District Governor is excited about the new year 

Kayla pictured with Area Governor Joe Wilkinson and President-Elect Paul Gray
 
 
Incoming District Governor Kayla Christianson is excited about the next year. On Tuesday, our District Governor Kayla Christianson spoke to our club about Rotary's new ideas and the difficulties the club experienced with the pandemic. She touched on how Rotary changed its attendance policy to allow members to be more out serving the public, rather than having to worry about attending meetings and attendence. That led to the announcement of Rotary's new theme, Serve to Change Lives. This theme encourages members to get in their community and put service above self. 
District Governor is excited about the new year  2021-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

RI President-elect Jennifer Jones announces Rotary’s $97 million pledge for sustainable projects during Global Citizen Live

Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones took the stage at the Global Citizen Live concert on 25 September in Paris, France, and pledged $97 million in grant funding from the organization next year for sustainable, Rotary club-led projects.

Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour broadcast with events and performances across six continents, aimed to unite people to take action to defend the planet, end the COVID-19 pandemic, defeat poverty, provide education for all children, and promote equity and justice for all. Some of the world’s top artists, celebrities, activists, and government leaders participated in this year’s event to raise awareness and support in cities including Paris; Lagos, Nigeria; London, UK; Los Angeles, USA; New York City, USA; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Seoul, Korea; and Sydney, Australia.

 

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RI President-elect Jennifer Jones announces Rotary’s $97 million pledge for sustainable projects during Global Citizen Live 2021-10-04 05:00:00Z 0

New Rotarian Larry Walden speaks on the state of the county 

Parker County Precinct 3 Commissioner Larry Walden did double duty at our meeting, being both swoon in as a Rotarian and our guest speaker. Walden says has a lot of challenges in his job, but he says one of his biggest is explaining to city folk that moving to unincorporated Parker County is not the city.
 
 
Walden being inducted by Beau Rees 
 
“One of my challenges is getting the world out that if you live in unincorporated Parker County, it’s not going to be the same as the city you live from,” he explained. “I try to do that and let people know where their tax money goes and a small portion goes to road and bridge. The best opportunities that I get is to meet with the homeowner’s association when a new subdivision comes in to explain to them the difference between a county road and a city street.”
 
Government transparency and taxes was the topic at the Rotary Club of Weatherford’s general meeting presentation on Sept. 21. Walden spoke about both to the club.
 
“Parker County needs representation. We all as taxpayers need to know if we’re getting our money’s worth, our funding that we deserve. The budget will soon wrap up with the tax rate being about 32 cents. County government can be inefficient. It is my job to make it as efficient as possible by making sure the tax dollar is applied in the correct place.”
 
Walden spoke at lengths about the road and bridge fund and the dividing of it based off tax rate and road miles, not a four-way equal share. Walden said his office constantly receives calls by residents who are not aware of the percentage
 
 
 
of their taxes go to the road and bridge fund. He said it’s a common misconception that the county gets a bulk of the tax money, when the reality is much different. The breakdown looks more like this: 53 percent to Weatherford ISD, 21 percent to the City of Weatherford, 12.44 percent to Parker County, 5.47 percent to Weatherford College and 3.19 percent to lateral road tax. In Precinct 3, there are 358 miles of county road, roughly one third land wise of the county. The lateral road tax is used to build and maintain those roads.
 
Walden also spoke about the Adopt- A-County Road program. This program allows residents to adopt and maintain county roads for 2-year increments. Go to the parkercountytx.com/405/Adopt-A-Country-Road for more information. 
 
After the presentation, President Watson highlighted some upcoming events, including flag duty and the pancake supper.
New Rotarian Larry Walden speaks on the state of the county  2021-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Bret Watson recognized by Weatherford City Council 

 
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On Sept. 15, Weatherford City Council recognized Rotarian Bret Watson for being selected as the 2021-2022 State Commander for The American Legion, Department of Texas. Bret joined United States Army in 1982. In 1992, he started his own construction company, giving back to fellow Texans and our community. Since then,  he has started several other companies always with the purpose of giving back. Bret and his wife Rachael are both paid up for life members of the American Legion. Bret and his family are all members of our local American Legion Post 163. Bret has been an active Rotarian since 2018, now serving on the board as sergeant-at-arms. His wife, Rachael, serves on the board as president. 
Rotarian Bret Watson recognized by Weatherford City Council  2021-09-20 05:00:00Z 0

Group Dynamic: Meet the Rotarians who are finding fresh ways to connect

Rotarians are doers. As Rotary’s vision statement proclaims, they want to live in “a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.” That’s why they joined Rotary, and that’s why they stay. They want to be engaged.

