Protecting the environment begins at home

By Jojy Michael, member of the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) “The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern.”          –  Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary International President, 2017-18 Riseley made that definitive declaration in 2017 while unveiling the Rotary theme … More Protecting the environment begins at home

Celebrate International Day of Peace – and support girl empowerment!

By Fergal McCarthy, Peace Programs Manager  To mark International Day of Peace on 21 September, we are focusing on girl empowerment one of RI President Shekhar Mehta’s presidential initiatives.   Equality is a fundamental human right, and a key element of many of the eight pillars of positive peace.  It’s a prerequisite for the creation of a more peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world.  Yet still today, girls and young women across the globe continue to endure inequities in all parts of … More Celebrate International Day of Peace – and support girl empowerment!

Open World Program creates ongoing engagement with Rotary

By Natalia Kunzer, Open World Program Officer at Rotary International  The Open World Program gives emerging leaders from specific Eurasian countries firsthand exposure to the United States’ system of democracy through visits to local governments and communities in the U.S.. Rotary International serves as a national hosting organization, with Rotary clubs serving as local hosts for Open World delegations of young professionals. RI is able to reimburse clubs … More Open World Program creates ongoing engagement with Rotary

Celebrate Rotary-Peace Corps Week

By Rotary Service & Engagement Staff Join Partnering for Peace (PFP) 20-26 September for Rotary-Peace Corps Week! There are many ways to participate in this collaborative week-long virtual celebration, including a webinar series and opportunities to host your own event. For more ways to get involved, visit our previous post and the Partnering for Peace … More Celebrate Rotary-Peace Corps Week

BEL Rotary Action Group engages Rotarians and Rotaractors in community literacy

Basic Education and Literacy Month takes on even greater importance for Rotarians and Rotaractors this year, as we come to see the profound impact of the pandemic on education and literacy. The Basic Education and Literacy Rotary Action Group is offering three excellent opportunities to assist clubs and districts in their outreach to support literacy in their communities. … More BEL Rotary Action Group engages Rotarians and Rotaractors in community literacy

Webinars and support for WASH projects

By Brian Hall, Chair of Operations, WASH Rotary Action Group During World Water Week, 23-27 August, allow me to share some staggering facts regarding water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries: 50% of the healthcare facilities lack access to piped water 33% lack improved sanitation 39% lack soap for … More Webinars and support for WASH projects

Rotary-Peace Corps Week 20-26 September

By Kim Dixon, President of Partnering for Peace, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and member of Raleigh Midtown Rotary Club 20-26 September 2021 Partnering for Peace (PFP), with support of Rotary International and the U.S. Peace Corps, will host a collaborative week-long virtual celebration to highlight an evolving and ongoing partnership between the two organizations. Please … More Rotary-Peace Corps Week 20-26 September

Rotary Community Corps provides crucial resources to underserved Texas community

By Jennifer Shertzer, member of the Plano West Rotary Club  As rallies for racial justice happened throughout the U.S. in the summer of 2020, members of Plano West Rotary Club (PWRC) located in Plano, Texas felt compelled to find a COVID-safe way to help create equity for the Black community, as well as involve more community members in Rotary’s … More Rotary Community Corps provides crucial resources to underserved Texas community

World Humanitarian Day: shelter is an essential humanitarian need

By Serena Bailey, ShelterBox Philanthropy Assistant ShelterBox and Rotary International have been project partners since 2012.  This partnership is grounded in our shared humanitarian values and commitment to supporting communities when they lose their homes due to disaster. Rotary is well known for their work promoting peace, but where does ShelterBox fit into this? At … More World Humanitarian Day: shelter is an essential humanitarian need