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What is the purpose of the RI Council on Legislation, how often does it meet, and when and where is the next meeting?

Council on Legislation

About the Council on Legislation

The Council on Legislation, Rotary's "parliament," meets every three years to deliberate and act upon all proposed enactments and resolutions submitted by clubs, district conferences, the General Council and Conference of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, and the RI Board. The Council itself also makes proposals.

The Council on Legislation is an important part of Rotary's governance process. While the Board of Directors sets policies for Rotary International, the Council is where Rotary clubs have their say in the governance of the association. Every three years, each district sends a representative to the Council, which reviews proposed legislation. Every club and district is entitled to submit legislation to the Council, and some of Rotary’s most important work has resulted from Council action. Women were admitted into Rotary because of the action of the 1989 Council on Legislation, and PolioPlus was born as the result of the 1986 Council.

The Council comprises more than 500 representatives from every part of the Rotary world. Voting members include one elected representative of the clubs of each Rotary district. Some nonvoting members include the chair and vice chair of the Council, the RI president, members of the RI Board, and past RI presidents.

2013 Council

The next Council on Legislation will be in April 2013 in Chicago. Council representatives will be selected during the 2010-11 Rotary year.

The deadline to submit legislation to the 2013 Council on Legislation is 31 December 2011.

What’s new for the 2013 Council?

The 2010 Council made a number of changes to the legislative process for the 2013 Council, including the requirement that all proposed legislation must be submitted with a statement of purpose and effect as well as a limit to the number of times a Rotarian can serve as a voting member of the Council. Further information on these changes can be found below and in What’s New for the 2013 Council .

Contact information:
General Secretary
c/o Council Services Section
Rotary International
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 USA
Fax: 847-556-2123
E-mail: Council Services

More resources

2013 Council

All documents are in PDF format, unless otherwise noted.

2010 Council


What is the funding cycle for use of Rotary Foundation donations, and what is the reason for this cycle?


What is SHARE?

Through SHARE , Rotary districts choose which Rotary Foundation grants and programs they wish to support and participate in.

The Foundation's grants and programs are funded through voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who believe in its mission. Their donations demonstrate their commitment to enhancing lives, creating greater understanding among nations, and advancing the quest for peace in the world.

Funds for Foundation activities are distributed worldwide through the SHARE system. This system transforms contributions to The Rotary Foundation into Ambassadorial Scholarships, Matching Grants, District Simplified Grants, global grants, and more.

At the end of each Rotary year, 50 percent of each district's contributions to the Annual Programs Fund is credited to their District Designated Fund (DDF); the other 50 percent is credited to the World Fund.

The Foundation uses the World Fund to pay for the worldwide programs available to all Rotary districts, regardless of their specific contributions. Districts use their DDF to pay for the Foundation activities they choose to participate in.

Every year, members of each district’s Rotary Foundation committee, in consultation with Rotarians in their district, decide how the SHARE DDF will be used, giving every Rotarian a voice in planning for the future. SHARE offers many options for districts to choose from. Between 2010-11 and 2012-13, districts participating in the Future Vision pilot have a separate list of options.

Funding cycle

The Rotary Foundation has a unique funding cycle that uses donations for programs three years after they’re received. The three-year cycle gives districts time for planning projects, selecting participants, and budgeting expenditures. This cycle also allows the Foundation to invest the contributions and spend the investment earnings on administrative and fund development costs.

The system is called SHARE because

  • Rotarians share their resources with fellow Rotarians around the world

  • The Trustees share some of their decision-making responsibility with the districts

  • Rotarians share Rotary with the world through their Foundation

To learn more about the system, contact the SHARE coordinator .


Who was the first recipient of a grant from the Rotary Foundation?

History of The Rotary Foundation

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Arch C. Klumph, founder of The Rotary Foundation, circa 1916 Courtesy of Rotary Images

In 1917, RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed that an endowment be set up “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, when the endowment fund had grown to more than US$5,000, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

Five Trustees, including Klumph, were appointed to “hold, invest, manage, and administer all of its property . . . as a single trust, for the furtherance of the purposes of RI.”

Two years later, the Foundation made its first grant of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into the Easter Seals.

The Great Depression and World War II both impeded the Foundation’s growth, but the need for lasting world peace generated great postwar interest in its development. After Rotary’s founder, Paul P. Harris, died in 1947, contributions began pouring into Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.

That year, the first Foundation program – the forerunner of Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships – was established. In 1965-66, three new programs were launched: Group Study Exchange , Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants .

The Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants program was launched in 1978, and Rotary Volunteers was created as a part of that program in 1980. PolioPlus was announced in 1984-85, and the next year brought Rotary Grants for University Teachers . The first peace forums were held in 1987-88, leading to the Foundation's peace and conflict studies programs .

Throughout this time, support of the Foundation grew tremendously. Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, it has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion. More than $70 million was donated in 2003-04 alone. To date, more than one million individuals have been recognized as Paul Harris Fellows – people who have given $1,000 to the Annual Programs Fund or have had that amount contributed in their name.

Such strong support, along with Rotarian involvement worldwide, ensures a secure future for The Rotary Foundation as it continues its vital work for international understanding and world peace.


What is the current rate of membership growth for Rotary International?

RI president makes membership a priority

Rotary International News -- 14 November 2011

It’s every Rotarian’s responsibility to boost club membership and ensure the future of Rotary. No member takes this duty more seriously than RI President Kalyan Banerjee.

“The more members we have, the more Rotary can do,” Banerjee says. “Rotarians must refer new members. Our current annual growth is 5 percent, but if every two years each Rotarian brought in a new member, our membership would grow by 50 percent.”

Despite a busy schedule, Banerjee continues to find potential members during his travels as RI president. “Today you can recruit anybody, anywhere,” he says. “I might meet someone on a flight to Los Angeles or Bangkok who would make a good member, and if I do, I refer that person.”

Follow Banerjee’s example today by referring a family member, friend, or business associate. The online form has been updated, so it’s even easier now to refer a member.

Once you’ve answered a few questions, RI headquarters will forward the potential member’s information to the appropriate district leader, who will share it with area clubs. If a club deems the candidate a good fit, it will contact the potential member and invite him or her to learn more.

Candidates can also complete the form to express their interest in joining a Rotary club. Rotarians who are relocating or returning to Rotary after an absence may use the form to find a new club.

If you want to recommend someone for membership in your Rotary club, contact your club secretary or complete the form in How to Propose a New Member.

Make it easy for potential members to find your club by embedding Club Locator and “Share Your Passion for Rotary” ads in your website or newsletter. Can’t find your own club on Club Locator? Log on to Member Access to update your club’s information.


What is "Benda Bilili!"?

Don't miss the release of "Benda Bilili!" in the United States

Rotary International News -- 28 September 2011

Rotary International is working with Staff Benda Bilili and National Geographic Entertainment to raise awareness of the polio eradication effort through the release of the documentary "Benda Bilili!" in U.S. theaters in October.

View a trailer of the film. Learn more about the band, and find out when the film is opening in your area.

Staff Benda Bilili, which means “look beyond appearances” in Lingala, is a band of eight former street musicians from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Five are polio survivors. Their song “Polio” speaks of the disease that changed their lives and urges parents to immunize their children.

The band's debut album, Très Très Fort, won the 2009 Womex Award for international music. French filmmakers Florent de la Tullaye and Renaud Barrett decided to create a documentary about the band after hearing its music when they were in Kinshasa in 2004, working on a movie about the city's music scene. The documentary premiered during the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated in the best documentary category for the 2011 César Awards.

The band is also part of Rotary's "This Close" campaign, which focuses on the need to finish the job of polio eradication.


Who is the Rotary International and Rotary Foundation
Chief Financial Officer/General Manager?

Chief Financial Officer, General Manager

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Lori O. Carlson

Lori Carlson oversees all aspects of the financial operations of Rotary International and its charitable arm, The Rotary Foundation, which have combined revenues exceeding US$400 million and almost $1 billion in assets. Her responsibilities include financial management, financial planning and analysis, treasury and investment, corporate reporting, accounting services, insurance, risk management, and procurement.

Lori has nearly 30 years of combined experience in treasury, financial planning, and financial reporting and control, most of it with the pharmaceutical companies Hospira Inc., where she was corporate vice president and treasurer, and Abbott Laboratories, where she held several positions, including assistant treasurer and treasurer for international operations.

She graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, USA, with a degree in business administration, and she earned an MBA-finance degree from Southern Methodist University’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business, in Dallas, Texas.


How many Rotary Educational Programs are there, and what are they?


Rotary strives to promote peace through education. Since 1947, The Rotary Foundation has awarded more than US$1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational grants and is the world’s largest privately-funded source of international scholarships. Grants are administered by local Rotary clubs.


• Ambassadorial Scholarships

Approximately 1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to university students around the world to study in another country from three months to two years. These students serve as ambassadors of goodwill. Since 1947, The Rotary Foundation has sponsored more than 39,000 scholars from over 115 countries.

