Welcome to the Rotary E-Club of District 9650

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20200403            3rd April 2020
Our club belongs to Rotary District 9650
We are a Rotary Club made up of Rotarians from all over Australia. We meet on-line to coordinate service projects and enjoy fellowship with like-minded Rotarians, and in these difficult days of COVID-19, we are acting as a lighthouse Club by continuing to meet on line regularly.
Our meetings are held using  ZOOM.
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month and face to face as required.
Last evening, we all met on line to say goodbye to Fabian Krohnen, our Long Term exchange student, as he departs today to return to Germany and his family in Bavaria. We wish him every success as he continues his schooling on-line in Germany and all the best for his future. It was great to see almost 90% of the Club on-line to say goodbye to Fabian. Thanks to our secretary, Tanika Douglas, for taking him to Sydney yesterday so that he can catch his plane home today.
The next meeting will be on 9th April 2020 and will be our normal meeting on ZOOM 7pm.
The District Governor’s visit to the Club was held successfully on Thursday 5th March – a combined face to face and on-line meeting.
IMPORTANT TRAINING DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
These dates are critical District Training dates for incoming Club and District Officers. It is important that all incoming officers attend the sessions that are arranged for them in their region.
Sunday 3 May 2020
District Training for Incoming Club Officers to replace the three cancelled face to face club assemblies. Training will be  on-line using the ZOOM platform and will run from 9 am until 4pm.
There will be a separate training session for President’s and Secretaries on-line  date to be announced.
Saturday 27 Jun 2020
District Changeover at Laurieton – still to be decided how this will be held.

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, you will be aware that there are many elderly in the community who are isolated and restricted in their movements. Many of them rely on other older volunteers or friends who themselves are restricted in this time of crisis.
After discussion with local member for Tamworth,  Kevin Anderson and the Rotary board of Tamworth Sunrise, there is an opportunity to assist in the community for those who have a bit more time on their hands.
The process will involve going to Kevin Anderson’s office in Fitzroy Street, during business hours Mon-Friday, only 2 people at a time or 6 on a Saturday morning from 10 am -2 pm, to go through the electoral roll and contact elderly people to see how they are placed and if they require assistance.
The reason it needs to be done at the electoral office is that there are restrictions around taking information on the electoral roll out of the office.
Volunteers would be briefed on the words to use and there will be very good social distancing. It is in a necessary work-space so no problems there and there will be excellent hand sanitiser availability.
Those Rotarians who are happy to assist can let Paul Hagley know and he will liaise  with the office staff to organise a roster.

FROM PRI PRESIDENT MARK MALONEY:
The health and safety of our members are our top priorities. We are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) and continuously assessing its potential impact on our operations, meetings, trainings, and other events.
Due to the rapidly changing nature of this situation, I encourage you to use your discretion when it comes to club and district meetings and events, and Rotary programs and activities. Canceling or postponing meetings or Rotary-related travel might be appropriate. Even if events are held as scheduled, some people may choose not to take part. And, of course, if the World Health Organization and your national, regional, or local health authorities discourage or prohibit gathering or traveling because of the risk of spreading COVID-19, follow their recommendations.
Check My Rotary for our latest information on COVID-19 and any updates to our travel guidance.
I encourage you, as leaders in your community, to provide whatever assistance your community needs at this time. Contact your local health authorities to learn what your Rotary club can do to help prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please accept my best wishes for the health and safety of your family and of all the members of the Rotary family in your area.

INCOMING RI PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES 2020-21 PRESIDENTIAL THEME – https://www.rotary.org/en/holger-knaack-sees-opportunities-rotary-change-thrive

