Reflections from the field: intensive disaster relief courses inspire service

By Luke Addison, member of the Rotaract Club of University of Winchester, England and Rotaract Multi-District Contact for RIBI I first heard about ShelterBox in 2013. I had just become the President of the University of Winchester Rotaract Club and was working with several friends to get the group involved in local and international projects. …

Serving with ShelterBox in times of disaster

By Ellina Kushnir, Service and Engagement Supervisor When disaster strikes, Rotary’s project partner ShelterBox often works closely with Rotarians to evaluate local needs and devise a plan for immediate response. The Rotary family provides vital assistance to ShelterBox by assisting response teams with disaster assessments, housing response team volunteers, helping coordinate relief logistics, and sponsoring …

How can you make new friends from all over the globe?

By Azka Asif, Rotary Service Connections Staff By joining a Rotary Fellowship! Throughout the month of June, we’ve been celebrating Rotary Fellowships Month by sharing inspirational services stories from various Rotary Fellowships. We hope these stories have inspired you to join or start a Rotary Fellowship. As the 2015-16 Rotary year comes to end, we’re …

Doctors’ Fellowship aims to empower albino community in Tanzania

By Dr. John Philip, Past District Governor and Chair of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors Three years ago I was on the island of Ukerewe in Tanzania leading a Rotary project when I heard a child had been abducted and murdered. The child was an albino and was targeted by traditional healers. I was …

Celebrating Rotary Fellowships Month!

By John A. Bernaden, Rotary Club of Milwaukee, USA Did you know that Rotary Fellowships can provide a great way to make new friends around the world and enhance your Rotary experience?  Rotary Fellowships are international, independently organized groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants and alumni who share a common passion. The oldest fellowship dates …

West Africa Project Fair exhibits the power of Rotary

By Dr. John Philips, Past District Governor of District 1040 and Chairman International Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors Natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes bring the best out of Rotarians. We roll up our sleeves, rattle tins, raise money and deliver support, care and assistance. When a Rotarian colleague recently told me he was disappointed …

Wine enthusiasts address food insecurity in Portugal

By Conrad C. Heede, Past District Governor of District 5790 and President of the Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship Every year, the Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship (RWAF) members plan exciting wine-related events at the annual RI Conventions. Claire Larson, a member of the Rotary e-Club Porches International and an avid wine aficionado and collector, volunteered to …

Happy Rotary Fellowships Month!

By Zuhal Sharp, RI Programs staff Friendship is one of the primary reasons our members join and stay in Rotary. To help foster these life-long relationships, Rotary Fellowships offer Rotarians, their spouses, and Rotaractors opportunities to connect with one another while enjoying favorite recreational or professional activities. There are currently 64 Rotary Fellowships covering 64 …