• Group Study Exchange

Group Study Exchange (GSE) enables groups of young professionals aged 25-40 to participate in four-to-six week exchanges between two countries. GSE teams focus on vocational, educational and cultural development. Since 1965, about 65,000 individuals (13,541 teams) from 106 countries have participated.

• Youth Exchange

Some 8,000 teenage students from around the world study in another country and learn about its history, language and culture each year. They too, serve as goodwill ambassadors and promote world understanding and peace.

• Rotary Grants for University Teachers

Grants are awarded annually to about 30 university faculty members who teach for up to 10 months at an academic institution of their choice in a developing county. Since 1985, 486 university teachers have participated in this program.

• Rotary World Peace Fellowships

This program trains future diplomats and international leaders in the art of peace building and conflict resolution. Up to 110 Rotary World Peace Fellows are selected annually to study at one of eight universities for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution. Fellows are offered an opportunity to gain a Master’s degree in peace studies, conflict resolution, international relations or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies. Since 2002, 339 fellows from over 75 countries have participated at a cost of more than $23 million. Universities include: Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina; University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England; International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan; University of California, Berkeley, USA; University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

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In 2011 Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation appointed a new Deputy General Secretary. Who is this person and where did they earn their MBA?

Deputy General Secretary

Peter DeBerge

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Peter DeBerge works closely with Rotary International's general secretary to direct the operations of the RI Secretariat. Before assuming this role in 2011, Peter served for more than eight years as assistant general secretary, general manager of financial services, and chief financial officer for Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.

Peter has more than 40 years of financial, administrative, strategic planning, and business development experience. He has served as a key financial adviser to executive management in both commercial and not-for-profit organizations.

Peter earned a degree in accounting from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, USA, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He is a certified public accountant and a member of Financial Executives International, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Illinois CPA Society. He also serves on the Advisory and Development Board of St. Vincent de Paul Center in Chicago. Peter is a Paul Harris Fellow.

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Under what condition are people much more likely to know about Rotary and perceive it positively as a charitable organization?

Public is aware of Rotary, but unsure of what we do

Rotary International News -- 27 September 2011

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Pauline Leung, Rotary public image coordinator from Taiwan, says its important for Rotarians to promote a consistent message. A public image survey conducted by RI in 2010 indicates that many people know about Rotary, but not necessarily what the organization does. Rotary Images

Do your friends and co-workers know that you're a Rotarian? Do you tell acquaintances about your club's good works in the community or internationally?

Did you know that talking about your involvement in Rotary could significantly enhance the organization's image and boost public awareness? It’s up to every Rotarian to tell the world what Rotary is and does.

According to a public image survey commissioned by Rotary International in 2010, people are much more likely to know about Rotary and perceive it positively as a charitable organization if they personally know a Rotarian. The finding is just one of many that could shape how clubs and districts promote Rotary in their communities.

RI commissioned the survey of 1,000 individuals in each of six countries -- Argentina, Australia, Germany, Japan, South Africa, and the United States -- to gauge the general public's awareness and perception of the organization. The results are consistent with those of a similar survey conducted in 2006: While respondents had heard of Rotary, they did not know much about what it does.

Building familiarity is not easy, says Pauline Leung, Rotary public image general coordinator. "Sometimes Rotarians are doing too many things and can get people confused about Rotary. We must have consistency when promoting the image of Rotary. Rotarians should receive training so they can clearly express our position, our vision, our values, and our areas of focus."

High awareness, low familiarity

The survey showed that awareness of Rotary varies from country to country, and culture to culture. Of the six countries surveyed, Australia had the highest proportion of respondents who said they were aware of Rotary (95 percent), while Germany had the lowest (34 percent).

But awareness of Rotary doesn't necessarily translate into familiarity with what it does. While almost everyone in Australia indicated an awareness of Rotary, only 35 percent of respondents said they had some familiarity with the organization. In South Africa, where 80 percent of respondents indicated they were aware of Rotary, only 23 percent said they had some familiarity with what it does.

The survey report concluded that public image efforts will need to be tailored to each country. It also noted that boosting awareness alone will not be enough to get the public to readily associate Rotary with good works, or to generate greater community involvement.

The survey further concluded that demographics play a significant role in whether people have heard of Rotary. The survey included a cross section of each country's population by age, gender, income level, and education level. In Japan, 67 percent of respondents age 40 or older said they had heard of Rotary, compared to only 38 percent of those younger than 40. In Argentina, 63 percent of the highest income bracket had heard of Rotary, while only 20 percent of the lowest income bracket had. The report concluded that clubs may need to gain a better understanding of what would increase interest among younger professionals.