Theme 2021Rotary International President-elect Holger Knaack is encouraging Rotarians to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve.
Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January.
“We will capture this moment to grow Rotary, making it stronger, more adaptable, and even more aligned with our core values.”
Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,” said Knaack, who becomes president on 1 July 2020. He emphasised that Rotary creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects.
“We believe that our acts of service, big and small, create opportunities for people who need our help,” Knaack said. He added that Rotary creates leadership opportunities and gives members the chance to travel the world to put their service ideas into action and make lifelong connections. “Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere,” said Knaack.
Changing for the future
Knaack also urged members to embrace change so Rotary can expand and thrive. Rather than setting a specific target for increasing the number of members, Knaack said he’s asking clubs and districts to think about how to grow in a sustainable and organic way. He wants clubs to focus on keeping current members engaged and adding new members who are the right fit for their club.
“We need to stop thinking of new members as people we can mark down as statistics and then forget about,”
Knaack said. “Every new member changes us a little bit. That person brings a new perspective, new experiences. We need to embrace this constant renewal. We will grow stronger as we learn from new members.”
Knaack pointed to Rotary’s Action Plan as a compass that can guide clubs as they evolve. He recommended that every club have a strategic plan meeting at least once a year. At that meeting, clubs should ask where they want to be in five years and how they can bring more value to their members.
Knaack also wants to see more women in leadership roles and see Rotaractors play an integral role in how new clubs are formed and run. He encouraged district leaders to create new club models and rethink what it means to be in Rotary, and allow young people to be the architects of these new clubs.
“We have to be open to new approaches, and creating unique clubs for younger people is just part of the solution,” said Knaack. “Let Rotaractors decide what kind of Rotary experience works best for them. These young people are bright, energetic, and they get things done.”
In stressing the need for Rotary members to embrace change, Knaack noted that time won’t slow down for Rotary: “We will not let rapid change defeat us. We will capture this moment to grow Rotary, making it stronger, more adaptable, and even more aligned with our core values.”

President’s report on District Governor’s Visit
The visit from our District Governor and Bronwyn last Thursday was a very successful event.  The on line / face to face meeting presented its challenges but thanks to Ken and Phil it worked.  Governor Phil was very impressed with our support to Ebor and our fire and drought functions at Torrington and Loomberah. We were able to carry out these events with grant financing organised by Ken. Phil stressed in his address that there were many more State and Federal Community Grants that we could access. He believes that our emphasis on supporting these communities is very worthy.  He and Bronwyn were impressed with Dorothy’s baby packs.  Dorothy thanks Sue and Dawn for supplying goods for the packs.
Bronwyn delivered her address on her partners project Lifeline.  This is a very worthy cause and we will be supporting this financially.  Incoming 2020/2021 District Governor Debbie Loveday will be continuing on with this project.
Phil presented us with a banner signifying that we were the third largest contributor to the Rotary Foundation on a per capita basis.  That is a great effort and a recognition that we can be proud of.  He also presented us with a fifty year certificate of membership from Rotary International.  That is a little confusing, however the years of Tamworth North Rotary Club and the E-Club added together brings us to 50.  We initially were aligned with Tamworth North and that is the reason.
Assistant Governor Simon Guest joined us for the Governors Visit and Dinner.
After the conclusion of the official part of the evening we adjourned to the Leagues Club Dining Room for dinner together.  A very pleasant evening with a very good attendance at The Leagues and on line, thank you members.
Torrington and Loomberah planning is on track. I am delighted with the number of members coming to Loomberah.  We will have no difficulty handling the event with our own man and girl power ourselves.  I had a call from Past Assistant Governor Cluster 6 Dimity Betts advising that she had a significant number of goods that we can have as door prizes at Loomberah and Torrington.

We have planned a social night at The Family Hotel next Thursday night 12th March commencing at 6.00PM.  Drinks and stay on for dinner if you wish. Perhaps the Port Macquarie members may do the same. The more isolated members have a drink as well!!!!!

Enquiries : phone Dorothy   0417 691 562
John 0427 691 535

OUR COMMITTEE FOR 2018-2019

PRESIDENT-PDG John Barwick

SECRETARY- Tanika Douglas

TREASURER-Justin Baiocchi

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY- PDG Ken Hall

FOUNDATION- PDG Barry Hacker

MEMBERSHIP-Dorothy Barwick.

Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International 2019-20 writes:
I am excited to share some good news: Rotary International and Toastmasters International are working together to provide our members with even more opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Toastmasters International is a global nonprofit organization with more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Its members attend club meetings where they give speeches, evaluate the speeches of others, and perform other club duties, with the goal of ultimately becoming more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. Our organizations are complementary in many ways, but we are each unique in what we offer our members.
I hope you will join us in supporting this alliance in your community. You can start by learning more about Toastmasters, exploring its resources and public speaking tips, or visiting a local Toastmasters club. Although the structure of club meetings is consistent, Toastmaster clubs are similar to Rotary clubs in that they each have their own personality. If you do not have a club in your area, you can watch a video to learn what happens at a Toastmasters meeting.
You can also invite members of Toastmasters to visit your club and learn more about Rotary. If you have a Toastmasters club in your area, consider meeting with its members to explore opportunities to collaborate or inviting a member of Toastmasters to participate in a service activity or speak at your club.
Toastmasters will create a leadership development program for Rotarians and Rotaractors. A structured, robust leadership and communication curriculum can help members develop practical skills that will serve them not only in Rotary leadership roles, but in their professional and personal lives as well. Effective leadership skills can strengthen our clubs and increase our impact. We will provide updates about this program when we have more details.
Many of us joined Rotary to make a difference and connect with others in our communities. By working with Toastmasters, our members can discover new ways to network and learn from others, while finding even more value in their Rotary membership experience.
Learn more by reviewing these frequently asked questions. You can also send your questions and your stories about local collaboration efforts to toastmastersalliance@rotary.org.

Rotary members celebrate World Polio Day
In honor of World Polio Day, Rotary members around the world rallied their clubs and communities to support the fight to end polio forever. More than 4,000 clubs in 136 countries organized more than 5,900 events to raise awareness and funds for polio eradication. Club events included art celebrations, athletic challenges, dance festivals, and educational initiatives.

  An independent commission of experts announced on World Polio Day, 24 October, that wild poliovirus type 3 has been eradicated worldwide. It is the second strain of poliovirus to be wiped out, after wild poliovirus type 2 was certified as eradicated in 2015. Type 3 was last detected in northern Nigeria in 2012. Since then, the strength and reach of the polio eradication program’s global surveillance system has been critical in verifying that the strain is truly gone. Investing in staffing, innovative tools, and a global network of laboratories helped us determine that type 3 is no longer a threat.

Global leaders convened at the Reaching the Last Mile Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 19 November to affirm their commitment to eradicating polio. Pledges from governments, philanthropic organizations, and the private sector totaled $2.6 billion as part of the first phase of the funding needed to implement the Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023 of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). In addition to overcoming barriers to reaching every child, this funding will ensure that the resources and infrastructure built by Rotary and its partners can support other health services now and in the future.

In the news
In recognition of World Polio Day, the Daily Nigerian highlighted Rotary members’ dedication to keeping Nigeria free of the wild poliovirus. In the Philippines, where Rotary International began its commitment to protecting children from polio, CNN Philippines featured interviews with Rotary members and coverage of their World Polio Day events.

Carol Pandak, director of Rotary’s PolioPlus program, spoke with Reuters about the eradication of wild poliovirus type 3. She also spoke with The Wall Street Journal about Rotary’s commitment to polio eradication, noting our efforts in Pakistan to provide clean water and address other health needs in order to improve vaccination rates.

For the eighth year, Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko and a team of staff members joined Rotary members from District 5500 and around the world in cycling up to 100 miles in El Tour de Tucson to raise funds for polio eradication. Natasha Wrae, the Rotary member who led the effort for District 5500, details her Rotary community’s enthusiasm for the annual event in an interview with the Arizona Daily Star.

I want to end polio. Join me

How your year-end gift to the Foundation does a world of good!

There’s still time to make your year-end gift to The Rotary Foundation. Here are a few ways that your support is helping to change lives all over the world:

Educating children: Rotary members in Maine, USA, and Rajasthan, India, are using a global grant to educate hundreds of children in the city of Bikaner who previously were not attending school, and to provide professional development for their teachers., which also provided desks for the students through an earlier grant.

Fighting disease: Rotary members in California, USA, and Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia, are using Foundation grant money to train health care workers in techniques to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to improve their ability to diagnose and treat infected women. The success of the project is measured in lives saved. Read more about the vocational training team’s efforts.

