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SURF’s up: Who says Rotary can’t be fun?

High school students enjoy a bonfire event in 2016. By Brett Morey, chair of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship and past president of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, California, USA Have you ever thought of turning a hobby or passion into something even more beneficial through Rotary? I am a third generation Californian […]


Talking sticks, restorative practices build cooperation

Lindsey Pointer facilitates a connection circle using a talking piece. By Lindsey Pointer, Rotary Global Grant Scholar During the recent U.S. government shut down, a bipartisan group of roughly two-dozen senators helped craft the funding deal to reopen the government. The group used a “talking stick” as a tool to facilitate their meeting, only allowing […]


Clean water for Fante Mayera, Ghana

Albert Essien, left, visits the stream that is a source of water for the village. By Albert Essien, Rotary Club of Tema Meridian, Ghana Fante Mayera is a medium-size rural community of about 800 people in the greater Accra region of Ghana. In August, I visited the community with the manager of the Rotary-USAID partnership […]


How is your club celebrating Rotary’s anniversary?

Rotarians in Russia celebrate last year’s anniversary. On 23 February, Rotary will mark its 113th year. We will be showcasing images of clubs celebrating around the world. Send us a jpg attachments of your event, along with a brief description and photo credit information to blog@rotary.org to be considered for our photo gallery.


Training the next generation of Rotary leaders

Training leader Mary Helman carries a flag across stage during the 2018 International Assembly. By Marty Helman, past governor of District 7780 and a member of the Rotary Club of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA I was fortunate enough to serve as a training leader at this year’s International Assembly, an annual training exercise for incoming […]


In Rotaract, we see, feel, and act

Rotaractors in Faisalabad were moved to help a widow they saw on a news report. By Fatima Khurram, Rotaract Club of Faisalabad Janubi, Pakistan Not long ago, a mother of one of our members saw on the news a documentary about a widow struggling to provide for herself and her three adult children living with […]


7 steps for submitting an outstanding peace fellowship application

A Rotary Peace Fellow at the 2017 Convention in Atlanta. By Sarah Cunningham, Marketing and Recruitment Specialist at The Rotary Foundation Although the application window for fellowship programs is generally short, applying for a fellowship is a long-term process requiring research, planning, outreach, and perseverance. Here are seven critical application steps we’ve learned from 15 […]


Two brothers take aim at eliminating hepatitis

On the way to Paraguay, one month into the expedition. By Fred Mesquita, Rotary Club of São Paulo-Jardim das Bandeiras, São Paulo, Brazil Two brothers, a car, one important social cause, a lot of courage, and many adventures along the way. That’s how our Expedition “Me Leva Junto” (Take me with you) began in October […]


Rediscovering traditional justice in Africa

George Chacha By George Chacha, 2013 Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand Before Europeans colonized much of Africa, local villagers had their own way of resolving conflicts through traditional justice systems. The community would select a certain number of elders, who they felt most suitable for deciding cases, to handle disputes. A distinctive […]


People of Action campaign rocks San Diego airport

Short People of Action videos greeted travelers at the San Diego International Airport 10-24 January. By Scott Carr, 2017-18 governor of District 5340 We enjoy serving as the host district for Rotary’s annual training event of incoming district governors here in San Diego, California, and are honored to provide volunteers to help with transportation, serve […]