So how can your club ensure it is providing sustained engagement for its members? On the following pages you will meet seven Rotary clubs and see how they do it. In Texas, the Rotary Club of Plano West has gone all in on community service. And the recently chartered Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women, with members in multiple U.S. states and several countries, has great advice for involving new members. Finally, leave it to Rotary’s first five clubs to concoct a collaborative endeavor that is connecting current members in creative ways. Collectively, these clubs provide a model for how Rotarians can engage with the rich traditions of the past, the challenging conditions of the present, and our hope-filled expectations for the future.

 

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Group Dynamic: Meet the Rotarians who are finding fresh ways to connect 2021-09-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary places flags for 9/11

 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Weatherford placed flags around Downtown Weatherford in remembrance of 9/11. Thank you for your service. 
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Rep. Phil King zooms with Rotary Club of Weatherford 

 
 
 
 
 
 
State Rep. Phil King addressed members of the Rotary Club of Weatherford via Zoom at their Tuesday meeting, after he and fellow lawmakers remained “locked in” at the State Capitol while waiting on Democrats to come back for the special session. The Texas House began its regular session Jan. 8, with things getting off to a slow start, first with COVID followed by Winter Storm Uri in February.
 
“In mid-April, we had things rolling and were getting things moving, but it was very late in the session,” King explained. “To all of our surprise, we got an amazing amount done, even with all those restrictions.”
 
On July 12, approximately 51 House Democrats fled the state via plane, breaking the the two-thirds quorum needed for lawmakers to make any decisions. Time on the first special session ran out Aug. 6, during which Abbott called a second special session to begin the next day. Still, no Democrat lawmakers.
 
“We’ve got an agenda to work through, and apparently these are things that are very offensive to the Democrats that I serve in the House with,” King said.
 
Topics on the agenda include bail reform, spend through $15 billion in federal funds, border security, social media censorship ( something King’s wife has dealt with) , transgender athletes competing in UIL, a 13th check for retired teachers, critical race theory, and Texas House Bill 6 - election integrity and security by preventing fraud in the conduct of election.
 
King did reference the absurdity of him and fellow house members being "locked" in the capital while the Democrats were being located out of state, even with a couple vacationing in Portugal. At the time of the presentation, some Democrats have showed up to work on the agenda items, but not enough to make a quorum. The Texas House finally got their quorum  on Aug. 19 with 99 members registered as present that evening. 
 
Rotary members were allowed to ask questions about immigration and mask mandates. Many members asked about the border crisis and what is being done at the state level to hinder the out of control migrant movement, causing the surge in COVID cases.
 
 
 
After King signed off, President Rachael Watson presented the Paul Harris Award to now two-time award recipient Joe Wilkinson, who has given over $2,000 to the grant. Wilkinson explained how his father presented him with his first Paul Harris Award when he was a member of the Downtown Rotary Club. Ron Hunn gave an update  about the Battle for the Badges, stating that only 99 pints of blood were given, which Hunn said seems to be in the new normal in the COVID world. Lions Club did win this years' competition. 
Rep. Phil King zooms with Rotary Club of Weatherford  2021-08-23 05:00:00Z 0

Sheriff Russ Authier speaks to club 

 
 
Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier spoke to the Rotary Club of Weatherford at their regular meeting on Aug. 3. Sheriff Authier spoke about his law enforcement career that spans over 30 years, including the 12 years he worked as chief deputy under Larry Fowler. The sheriff's office currently has 98 commissioned officers and 37 civilians, with an average response time is 12.5 minutes in a county of over 900 square miles.
 
Authier also spoke about the privately owned jail that houses 461 inmates with 90 jailers. The sheriff's office runs dispatch for the Parker County Sheriff's Office, City of Willow Park, City of Hudson Oaks, and Aledo ISD. After his presentation, Authier graciously answered questions asked by fellow Rotarians and guests. 
Sheriff Russ Authier speaks to club  2021-08-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club awards 10 scholarships to local students 

The Rotary Club of Weatherford awarded 10 scholarships at their regular meeting on July 20. Students from Weatherford High School, Peaster High School, Weatherford Christian, and Weatherford College received scholarships this year. Each scholarship came from money raised from the annual pancake supper in February, amounting to $1,000 each. It was a blessing for the club to award the scholarships after the turbulent time of COVID.
 