Growing local economies: 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. Global grant funds provide seed money for microloans and buy sewing and baking equipment for a training centre where the women learn vocational skills and basic business management. Learn more about the project.

Ending polio: In 2015, wild poliovirus transmission declined to its lowest level ever, with fewer cases reported from fewer areas in fewer countries than ever before. As of 15 December, only 66 cases of the disease caused by the wild poliovirus had been reported in the two remaining endemic countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Gifts from Rotary members have funded the immunization activities that are helping us reach our goal of a polio-free world. And every dollar that Rotary commits to polio eradication is matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, tripling your impact.

Giving & Grants

Before the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Russian was the predominant second language offered in Polish schools, leaving tens of thousands of Polish emigrants without the English skills they needed.

That has changed over the last 25 years. English proficiency drastically improved after the government reformed its education system in 1991. The country overhauled its teaching curriculum and materials and introduced English as the primary foreign language. As of 2013, Poland ranks 8th in the world in English proficiency.

However, one segment of the population isn’t reaping the benefits of the improved curriculum. Thousands of students in poor rural villages attend schools that don’t have the adequate resources or well trained personnel to properly teach English, putting them at a disadvantage in today’s global economy and labor market, says Anna Wieczorek, a Rotary Club of Warszawa City member and author of Poland’s English curriculum for grades 1-3.

“The budgets of state schools in rural areas are limited compared to those in the cities and private schools,” Wieczorek says. “Teachers in these schools are often underpaid and undertrained. Consequently, the level of teaching English is far from meeting the appropriate standards.”

Added to that, she says, their students face social exclusion. “They lack the self-confidence and communication skills that students in the city, who have access to modern technology, might have,” she says. “The inability to learn English — let alone acquire an appropriate education — early on in their lives makes it difficult for them to evolve and develop further in life.”

Many of the students come from homes where unemployment and alcoholism are common, according to a report by the CASE Foundation, prepared for the Warsaw Delegation of the European Commission. Many turn their attention to the streets and crime instead of education, the report says.

Rotary gives rural communities support

The Warszawa City members the Rotary Club of Berlin-Luftbrücke, Germany, and the Rotary Club of Milano Nord, Italy, are trying to change this trend. A $45,000 Rotary global grant project is supporting English and other foreign language education for more than 1,200 underprivileged students in 10 rural communities. The clubs collaborated with Good Start, a program that provides equipment, software, and an interactive e-learning platform for afterschool education centers, as well as training for tutors.

Eleven centers are now equipped with computers, interactive white boards, projectors, multimedia, and printed learning materials. The three clubs, along with the Rotary Club of Edmonton Downtown, Alberta, Canada, have furnished 12 other afterschool centers over the last three years in conjunction with previous Rotary Foundation grants, bringing the total to 23. Each dayroom is supervised by a local Rotary member.

Before the project, the centers would generally be empty after school. They only provided desks and chairs. With the new technology, interactive classes, and motivated instructors, the students now have an “attractive way to learn,” Wieczorek says.

Wieczorek, who also authors children’s books, writes the e-learning software and curriculum. “We are not only teaching English, but we’re improving their reading, writing, and computer skills,” she says. “They have a safe place to spend their free time after school. This makes a big difference in their daily lives and will help them define their future.”

According to a 2013 global language study from Education First, countries with higher levels of English proficiency also have stronger economies and their citizens have higher per capita income levels and quality of life. More and more multinational companies are mandating English as their common corporate language.

The study also suggests that because English is the predominant language in business, higher education, and politics, English proficiency is important to succeeding in a globalized society. And low proficiency in English may be connected with weak integration into the global economy.

Gerhart Ernst, a Berlin-Luftbrücke Rotary member, says since his club was chartered in 1979, members have focused their efforts on supporting young people from disadvantaged homes. Their partnership with the Polish club is something they are especially proud of.

Ernst says his club wants to mimic this project in areas in Germany with a large number of refugees from Syria and Lebanon.

In March, members of the Warszawa City club visited one of the centers while an English class was in session. “It brought tears to my eyes to see these children so happy and engaged,” says Wieczorek. “These kids have dreams about getting away from the poverty and affliction. We’re doing all we can to make these dreams come true.”

