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. …

“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 …