"The Weatherford Rotary Club persisted in times of chaos to make sure that the kids in the community had an opportunity to apply for scholarships without club by raising funds in a creative way, " President Rachael Watson explained. 
 
Scholarships were awarded to the following students: 
 
Kurt Hatch                Emily Kemp 
Jordan Cash              Anna Yoder 
Madylen Wolfsen     Bryson Smith 
Peter McDow           Emily Allen 
Emma Groce            Keller Warren 
 
 
 
Scholarship recipients- photo by Tim Mitchell 
 
 
Peter McDow and Keith Warren accepting scholarships. photos by Tim Mitchell 
 
The "creative way" was holding the annual pancake supper outside and as a drive thru, allowing attendees to be able to participate while social distancing. It was radical contrast from previous years when the event was held at the Weatherford High School cafeteria. 
 
Feb. Pancake Supper- photo by Jeff Swaim 
 
 
The club also inducted two new members at their regular meeting: Allison Bedore and Dan Robertson. The club is excited to welcome these two new members. Allison is a transfer from the Aledo Rotary Club and Dan is joining under the American Legion Post #163. Welcome!  It's a great time to be a Rotarian!  
Rotary Club awards 10 scholarships to local students  2021-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary 2022 International Convention to be held in Houston

The event will bring more than 20,000 participants from around the world and deliver $30 million in local economic impact

HOUSTON (July 22, 2021) – During a joint news conference held at George R. Brown Convention Center today, Rotary and Houston First Corporation representatives announced that more than 20,000 service-minded people from around the world will gather in Houston for Rotary’s 113th annual international convention on June 4-8, 2022.

The coveted international event is returning to Houston for the third time, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1972 international convention. The Bayou City also hosted the 5th Rotary convention in 1914. The event is expected to deliver $30 million in economic impact for the city’s hotels, restaurants, retailers and attractions.

 

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Rotary Club volunteers at Peach Pedal

 
Rotary Club of Weatherford turned out early Saturday morning to sign in bicyclists for the 33rd Annual Peach Pedal Bike Ride. The Peach Pedal Bike Ride is an annual fundraising events for the United Way of Parker County and the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce. Rotary Club of Weatherford has signed in bikers for numerous years, some starting as early as 5:00 a.m. Monies raised during the bike ride provide program funding for the following non-profits in our community: CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center, Child Protective Services Board, Center of Hope, Freedom House, MANNA, Parker County Committee on Aging, Sanctified Hope for Women, and Stars and Strides Therapeutic Riding. 
Rotary Club volunteers at Peach Pedal 2021-07-12 05:00:00Z 0

Weatherford Rotary inducts new board 

 
Rotary Club of Weatherford installed their new officers on June 15. Rachael Watson is now our new president with Paul Gray as president- elect. Beau Rees is the new vice president. 
 
“As the newly elected club president, I hope to continue to lead our diverse membership into a year of many successes and opportunities,” Watson explained.  “I feel that I have a great board this year and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”
Weatherford Rotary inducts new board  2021-06-21 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Weatherford establishes permanent scholarship at Weatherford College 

Picture courtesy of WC 
 
The Rotary Club of Weatherford established a new permanent scholarship endowment with the Weatherford College Foundation. In honor of the club’s 100th anniversary, the fund will be named the Rotary Club of Weatherford Centennial Scholarship. Pictured are WC President Tod Allen Farmer, Club President Peggy Hutton, President-elect Rachael Watson and other Weatherford Rotarians.
Rotary Club of Weatherford establishes permanent scholarship at Weatherford College 2021-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

Kathy Meyer speaks about Child Abuse Awareness Month 

 
 
CASA Executive Director Kathy Meyer presented at the April 6 meeting about CASA in both Palo Pinto and Parker counties. She also spoke about April being Child Abuse Awareness Month, bringing light the child abuse problem on the country. 
 
CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system by building a relationship with the child and those who are involved with them such as foster parents, teachers, counselors, and parents. They visit with and talk to the child and those involved every month and then report back to the judge on how the child is doing, if they need anything, and last but not least what they would like the judge to know about the case. A typical case in the systems run 12-18 months, but can last longer in the court system. 
 
 In addition to services to abused and neglected children, the CASA program works to provide the community education concerning the issue of child abuse, neglect, and child welfare policy. They are also committed to working toward public policies that promote child abuse prevention and to address reforms in the Child Protective Services/Foster Care Systems. CASA will have a fundraiser on May 6 to raise money to help support and fund the organization as they work to change the lives of foster children. If you're interested in donating or want more information go to .casahopeforchildren.org/
 
 
Kathy Meyer speaks about Child Abuse Awareness Month  2021-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Weatherford Celebrates 100 

Rotary celebrated their 100 year anniversary with cake and refreshments at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center. Rotary members socialized and reminisced about past members and activities. 
 
 
President-Elect Rachael Watson and President Peggy Hutton posed with the cake. 
 
The original charter 
Rotary Club of Weatherford Celebrates 100  2021-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary honors Sheriff Larry Fowler  2021-03-08 06:00:00Z 0

Pancake Supper a success!

Even though we are still counting the raised dollars, this year's drive-thru pancake supper was a successful event. Rachael Watson and her team did a great job organizing the drive-thru event. It was a great night to be a Rotarian and raise money for scholarships.  Our Rotary Interact kids did a great job guiding the vehicles into Heritage Park and running food to vehicles. We could not have done it without them. A special thanks to the teen challenge members who cooked our pancakes for us. By 6:00 p.m., the 100th car came through and was surprised by the $100 gift. 

 

(photos courtesy of Sally Sexton from Weatherford Democrat)

 

 

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Rotary Club of Weatherford recognized at Weatherford City Council Meeting 

The Rotary Club of Weatherford was recognized by the Weatherford City Council and Mayor Paul Paschall at their Feb. 9 meeting for March of 2021 being Weatherford Rotary Month in Weatherford, Texas. This proclamation was presented for the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Weatherford's official charter. City Council also spoke about Feb 23, 2021 being the 65th Anniversary of the Pancake Supper.  
 
  
  President Peggy Hutton and President-Elect Rachael Watson with Mayor Paul Paschall        
                                  
  
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Weatherford recognized at Weatherford City Council Meeting  2021-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarians place flags for MLK Day 

The Rotary Club of Weatherford placed flags around Downtown Weatherford on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Thank you Rotarians for all your hard work! 
 
 
Rotarians place flags for MLK Day  2021-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

Why Rotarians should engage with program alumni

When clubs cultivate relationships with Rotary alumni, both sides benefit

It’s always a pleasant surprise for Rotarians to meet someone who notices their Rotary pin and then to learn that the person was once a Rotary Youth Exchange student or Rotary Scholar. These conversations with Rotary alumni are great reminders of how many lives Rotary has had a positive effect on.

Rotary alumni can also have a positive effect on the organization, and many are looking for ways to reengage with Rotary. Chris Offer, a past governor of District 5040 in British Columbia, has seen firsthand what Rotary Peace Centers alumni can bring to the table. He and his wife, Penny, also a past governor of District 5040, were so impressed with the peace centers program that they established an endowment fund to support it; Offer now serves on the Rotary Peace Centers Committee. And peace fellows are only one part of the community of Rotary program alumni. One of them could make a fantastic speaker at your next meeting, bring valuable expertise to your club project, or be a great addition to your membership

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Rotarians Ring Bell for Salvation 
Army 

Rotarians rang the bell for the Salvation Army over the 2020 holiday season.  It was a great time for our Rotarians to get out and help raise money for this wonderful charity. 
 
Rotarians Ring Bell for Salvation Army  2020-12-28 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 13th consecutive year

For the 13th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

The Foundation earned the recognition for adhering to sector best practices and executing its mission in a financially efficient way, demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organizations Charity Navigator evaluates have received 13 consecutive 4-star evaluations.

 

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Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 13th consecutive year 2020-12-21 06:00:00Z 0

Interact Club FaceTime with sister school in Haiti 

The Interact Club of Weatherford Christian School, along with sponsor Rotarian Courtney McKeown, spent their meeting having a FaceTime call with their sister school in Haiti. The Interact Club allows young leaders ages 12-18 to become inspired and energized through service to become responsible global citizens. The students were able to meet their Haitian friends, tour the new school, and hear about their needs. All money raised from their Valentine’s Day candy sales will benefit Haiti, Shelter box and RYLA.
 
