with the organization's work. Groups such as Rotaract, Interact, and Rotary Community Corps serve side by side with sponsor clubs, using their diverse skills to improve the quality of life in their communities. Below are some of the latest statistics available, as of 31 May. (*as of 30 June)
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District Governor S White
A native of North Carolina, Sylvia lived in Charlotte for 36 years where she began her banking profession with North Carolina National Bank now know as Bank of America. She moved to Jackson, Mississippi prior to relocating to Tallahassee, Florida in 1980 where she began her career with Capital City Bank.
After graduating with honors from Tallahassee Community College, she attended Florida State University. In 1999 she graduated from the University of Florida, Florida School of Banking where she was elected president of her class.
Sylvia was invited to join the Capital Rotary Club of Tallahassee in 1996, where she has served her club as President, Secretary and Committee Chair and in 2001 she was acknowledged as Rotarian of the year. With the beginning of the 2007-08 Rotary Year it ushered in the completion of three successful years as Assistant Governor for Area 6, which was comprised of eight very victorious clubs. She has served her District by hosting the Youth Student Exchange to Germany for parents and Rotarians, the Tallahassee and surrounding areas Membership Seminar, and she planned and hosted a cocktail party in 2004 for the five Ambassadorial Scholars attending Florida State University. She also has served her District as Logistics Coordinator for the 2007 District Conference as well as being the Group Study Exchange Coordinator for Area 6 while hosting her second GSE team member. In 2004-05 she was the District Conference Committee Secretary, as well as the District Family of Rotary Coordinator along with leading the Family of Rotary breakout session. From 2001 until 2004, she served on the District Fund Committee representing medium size clubs. Sylvia is a Paul Harris Fellow, Sustaining member and a Benefactor.
She has served her community as President of The Salvation Army Advisory Board, and as a prior board member of The United Way of the Big Bend, serving on the allocation committee as well as being the campaign division leader for the finance division. Since 1988, she has been a member of the Tallahassee Community Chorus. She is a 1999 graduate of Leadership Tallahassee, where she was elected president of her class. She is active in her church where she teaches Sunday School and is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Sylvia has two adult children. She enjoys travel, choral singing, and birding.
Historic moments -- Rotary mottoes
Arthur Frederick Sheldon, the Rotarian whose convention speech
inspired Rotary's secondary motto, One Profits Most Who Serves Best.
R otary’s official mottoes, Service Above Self and One Profits Most Who Serves Best, trace back to the early days of the organization.
In 1911, He Profits Most Who Serves Best was approved as the Rotary motto at the second convention of the National Association of Rotary Clubs of America, in Portland, Oregon. It was adapted from a speech made by Rotarian Arthur Frederick Sheldon to the first convention, held in Chicago the previous year. Sheldon declared that "only the science of right conduct toward others pays. Business is the science of human services. He profits most who serves his fellows best."
The Portland convention also inspired the motto Service Above Self. During a convention outing on the Columbia River, Ben Collins, president of the Rotary Club of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, talked with Seattle Rotarian J.E. Pinkham about the proper way to organize a Rotary club, offering the principle his club had adopted: Service, Not Self. Pinkham invited Paul P. Harris, who also was on the boat trip, to join their conversation. Harris asked Collins to address the convention, and the phrase Service, Not Self was met with great enthusiasm.
At the 1950 RI Convention in Detroit, slightly modified versions of the two slogans were formally approved as the official mottoes of Rotary: He Profits Most Who Serves Best and Service Above Self. The 1989 Council on Legislation established Service Above Self as the principal motto of Rotary, because it best conveys the philosophy of unselfish volunteer service. He Profits Most Who Serves Best was modified by the 2004 Council to They Profit Most Who Serve Best and by the 2010 Council to its current wording, One Profits Most Who Serves Best.
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Rotary Friendship Exchange
A group of Japanese Rotarians renew old friendships made at an RI Convention with club members from Australia. Italian Rotarian parents of a former Rotary Youth Exchange student spend time with the family who hosted their son in Thailand. Rotarian pediatricians from Ghana travel to Germany to stay with doctors there.
Experiences like these happen all the time through Rotary Friendship Exchange, Rotary’s international exchange program for Rotarians and their families. Participants experience other cultures and build friendships by staying in the homes of Rotary club members in another country. This program advances international understanding and peace through personal contact across borders while developing interclub relationships that lead to fellowship and service projects. How it works
Types of Friendship Exchanges
Download the Rotary Friendship Exchange Handbook for more information.
Find exchange partners with the Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) Matching Board (PDF).
Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution
R otary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.
Download the 2011 application PDF / Word
Visit the Rotary peace center's Facebook page or contribute on the causes page.
Embed the Building Peace video from RI's YouTube channel.
Learn about the Rotary Peace Centers
Fellows are chosen from countries and cultures around the globe based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace and conflict resolution during their careers. Learn more about program eligibility and deadlines.
Eric E. Adamson
Eric E. Adamson is a retired private practice attorney. He is a 33-year member of the Rotary Club of Front Royal in Virginia, has served RI as International Assembly instructor, Constitution and Bylaws Committee chair, Council on Legislation delegate and member at large, president’s representative, district governor, and zone adviser to The Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund and Permanent Fund. He has also chaired his district’s RYLA and PolioPlus committees and served as Group Study Exchange team leader to Argentina. Eric has received The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and the RI Service Above Self Award. He and his wife, Linda, are Bequest Society members and Major Donors to the Foundation. [Spouse: Linda]
Global Networking Groups
Overview of the program
Global Networking Groups allow individual Rotarians from several countries to join together to focus on common interests. Through these groups, you can
There are two types of Global Networking Groups: Rotary Fellowships and Rotarian Action Groups.
Rotary Fellowships offer Rotarians the opportunity to make friends with others in Rotary who share a common vocation, hobby, or recreational interest. Read more about Rotary Fellowships in the Rotary Fellowships Handbook (PDF).
View complete list of Rotary Fellowships.
Rotarian Action Groups
Rotarian Action Groups conduct international service projects that further the Object of Rotary. If you’re interested in supporting a particular type of service activity, there may be a Rotarian Action Group for you. Learn more about Rotary’s service opportunities.
