Amrit Pal Singh By Amrit Pal Singh, immediate past president, Rotary Club Chandigarh, India For a Rotary club to be effective, it must be active in all avenues of service. It must also create a positive public image and be a catalyst for promoting peace and understanding globally. The key to achieving this lies in…

Viviana Bennett (middle) and friends at the Rotaract Preconvention in Hamburg, Germany. By Viviana Bennett, president, Plano Community Rotaract Club, Texas, USA I get very excited when it comes to Rotary events, and the 2019 Rotaract Preconvention was no exception. It was one of the most breathtaking experiences of my Rotary journey so far. I…

Using global grant funding, Rotary members provided a well, water tower, and new fountains to a village in Benin. By Victor Barnes, Director of Programs & Grants In 2013, Rotary set out on its new grant model under the Future Vision Plan, in the hopes that the approach would enhance the scope, impact, and sustainability…

Amanda Wendt By Amanda Wendt, vice chair of the RI Communications Committee and a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia I recently saw a story on television about a West Papuan woman who received life-changing facial surgery to fix a a deformity which had caused her a lifetime of struggling to eat,…

Mauricio Pernía-Reyes leads a class on Positive Peace in Venezuela. Mauricio Pernía-Reyes By Mauricio R. Pernía-Reyes, president of the Rotary Club of San Cristóbal Metropolitano, Venezuela I recently discovered a valuable resource on Rotary’s website that has strengthened my club’s efforts to serve our community and build peace. When I was selected to serve as…

Employees from Myjob in Mauritius support the stamp fundraiser for polio eradication. By Nurveen Ratty, Rotary Club of Floreal, Mauritius As Rotarians, we pride ourselves in taking collective action to create lasting change. And our fight to eradicate polio is without a doubt one of our finest efforts. For World Polio Day on 24 October,…

Rotary Peace Fellows at the Nobel Peace Summit (from left to right): Lauren Coffaro (University of Bradford); Summer Lewis (University of Queensland); Rosalvina Otálora (Universidad del Salvador); Jorge Meruvia (International Christian University) By Summer Lewis, Rotary Peace Fellow and coordinator of the Rotary-Institute for Economics and Peace Partnership It’s not often that you get to…

Vikash Shah with Sharmila Bhatt, 2018-19 governor of District 9211, at a club event. By Vikash Shah, Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam Oyster Bay, Tanzania My year as Rotary club president was approaching, and I knew I had to do something substantial to leave my mark. I had participated in a district team training…

Portland Rotary members at a Toastmasters meeting. Terry Beard By Terry Beard, Rotary Club of Portland, Oregon, USA You may have heard that most people would rather die than give a speech. Public speaking is the number one fear for many people. For 49 years, I too had a fear of public speaking. It was…

The Selma Rotary Club partners with business leaders to invest in youth. Jerria Martin By Jerria Martin, past president of the Rotary Club of Selma, Alabama, USA Diversity is important to my club, and that’s a big reason why I am a member and past president. My club is a second family to me, one…

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