World Polio Day 

How close are we to a polio-free world? What’s needed to finish the job? Can we make history together?
Watch our third annual World Polio Day webcast for a global status update on the fight to end polio and take part in the conversation.

Time magazine Senior Editor Jeffrey Kluger is our moderator, and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake is a keynote speaker. The webcast features appearances by Emmy Award-winner Archie Panjabi, Grammy Award-winner Angelique Kidjo, actress Kristen Bell, WWE Superstar John Cena, The Doctors co-host Dr. Jennifer Berman, CDC Polio Eradication Branch Chief John Vertefeuille, and other special guests.

Help us make history today. Share your voice online, advocate with your government, or create your own World Polio Day event. Download the resources below to get started.

Take Part

No child anywhere should suffer from this completely preventable disease. As little as 60 cents worth of vaccine can protect against polio. We need your voice to end polio now. Download the resources below to join us and make an impact on World Polio Day.

Rotary and ShelterBox support Syrian refugees

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In Syria, where a civil war has been raging since 2011, more than 6,000 people flee the country every day. As of September, more than 4.1 million people have become refugees, and 7.6 million more have been internally displaced.
“The plight of Syria’s refugees is a litmus test for the world’s compassion,” says Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko. “Rotary members worldwide are profoundly disheartened by the refugee crisis now unfolding in Syria and other parts of the world,” which the United Nations has described as the worst in decades.
“Rotary is following the situation closely,” Hewko says. “We know our members have an inherent desire to act, to relieve the suffering and uncertainty that displaced individuals and families are facing. We call on you to respond as Rotarians have for more than 100 years: to use your professional skills and acumen, leverage your connections to other leaders, and mobilize your local communities to provide the necessary resources and funding to address the humanitarian crisis.”
Rotary members can donate to the disaster relief efforts of our project partner . The organization has supported the Syrian relief effort for nearly four years and is working with other agencies to continue distributing relief materials. ShelterBox is also working with communities in Greece to provide aid and supplies to displaced people passing through the region.
Rachel Harvey, a member of a ShelterBox response team that recently returned from Greece, says Syrian refugees are making dangerous crossings to the shores of Greece.
As many as 2,000 people arrive daily on Lesbos’ northern beaches, says Harvey, referring to a Greek island in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast. The trip from Turkey to Greece usually takes about an hour and a half. “The flimsy rubber dinghies are invariably overcrowded, and the majority of passengers can’t swim,” she says.

Harvey adds: “The experience is terrifying. Another trauma added to the layers that many of the displaced have accumulated through war in Syria or South Sudan, insecurity in Afghanistan or Pakistan. One man told me: ‘It was a nightmare. I don’t know how we got through that trip,’ ” she says.

Says Hewko: “We appreciate our clubs and members for their support, helping the millions of displaced people find shelter and rebuild their lives and communities. Every refugee is in our hearts and minds.”

Nigeria declared polio-free, removed from endemic list

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 25 September that Nigeria is now polio-free and has been officially removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic. It’s been 14 months since any cases of polio caused by the wild virus have been detected there.
With Nigeria’s historic achievement, polio remains endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. That means transmission of the virus has never been stopped there.
Nigeria was the last country in Africa where polio was endemic.
. Once three years have passed without a case in WHO’s entire African region, officials will certify polio eradicated there.
“Rotary congratulates Nigeria on its tremendous accomplishment in stopping polio,” says RI President K.R. Ravindran. “On behalf of the entire Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), we thank volunteers, health workers, and parents in communities across Nigeria for their tireless commitment to ensuring every last child is protected against this devastating disease. In the months ahead, their dedication will remain as important as ever, as we work to keep Nigeria polio-free and to eliminate polio from its final strongholds in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
Nigeria’s success is the result of several sustained efforts, including domestic and international financing, the commitment of thousands of health workers, and new strategies that reached children who had not previously been immunized because of a lack of security in the country’s northern states.

