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Watch this year’s most popular Rotary membership videos
Your votes are in. With 585 votes, the video from the Rotary Club of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is this year’s most popular Share Your Story membership video. The three-minute clip shows how club members from Atlanta worked with clubs in Honduras to improve the lives of children in a small Honduran village. These clubs made the top four Rotary Choice videos: Rotary Club of Petion-Ville, Haiti Rotary Club of Panaji Mid-Town, Goa, India Rotary Club of Anchorage, Alaska, USA Rotary Club of Alpharetta, Georgia, USA Thanks to all who participated and voted. Rotary News
Nigerian donor promotes Rotary’s role as a player for peace
For Nigerian philanthropist Michael Olawale-Cole, understanding Rotary's positive influence in the world requires imagining the world without Rotary. "How many millions of people's lives would not have been affected by Rotary's good work?" says Olawale-Cole, who joined Rotary as a member of the Rotary Club of Isolo, Lagos State, in 1980. "If Rotary did not take on the challenge of eradicating polio, how many more millions of children around the world would have died or been crippled by this disease? Who could have done that if not Rotary?" Imagining what the world would be like without Rotary...
Rotary, USAID collaboration improves sanitation facilities in Ghana
According to a 2012 report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, Ghana has made great strides in providing its people with clean drinking water. But access to better sanitation has lagged. Only about 14 percent of Ghanaians have access to improved facilities, compared with the 54 percent target set for 2015 by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Addressing the issue isn't simple, as pit latrines need emptying, toilets need maintenance, and promoting hygiene requires education. The H2O Collaboration, a partnership between Rotary and the U.S. Agency for International...
Sydney convention wins major marketing awards
Headed to the Rotary Convention in São Paulo this June? Get excited. Your upcoming experience is being organized by an award-winning meetings and events team from Rotary International. Last year's convention in Sydney was recognized recently with several industry awards at the Meeting and Events Australia's prestigious annual NSW Awards Night. Rotary and Business Events Sydney won the headlining award -- Association or Government Meeting of the Year -- as well as two Specialist Awards for Best Corporate Social Responsibility and Best Educational Component. As winner of the major NSW award,...
Global grant partnership turns good idea into bigger, sustainable project
In the Esmeraldas Province of Ecuador, Rotary members have teamed up with a microfinance organization to provide small loans to poor women, teaching them to sew and bake so they can start or expand businesses. The Rotary Club of Marin Evening, in California, USA, reached out to 64 Rotary clubs in seven districts including Ecuador's, to raise money, find support from partners, and mobilize local community members for a global grant project. Keith Axtell, a member of the Marin Evening club, says the effort began in 2005-06, when his wife, Holly, was district governor and was looking for an...