4 ways to build peace through Rotary

By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff According to UNHCR, 65.6 million people are currently displaced by conflict, violence, or persecution. Rotary members refuse to accept conflict as a way of life and are committed to pursuing projects that address the structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and …

Why the Rotarian Action Group for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness (RAGMSA) was formed

By Martin Taurins, Chair of the Rotarian Action Group for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness (RAGMSA) and member of the Rotary Club of Gisborne, Victoria, Australia When my son Jacob, a budding musician, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at age 20, my wife Diana and I didn’t know anything about the disease. Our world changed when …

Celebrating Rotary’s commitment to creating a healthier world

By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care resulting in misery, pain, and poverty. Which is why Rotary members are devoted to fighting and preventing diseases. From setting up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities to …

A quest for international service led to my Rotary moment

By Jerry Kallman, Past President of the Rotary Club of Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA When I first served as president of the Rotary Club of Ridgewood in 2008, I sought out an international service project to complement the several community service activities our club traditionally supported.  During that year’s District Conference, I learned the Rotary …

Gain inspiration at the Disease Prevention and Treatment Presidential Peacebuilding Conference

By Past RI Director Peter Offer, Disease Prevention and Treatment Presidential Peacebuilding Conference Host Organizing Committee Chair Dear friends, On behalf of the Disease Prevention and Treatment Presidential Peacebuilding Conference organizers, I invite you to join us in Coventry, the City of Peace and Reconciliation, the weekend of 24 February. Join the Rotary family, young …

4 ways you can take action to help grow local economies

By Rotary Service and Engagement staff According to the United Nations, nearly 2.2 billion people live below the poverty line of US $2 per day, and the world needs 30 million new jobs every year to keep up with the growth of the global working-age population. In honor of Rotary Economic and Community Development Month celebrated each …

How empowering entrepreneurs leads to long-term community development

By Lucy Davis, Rotary International staff "I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I’m closer to my goal than I’ve ever been. When you have somebody who’s willing to get behind you, somebody who believes in what you’re doing, there’s no reason not to succeed.”  – Levi Johnson, entrepreneur and LaunchDETROIT beneficiary Recently, I had …