View a complete list of Rotarian Action Groups. How to join
How to organize a new Global Networking Group
Forming a new Global Networking Group requires time-intensive, long-range planning and deliberate outreach to Rotarian colleagues. But as Rotarians who’ve established a group will attest, the effort is worthwhile.
Before preparing a proposal, you’ll need to determine whether your proposed group would be a Rotary Fellowship or a Rotarian Action Group. Consult the Rotary Fellowships Handbook for guidance.
To receive official recognition for a group, you must submit a formal request (PDF) to RI.
Suggested Global Networking Groups posting board
Global Networking Groups discussion forum
Rotary Fellowships E-Learning PowerPoint presentation
Future Vision Plan overview
In anticipation of The Rotary Foundation’s 100-year anniversary in 2017, the Trustees set out to develop a plan to move the Foundation toward its second century of service.
The Foundation has made only slight modifications to its programs since its inception and the Trustees sought input from a wide variety of stakeholders through interviews, surveys, focus groups, and input sessions in developing the Future Vision Plan. The plan updates the Foundation’s mission and creates a more effective and efficient way to help Rotarians develop diverse projects with greater impact and sustainable outcomes.
– Robert S. Scott, 2007-08 Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
The Foundation's new mission, along with its new motto – Doing Good in the World – were approved by the Foundation Trustees and the RI Board and endorsed by the Council on Legislation.
The Future Vision Plan is designed to
Learn more about the Future Vision Plan
What Rotarians get out of Rotary depends largely on what they put into it. Many membership requirements are designed to help club members more fully participate in and enjoy their Rotary experience.
Attending weekly club meetings allows members to enjoy fellowship, enrich their professional and personal knowledge, and meet other business leaders in their community.
If members miss a meeting of their own club, they’re encouraged to expand their Rotary horizons by attending a meeting of any other Rotary club in the world.
By participating in local and international service projects, club members can volunteer their time and talents where they’re most needed.
The four Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based:
Read more about Rotary fellowship and service.
Finding and keeping members
To keep clubs strong, every Rotarian must share the responsibility of bringing new people into Rotary. Even new members can bring guests to club meetings or invite them to participate in a service project.
Keeping members involved in Rotary is another responsibility. Fostering strong fellowship and encouraging early participation in service projects are two of the best ways to sustain a club’s membership.
Club members are required to pay annual dues to their clubs, districts, and Rotary International, as well as the subscription fee to the appropriate Rotary magazine.
Club members are encouraged to volunteer for leadership roles at the club level and beyond. To learn more about leadership opportunities in your district, see the district leadership seminar page and the club committees page.
Three keys to ensuring ethical behavior in the workplace
A 2009 article in Forbes magazine on leadership suggests that ethical business practices depend on three things: honesty in use of language, insistence on proper behavior, and a refusal to allow for gray areas.
1) Use honest language. “One of the most important things a leader can impart to his or her organization is an honest and explicit use of language.” Expose the unethical consequences that may be concealed in such euphemisms as “strategic business practices” and “competitive advantage.” Use your power of language to make a clear statement of your ethical position.
2) Insist on proper behavior. “Behavior results from values, yes. But values can result from behavior too.” Make ethical practices a standard component of your employees’ performance expectations to help them develop and strengthen their personal integrity.
3) Refuse to allow for gray areas. “While moral absolutism may sound like an archaic and austere concept, . . . it’s exactly what is needed to establish a clear, strong, unwavering voice for doing the right thing.”
Mendhro, Umaimah, and Abhinav Sinha. 2009. Three keys to staying ethical in the age of Madoff. Forbes, 6 February. www.forbes.com/2009/02/06/ethics-corruption-india-leadership-corruption09_0209_mendhro.html
Rotarians find innovative ways to fund projects
By Antoinette Tuscano
Rotary International News -- 5 February 2010
The Rotary Club of Antananarivo-Ainga, Madagascar, launched a project to supply fresh water for a village of 700, with support from Aquasure France, the Rotary Club of Saint-Etienne Horizon, Loire, France, and The Rotary Foundation. The Matching Grant project included nearly US$4,000 in DDF from District 1710 (France). Photo by Lova Ravoniarijaona
In today's turbulent economy, Rotarians are finding innovative ways to finance humanitarian efforts by making use of their District Designated Fund (DDF) for grant projects and partnering with other Rotary clubs and organizations.
"I feel the current environment has brought a new creativity and incentive to cooperate and collaborate," said Judith Slawny, treasurer of District 6270 (Wisconsin, USA), in RI's LinkedIn discussion group.
Richard Panyik, the regional Rotary Foundation coordinator for Zone 34, which covers the Caribbean and the U.S. states of Florida and Georgia, said district governors should encourage the use of the District Designated Fund.
"The DDF is just sitting in [bank accounts], not doing the community any good," he said.
Even though The Rotary Foundation's Matching Grant budget is fully committed for this year, clubs and districts can still fund projects to meet community needs using DDF. Use of the fund requires a Matching Grant application. But grant sponsors pledge cash and DDF contributions on the application in place of any award from the World Fund.
Larry Levenson, a member of the Rotary E-club of the Southwest, Arizona, USA, said his club used DDF allocations to help fund a Matching Grant project with a club in Rajkot, India, to replace diesel water pumps with ones that run on wind power. In a LinkedIn discussion, Levenson explained how the pumps pull water from the sea; after the water evaporates, workers sell the sea salts as their sole source of income, at about US$2 a day. In the past, the workers had to spend half their income on fuel and repairs for the pumps.
The Caribbean Partnership, which began in the 2006-07 Rotary year with the help of Past RI Director Milton Jones, is another example of clubs pooling DDF allocations for grant projects, in cooperation with Rotaract and Interact clubs. The partnership encompasses about 800 Caribbean and U.S. Rotary clubs from zones 33 and 34 that work together on humanitarian projects.
Past District Governor J.V. Vlass, chair-elect of the partnership, said clubs from other parts of the world are welcome to join. To get the collaboration going, he talked about it every chance he got, he said. Rotarians quickly understood "we're all in the family of Rotary. We're in this together," he explained.
Vlass said the partnership is a two-way street, with clubs in the Caribbean helping clubs in the United States and vice versa.
Clubs and districts should contact their district governor about using their DDF to get involved in community projects.
Giving to the Annual Programs Fund through Every Rotarian, Every Year, is the best way to expand the availability of Matching Grants in future years.
