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 …

Warming up through service

By Kristen Ockenfels, Rotary Club of North Liberty, Iowa, USA Rotary District 6000 started working with Operation Warm in 2014 as a district project. Operation Warm, founded by Rotarian Dick Sanford from the Rotary Club of Longwood in Pennsylvania, USA, to provide brand new coats to children in need across the United States.  That first …

Bridging the generation gap through mentorship

By Paul Taylor, Writer, Researcher, Speaker and Senior Fellow at Encore.org In a rapidly evolving society, many communities are experiencing a generation gap between older and younger residents. Oakland, California in the United States is one such place. Bridging the distance between the older citizens of Oakland and the younger communities they serve is a …

Rotarian yachting enthusiasts sail into service

By Sergio Santi, Past Chair of the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians After chartering three fleets of International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians (IYFR) in Africa, I discovered many Africans were drowning in lakes and seawaters. In Kenya, after tourism, fishing is the second economic resource. Thousands of fishermen and families live on the fishing industry. …

New Rotarian Action Group takes on hepatitis eradication

By Humberto Silva, Chair of the Hepatitis Eradication Rotarian Action Group and member of Rotary Club of São Paulo-Jardim das Bandeiras in Brazil According to the World Health Organization, viral hepatitis is the seventh leading cause of death worldwide. Together, Hepatitis B and C kills close to 1.4 million people every year. Around the world, …