Why a woman will not be Rotary President anytime soon

Or Barriers that make the glass ceiling so thick!

By John Borst with the assistance of 14 other Rotarians*

Barriers exist to a woman becoming RI President in both the bylaws and particularly the undefined practices of Rotary. They make it nearly impossible for a woman to become president before 2025.  These same barriers also apply to men who joined Rotary late in life. Briefly they are: Continue reading

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What might a Rotary club look like in 2026?

JborstBy John Borst and Richard Bosworth

With the new flexible membership and club meeting rules, approved at the 2016 Council on Legislation session, one has to wonder what a Rotary Club might look like 10 years from now.

Already under the current rules there are many clubs trying innovative strategies to build their club membership.

One such club is the Rotary Club of Harrogate Brigantes in the UK. The home page of their website has this intriguing sentence. “Welcome to the Rotary Club of Harrogate Brigantes an active, friendly and growing multi-lifestyle Club…”

Multi-lifestyle club, now what does that mean? Fortunately, I was able to contact Richard Bosworth, the “What if Forum” specialist at that club. This is what Richard shared: Continue reading

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Report on Council on Legislation from District 5050 Representative

Larry JubieBy Larry Jubie, COL Representative, District 5050

The Council on Legislation meets every three years to discuss and vote on proposed enactments and resolutions. These items are brought forth by Rotary Districts, Rotary Clubs and the RI Board of Directors. We started with 181 items of which 117 items were enactments and 64 were resolutions.

We started on Sunday afternoon and finished on Friday at noon.

This is a recap of the week’s events. Continue reading

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To tolerate discrimination against women is to doom Rotary to irrelevance

Ravindran_KR_14By K.R. Ravindran, President 2015-16

Some years ago, in the Kano plains of Kenya, a well-meaning development agency took on the task of improving water availability to a rural community. Committees were formed, meetings were held, and the local people were consulted. The main need the community identified was improved delivery of water for irrigation and livestock. A plan to meet this need was created, and the work was soon begun, exactly as the community representatives had requested. Continue reading

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100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation Starts with Seoul Convention

Klinginsmith_RayBy Ray Klinginsmith Trustee Chair 2015-16

The 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation will occur in June of next year, and a full year of activities is planned leading up to it, starting with the 2016 convention in Seoul and culminating with the 2017 convention in Atlanta. I remember well the excitement of the Rotary centennial in 2004-05, and I hope that Rotarians worldwide will treat the Foundation’s centennial with the same enthusiasm! Continue reading

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Goodbye Rotaract; Hello Rotary


by John Borst, District 5550, Communications*

Certainly, one of the most unexpected and welcome decisions emanating from the 2016 Council on Legislation is the decision to offer simultaneous membership in Rotaract and Rotary.

A review of the proposed “enactments” shows that the suggestion came from the RI Board of Directors. The idea is first mentioned in PROPOSED ENACTMENT 16-36  “To allow for flexibility in membership and classification” where it is used as an example of an exception (page 102) Examples of such flexibility might include: “Allowing Rotaractors who meet the club’s criteria for membership to join a Rotary club while retaining their membership in Rotaract as well.” Continue reading

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Corporate Social Responsibility: how to get the biggest bang for the buck!

Editor’s note: the following is an excerpt from a longer speech

KR-Ravindran-120pxBy K. R. “Ravi” Ravindran, RI President 2015-2016

These days, the question is not whether or not corporations need to be acting in ways that benefit their communities. The question is how to do it.

How do you do it, so that it is not just a tax you pay, because you have to, as a cost of doing business—but an investment?

How do you do it, so that you get the greatest return on that investment? For your community, and for future generations, and for your own business—which, if you are doing your business right, is supporting your community because you rely so much on the community to run your own business? Continue reading

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