 
Interact Club FaceTime with sister school in Haiti  2020-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarians put out flags for Pearl Harbor Day 

Brave Rotarians putting out flags for Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7. Each year on Dec. 7, the world comes together to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (L-R- Bobby Baker, Bill Baker and Bret and Rachael Watson) Photo taken by Peggy Hutton.
 
Rotarians put out flags for Pearl Harbor Day  2020-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarians fill boxes for Operation Christmas Child 

Rotary Club of Weatherford filled 50 boxes for Operation Christmas Child at the Nov. 17 meeting. These boxes will be sent overseas to more than 100 countries to bless the children who receive them and share the message of the Gospel.
Rotarians fill boxes for Operation Christmas Child  2020-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Weatherford helps with Habitat for Humanity build 

Rotary Club of Weatherford participated with a local Habitat for Humanity build over the weekend. Rotarians strive to take action in our local community to create lasting change. Habitat for Humanity is one organization that helps make direct change to our local community.
 
Rotary Club of Weatherford helps with Habitat for Humanity build  2020-11-23 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarians participate in Veteran's Parade 

It was a great day honoring our nation's veterans as the Rotary Club of Weatherford participated in the Veteran's Day Parade on Nov. 14. President Elect Rachael Watson pulled the flag trailer while President Peggy Hutton, Past President Joe Wilkinson, Karen Wilkinson and Misty Browning walked behind holding the American flag. 
 
 
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New Board Meets to Discuss Upcoming Year 

The 2020-2021 board met on Aug. 29 with new President Peggy Hutton to discuss the upcoming goals for the new year. Despite the COVID shutdowns, there is a general excitement among the board about different opportunities for the club to be able to give back to the community.  The board will be reaching out to the club in upcoming meetings to discuss different volunteer committees and the exciting ways for the club to participate in service in the Weatherford area, starting with flag duty both Labor Day and 9/11. 
 
 
 
 
 
New Board Meets to Discuss Upcoming Year 2020-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

Holger Knaack selected to be 2020-21 Rotary International president

Holger Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, has been selected to serve as president of Rotary International in 2020-21.

The Nominating Committee’s decision follows the resignation last month of President-nominee Sushil Gupta due to health reasons. Knaack will officially become president-nominee if no other candidates challenge him by 31 May.

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Holger Knaack selected to be 2020-21 Rotary International president 2019-05-28 05:00:00Z 0

Games of Weatherford Results

From Marnita Stinnett:
 
Thank you to all Rotarians that came out and participated in the Games of Weatherford! Rotary won (WhooHoo!) with 100 points to the Lions' 80 points. It was a lot of fun and a special thank you goes out to Peggy Hutton for assisting in organizing the event.
 
The best part of the competition is the fact that between the 2 clubs, we raised about $2700 to be split between Center of Hope, Manna and Weatherford College Foundation. Amazing!
Games of Weatherford Results 2019-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Members Rebuild After Hurricane Maria

Eladio Montalvo faced a stark choice: risk drowning in his one-story home or climb through a window into the house next door. It was under construction but had a second floor where he could escape the rising floodwaters. He boosted his dog through and scrambled in after him. The two huddled inside an upstairs bathroom for 22 hours while Hurricane Maria raged over Puerto Rico. With 155 mph winds and torrential rains, Maria was the strongest hurricane to hit the island in more than 80 years.  

After the storm, Montalvo went out to see what was left of the home he had lived in since 1958. The walls were standing, but the water inside had risen chest-high. Everything was destroyed. Without any family nearby, he had nowhere to go. He moved into his car. 

“But after the storm came the calm,” he says. “Good people came.”

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Rotary club harnesses international connections to tackle U.S. opioid crisis

New York Rotary members used support from international partners to help them fight a major U.S. problem: opioid addiction. 

After attending a wrenching funeral for a young man who died from an opioid overdose, Lana K. Rouff, a member of the Rotary Club of Binghamton, New York, USA, knew she had to do something. 

“It was awful,” says Rouff. “I was so shaken by the shock and sadness at the funeral. The experience really stuck with me but also sparked me to do something.”

