Our Foundation in support of literacy worldwide

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by Kalyan Banerjee,Trustee Chair 2016 – 17

A few months ago, I read a story in this magazine about a man named Carl Sanders, a member of the Rotary Club of Kenosha, Wis. Sanders had developed a successful painting business despite the fact that he could not read – a shameful secret that he struggled to keep to himself. Continue reading

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The power of combined effort knows no limitation

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by John F Germ, RI President 2016-17

In the summer of 1917, only a few months after the United States entered the first world war, Rotary held its eighth annual convention in Atlanta. Although many Rotarians at the time thought the convention should be canceled, the Board of Directors ultimately agreed with Paul Harris that it should continue as planned. In the midst of such uncertainty and fear, Harris penned, as part of his convention greeting, some of the most-quoted words in Rotary: Continue reading

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Blogging about Rotary: a lost opportunity?

By John Borst

Considering that there are over 1.2 million Rotarians there are very few “blogs” dedicated to sharing views about Rotary in existence.

In this case, a blog is a format for sharing ideas about Rotary both good news stories and opinions both positive and critical about Rotary initiatives or policies.

Most use WordPress, Blogger or Tumblr software. All are Content Management Systems (CMS) which permit an individual to write an article and post it without knowing much about coding. It is nearly impossible to know how many blogs exist but the best bet today is somewhere near 200,000,000. A better statistic is how many posts per day have occurred which as I write this is over 1,700,000.Rotary-Voices-400x116

Rotary International has a blog called Rotary Voices: stories from around the world  It is a blog of good news stories about what Rotary is accomplishing and rarely shares a Rotarian’s “Voice” which questions a policy position or practice Continue reading

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How company time has changed, a recruitment challenge

John-GermBy John F. Germ, R.I. President, 2016-17

Forty years ago, a man named George Campbell, the owner of the company I worked for, invited me to join Rotary. Back then, that was a common practice in the United States. Your boss invited you to join Rotary because he thought it would be good for business and good for the community, and you said yes. It’s not surprising that our membership surged during that period. Continue reading

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Growing membership means a stronger Foundation

Kalyan-Banarjee-150x180By Kalyan Banerjee, R.I. Trustee Chair, 2016 – 17

Our Rotary Foundation depends on a strong and thriving Rotary membership. It is, after all, our members who provide the generous support that enables our Foundation to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. As important as that support is, it’s not the only contribution Rotarians make to our Foundation. Continue reading

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TRF: from $26.50 to 1 billion in assets in 100 years

Kalyan-Banerjee-150x180By Kalyan Banerjee, RI Foundation Trustee Chair

The start of a new Rotary year is always an exciting time. We have a new inspirational theme, new club officers and exciting new projects to work on. In 2016–17, we also have a very special occasion to celebrate: the 100th anniversary of our Rotary Foundation.

Since 1917, when Arch Klumph proposed an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world,” The Rotary Foundation has grown into a world-class humanitarian organisation. Few other charitable foundations can claim a 100-year history — all the more impressive when you consider its humble beginning of only $26.50. Continue reading

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As a Rotarian, “Everything you do matters”

John-GermBy John F. Germ, President Rotary International 2016-17

Today, we look ahead toward a Rotary year that may one day be known as the greatest in our history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio. Wild poliovirus caused only 74 cases of polio in 2015, all of them in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As we continue to work tirelessly toward our goal of eradication, we must also look beyond it: preparing to leverage our success into even greater successes to come. Continue reading

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