Earth Day 

By Service and Engagement Staff Today we celebrate Earth Day. Earth Day was started in 1970 and is held annually to demonstrate support for protection of the environment.   Rotarians and Rotaractors understand that the whole world is their backyard and this year’s Earth Day is especially meaningful. Starting in a few months on 1 July, 2021, the environment will officially be Rotary’s newest … More Earth Day 

Three new fellowships

By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff Rotary International is excited to announce the chartering of three new Rotary International Fellowships. Currently Rotary International recognizes over 90 active Rotary Fellowships. A Rotary fellowship is a group of individuals who globally unite around a common interest, vocation, or recreational activity with the primary purpose to network and … More Three new fellowships

24 hour virtual Oktoberfest – it’s 5 O’clock somewhere!

By Stephen Sehnert, BREW Fellowship Director and member of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs With the cancellation of the world’s largest beer festival “Oktoberfest” 2020 in Munich, Germany, members of the Rotary Fellowship BREW – Beers Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide – stepped up to offer a virtual Oktoberfest.  Starting at 1700 hours in New Zealand, … More 24 hour virtual Oktoberfest – it’s 5 O’clock somewhere!

Imagine…everyone living life in peace

By Natalia Sineaeva-Pankowska, Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University, Europe Coordinator of the Rotary Peace Fellowship Alumni Association, and member of NEVER AGAIN Association From Poland, Sweden, France, and Spain to Burundi, Kenya and South Sudan, from the Phillipines and Bangladesh to Iraq, Bolivia and Mexico, from Ukraine to Cyprus and the UK – the … More Imagine…everyone living life in peace

Gin and friendship

By David Robert Breton, 2019-20 President of the Rotary Club of Kilsyth, Scotland and Raquel D’Garay-Juncal, 2020-21 President of the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley, United States, Founders of the Proposed Rotary Fellowship of Gin Are you a gin enthusiast who would love to meet other gin lovers? Do you know the basics of this … More Gin and friendship

Bringing people together through music

By Lee Denlinger, International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians Global Chair The International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians (IFRM) has been meeting regularly online to prepare and present virtual choral performances. Members receive rehearsal material (musical score, a recording of accompaniment and vocal parts) in advance, and then they come together from their respective homes via Zoom … More Bringing people together through music

The importance of community during a pandemic

By Dr. Amal El-Sisi, member of the Rotary Club ElTahrir, Egypt I am a professor of Pediatric Cardiology at the Cairo University Children’s Hospital. Since the start of pandemic, we have been struggling at the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The Cardiac ICU covers emergency medical and post-operative cases. It is also a referral hospital … More The importance of community during a pandemic

What will the world look like after the pandemic?

By Ana Cutter Patel, Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University (2016) On 27 June, Rotary Peace Fellows (RPFs) will convene for a 24-hour global cyber conference Envisioning the World After the Great Pause. The event will feature the perspectives of Rotary Peace Fellows and their colleagues that are leading the efforts to respond to the … More What will the world look like after the pandemic?

Engaging members during a pandemic

By Felix Heintz, Founder and Chair of the Rotarian Metalhead Fellowship, and member of the Rotary E-Club Bavaria International, Germany The Rotarian Metalhead Fellowship had tons of plans for 2020: We wanted to attend the Rotaract Germany Conference as well as the Rotary International Convention to promote the loudest Fellowship within Rotary. Two major Metal … More Engaging members during a pandemic