Foundation honors two couples for major gifts
By Ryan Hyland
Rotary International News -- 20 April 2010
Top: RI Director Masahiro Kuroda and his wife, Michiko, were inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society on 26 January. Photo by Cindy Fandl/Fandl Photography. Bottom: Carl Chinnery, past governor of District 6040, was inducted into the society on 16 March. Rotary Images
Two Rotarian couples were recently inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society, which honors people who give at least US$250,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
RI Director Masahiro Kuroda and his wife, Michiko, were inducted on 26 January, and Carl and Jean Chinnery became members on 16 March. Their commitment was recognized at RI World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and their portraits now hang in the Arch C. Klumph Gallery on the 17th floor.
Kuroda, a surgeon and director of the Kuroda Internal and Gastrointestinal Medicine Clinic, joined Rotary in 1978 as a member of the Rotary Club of Hachinohe South, Aomori, Japan.
Michiko and the couple's three children are all physicians. When Kuroda travels on Rotary business, they assist at the family's medical clinic.
He says it was a goal for him and Michiko to become Arch C. Klumph Society members.
"The reason we make contributions to the Foundation is to support the organization of Rotary and the services they provide that ultimately advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace," says Kuroda. "We are most grateful to our family and friends, as this is only possible with their support."
Kuroda established an Interact club at Hachinohe High School and served as district Interact chair. He also served as secretary for the seventh Rotary Japan-Korea Friendship Meeting and helped form the Rotary Club of Pohang South, Gyeongsangbug, Korea. He and his wife are generous supporters of PolioPlus, the Annual Programs Fund, and the Permanent Fund. Carl and Jean Chinnery
Carl Chinnery, a 2010-11 regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, has a personal connection to Rotary's campaign to eradicate polio: He and his four brothers contracted the disease in the 1940s. His oldest brother died within days of being diagnosed with polio, and another was confined to an iron lung.
"When Rotary launched its polio eradication campaign in 1985, it brought back memories of the hardship polio took on my family. It flooded my life again, but in a positive way. I wanted to do my part to help Rotary," says Chinnery, past governor of District 6040 (Missouri, USA) and a member of the Rotary Club of Lee's Summit. "I have no doubt polio will be eradicated. There has been incredible success."
Chinnery served as PolioPlus subcommittee chair for his district and has been a member of The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus Task Force since 2003. He is a recipient of the Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and District 6040's Humanitarian Award for Polio Eradication.
A lawyer at Chinnery, Evans & Nail P.C., Chinnery also serves as president of a number of community organizations, including Children's Mercy Hospital Planned Giving and the Truman Medical Center Philanthropy Board. He also has been president of the Lee's Summit school district, economic development council, and chamber of commerce.
Chinnery says he and his wife donate to the Foundation because it has the best resources to help the world.
"The Foundation is successful because it keeps costs down and projects up," he says. "Rotarians are volunteers of these projects. Rotary is so much more when Rotarians get involved and can donate to the Foundation to keep important projects worldwide going." For more information:
* Learn more about the mission of The Rotary Foundation
* Learn more about recognition for individual and club donations
* Read about other Arch C. Klumph Society inductees
Historic Moments -- How the Council has evolved
Frank Mulholland, chair of the 1948 Council on Legislation, speaks during the International Convention in Rio de Janeiro. Rotary Images Rotary International on Facebook
In the 76 years of its existence, the Council on Legislation has evolved from a single plenary session at the international convention to an autonomous legislative entity.
The Council was created by the 1933 convention to serve as an “advisory body” to assist with the review of enactments and resolutions proposed at the annual convention.
It first convened as part of the 1934 convention, as Rotarians struggled with a worldwide recession, threats to world peace, and rising unemployment.
By 1954, the Council was well established. At that year's convention, Rotarians decided to allow for longer intervals between legislative sessions and adopted a biennial framework for voting upon enactments and resolutions. The next deliberations were held at the 1956 convention.
The 1970 convention further modified Rotary International’s legislative process when it decided that the Council should no longer serve in an advisory capacity, but instead become RI’s official legislative body, considering proposals to amend the RI Constitution and Bylaws and the Standard Rotary Club Constitution. Four years later, delegates decided that the Council would meet triennially, still in conjunction with the convention. Finally, in 1977, the Council adopted an enactment to meet independently of the convention.
Technological advances have also had a profound impact on the Council. In the 1970s, delegates sported large headphones to follow the proceedings in their own language. Today's delegates have access to compact simultaneous interpretation equipment. The use of a single interpreter has given way to multiple interpreters working out of booths on the side of the Council chambers. Electronic voting was introduced in 2001.
Over the decades, the Council has debated and weighed virtually every nuance of RI policy and every detail of membership and attendance rules. While individual Rotarians may not always agree with its decisions, one thing is clear: The Council is Rotary's primary agent for change, allowing the organization to evaluate its relevance in today's rapidly evolving world, reflecting shifts in lifestyles, priorities, technology, and business.
The RI Strategic Plan
Strategic planning helps organizations develop a long-range vision and establish goals. At Rotary International, it is a continual and evolving process, regularly monitored by the Strategic Planning Committee and the RI Board of Directors.
Rotary founder Paul Harris
In 2009, the Board conducted an extensive review of the RI Strategic Plan. This review included surveying 14,000 Rotarians worldwide about the organization’s priorities, conducting focus groups to assess Rotary’s image in different countries, and analyzing other data and research. The revised plan, effective 1 July 2010, reflects the results of this research and also unifies the strategic direction of RI and The Rotary Foundation.
Clubs and districts can use the three priorities in the RI Strategic Plan as a basis for developing their own plans, tailoring them to their size, the varied skills of their membership, and the needs of the communities in which they serve.
Read more about the core values.
Download the Strategic Planning Guide (PDF)
Download the Club Leadership Plan (PDF)
Download a Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs (Word)
Download the District Planning Guide (Word)
Download the latest Zone Institute Update (PowerPoint) for more information on strategic planning.
RI Strategic Plan (PDF)
RI Core Values (PDF)
RI Strategic Plan poster (PDF)
Message from the chair
According to one recent study, charitable giving is at its lowest level in 50 years when adjusted for inflation. Eight-six percent of nonprofits reported a decline in giving in 2009. At a time when humanitarian needs are escalating rapidly, the resources to meet those needs are diminishing.
