Incoming district governors eager to serve humanity

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160118_themeBy Ryan Hyland, Rotary editorial staff

Incoming district governors got their first look at the presidential theme for 2016-17, Rotary Serving Humanity, today at the International Assembly, an annual training event for future leaders. RI President-elect John F. Germ encouraged attendees to work as a team to get the word out about what Rotary is, and what we do, especially as we near the end of our goal to eradicate polio. “The more we are known for what we’ve achieved, the more we’ll be able to attract the partners, the funding, and most important of all, the members to achieve even more.”

We caught up with incoming district governors after the theme was announced to get their thoughts.

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Video: International Migrants Day

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At this time of year, our thoughts turn to family and home, but for many this just isn’t possible.

At ShelterBox, we don’t just help people whose homes have been damaged or lost in natural disasters, but those who have had to leave their homes due to conflict.

While many people leave their homes to escape the threat of terror and violence, such as those fleeing from Boko Haram in Nigeria or Islamic State in the Middle East, the way to safety is often just as perilous.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the number of people fleeing war and violence in 2015 is set break a record high, with almost a million people having crossed the Mediterranean Sea to escape conflict in Syria and elsewhere.

While we may not be able to help these families return to their homes and communities as we can after a flood…

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Rotary Club Central helps you lead your club

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The Rotary Club of Plympton hosted a Young Chef competition as a new event during Hands’ year as president. The Rotary Club of Plympton hosted a Young Chef competition as a new event during Hands’ year as president.

By Darren Hands

In 2014-15, I served as president of the Rotary Club of Plympton, Devon, England. For many years, we have had a fairly steady program of activities. But with some of our more-established members leaving or taking on fewer roles, I knew I had to look at my year as a way of pushing the club forward through the newer members. Awareness of The Rotary Foundation and our areas of focus had been declining. And within the club itself, there was no “one-stop” port of call to get a full picture of the club’s activities.

Before our club assembly — and before I was aware of Rotary Club Central — the club council (executive board) had already

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ShelterBox Goes To The Movies For New Bond Film’s Royal Premiere

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photo of Daniel Craig as James Bond, in the cockpit of a crashed helicopter

ShelterBox is honoured to have been chosen as one of three charities to receive funds from this year’s Royal Film Performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 26 October.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have nominated ShelterBox to benefit from one of London’s biggest red carpet events, theRoyal Film Performance at the Royal Albert Hall, which this year will be the World Premiere of the 24th James Bond adventure, SPECTRE.

The Royal Film Performance is held in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the charity for the UK film, cinema and commercial television industries, which provides support for those working behind the scenes in times of hardship. SPECTRE will be the third Bond film chosen since the Royal Film Performances began in 1946.

Their Royal Highnesses were invited to nominate two further charities to benefit from this year’s event. ShelterBox was…

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ShelterBox Provides Tents For Migrant Crisis in Greece

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Young Syrian refugee on the Greek island of Lesbos Kara Tepe Camp on a hillside outside the main port of Mytilene. ©Rachel Harvey, ShelterBox

As Greece buckles under its own economic pressures, it is also under stress from a growing external pressure. Every day boatloads of migrants and refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and Afghanistan arrive from Turkey on islands such as Lesbos. ShelterBox is sending tents to help in overwhelmed transit camps.

It is a short three mile sea journey from the coast of Turkey to the island of Lesbos. But this proximity has made it a stepping stone on a journey of despair. Some days as many as 2,000 migrants arrive in small vessels on the island’s northern beaches. Most are fleeing war in Syria and Afghanistan, with hopes of heading further into Western Europe.

For these families any sense of relief at finally setting foot on European soil is soon crushed by a stark reality…

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A milestone for polio eradication in Nigeria

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150724_mcgovernBy Michael McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee

Today is a special milestone for global health and for every Rotary member. Today, Nigeria has gone one year with no new cases of wild poliovirus.

This is the longest the country has ever gone without a case of polio and a critical step on the path toward a polio-free Africa. We’ve come a long way; it was only a decade ago that polio struck 12,631 people in Africa – three-quarters of all cases in the world.

A vaccinator in Maiduguri looks for children that were missed during the mop up phase of an immunization drive in Northern Nigeria. Photo by Diego Ibarra Sánchez A vaccinator looks for children that were missed during the mop up phase of a polio immunization drive in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Photo by Diego Ibarra Sánchez

Last year, thanks to its extensive polio eradication infrastructure, Africa’s most populous nation was able to reduce polio cases by 90 percent and thwart the deadly Ebola virus with a swift, “world-class” response.

I had the…

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Rotary Day winning video

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By Rotary Voices staff

From the time he took office, RI President Gary C.K. Huang invited Rotary clubs and districts to hold a special Rotary Day during 2014-15 to introduce community members to Rotary. He also encouraged them to submit short videos of these events for a chance to receive special recognition. Congratulations to District 2430 (Turkey), whose video — included here — was the winning entry. Twelve other videos were chosen as finalists.

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Celebrating our accomplishments through Rotary Days

Rotary Service Connections | English

By Ellina Kushnir, RI Programs staff

Over the past year, we expanded our impact by inviting the community to learn about our good work as we celebrated our accomplishments through a variety of community engagements. More than 400 clubs and districts around the world heeded President Gary C.K. Huang’s call to Light Up Rotary through unique Rotary Day events.

Congratulations to Rotary District 2430, Turkey, winner of the year-long video contest on their winning Rotary Day submission:

View the 12 video finalists from around the world:

District 3480, Taiwan District 3480, Taiwan

RID4170_Mexico District 4170, Mexico

Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs of El Salvador Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs of El Salvador

RID2440_Turkey District 2440, Turkey

District 3510, Taiwan District 3510, Taiwan

Rotary Club of Kokura East, Japan Rotary Club of Kokura East, Japan

Four Rotary clubs of Fort Collins The Four Rotary clubs of Fort Collins

District 4895, Argentina District 4895, Argentina

Rotary Club of Atibaia-Estância, Brazil Rotary Club of Atibaia-Estância, Brazil

Rotary Club of Calapan, Philippines Rotary Club of Calapan, Philippines

Rotary Club of Levroux-Boischaut-Champagne, France Rotary Club of Levroux-Boischaut-Champagne, France

District 3230, India District 3230, India


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