Type 2 poliovirus gone for good

In other encouraging news, an independent global health commission officially verified on 21 September that wild poliovirus type 2, one of three strains of the wild virus, has been eradicated worldwide. Although the last type 2 case was detected back in 1999, the confirmation is an important milestone, as Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative from a form of the vaccine that targets all polio types to one that does not protect against type 2.
The announcement by the Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication confirms that only two strains of the wild poliovirus remain. Of those, type 3 wild poliovirus hasn’t been detected in almost three years, and wild poliovirus type 1 is endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Funding increase needed to reach final goal

On 25 September, the GPEI’s Polio Oversight Board met to determine the next steps needed to eradicate polio. The group concluded that $1.5 billion in new funding is needed to help Rotary and its partners end polio in the next few years. With Nigeria now polio-free, spending will focus on the most vulnerable children in Afghanistan and Pakistan, while continuing to shield millions of children already living in polio-free countries.
“With a fully funded program and global commitment to ending this disease, we have the opportunity to interrupt transmission of the wild poliovirus in Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2016, opening the door for certification of a global eradication in 2019,” says Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “With [Rotary members’] continued support, we will soon see our dream of a polio-free world realized.”

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What a wonderful September! This month we had a special opportunity to stretch your generosity even further through support of some local schools in need. Read below about the St Jude’s book donations improving education beyond our school gates.
Within the gates, our own students continue to excel, with two secondary students winning a national science competition and another impressing at a continent-wide leadership workshop.
It has been a month of community and student development, I hope you enjoy reading about it!
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Be a Gift to the World through the Avenues of ServiceRI President K.R. Ravindran challenges us to use our gifts — talents, knowledge, abilities, and efforts — to make an impact through our service, the backbone of club activity. Through our network, we have access to many resources that enable us to plan and carry out effective, sustainable projects. Here are a few examples of service activities with ongoing impact:

  • The Rotary Club of Udaipur Udai, Rajasthan, India, partnered with a cooperating organization to provide computer literacy classes for older residents. Members of the Rotaract Club of Aishwarya volunteered as teachers for the training, which covered topics including scheduling appointments, making reservations, and paying bills online. The Rotary club members provide continuing consultation for participants after they complete the classes.
  • The Rotary Club of Santurce, Puerto Rico, collaborated on a Rotary Friendship Exchange with the Rotary Club of Port of Spain West, Trinidad and Tobago, to build fellowship and friendship and to explore international service opportunities. The group from Puerto Rico visited several projects in Trinidad, engaged in fellowship, and met members of the Interact club and the Rotary Community Corps sponsored by the Port of Spain West Rotary club. The Puerto Rican Rotary members will host their new friends from Trinidad and Tobago later this year.
  • The Rotary Club of Irvine, California, USA, teamed up with Irvine Valley College to host an interview workshop and mock interviews for local college students. The students were interviewed by a panel of three Rotarians and then received feedback to improve their interviewing skills.
  • Through a global grant, the Rotary Club of Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines, works with the Rotary Community Corps of Pulong Buhangin 2 and other partners to provide safe water and sanitation for a community in Santa Maria Bulacan.
Presidential conference series
Five events to highlight Rotary’s areas of focusRI President K.R. Ravindran and Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith plan to host a series of five presidential conferences in 2015-16 highlighting Rotary’s work in the areas of focus. All the conferences will be led by local Rotary districts and are open to nonmembers as well as Rotary members. The conferences will feature engaging speakers, informative general sessions, and hands-on workshops. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow leaders and take away new ideas and strategies. Learn about each program and register at the conference websites.
Put your service skills to work with Rotary groups
Rotarian Action Groups and Rotary Fellowships offer range of opportunitiesEach of our 22 Rotarian Action Groups has a unique area of expertise related to one of Rotary’s six areas of focus, ready to assist clubs and districts with related service projects. Join one and share your expertise and passion with others.Rotary also has more than 60 Rotary Fellowships, which enable our members to pursue their interests and connect with new friends in Rotary all over the world. While most Rotarians join fellowships related to hobbies, the service opportunities these groups offer keep their members especially active and engaged in Rotary.Rotarian Action Groups and Rotary Fellowships are organized by the Rotary family for the Rotary family. Rotarians, Rotaractors, their spouses, and Rotary program participants and alumni are invited to join.