Fortunately, Rotarians are by nature a very generous group. Despite a worldwide economic recession, donations to the Annual Programs Fund in 2008-09 were the third highest in our history.
Rotarians continue to support the Annual Programs Fund as well as the goal of meeting Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge to ensure polio eradication. In addition, we are working to secure The Rotary Foundation’s future by building up our Permanent Fund, and we are striving to strengthen our peace efforts through our Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution.
It may seem like a lot to ask, and I wish I could tell you that your contributions to these efforts will cure all the world’s ills. What I can tell you is what will happen if our Foundation does not have sufficient resources to support your worthy projects: Polio will continue to cripple far too many children. Disease will spread more rapidly as fewer people have access to clean water and sanitation facilities. Countless women and girls will never learn how to read. And poverty, disease, and illiteracy will persist in undermining our work toward peace in the world.
The Rotary Foundation belongs to all of us. It is our greatest resource for doing good, and it is our responsibility to maintain its strength. I hope every Rotarian will join us by making a contribution to support the Foundation’s programs this year.
Glenn E. Estess Sr.
Foundation Trustee Chair
Read the chair's biography.
There are twenty-five (25) members of the 2009-2010 College of Governors.
Visit the Rotary International District 6940 College of Governors web page to find out who these outstanding Rotarians are and when they served as District Governor.
By Ryan Hyland
Rotary International News -- 24 March 2010
Joan and Past RI President Wilfrid J. Wilkinson. Rotary Images
Joan Wilkinson, wife of Rotary Foundation Trustee and 2007-08 RI President Wilfrid J. Wilkinson, died on 22 March. She was 78.
Joan, of Trenton, Ontario, Canada, was a founding member of the Inner Wheel Club of Trenton and served in all of its offices, including president. She was an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Trenton.
"Joan was an outstanding first lady. She was deeply devoted to Wilf, her family, and to Rotary," says Foundation Trustee Vice Chair John F. Germ, who served as aide to the president in 2007-08. "I don't think she ever met a stranger, because she considered everyone she came across as a friend. She went out of her way to meet people and make them feel at home."
After graduating high school, where she met her husband, Joan worked in the statistician's office of the Bell Telephone Company of Canada. During her youth, she was active in the Girl Guides of Canada.
Joan was a fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, and Hastings Manor senior citizens home. She was also a provincial board of inquiry member and was active in the Trenton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Trenton Memorial Library. She worked with local children in need and became the first chair of the Dufferin Street Preschool.
Visitation will take place 25-26 March at Rushnell Funeral Centre, 60 Division St., Trenton. Funeral services will be held on 27 March at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Dundas St. W. and Queen St., Trenton.
Joan is survived by her husband and their sons, Stephen, Bill, Peter, and John. In lieu of flowers, Wilf Wilkinson asks that contributions be made to The Rotary Foundation in his wife's name.
Rotary International News -- 4 March 2010
Every Rotarian can directly support Rotary's membership growth and retention.
During its June meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new membership slogan, " Each Rotarian: Reach One, Keep One ." The slogan emphasizes the importance of both recruitment and retention in sustaining and increasing membership.
To support this strategy, RI administers a web-based program designed to assist clubs and districts with identifying prospective members and to place relocating or former Rotarians in new clubs. Every Rotarian can directly support Rotary's membership growth and retention by using the membership referral and Rotarian relocation forms.
The membership referral form is for Rotarians wishing to recommend a qualified friend, family member, or business associate as a potential candidate for membership in a Rotary club other than their own.
Rotarians who are moving or have moved and can't remain in their current club can submit the relocation form to learn more about clubs in their new area. Club secretaries and other club members should remind relocating club members to complete the form to request assistance becoming acquainted with clubs in their destination city.
Once the forms are submitted, RI staff reviews them and sends valid, complete forms to district governors and/or district membership chairs for evaluation and further action. Potential members are either directly contacted by district governors or district membership chairs or referred to the appropriate club president for follow up. Rotarians have been enthusiastic about leads from the program.
"This is a wonderful membership recruitment tool," says Matthew J. Salatino, past president of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg A.M., Illinois, USA.
District Governor Georgia Medori, of the Rotary Club of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, USA, agrees. In one day, she received two prospective member inquiries through RI's membership program. "Outstanding! Keep those e-mails coming," Medori says.
Help Rotarians learn about RI's membership program by placing a banner ad on your club or district's website or blog. These ads direct prospective members, relocating Rotarians, and current members to the appropriate form on RI's website.
Don't let great candidates for membership pass you by. Encourage club members to become familiar with Rotary's membership program to enhance your club and district membership efforts.
For more information, see Your Club, the District, and Rotary International: Partners in Membership Development
RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
April 15-18, 2010
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RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) is a leadership camp directed at sophomores in high schools across the country that helps personal development through leadership-and ethics-designed activities. This 3-day camp can change any and all of their lives also by building friendships that last as long as the characteristics they'll enhance.
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And, please MAIL your completed RYLA forms to
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Tallahassee FL 32308
For more information please contact this year's RYLA District Chair, Tyler Huston from Tallahassee Sunrise Rotary Club at email@example.com
The Four-Way Test dissected
By Arnold R. Grahl
Rotary International News -- 2 March 2010
Herbert Taylor with The Four-Way Test. Rotary Images
In 1932, Herbert J. Taylor wrote down four questions on a small white piece of paper to serve as an "ethical yardstick" for his employees.
His simple creation has come to be known as The Four-Way Test. Revered by Rotarians, it has been translated into more than 100 languages and recited weekly at club meetings around the globe.
When Merv Hecht, a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, California, USA, challenged the notions behind the test as unrealistic and impractical in today's world, his letter in the December 2009 issue of The Rotarian prompted a flood of responses, many in defense of the test.
"Is it the TRUTH? The truth is variable," Hecht writes in his letter, reflecting on the first tenet of the test. "It used to be the 'truth' that the world was flat. And if you didn't accept that truth, you were burned at the stake. Then for many years it was taught that the world was round. Now they say it's elliptical because of the pull of gravity. Which is true?" He goes on to argue that what is fair for some is seldom fair for all, and that the final two points of the test are "not the way the world works." ( Read the full letter. )
Hecht says he is surprised by the response his letter has received. "It was a spur-of-the-moment letter, but in thinking about it now, I think it's a reaction to the black-and-white attitude that is permeating our society," he says. "Absolutism is dividing our fellow Americans as well as our international friends. The Four-Way Test is another of these absolutes that fails to train people to see the grays in social relationships. Perhaps Rotary, one of my very favorite organizations, could be improved with a new Four-Way Test that includes an openness to other points of view."
