Top stories from 2014

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1MxNmWM6DM To wind down 2014, we’re taking a look at the past year. Your five favorite stories (based on views): ShelterBox International Partnerships Manager Melissa Martins Casagrande recaps disaster relief accomplishments made possible through the Rotary-ShelterBox partnership. Monique Cooper-Liverpool, a member of the Rotary Club of Monrovia, Liberia, shares updates …

Happy holidays from Rotary Service Connections

By: Rotary Service Connections staff This holiday season, we want to take a moment and thank you for your countless contributions to improve communities near and far. Through our clubs, districts, and Rotary Community Corps, together we extend a warm smile and helping hand to our neighbors with fewer resources. In addition to year-round projects, …

Water, sanitation, hygiene presentations offer assistance with Rotary projects

By Bob Wubbena, Rotary Club of Olympia, WA, USA, and immediate past vice chair of the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag) Last month, I had the pleasure of moderating a three part webinar series hosted jointly by Rotary and Wasrag about conducting more effective water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects. Each of the …

Rotary Friendship Exchanges build life-long friendships between Israel and Sweden

By Rotarian Ephraim Pri-Har, District 2490, Israel We were approached by District 2400, Sweden, almost a year ago and, after some correspondence, agreed for their team to visit our district on a Rotary Friendship Exchange in October 2014. Given the instability in Israel earlier this year, we were uncertain whether the exchange would come through, …

Rotary Day Istanbul inspires the community through fitness, healthy living, and service

By Sedef Acar, Istanbul-Yenikoy Rotary Club charter club president and Rotary Day Istanbul 2014 Committee Member In celebration of Rotary’s 110th anniversary, our club helped organized and sponsor Rotary District 2420’s Rotary Day Istanbul on 19 October. Family, friends, and the community participated in fun activities including sports, concerts, food, and games while learning about the …

Lifecycle of a service project webinar lessons: Part 5

10 tips for monitoring, evaluating, and promoting service project By Hilary Leav, Rotary Strategy, Research & Evaluation staff In general, there are a few key principles to understanding monitoring and evaluation and establishing a good plan. Part 5 of the Lifecycle of a Service Project webinar series focused on helping the Rotary family compare project …

Ugandan club’s Rotary Day brings the community together with fun and entertainment

By Julie Kamuzze-Musoke, Rotary Club of Kasangati, Uganda On Saturday, October 11, our club held a Rotary Day at Kaggo Ssaza Grounds, an outdoor public venue in Kasangati, Uganda. This special event coincided with our club’s 12th charter anniversary. We were inspired by RI President Gary Huang's call for clubs to Light Up Rotary by …

Honoring World Food Day through the Rotary network

By Zuhal Sharp, Rotary Programs staff On 16 October, World Food Day, Rotary had the privilege of hosting a Twitter chat with prominent food experts to exchange ideas on effectively addressing hunger, malnutrition, and food waste. Experts from Rotary First Harvest, the Global FoodBanking Network, and the Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group provided great …

Lifecycle of a service project webinar lessons: Part 4

Implementing service projects By Kathryn Nichols, Rotary Learning & Development staff Part 4 of the Lifecycle of a Service Project webinar series provides helpful project management and implementation suggestions to help keep your project on track. Watch a recording of the webinar and read these practical tips: Delegate tasks to a skilled project team and …