Gary Bennett By Gary Bennett, past president of the Rotary Club of Kelowna and current member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada I read with great interest what President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney had to say about growing Rotary in the March issue of The Rotarian. He is spot on. Healthy membership…

Cassady Shaw, left, and Tamara Larson at the Nelson Mandela Exhibit in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. By Tamara C Larson, Youth Services Chair for District 5370 (West and Northwest Canada)  For the past two years, I have had the privilege of being a chaperone and working with many young leaders as they attend…

Charlie Masilae Hunt, right, and Ben Matari, chief of the village in Vanuatu where Hunt served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. By Charlie Masilae Hunt, Rotary Club of Denver LoDo, Denver, Colorado Imagine increasing your club membership by 50 percent in just one month. That is what my club did this past January. As a…

Rotary Regional Grants Officer Steven Sundstrom (right) with Dr. Koki Inai of the Rotary Club of Hiroshima South. By Steven Sundstrom, RI regional grants officer As a regional grants officer for Rotary, I spend most of my work time at Rotary headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, working with members around the world, including in Japan.…

By John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary The desire to give back, become involved in your community, create connections, and use one’s skills to benefit others is a cornerstone of civil society. But how can young people find these opportunities while facing the challenges of a widening skills gap, lost personal connections through digital isolation,…

Participants take part in a mapping exercise to understand how the eight Pillars of Positive Peace are interconnected during a workshop in Mexico in 2017. By Summer Lewis, Rotary-IEP Partnership Coordinator When you think about peace, do you think about how peace is lived and practiced? Are you seeing images of violence and thinking peace…

The Rotary Club of Madison South is known throughout the community for it’s Brat Stand. By Angela Lingle and Ginny Olson, Rotary Club of Madison South, Wisconsin, USA More than four decades ago, our club was facing disappointing returns on its staple fundraising events, a turkey shoot and light bulb sale, when inspiration hit. This…

The Wenatchee Confluence Rotary Club’s new members class of October 2018. Membership chair Rob Tidd says do something to make new members feel special, like framing their certificates and interviewing them during their induction. By Rob Tidd, District 5060 membership chair and member of the Rotary Club of Wenatchee Confluence, Wenatchee, Washington, USA In January,…

John Marvin Leonor has fun in a foam pit during a fellowship event including the Rotaract clubs of New Rise Kalookan North and Zamboanga City West at the ABS-CBN Studio Experience in September. By John Marvin Leonor, Rotaract Club of New Rise Kalookan North, Philippines The first word that comes to mind when I think…

Orientation for Rotary Peace Fellows at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. By Bonnie Emerson, Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, Class 26, from Canada As an Indigenous (Metis) Canadian woman from Winnipeg Manitoba, I was surprised and very honoured when I was encouraged to apply for the Rotary International Peace Fellowship Program. I…

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