Below are a few of the many responses that have poured into The Rotarian 's mailbox.
Dale Bailey, of San Diego, California, USA, agrees with Hecht: "You're right -- The Four-Way Test is obsolete. We now live in a world where absolutes only erode our freedoms. Truth is now only that which benefits the bearer."
John Collier, president-elect of the Rotary Club of West U (Houston), Texas, USA, writes: "If I am committed to the truth, I do not deceive people. I am transparent. I am committed to full disclosure and the truth as I know it, because deception is a practice that tries to persuade someone to believe a lie."
Marsha Doyle, treasurer of the Rotary Club of Lamar, Missouri, USA, responds: "The Four-Way Test isn't supposed to be easy. I believe it is supposed to make one think hard and search to the heart of every matter to ensure that the one asking is diligently seeking integrity. We try and fail now and then, but we try. We succeed far more often. Rotary should continue to promote the test as a standard to which all persons of integrity and goodwill can aspire."
George Paden, a member of the Rotary Club of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, USA, and district Rotary Peace Fellowships chair, says: "I respectfully submit that 'this is not the way the world works' is precisely the reason every member of Rotary should totally embrace the principles set forth in our Four-Way Test. Rotarians do not work the way the world works. Rotarians are not people who are motivated by what's-in-it-for-me or what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kinds of thinking."
Connie Cockcroft, president of the Rotary Club of Athens, Pennsylvania, USA, writes: "The Four-Way Test is the purest, most humble way to gauge the ethics of our professions."
For more information:
Learn more about Rotary's guiding principles
Read about Herbert Taylor and The Four-Way Test in the August 2009 The Rotarian
Read a new look at global ethics and The Four-Way Test by RI Director Lars-Olof Fredriksson
Listen to Herb Taylor talk about The Four Way Test.
My fellow Rotarians,
Preparations for our convention in Montréal, Québec, Canada, 20-23 June, are well underway, and we are fast approaching the 31 March deadline for lower registration fees. I can think of many reasons to attend a Rotary International Convention – interesting speakers, exciting entertainment, and a chance to visit a fascinating city, to name a few. Yet as compelling as these incentives may be, they are not why I have attended almost every convention since my first one in 1984. The main reason I look forward to this annual event is the opportunity it affords to reunite with my Rotary friends and meet so many new ones.
In many ways, our convention is Rotary at its best: Rotarians coming together to enjoy congenial fellowship while discussing the more serious business of service. We will, no doubt, be inspired by our speakers, including Greg Mortenson, author of the best-selling book Three Cups of Tea; Jo Luck, CEO of Heifer International; and country music singer Dolly Parton, who will be talking about her other great interests, children’s literacy and the Imagination Library. And we will learn about many facets of Rotary and our Rotary Foundation in the various workshops planned. In between these events, we can build new Rotary friendships over coffee in the House of Friendship or dinner at one of Montréal’s celebrated restaurants.
It has been said many times that you cannot truly appreciate the internationality of Rotary until you attend a convention. In Montréal this June, we expect to welcome Rotarians from more than 100 countries. We may be speaking dozens of different languages, but I know that all of us will be eager to communicate as best we can – with words, smiles, and laughter – effectively bridging any cultural or linguistic differences.
The convention is a time to celebrate the achievements of the past year, but it is also a time to plan for the future. In Rotary, we do not look at all that we have accomplished and say, “That’s enough.” No, we use our successes as a springboard to do more. I encourage you to join June and me in Montréal and to use this opportunity to identify new service partners, get innovative project ideas, and renew your enthusiasm for Rotary. Much work remains to be done – both in this Rotary year and the next. The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands, and a Rotary convention is the ideal place to come together and formulate your plans.
President, Rotary International
By Arnold R. Grahl
Rotary International News -- 10 February 2010
Rotarians have been extolling the virtues of wearing a Rotary pin on RI's official LinkedIn group. Pins come in many designs, including this one from vendor Russell-Hampton. See a full list of official RI licensed vendors. Photo courtesy of Russell-Hampton
Luanne Triolo was several weeks into a challenge to wear her Rotary pin for 60 days straight when she realized she had missed a day.
So the 2009-10 president of the Rotary Club of Carol Stream, Illinois, USA, started all over again to meet the challenge William Ferreira, governor of District 6440, had set before all his club presidents.
"You get used to it. It's something that is really good to do," says Triolo. "Different pins do catch people's eye in different ways."
Many Rotarians are serious about wearing their Rotary pins. Eugene Beil, past governor of District 6950 (Florida, USA) and a member of the Rotary Club of Hudson, tapped into that dedication recently when he started a discussion thread on RI's official LinkedIn group, asking Rotarians whether they wear their pins every day or just for meetings. The discussion has prompted more than 190 comments.
"I am happy with the feedback," Beil says. "I feel strongly about the value of wearing the pin every day. Whether you are at the grocery store, at work, or anywhere, you never know when a stranger is going to notice and you have an opportunity to explain Rotary to them."
Tony Quinn, governor of District 1200 (England), notes on the LinkedIn thread that Rotarians agree to wear their pins at all times when they are inducted.
"Remember what Past RI President Bob Barth had to say," Quinn notes. "He said that a Rotary pin should say this about the wearer: 'You can rely on me, I am dependable, I am reliable, I give more than I take, and I am available.' I can't think of a better reason to wear it at all time."
Many shapes and sizes
Triolo says her favorite Rotary pin depicts several women with their arms raised in the air, with the Rotary emblem on the side, available through the vendor Russell-Hampton. (See a full list of official RI licensed vendors.) She says she likes to look for new pins at presidents-elect training seminars, club officer trainings, and district conferences. "There are even magnetic ones for people who don't want to stick a pin through their clothing."
Claudiu Presecan, a member of the Rotary Club of Cluj-Napoca Cetatuie, Romania, notes that Rotary was forbidden in his country during the 50 years of communist rule. "It's a pin we can wear now in Romania too. I guess only when you are forced to stop wearing it you realize its true significance."