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Rotary club harnesses international connections to tackle U.S. opioid crisis 2019-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

WCS Interact Club

 

The Weatherford Christian School Interact Club met on Wednesday, November 28, and constructed 50 gold headbands for the Brooke’s Blossoms Foundation supporting pediatric cancer research. Brooke’s Blossoms will be doing a pediatric cancer fundraiser fashion show in NYC in December in conjunction with the Runway Heroes foundation.  As part of it they would like to offer the pediatric cancer patients gold headwear to have and wear.

Seventeen of our club members (the boys were in football practice) met in the WCS cafeteria and put together these 50 gold flower & feather headbands.

It was a great day for a great cause!

 
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Turning teens away from crime

PACT, which stands for Participation, Acknowledgement, Commitment, and Transformation, is a Toronto-based, award-winning charity supported by Rotary clubs in Canada. It works with at-risk young people and those who have committed crimes to change their direction in life. Entrepreneur and Toronto Rotary member David Lockett co-founded the program more than 20 years ago. 

The intensive, step-by-step program aims to break the cycle of poverty and criminal behavior. Its goal is to determine what the participants need and develop strategies “to put them on a positive path in their life, so they can enrich not only their own lives, but their community,” says Lockett, a member of the Rotary E-Club of Social Innovators D7090.

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Climb Every Mountain

A Rotaractor ventures deep into her native Uganda with a polio vaccination team as part of Rotary’s newest virtual reality film, "Two Drops of Patience."

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Health workers must have a lot of passion. They face so many challenges to reach every child with the polio vaccine. 

I found that out when I traveled to a mountain community on the border of Uganda and Kenya, 200 miles from my home in Kampala, to join a vaccination team. Just getting to the homes was a challenge, let alone persuading the parents to let us in. We had to park the cars, carry our coolers with the polio vaccine safely tucked inside between ice packs, and move on our own two feet, just walking and walking. It’s a bit of a trick – using your hands to steady yourself while you climb, yet still having to carry this heavy cooler. There were lots of streams and rivers, and at times we had to jump across or walk through the water. 

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International Inspiration

Toronto, the Capital of Nice, opened its arms this week to welcome 25,188 Rotarians from around the world, who came to Rotary’s annual convention looking for inspiration — and finding it.

Whether it was by seeing old friends in the hallways, making new connections in the House of Friendship, or listening to eloquent speakers at general sessions, attendees found plenty at the 109th Rotary International Convention to remind them of the fellowship that binds them and the diversity that Rotary embodies.

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Rotary works to alleviate refugee crisis

The statistics are staggering. More than 28,000 people are uprooted from their homes each day as a result of war, oppression, and poverty. That’s nearly 20 people per minute. 

By the end of 2016, an unprecedented 65.6 million people, from West Africa to South Asia, have been forcibly displaced, making it the world’s worst migrant crisis in history. 

The wave of migrants and refugees has overwhelmed the international community, putting a particular strain on neighboring countries and Europe. Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees with nearly 3 million. Pakistan is second. Germany is the only high-income country in the top ten host nations, with about 700,000 refugees and asylum-seekers.

Rotary clubs are doing their part to help alleviate the global refugee crisis with projects that help bring water and health care to refugee camps, funds for families to move to safer countries, and more. Over the last several years, clubs and districts have used roughly $3 million of global grant funds toward refugee-related projects. 

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Rotary women celebrated for changing lives

Three Rotary women were recognized on 7 March at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., USA, for their commitment to improving lives through innovative humanitarian projects. 

The celebration, hosted by the World Bank Group Staff Association, and sponsored by Rotary International and investment firm Oppenheimer & Co., was one of many events held this week to mark International Women's Day, which is on 8 March each year. It highlighted the positive changes women make around the world. Annette Dixon, vice president of the World Bank for South Asia, moderated the event. 

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Rotaract: 50 Years of Changing Lives

A half-century has passed since those first Rotaract clubs began inspiring young leaders to take action to improve their communities. The world has changed, as has the way Rotaract members connect with one another. But the underlying values of the program, and what attracts people to it, remain remarkably the same. 

To celebrate Rotaract’s 50th anniversary, we asked former Rotaractors from six decades to share their experiences of the program and explain how it shaped their lives. 

Here are their stories.

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Vision Quest

President-elect Barry Rassin on where Rotary has been, where he hopes to lead it – and how the organization profoundly changed his life.

