Brazil clubs help kids develop a love of reading

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs. Original article featured in March 2013 Rotary Leader Determined to reverse the region’s falling literacy rates, 12 clubs from District 4420, Brazil, worked together to establish Project READ (Reading and Education Center) to set up reading rooms for children in underserved communities. With the assistance of a Rotary district grant, …

Rotarians partner to foster love for reading

By David Dotson, President of The Dollywood Foundation    On February 11, 2014, leaders from The Dollywood Foundation, United Way of Australia and Rotary International joined legendary entertainer Dolly Parton in Melbourne to launch her Imagination Library in the land Down Under. The announcement culminated two years of deliberation and planning by this unique partnership. …

Dive into action: it’s World Water Day!

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staff Every 22 March, World Water Day, clubs around the world join the global community to reaffirm our commitment to improving access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. This year, the United Nations urges us to undertake initiatives that address inadequate access to safe drinking water, proper sanitation, sufficient food, …

Empowering young minds through partnership in service

By Judy Backlund, Past Club President of the Ellensburg Morning Rotary Club, Washington, USA, and Chair of International Reading Association-Rotary International Special Interest Group. First and foremost, I am a teacher. I am also a 20 year member of the International Reading Association, a membership organization for those in the education field. And I’m a …

Register for the Lifecycle of a Service Project Webinar: Project Implementation

Lifecycle of a Service Project (Part 4):  Project Implementation Rotary International is pleased to present this five-part webinar series to support the Rotary family in producing sustainable service projects. The series will highlight different strategies, best practices, and Rotary resources available to help clubs and districts undertake successful, sustainable service initiatives, using real-life examples from …

StoveTeam: fueling local development

By: Nancy Hughes, member of Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club, Oregon, USA, and founder of StoveTeam International http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qru_x6h0ZS0 As we celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 March, we were reminded that half the world’s women cook over dangerous open fires. These fires are the leading cause of death of children under age five and kill more …

Brazilian Rotary clubs provide lifesaving services for newborn babies

By John Wahlund, Area of Focus Manager for Maternal and Child Health & Disease Prevention and Treatment I asked the mother what the child’s name was and she answered “Felipe”. I told her one of my best friends was Brazilian and his name was Felipe. She gave me an enormous hug and kiss on the …

Bridge the education gap: take action during Rotary Literacy Month

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staff Despite rising literacy rates for youth and adults, 897 million people around the world are still illiterate* and 57 million children of primary school age are not in school. In March, Rotary Literacy Month, let’s reaffirm our commitment to meet basic education and literacy needs locally and abroad. Here are …

Tri-partnership expands literacy program in Australia

By David Dotson, president of The Dollywood Foundation On 11 February, leaders from Rotary, United Way, and The Dollywood Foundation gathered in Melbourne, Australia, to launch the country’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library initiative. The partners have set an aggressive goal to register 10,000 young children to the program before the end of the calendar year. …