Daniel Romanchik, a member of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, says the LinkedIn discussion has convinced him to wear his pin more often. He is particularly drawn to RI theme pins.
Lisa Hunter, president of the Rotaract Club of Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, says she always wears her Rotaract pin with pride. "Like many others, I keep a variety of different pins in my bag so I always have the right one to suit the occasion," she says.
Do you wear your Rotary pin every day? Have you struck up a conversation with strangers about Rotary as a result? Join the discussion on RI's official LinkedIn group.
02-17-10 - What are the Rotary Peace Centers?
ROTARY PEACE CENTERS
Rotary Peace Centers Update
Rotary International News -- 3 February 2010
In October, The Rotary Foundation's Rotary Peace Centers Committee selected 90 new peace fellows who were confirmed by the Board of Trustees. The committee also voted to put into motion new items that affect the Rotary Peace Centers.
Nomenclature: As you might have noticed, we have a new name! The committee voted to change the colloquial name from Rotary Centers to Rotary Peace Centers. The full and formal name will continue as Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution. However, when referring to the program it is now Rotary Peace Centers and fellows are now Rotary Peace Fellows.
Admissions: The committee voted that a minimum of three years must pass between the date of completion of a candidate’s Ambassadorial Scholarship, and the date of application for a Rotary Peace Fellowship (master’s degree).
This three-year wait is also true for any Rotary Peace Fellow who participated in the short-term certificate program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. They too must wait a full three years before applying to an MA program.
Another important decision that affects the fellowship is that NO fellow who has been awarded a master’s degree through the Rotary Peace Fellow program will be eligible for the short-term certificate program at Chulalongkorn University. However, a fellow who participated in the certificate program is eligible for the for a master’s program (after the three-year wait).
Applications: The committee voted for applicants to choose between the certificate program and the master’s program. Applicants can no longer seek admission to both programs simultaneously. Only one application is allowed per applicant; therefore, an applicant cannot have one application for the certificate program and another for the master’s program. There is a new 2011 application available on the Rotary Peace Centers website. Moving forward we will no longer accept outdated applications; please advise any interested applicant to obtain the latest edition and spread news of the update to those who need to know.
The 1 July 2010 application deadline remains the same.
Selection: In addition to the October selection committee there will now be an August subcommittee that will select fellows for the January session at Chulalongkorn University. The August selection will only be for January applicants and will have no impact on applicants to the master’s programs. If your district is sponsoring an applicant who wants to attend the January 2011 session it is imperative that their application and all supporting documents be submitted by the 1 July deadline.
For questions or assistance, please contact Carly Dachis at +1 847-866-3307 or firstname.lastname@example.org
02-10-10 - Who was Big Jim Davidson?
Colonel James (Big Jim) Wheeler Davidson
Rotary Canada -- July 2009
James Wheeler Davidson. Rotary Images
Among Rotarian legends, few figures stand as tall as James Wheeler Davidson, the man Paul Harris dubbed the Marco Polo of Rotary. Although his moniker, “Big Jim,” referred to his physical stature, it also reflects Davidson’s accomplishments in spreading the Rotary movement from the Mediterranean to the South Seas. While it would be hyperbole to call Davidson a mountain of a man, there is in fact a mountain in the Canadian Rockies named for him.
Born in Austin, Minnesota, USA, in 1872, Davidson was a persuasive, entrepreneurial type with an appetite for travel and adventure. At age 18, he met Arctic explorer Robert Peary and prevailed on him to let him join his 1893 expedition. Even a case of frostbite suffered on the journey -- that would necessitate three surgeries on his foot and leave him with a lifelong limp -- didn’t diminish Davidson’s ardour for adventure. By 1895, he was off to the Far East, having talked himself into a job reporting on the First Sino-Japanese War for a newspaper syndicate that included the New York Herald.
During the 10 years he spent in Asia, Davidson was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese emperor for an act of bravery; wrote an acclaimed book; worked for the U.S. Foreign Service in Formosa, Shanghai, and Manchuria; and was employed by the Russian government to report on the economic potential of the Trans-Siberian Railroad.
On his voyage home, he met the Dow family of San Francisco, taking a particular interest in 25-year-old Lillian. So, after visiting his mother and recuperating in Minnesota from a case of typhoid that he’d contracted abroad, he travelled to California the following year. He arrived, as only an adventurer’s luck would have it, on the day of the Great Earthquake.
As his daughter, Marjory, later related: "My father was always resourceful, and on being told that all passengers had to get off the train in Oakland and could not under any circumstance proceed to San Francisco, he hid between the seats, and as he expected, the train proceeded down to the mole where the ferries were. He walked off the train and on to the ferry, trying to look official. On arrival, he learned that the Palace Hotel, where Mother’s family was staying, had burned down."
Eventually, Davidson found the family and within six months had persuaded Lillian to marry him. The couple settled in the new province of Alberta, and Davidson joined the Rotary Club of Calgary in 1914. Within a few years, he became club president, district president, and a member of the International Association of Rotary Clubs committee. In March 1921, the association's board asked Davidson and J. Layton Ralston, president of the Rotary Club of Halifax, to help extend Rotary to Australia and New Zealand.
Ralston, who later served as Canada's minister of defence and minister of finance, recalled: "I had started off light-heartedly for a trip, and more or less incidentally to tell our friends Down Under about Rotary. But Jim was going to carry to them something new and fine, and he was going to see that they understood what it was and valued it and lived it as he did. . . . I learned more about Rotary in that three-week voyage with him than in my previous eight years of membership."
In that brief time, they established clubs in Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington, and Auckland. For Davidson, that trip was a foreshadowing of things to come. Seven years later -- after becoming a Canadian citizen, playing a key role in highway development in Western Canada, and chartering many Rotary clubs in the region -- Davidson accepted the assignment of organizing Rotary clubs in the Middle East and Asia.
In August 1928, he set sail from Montreal with Lillian and Marjory on what was to be an eight-month voyage. It turned out to be a nearly three-year odyssey during which Davidson chartered 23 clubs in 12 countries, from Turkey to Thailand. Davidson's health began to fail soon after their return to Canada in 1931, and he died in July 1933 at the age of 61. In their Christmas card that year, Jean and Paul Harris paid tribute to Jim Davidson’s dedication, writing: "When he returned home, it was manifest that he had given more than three years -- he had given his life as well. . . . His memory will be revered by legions; his work more admired as the passage of time lends broader perspective."
