‘Elect to be Civil’ and what if candidates don’t?

by John Borst, Past Pres. Rotary Club of Dryden

In the October 2016 issue of “The Rotarian” RI published a timely piece by Steve Almond titled “Elect to be Civil” in which Almond bemoans the “tribal nature” of America’s politics. In the very first sentence, he calls the current situation “terrifying”. He laments that Americans no longer see politics as a “collective civic endeavor, the means by which our society sought to solve common crises.” Continue reading

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The District website: between and betwixt

by John Borst

For over a decade of conventions, RI has spent considerable energy promoting the creation of club websites as a means of informing the public of the work of local Rotarians as well as the good works of Rotary International.

This has, we all hope, had the double advantage of recruiting new Rotarians in the process.

At the same time, almost no attention has been paid to promoting or discussing District websites. This is unfortunate because, in my opinion, the district website is as vital to the organizational success of Rotary, in the modern age, as is Rotary central. A good argument can even be made that it is more important than the role of RI’s own website. Continue reading

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Join Pres. Germ for Live-streamed EndPolio Status Update on Oct. 24th

John-GermBy John F Germ, President, Rotary International

In 1979, James Bomar Jr., the president of Rotary at the time, traveled to the Philippines as part of Rotary’s earliest work to immunize children against polio. After he had put drops of vaccine into one baby’s mouth, he felt a child’s hand tugging on his trouser leg to get his attention. Bomar looked down and saw the baby’s brother looking up at him, saying earnestly, “Thank you, thank you, Rotary.”  Continue reading

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One thousand World Polio Day celebrations is 24 October 2016 target for Rotary clubs

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

In our work to end polio, we’ve noticed a disturbing ­development: People in many parts of the world think polio no longer exists. Even some of our members, especially younger Rotarians who were born after the development of the polio vaccine, assume that because the disease doesn’t afflict anyone in their country, it’s no longer a problem. Continue reading

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How to get more bang out of your bulletin

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150209_burrellBy Evan Burrell, a member of the Rotary Club of Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia

Every single time you publish your online club bulletin or newsletter and email it to your subscribers, you should be asking yourself, “Have I made it informative AND engaging?”

Basically, your club bulletin could be the best piece of writing ever, but if no one reads it, what is the point? And if they do happen to read it but get absolutely no value out of it, what have you accomplished?

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Our Foundation in support of literacy worldwide


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


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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