Natallia Melnik and Sviatlana Baranava and their children in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. By Dan Parks, Rotary Club of Wilmington East, North Carolina, USA At the end of December, two Ukrainian families arrived in North Carolina, USA, after a whirlwind departure from Kyiv on Christmas day. They traveled through Warsaw and Chicago enroute to North…

Rotary Peace Fellows at the Rotary Peace Center at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. By Rebecca Crall, Areas of Focus Manager, Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention In a conversation recently with a group of professional peacebuilders, one of my colleagues (and a new Rotary member) surprised me when he referred to Rotary as a “disruptor for peace.”…

By Bob Hyde, Rotary Club of Miami Brickell and Miami Brickell Passport,  Florida, USA Marcy Ullom About two years ago, Marcy Ullom and her husband sold their longtime home in Miami and relocated to Brevard County, Florida. That took Marcy away from her Rotary Club of Miami Brickell, but also well above District 6990’s northern…

Participants of a workshop in Nigeria designed to prevent violent extremism among youth. By Eyerusalem Azmeraw, Project Officer, UNESCO IICBA, and Pietro Uzochukwu Macleo, Chair of the Rotary Nigeria National Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Committee and Peace Chair for the Great Britain and Ireland – Nigeria Rotary Intercountry Committee In February 2022, we joined together…

By Etelka Lehoczky, digital content editor/writer Maybe you know about Meetup, the 49-million-member online resource for coordinating and hosting events all over the world. Maybe your club already lists its meetings there. But if you’re not thinking strategically about your Meetup presence, you won’t see the kind of membership growth this amazing platform can generate.…

By Martin Postic Jr., Rotary Club of Oklahoma City Midtown, Oklahoma, USA Martin Postic Jr. As Rotary members, we’re encouraged to apply The Four-Way Test to everything we think, say, or do. And yet many Rotarians fixate on just the first part of the test – “Is it the TRUTH?” – and stop there. It’s…

By Judith Diment, Dean, Rotary Representatives Network to the UN and International Agencies I was delighted to have the chance to lead the Rotary delegation to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, COP27, in Egypt in November. It’s a privilege that came my way as dean of the Rotary Representative Network to the United…

A recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Metaverso By Juana Maria Serrano Marin, president of the Rotary Club of Metaverso, District 2203, Spain Juana Maria Serrano Marin A few months ago, a guest speaker at my husband’s Rotary club told the group about the vast possibilities of the Metaverse as a virtual meeting place.…

By Bruce Templeton, Rotary Club of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Bruce Templeton, aka Santa, a member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, and the only living Canadian Santa in the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame. In 1979 – when I was 34 – an aunt of mine, the head…

By Tom Gump, member of the RI Membership Growth committee and past governor of District 5950 (Minnesota, USA), and Mykola Stebljanko, public image coordinator in Zone 21A and past governor of District 2232 (Ukraine) Tom Gump Membership has grown 23.5% in Ukraine since Russian forces invaded the country on 24 February 2022. The region, which…

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