02-03-10 - Who is performing at the 2010 RI Convention in Montréal, Québec, Canada?
Don't miss Cirque du Soleil and Les Misérables
Rotary International News -- 27 January 2010
A performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil and an award-winning musical adaptation of Les Misérables are two of the entertainment opportunities during the 2010 RI Convention in Montréal, Québec, Canada, 20-23 June. Rotary International on FacebookA performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil and an award-winning musical adaptation of Les Misérables are just two of the entertainment opportunities you won't want to miss during the 2010 RI Convention in Montréal, Québec, Canada, 20-23 June.
Cirque du Soleil will perform a program designed specifically for Rotary International during the closing plenary session of the convention on Wednesday, 23 June.
From a small band of street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has grown into a major provider of high-quality artistic entertainment, employing more than 1,200 artists. The circus has brought wonder and delight to almost 100 million spectators in 300 cities on five continents.
In addition, through a Host Organization Committee (HOC) event on Saturday, 19 June, convention goers will have the opportunity to marvel at the remarkable talent of rising young circus artists by attending the graduation performance of the École nationale de cirque (National Circus School).
A pioneer of the circus renaissance, the school has contributed to the emergence of several circus companies, including Cirque du Soleil.
Register for the convention by 31 March to take advantage of special pricing. Register online through Member Access.
A block of tickets has been set aside for Rotarians for a 19 June performance of Les Misérables , Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Victor Hugo novel. This French-language production of "Les Miz," as it's fondly known around the world, will be the centerpiece of Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, one of the world’s premier French-language music festivals, which will bring nearly a million music lovers to Montréal for over 200 concerts in several indoor and outdoor venues from 9 to 19 June.
Buy your tickets early during an exclusive online presale. Click here to purchase discounted tickets (type ROTARY for your access code).
You can also purchase tickets by phone at 866-842-2112. Bilingual (French/English) operators will be available to take your calls from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Be sure to mention the code ROTARY to the operator.
The production will take place at 8 p.m. in the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier concert hall at Montréal’s Place des Artes, accessible via public transportation and within walking distance of several hotels.
For more information
01-27-10 - What Rotary District is leading the Rotary Haitian relief effort?
Rotarians focus on Haiti relief
By Ryan Hyland Rotary International News -- 22 January 2010
Left: Thousands of people are feared dead after a powerful earthquake crumbled government buildings, hospitals, schools, and shantytowns in Haiti. Right: Elda Exeuatug holds her 20-day-old baby, waiting for relief to arrive. Photos by Mark Pearson/ShelterBox
UPDATED 22 January 2010
Rotary clubs and districts worldwide are mobilizing resources to deliver urgently needed relief to the millions affected by Haiti's devastating earthquake.
District 7020, which includes Haiti, has flown in 55 planes filled with more than 50,000 pounds of medical equipment and supplies into the cities of Pignon and Port-de-Paix to bypass logistical problems in the hard-hit capital of Port-au-Prince.
The United Nations estimates that more than half of the buildings in the capital have collapsed. About 200,000 people are dead and millions more homeless.
"Rotary had an incredible infrastructure established before the quake, which has made our relief efforts very effective," says Dick McCombe, past district governor and Haiti liaison chair. "We're flying in supplies through backdoor channels and doing things a lot of agencies can't do."
The district's Haiti Task Force, set up two years ago to administer all financial aid to the nation, is working with local clubs to deliver aid to Port-au-Prince and those who have taken refuge in the countryside.
McCombe says Rotary was in a good position to help in Haiti, with 33 projects already underway to provide water, sanitation, medical care, and education.
"We changed from teaching children how to read to saving their lives," says McCombe.
Clubs in the district have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for short- and long-term recovery.
"Rotarians are incredibly generous and are doing what needs to be done," says McCombe. "We are setting aside some of these contributions for long-term recovery."
Rotarian Claude Surena, head of the Haiti Task Force and president of the Haitian Medical Association, is sheltering more than 100 injured people in his damaged home in Port-au-Prince. His house has become a makeshift hospital and medical distribution center.
Within the next two weeks, McCombe says, a barge will be hired to transport 20 to 30 tons of clothes, blankets, folding beds, and other items to Haiti from Nassau, Bahamas.
ShelterBox has already delivered more than 3,300 containers to Haiti, with another 1,000 or more scheduled to be deployed.
"This is the largest, quickest, and most complex deployment in our history," says John Leach, head of operations for ShelterBox. "We organized across four countries to get ShelterBoxes to the people of Haiti quickly."
Each box contains a tent that houses 10 people as well as a stove, blankets, and other essential items.
Doctors have been using supplies from the containers to treat the injured. Hospitals in the capital city are using the tents to provide emergency shelter for postoperative patients.
"There’s hundreds of thousands of people that are injured. The walking wounded are everywhere," says Mark Pearson, one of three ShelterBox response team members in Haiti. "People are getting taken to hospital now, eight, nine days later."
The Rotary Foundation has established the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, a donor advised fund primarily for U.S. Rotarians who want to donate toward recovery efforts. The fund has raised more than $48,000 so far.
A one-time $5 donation to the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund can be made by texting ROTARY to 90999.
Around the world, Rotary clubs, districts, and Interact and Rotaract clubs have donated directly to ShelterBox. Other Rotarian relief efforts in Haiti include:
The Rotary Club of Tocoa, Colón, Honduras, has chartered three flights to send 25,000 to 30,000 pounds of food to Haiti. A six-person team from the Rotary clubs of Inwood, Manhattan, and New York is working with Comprehensive and Response Service to establish a staging area in the Dominican Republic for bringing medical supplies into Port-au-Prince. Past District Governor Alfonso Leppes launched a campaign asking each of the more than 4,500 Rotarians in Chile to donate $50 to the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.
Five Rotarian doctors from Venezuela are in Haiti as part of a search-and-rescue team established by their government.
Read about what Rotarians witnessed.
How to help
Download a PDF about the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund and frequently asked questions .
If you’re a Rotarian outside the United States, visit the District 7020 website for more information, or learn about disaster relief organizations you can contribute to.
