Tackling the opioid crisis in the United States

By Lana Rouff, member of the Rotary Club of Binghamton, United States and JoAnn Wickman, member of the Rotary Club of Cortland, United States In April 2016, opioid related deaths rose sharply throughout the United States and the aftermath left families and their communities at a loss of how to stop this horrific epidemic. Within … More Tackling the opioid crisis in the United States

Combating human trafficking in the United States

By Past District Governor Bob Deering, Rotary Club of East Sacramento, California, USA According to Polaris, there are an estimated 100,000 – 300,000 prostituted children in the United States. 244,000 American children and youth are estimated to be at risk of child sexual exploitation, including commercial sexual exploitation. According to the California Attorney General Office, … More Combating human trafficking in the United States

Mobilizing communities to help end modern slavery

By Fiona Stevenson, Previous Member of the Rotary Club of Tenterden, United Kingdom In the face of overwhelming slavery and human trafficking statistics, it can perhaps be difficult to know where to begin to help.  A few people in the city of Canterbury, United Kingdom have found a way of addressing modern-day slavery in Kent, … More Mobilizing communities to help end modern slavery

Building peace in Chicago

By Past District Governor Patricia Merryweather, District Foundation Chair of District 6450 (Illinois, USA); Rotary Club of Naperville As District Governor-elect at the 2012 International Assembly, I remember tears streamed down my face when President-elect Tanaka announced the 2012-13 Rotary theme Peace Through Service. Fast forward to our District’s Conference in May 2012 as I … More Building peace in Chicago

Fostering peace through Rotary Friendship Exchange

By Daniel Dumitras, Rotary Club of Timisoara Ripensis, Romania, and participant in a Rotary Friendship Exchange visit to District 5110, USA I love watching movies. Through movies, you can meet new people, places, and learn new facts. One of my favorite quotes comes from the movie Casablanca: “I think this is the beginning of a … More Fostering peace through Rotary Friendship Exchange