A delegation of 30 Papua New Guinea participants funded by the Evangelical Lutheran Church take part in the Global Cyber Peace Conference. Elaine Pratley By Elaine Pratley, Rotary Peace Fellow This has not been an easy year. I attended my first virtual funeral because of local lockdowns due to COVID-19. Friends have lost jobs and…

David Jones and his wife, Judy, in San Francisco in 2006. By David Jones, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Upper Arlington/Grandview (TriVillage), Columbus, Ohio, USA In 2008, my world changed when my wife of 29 years was killed by an impaired driver. She was returning from a college visit with our 17-year-old daughter. My…

In March, members of Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact from both Pakistan and India gathered together at Kartarpar Sabib a shrine holy to Sikhs. By Sajid Pervaiz, past governor of District 3272, member of the Rotary Club of Ruryila, Pakistan In March, members of Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact from both Pakistan and India gathered together at…

S.R. Yogananda By S.R. Yogananda, past district governor, past regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and a member of the Rotary Bangalore East, Bengaluru, India The year was 1987. I had come back from the Sultanate of Oman and was running a consumer products distribution company in Bangalore, India, when a business executive came to my office…

Rotary members load boxes of assembled face shields for Form5 Prosthetics. With the help of Rotary members in New Albany, Ohio, USA, the company has produced more than 5,000 face shields for health workers. By Michelle Davis, past president of the Rotary Club of New Albany, Ohio, USA, and an assistant governor in District 6690…

The group study exchange team during a field visit with their hosts in Maryland, USA, in 1990. By Rakesh K. Gaur, former Group Study Exchange team member As a citizen of India, I have been troubled by my country’s population growth, economic crisis, poverty, crimes against women, and child abuse. I had the privilege of…

Members of the Rotary Club of San Antonio, Texas, sort items for a food drive in a school parking lot. By Nathan Rizzo, Rotary Club of San Antonio, Texas, USA I have been a member of my club for two years, but it was in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that I learned what…

Kisa mentors on a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro with Curt Harris in 2018. By Curt Harris, past governor, Rotary District 5450 Although I joined Rotary in 1997, it wasn’t until I had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro as a Rotary-sponsored fundraiser three years later that I really felt I had…

Participants in the art and wine event show off their creations. By Tasmain Warren, Rotaract Club of Manhattan New York City, New York, USA Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, our Rotaract club realized the need to stay connected more than ever. We switched to an online platform and started brainstorming ways that we could fight…

Cristal Montañéz has been working with Rise Against Hunger to provide meals for Venezuelan refugees in Colombia. By Quentin Wodon, Rotary Club of Washington Global, USA Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are among the most vulnerable people on earth. The latest UNHCR report released ahead of World Refugee Day in June estimates that 79.5…

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