Read a letter from Rotary leaders
01-20-10 - What is the International H20 Collaboration?
International H2O Collaboration work to begin
By Anne E. Stein
Rotary International News -- 12 January 2010
Left: María Magdalena Gonzalez pours filtered water into a pan for cooking in her home near Bonao, the Dominican Republic. Right: A bio-sand filter is filled with layers of gravel and sand, which remove organisms too big to make it through. As part of the International H20 Collaboration, Rotarians will install the filters in a cluster of communities in the Dominican Republic. Rotary Images/Alyce Henson Work will begin soon on far-reaching projects that will provide millions of people with access to clean water and improved sanitation.
As part of the International H2O Collaboration, an innovative alliance between Rotary International and USAID, the improvements will include long-term water, sanitation, and hygiene projects in Ghana and the Philippines, two of the three countries selected for the first phase of the collaborative effort.
A grant application for the third country, the Dominican Republic, is expected to go before The Rotary Foundation Trustees later this month for consideration.
The steering committee chose the three countries based on need, as well as the demonstrated ability of Rotary clubs and districts and USAID missions there to carry out effective water and sanitation projects.
In Ghana, the alliance will work closely with local governments to provide hygiene training, boreholes, mechanized water systems, and new latrines. An estimated 86,000 people will benefit from the work, which will occur in 114 communities spread over four regions.
“It’s going to make such a big difference in the lives of these people, though it’s so small a number compared with the total number of people who need this,” says Past District Governor K.O. “Willie” Keteku, who’s helping to coordinate the projects. “Right now, it takes too much time for people to look for water, and the water’s not clean. They get sick, and their time could instead be invested in other ventures, like the children attending school.”
In the Philippines, the alliance will be working in five communities -- Davao City, Dipolog, Metro Manila, San Fernando City, and Zamboanga -- to provide new septic treatment facilities, sanitation systems, river cleanup efforts, a mechanized water supply system, and community water taps that will distribute filtered water. The work is expected to help more than 2.1 million people.
“We are really fortunate to have been one of the three countries selected,” says Lina Aurelio, a past governor of District 3800 involved in organizing the improvements. “So many children die here because of polluted water. It’s a very big problem, almost all over the country.
“Everyone buys water, even those earning minimum wage, but in the slum areas they can’t afford to,” Aurelio says. “There are millions of cases of diarrhea each year that cause 11,000 to 12,000 deaths annually. Because of the very bad sewage system we have, everything is affected.”
In the Dominican Republic, the alliance will implement a wide range of water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions, including bio-sand filters in a small cluster of bateyes (communities of current and former sugar plantation and mill workers). When the initial phase is completed, the collaboration will evaluate the work and consider expanding it to other nations.
The improvements will cost about US$2 million per country. Rotary will provide up to $500,000 through Health, Hunger and Humanity Grants, and participating clubs and districts in each country will raise an additional $500,000. USAID will contribute $1 million per nation from its mission budget.
For more information:
Read a story about the launch of the International H20 Collaboration
Read more about the collaboration
See a gallery of photos about water projects in the Dominican Republic
01-13-10 - How many Rotary clubs are in Rotary District 6940?
There are Fifty clubs in Rotary District 6940.
Click on this link to see a list of the clubs with meeting time, day-of-week, location and link to club information.
01-06-10 - Who is the President-Nominee for the 2011-12 RI President and where is he from?
Banerjee is choice for 2011-12 RI president
By Jennifer Lee Atkin
Rotary International News -- 11 August 2009
Kalyan Banerjee is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2011-12. Rotary Images
Kalyan Banerjee, a member of the Rotary Club of Vapi, Gujarat, India, since 1972, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2011-12. Banerjee will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates.
Banerjee said he would like to see Rotary "blossom from being the world's most recognized service organization to being the most important NGO [nongovernmental organization] in the world.
"Rotary, it is said, has the strength of a government and the tenderness of a parent," he added.
Banerjee is a director of United Phosphorus Limited, the largest agrochemical manufacturer in India, and the chair of United Phosphorus (Bangladesh) Limited. He is a member of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Chemical Society, a past president of Vapi Industries Association, and former chair of the Gujarat chapter of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He earned a degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1964.
Banerjee has served Rotary as a director, Rotary Foundation trustee, committee and task force chair, International Assembly group discussion leader, president's representative, and district governor.
The chair of the Southeast Asia Regional PolioPlus Committee, Banerjee has served as a member of the International PolioPlus Committee for many years and has attended international meetings with the World Health Organization and UNICEF in that capacity.
Banerjee is a Major Donor, Benefactor, and Bequest Society member, and has been awarded the Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and its Distinguished Service Award.
Banerjee also serves as a trustee of Rotary club-sponsored trusts that support many educational and community development programs in India, including a 250-bed hospital.
He noted that Rotary's strengths include its ability to attract leaders from different vocations around the world, as well as its role in promoting peace. "Rotary needs to become the preferred organization for today's generation to join and participate in, to make the world better and safer and happier," he said.
Banerjee's wife, Binota, is a social worker and Inner Wheel club member. The couple have two children and four grandchildren.
The 2009-10 nominating committee members are: John F. Germ (chair), USA; Lennart Arfwidsson, Sweden; Keith Barnard-Jones, England; Ronald L. Beaubien, USA; Jacques Berthet, France; Robert O. Brickman, USA; Peter Bundgaard, Denmark; Ron D. Burton, USA; Gerson Gonçalves, Brazil; Jerry L. Hall, USA; Horst Heiner Hellge, Germany; Gary C.K. Huang, Taiwan; Toshio Itabashi, Japan; Kwang Tae Kim, Korea; Peter Krön, Austria; Donald L. Mebus, USA; Gerald A. Meigs, USA; Carlo Monticelli, Italy; Daniel W. Mooers, USA; David D. Morgan, Wales; G. Kenneth Morgan, USA; Samuel A. Okudzeto, Ghana; Luiz Coelho de Oliveira, Brazil; Kazuhiko Ozawa, Japan; Noraseth Pathmanand, Thailand; Barry Rassin, Bahamas; Ian H.S. Riseley, Australia; Robert S. Scott, Canada; Robert A. Stuart Jr., USA; Stan Tempelaars, The Netherlands; P.C. Thomas, India; O.P. Vaish, India; and Yoshimasa Watanabe, Japan.
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