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Why you shouldn’t be afraid to take risks

John Smerdon and Daniel Vankov prepare sausage sizzle for the homeless in Brisbane. By Daniel Vankov, Immediate Past President, Rotary Club of Brisbane, Australia Rotary’s secret is cooperation. Alone we are useless. Together we are powerful. And together in a million we are unstoppable. I had the honor of serving as president of the Rotary […]


Who is that poster girl?

Francine Falk-Allen By Francine Falk-Allen One of the first misconceptions that confronted me as a handicapped child was that people – children, adults, everyone – would often say, “I saw your picture on the March of Dimes poster!!” The March of Dimes was a campaign initiated to pay for polio vaccinations and patient care. Most […]


How we set up a Rotaract club in a refugee settlement

By Francis Xavier Sentamu, District 9211 (Uganda) governor-elect When I first saw a story on BBC in the spring of 2016 about the Nakivale Refugee settlement, I didn’t give it much thought. It was distant to me. Somewhat coincidentally, I attended a “changemaker” event that November organized by the American Refugee Committee, where 13 youth […]


How accessible is your club?

Shogo Williams-Matsuka, left, attends a club event in 2016. Williams-Matsuka says he joined Rotary partly to improve the representation of people with disabilities in community groups. Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of posts celebrating Membership Month. By Shogo Williams-Matsuoka, president-elect, Rotary E-club of Western Australia My life as a Rotarian began […]


Changing public perception of homelessness

Rotaract members in the Taipei Tin Harbour club talk with a homeless person as they deliver a single-meal home-packed “Bento Box.” Members are trying to change people’s stereotypes of the homeless. By Elyse Lin, Rotaract Club of Taipei Tin Harbour, Taiwan Being a part of the Rotary family for years, I’ve learned to be more […]


What value does your club have for young professionals?

Michael Walstrom Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of blog posts celebrating Membership Month. By Michael Walstrom, president of the Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton, Florida Rotary, like any business, has customers. For us, those customers are our members and we must provide value to assure satisfied customers. The key to […]


Bringing the Rotary family closer together

Albert E. Kafka, Founder Intarconnect, Rotary Club of Wien-Oper Change is the only constant in life. No matter how prepared we think we are for it, transition can be challenging. Closing the exciting chapter of our lives as members of Rotaract and moving on to the new adventures that await us in Rotary can be […]


Everyone’s safer when a fight is avoided

Rotary Peace Fellow and Vancouver police training instructor Bryan Nykon demonstrates some low-risk judo moves that can avoid escalating violence. By Chris Offer, Chair, The Rotary Foundation’s Peace Major Gifts Initiative Committee, and a member of the Rotary Club of Ladner, Delta, British Columbia, Canada I had the opportunity recently to visit the Police Tactical […]


Is it time for a re-read of Rotary?

Elizabeth Usovicz By Elizabeth Usovicz, Public Image Coordinator for Zone 31 English was not my father’s first language. And like a lot of second language learners, he was an avid reader. He especially liked Conrad and Melville and read their bodies of work not once but several times during his life. As a young man, […]


Are you ready for the online challenge?

Members of the NoBorders Rotaract Club meet. By Patricia Mackenzie, 2017-18 president of the Rotaract Club of NoBorders As a young professional, I found myself being short on time. I was starting my career, making new friends, and I really didn’t have time to meet in-person multiple times a week. I tried a traditional Rotaract […]