Rotary Peace Fellow Magdalena Zurita on the Via Francigena By Magdalena Zurita, Rotary Peace Fellow, International Christian University, Japan, 2016-18 In May of 2018, I completed my master’s studies as a Peace Fellow at International Christian University in Japan. As I waited for the graduation ceremonies, I pondered where I should put everything I had…

By Corey Lopardi, membership development chair for District 5020 (parts of British Columbia, Canada, and Washington, USA) Recently, I had the pleasure of  interviewing the newest club president in our district who moved to a small town of 1,770 and started a brand new Rotary club with 42 members. They grew to almost 50 members…

By Steve Solbrack –District 5950 New Club Development Chair and a member of the Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub, Minnesota, USA We chartered our new Rotary club in February 2019 with 25 members and a focus on the environment. The EcoClub is a non-traditional format designed to attract a segment of the population not currently served…

Emilse Anabella Palacios joined other women scientists as part of the Homeward Bound expedition to Antarctica. By Emilse Anabella Palacios, Rotary Peace Fellow 2009-11 My relationship with Rotary began as a Rotary Youth Exchange student and member of a Group Study Exchange. Later as a Rotary Peace Fellow at Duke University and University of North…

Pam Gray and her husband, Brian, (third and fourth from right) at the District 5160 conference in 2018. By Pam Gray, Rotary Club of Paradise, California, USA I grew up in a small family. My parents were both only children – that means I have no aunts, uncles or first cousins. As a child, my…

Rotaract members talk to students about thalassemia. By Ali Raza, president of the Rotaract Club of Bahauddin Zakariya University, Punjab, Pakistan We live in a society where people call themselves humans before they know the need of being human; where they wish for a long life before they wish for healthy life; and where they…

Jordan Koletic, left, and Robert Smayda Jr. at Rotary Day at the United Nations in 2014. By Kamlesh Chandan, Rotary Club of Lake Norman/Huntersville, North Carolina, USA In 2015, I was working at one of the largest Fortune 500 banks in the United States when I read an article on our internal website about a…

RI President Barry Rassin and Rotary directors with Rotaractors at the Rotaract Turns 50 Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. By Alexandria Ritchie, a member of the Rotaract Club of Virginia Commonwealth University and the Rotary Club of James River, Richmond, Virginia, USA Both Rotary and Rotaract have contributed so much to who I am…

Christian Miguel da Silva and other Youth Exchange students at a Rotary conference in Mexicali in 2004-05 Christian Miguel da Silva By Christian Miguel da Silva, alumnus of Interact and Rotaract clubs, Rotary Youth Exchange program, and the New Generations Service Exchange program. Watching the news today can create a lot of anxiety. Have you…

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…

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