Before becoming president-elect, Rassin was best known for leading Rotary’s relief and recovery efforts after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which included 105 separate projects funded by Rotarians. “I had a spreadsheet with 132 pages and every detail of every project,” he says. “People look at it and say, ‘How do you do this?’ But I enjoyed that.”

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Nowhere to Turn

As thousands of refugees streamed into Berlin, they strained the health care system. Rotarian and physician Pia Skarabis-Querfeld spent the last three years building a network of volunteer doctors to help those in need.

For Hatzler, who was also part of the network from the beginning, helping Skarabis-Querfeld during those first days in the gymnasium, the work of Medizin Hilft is not finished, even if support and interest has dwindled. What keeps Hatzler going is the joy of taking action for something she believes in. 

“If you really have an idea in your mind, and you really want it, and you connect with people who have the same ideas or similar, you can really move something,” she says. 

“We have created something here that is very big and beautiful. And very needed.”

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7 things you don’t know about Rotaract 2018-03-05 06:00:00Z 0

Thanks for a successful pancake supper

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making our pancake supper a success. A special shout out goes to Marnita Langford for organizing and leading the way this year.
 
Great job, Marnita!
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Peace Needs to be Lived

On the 99th anniversary of the end of World War I, more than 1,200 people gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, for Rotary Day at the United Nations. 

Representing 87 countries, they convened on Saturday, 11 November, at the Palais des Nations, originally the home of the League of Nations, and dedicated themselves to the theme introduced by Rotary President Ian H. S. Riseley: “Peace: Making a Difference.”

“The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace have always been among Rotary’s primary goals,” said Riseley. “It is past time for all of us to recognize the potential of all of our Rotary service to build peace, and approach that service with peacebuilding in mind.”

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Peace Needs to be Lived 2017-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Cellphones Power Disease Eradication

Mobile phones and simple text messaging may be the keys to victory in the world’s largest public health initiative: the eradication of polio. 

As the disease retreats from the global stage, thriving in only a few remote areas in three countries, it’s up to health workers to deliver vaccines and share information with speed and accuracy. 

Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are strengthening the lines of communication by giving cellphones to health workers in Pakistan and Nigeria, where a single text message could save a life. 

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Rotary partners with Habitat for Humanity

EVANSTON, IL (October 2, 2017) — More than 1 billion people around the world live in inadequate housing according to the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements. Through a partnership between Rotary and Habitat for Humanity, more will have access to safe and affordable housing across the globe.

The partnership will facilitate collaboration between local Rotary clubs and local Habitat for Humanity organizations, enabling Habitat to extend their volunteer pool by tapping into Rotary’s 1.2 million members in 200 countries and regions.

“Habitat’s aim to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope aligns perfectly with Rotary’s commitment to make positive, lasting change in communities around the world,” said Rotary General Secretary John Hewko. “With Habitat’s expertise and the power of Rotary’s volunteer network, we will help build the foundation for stronger communities.”

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Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication

The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication.The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate from members of his staff to go skydiving because they knew he was into adventure.

“It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Mich., of that first jump at 14,000 feet, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out if you are enjoying it or not; it’s just a sensation that happens.”

Jackson did enjoy the sensation, so much so that he agreed to do another jump, with Shiva Koushik, a Rotarian friend in nearby Windsor, Ont.

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Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Barry Rassin selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president

Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.

“Those who know what good Rotary clubs do will want to be a part of it, and we must find new models for membership that allow all interested in our mission to participate,” he says. “With Rotary more in the public eye, we will attract more individuals who want to be part of and support a membership organization that accomplishes so much good around the world.”

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Barry Rassin selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president 2017-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

Interactor from Brazil combats a deadly online game

Horrified by stories about an online suicide game called Blue Whale, Gabriel Kenji of Brazil decided to create a game to counter the dangerous online trend, and hopefully, save lives. 

The Blue Whale Challenge is a chilling suicide game allegedly run by a social media group. The game preys on vulnerable adolescents and teenagers, who are instructed to complete a set of challenges over a 50-day period. The tasks begin harmlessly but become increasingly more dangerous, including self-punishing, and end with the teenager being urged to take their own life. 

