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Together we transform, one mangrove at a time

This slideshow requires JavaScript. By Hope A. Sealey, president, Rotary Club of East Nassau, Nassau, Bahamas. Photos by Alyce Henson, Rotary International. Storm damage and coastline erosion are threatening many shores around the world, especially islands in the Caribbean. On top of these concerns, climate challenges are vastly affecting the natural ecosystems of these islands. […]


Rotary alum turns trash into treasure

Binish Desai’s company makes bricks from industrial waste otherwise destined for the landfill. By Binish Desai, a member of the Rotary Club of Bulsar, India, and a former Rotary Youth Exchange student I started my journey in Rotary as a Youth Exchange Student in 2009-10, hosted by the Rotary Club of Waukegan, Illinois, USA. I’m […]


The opportunity that changed my life

Jireh Mabamba, second from left, with fellow members of Rotaract. By Jireh Mabamba Sometimes, all you need is a chance – that one opportunity of a lifetime. Rotary gave me that chance. I grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where human life has little value. Children are taken from their families and forced […]


No checks please! Better photos tell better stories

This slideshow requires JavaScript. By Chris Offer, Rotary Club of Ladner, Delta, British Columbia, Canada (District 5040) I was recently at a Rotary conference in Karachi, Pakistan. One session was a series of short presentations on club service projects. Most of the presentations were in Urdu, which I don’t speak. Fortunately, several speakers had very […]


Our new vision statement: why should you care?

Stephanie Urchick By Stephanie A. Urchick, chair of Rotary’s Strategic Planning Committee We are now more than a year into the process of revisiting Rotary’s strategic plan, a process that will allow us to examine our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in order to move the organization in a direction that will allow Rotary to […]


Unexpected lessons from my disaster relief experience

Yannis Comino with ShelterBox aid supplies. By Yannis Comino Over my summer break at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, I decided to trade in the warmer weather of Australia for an English winter. Why, you might ask, would I do such a thing? Well, the only way I can explain it is […]


Why plant trees when you can plant seaweed

This slideshow requires JavaScript. By Parry Monckton, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia In early March, members of my club joined the Operation Crayweed team at Mona Vale Beach to restore the denuded reef on the Sydney shore coastline. We decided to help plant a Crayweed forest as part of […]


Plant trees, we’ll plant seaweed

This slideshow requires JavaScript. By Parry Monckton, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia In early March, members of my club joined the Operation Crayweed team at Mona Vale Beach to restore the denuded reef on the Sydney shore coastline. We decided to help plant a Crayweed forest as part of […]


Ideas Factory sheds light on club innovation

A facilitator leads the discussion during the Ideas Factory. By Daniel Vankov, president of the Rotary Club of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia At the Rotary Club of Brisbane, we attempt to be the motor behind major community initiatives in our community, in Queensland, and beyond. As members, we have a duty to continue our impact and […]


The key to pitching Rotary to young professionals

Michael Walstrom leads a presentation on attracting young professionals into Rotary. By Michael Walstrom, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton, Florida I think most would agree that Rotary has struggled to attract and retain young professionals. At a district conference in 2016, my district governor, Eric Gordon, asked me to put together […]