Joe Otin By Joe Otin, past district governor of Rotary District 9212 In his book “The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People,” Steven Covey defines the circle of concern and the circle of influence. His ideas explain how we can build resilience through the toughest times. The current health crisis that we face demands an…

Judith Diment By Judith Diment, Dean of the Rotary Representative Network We are well into this Rotary year and what a year it has been for the Rotary Representatives to the United Nations and other international organizations! As Rotary’s “ambassadors” to 22 UN and key agencies, our work normally is to meet strategic personnel and…

Juliet Altenburg By Juliet Altenburg, DGN, District 7390 (Pennsylvania, USA) Last June as I ended my term as president of the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North and started my role as a district governor-nominee, I was feeling the enormity of COVID-19 in my paid job, personal life, and Rotary club. In my professional job as a…

Vision Statement display and seating area in the west atrium on the 18th floor of Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA. By Bruce Baumberger, 2010-11 governor of District 6440 (northern Illinois, USA) As one of the two Rotary clubs normally conducting club meetings at One Rotary Center in Evanston, Illinois, USA, members of…

Ann Marie Kimball By Ann Marie Kimball, MD, MPH, Member of the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island; World Community Service chair; and member of the Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers Rotary is engaging vigorously in the fight against COVID-19. I am honored to serve on a new task force Rotary International has created, but it’s also…

A Rotary club president in North Carolina receives his COVID-19 vaccination. By Dawn Rochelle, governor of Rotary District 7730 Looking at the newest update on COVID-19 in November, my fellow governors in North Carolina, USA, felt we had to do something. Having been a part of two National Immunization Day trips to India in 2015…

Jeffry Cadorette By Jeffry Cadorette, past RI director and chair of Rotary International’s Communications Committee Most of us have social media accounts that we use to promote Rotary. In our network are Rotary friends, but also family, friends, and colleagues outside of Rotary. This is all very good. Many of our profile banners include a…

Temrah Okonski By Temrah Okonski, assistant governor in District 7620 (D.C. & Maryland, USA) Our district faced a critical decision on what to do about our annual speech contest on The Four-Way Test when the COVID-19 pandemic began to change the world last year. We decided to still hold one, but online. The results proved…

Trustee Chair K.R. Ravindran (bottom left) takes part in a virtual major donor event organized by Rotary District 2060 in Venice, Italy. By Omar Bortoletti, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser for Zone 14 The Rotary Foundation reminds us constantly why we are here. It reminds us who it is we serve. It reminds us that these days,…

Farrah Hasnain and her friends at the Hamamatsu Festival. Farrah Hasnain By Farrah Hasnain My aim is to change my students’ perception of the U.S. There is a hegemony of whiteness in English language teaching, and I want to represent how diverse and multifaceted the American identity truly is.” When I wrote this to enter…

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