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Interactor from Brazil combats a deadly online game 2017-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary President-elect Sam Owori dies

Rotary International President-elect Sam F. Owori died unexpectedly on 13 July due to complications from surgery. Sam was a member of the Rotary Club Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years.

“Rotary has become a way of life for me – with the intrinsic value and core belief in mutual responsibility and concern for one another as a cornerstone,” Sam said when he was nominated last year. “I feel immense satisfaction knowing that through Rotary, I’ve helped someone live better.”

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Where Polio Hides

For a 13-month-old boy whose family lives in northeastern Nigeria, escaping Boko Haram was only the beginning of a long, difficult journey.

When his family finally arrived at the Muna Garage camp for internally displaced people (IDP), they had walked more than 130 miles in three days. They were starving, and the camp was only a temporary setup with inadequate facilities, housing more than 15,000 people. But the worst news was yet to come. Health officials in the camp determined the baby had polio.

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Your Gift From Start to Finish

In 2016, The Rotary Foundation received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator – 100 of 100 points – for its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

It was the ninth straight year the Foundation earned a four-star rating from the independent evaluator of charities across the U.S., a distinction only 1 percent of charities have attained.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals likewise named the Foundation the World’s Outstanding Foundation for 2016, an award previously given to other familiar names such as Kellogg and MacArthur.

These organizations agree: When you donate to The Rotary Foundation, you’re investing wisely. We followed your money from start to finish to discover how the Foundation ensures that your gift makes an impact for years to come.

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ClubRunner Mobile: Your Club on the Go

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Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app allows you to to view your member directory, contact your members and executives, read the latest articles posted to your website and even learn more about your upcoming events and speakers, right from your smartphone or tablet.
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Why Rotary is investing in zero and beyond

When was polio last in Europe? If you guessed 2002, the year the region was certified polio-free, you’re wrong. 

The last time polio affected a child in Europe was 2015. Two Ukrainian children were diagnosed with paralytic polio, and that likely means that many more were infected and didn’t show symptoms. At least one Western news outlet deemed the outbreak “crazy” — but the reality is that no place on Earth is safe from polio until the disease is eradicated everywhere. 

Ukraine had fully vaccinated only 50 percent of its children against polio, and low immunization rates are a recipe for an outbreak. In this case, a rare mutation in the weakened strain used in the oral polio vaccine was able to spread because so many children had not been vaccinated. To stop it from progressing, the country needed to administer 6 million vaccines through an emergency program. 

“Rotary was there at the beginning of the global effort to eradicate polio,” says International PolioPlus Committee Chair Michael K. McGovern. “It would be unfortunate if Rotary isn’t there at the finish line. We’ve done too much; we’ve made too much progress to walk away before we finish.” 

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Why Rotary is investing in zero and beyond 2017-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

8,000 Kilometers to Peace

Rotary members in a small town of Nova Scotia, Canada, took action to bring two families from war-torn Syria to their country, where the refugees are starting a new life.
 
8,000 Kilometers to Peace 2017-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

New Book Praises Rotary's Role in Fight to End Polio

A new book in the field of public health highlights Rotary’s role in the global effort to wipe out polio, and places it in the context of humanity’s relentless struggle to contain the world’s epidemics.

In “The Health of Nations: The Campaign to End Polio and Eradicate Epidemic Diseases(Oneworld Publications), British journalist and Sunday Times best-selling author Karen Bartlett surveys the global landscape of epidemics past, present, and future. Beginning with the 1980 eradication of smallpox, she guides us through more timely threats such as the Ebola and Zika viruses, and looks ahead to a future without malaria, measles, or polio.

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New Book Praises Rotary's Role in Fight to End Polio 2017-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

Inside an Iron Lung

Rotarian builds his own iron lung replica to teach a new generation about polio.

Dispatched to Ghana with a fellow British Rotarian to scout club service opportunities, Roger Frank hadn’t planned their visit to coincide with National Immunization Days, but the pair – Frank and Dr. Carl Hallam – jumped, unhesitating, into the thick of inoculations. During a four-day stretch in October 2015, nearly 2,000 children in the area were protected from poliomyelitis. The effort galvanized Frank, who brainstormed for a way to do even more at home: How could he promote polio eradication when few of his countrymen gave much thought to the scourge?

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Water Wars

Bankruptcies, suicides, death threats: A battle over water rights was destroying an Oregon community until a Rotarian found a way to bring it together.

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