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. …

“Thank you” from ShelterBox

By Melissa Martins Casagrande, ShelterBox International Partnerships Manager http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1MxNmWM6DM It has been another busy twelve months for us at ShelterBox. Thanks to generous donations and assistance of supporters worldwide, we have been able to send aid to help displaced families in nearly 20 different countries, responding to 30 disasters such as typhoons, cyclones, hurricanes, fires, …

Significant Achievement Award recognizes outstanding community service projects

By Zuhal Sharp, Awards Coordinator, RI Programs Part of Rotary’s success and global impact is due to its emphasis on local participation and input. Rather than trying to solve a problem from an ocean away, Rotary empowers local communities to take ownership of the issue and solve it on their own. Rotarians understand that service …

Rotary Fellowship combines service with a passion for the sea

By Rotary Programs staff To many people, the word “yachting” connotes a lifestyle of wealth that would seem at odds with the guiding principles of Rotary. But the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians (IYFR) is more closely associated with humanitarian service that emphasizes the sea than it is to exclusivity and privilege. For example, in the …

Project Fairs foster international partnerships and lifelong friendships

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staff Rotarian Julie Leverenz, president of the Rotary Club of Hannibal, Missouri, USA, District 6060, attended the ninth annual West Africa Project Fair 16-23 October 2013 in Lomé, Togo. With support from the Reach Out to Africa Committee, Rotarians from West African nations host this annual event to foster international partnerships, …

Using Rotary’s principles to address moral issues

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staffImagine you're a professor and have a highly motivated student who must hold down a job in order to afford college. Lately, the job has begun to interfere with the student's performance: He hasn't submitted several assignments and is now failing your course. If he doesn't pass, he will lose …

Happy holidays from Rotary Service Connections

By: the Rotary Service Connections team, RI Programs staff The holiday season reminds us to take time and enjoy our loved ones while extending a warm smile and helping hand to neighbors with fewer resources. In addition to undertaking countless projects throughout the year, many clubs and districts organize special activities to help spread holiday …

Vocational training team uses collaborative approach for medical training

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staff A group of six obstetricians from England traveled to Sikkim, India, in April as part of the Collaborative Action in Lowering Maternity Encountered Deaths vocational training team. Known as CALMED, the joint initiative between Districts1120 (England) and 3240 (parts of northeast India) brought together professionals and community members to …

Lifecycle of a Service Project (Part 3): Acquiring Resources

By Ellina Kushnir, RI Programs staff 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 Rotarians. In this …