Public perception and giving

The public’s view of Rotarians differs somewhat from how Rotarians see themselves. More than 65 percent of respondents viewed Rotarians as charitable, respected, and caring. But only 26 percent selected the attribute women to describe Rotary, while more than 50 percent associated the organization with men. In other questions, more respondents said they associated club membership with men than with women. The survey concluded that Rotary is still being seen as a male-dominated organization. Work needs to be directed toward communicating opportunities for women to join.

Interest in contributing time or money to a Rotary club varied by nation. Interest was highest in South Africa, at 49 percent, and lowest in Japan, at 10 percent. The survey report concluded that because interest in contributing money varies by nation, Rotarians need to tailor marketing efforts to reflect local club initiatives.

The public’s interest in joining a Rotary club is low. Among the countries surveyed, an average of only 16 percent of respondents said they would be likely to join a local Rotary club. More than 59 percent said they would be unlikely to join. In the United States, women were half as likely as men to report interest in joining.

Similar findings

Similar findings came from focus groups that RI conducted between 2008 and 2010. The 40 groups included non-Rotarians in cities where Rotary had been experiencing membership declines. Read more about the results in the October/November 2010 issue of The Membership Minute, or download the full report.

“Because each Rotary club is independent in deciding what services they want to be involved in, this can cause mixed impressions in the communities on what we do,” Leung says. “These surveys underscore the importance of having a consistent message.”

The 1.2 million Rotary club members worldwide are the organization's greatest strength. Here are a few resources that clubs and districts can use to promote Rotary:

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How does Rotary District 7450 reach 2 million people a month with their message about Rotary?


Use Humanity in Motion to tell Rotary’s story

Welcome to the World of Public Image from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Millions of travelers who pass through Philadelphia International Airport have one thing in common, says Rotarian Joe Batory: They wait for luggage in the baggage claim areas.

That’s why for two years, District 7450 (Pennsylvania, USA) has showcased Humanity in Motion materials in two backlit displays in these areas, which are used by more than two million passengers a month. The district customized public service announcements about water and polio from Rotary’s global public image campaign.

The district’s research found that 8 of 10 travelers read the messages posted in the airport.

“Why not have tens of thousands of people read about Rotary while they wait [for their luggage]?” says Batory, district PR chair and president of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia. “Find a place where you know a lot of people will have the time to actually read the ad.”

District 7450 also persuaded its vendor, Clear Channel Airports, to donate one of the 42 x 63 inch color displays, getting two for the price of one. Such in-kind contributions help stretch funds, says Batory.

He also stresses the importance of using PR materials to tell the story of Rotary and raise awareness.

“We have a story to tell that has not been told very well,” he says. “We want people at that airport to say, ‘Oh, that’s what Rotary does.’ If Rotarians don't tell our story, then who will?”

District governors-elect, PR chairs, and other club and district leaders are encouraged to work with district governors to start planning how they’ll use Humanity in Motion V and other PR materials in the coming year.

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Do you like to "Like", do you "Tweet", are you "LinkedIn"? Do you know what we're talking about? Where can you learn to "get Social"?



Social media

Learn about "Using Social Media to Promote Your Club or District" in one of our three social media webinars. The free one-hour webinars will offer Rotarians information and ideas on maintaining and effectively using social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. The first two webinars will focus on the basics of social media. The third webinar will focus on more advanced social media skills.

Click on the below link to register for a free one-hour webinar, which will be offered in English:



Times are for the Chicago area; please check for your local time.

New Generations

In an “Introduction to New Generations Programs,” join us to learn how Rotary’s family of New Generations programs (Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, and Rotary Youth Exchange) can help your club engage and inspire the next generation while energizing your club’s Rotarians as mentors and advisers. In this free 60-minute webinar, you’ll hear from RI staff and Rotarian experts about how your club can support Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service.

Click on the below link to register for a free one-hour webinar, which will be offered in English:

The webinar is also available in Spanish on 10 a.m. Central Time, 21 October.

Past webinars

  • "Meet John Hewko: Rotary's New General Secretary"-- Listen to the recording from the 15 September webinar.

  • "Closing the Back Door" Member Retention -- Listen to the recording from the 1 September webinar .

  • "Print to Digital…Moving your Message Online" -- Listen to the recording from the 22 June webinar.

  • "Public Perception of Rotary"-- Listen to a recording from the 22 February webinar or from 24 February webinar.

  • "Using Social Media to Promote Your Club or District" -- Listen to a recording from the 2 February webinar or from 9 February .
  • "Developing a Club Website" -- Was held 13 and 20 October 2010 -- Hear tips on how to develop and manage a website for your club or district from a panel of Rotarian website experts. Listen to the recording from the 13 October webinar.

Note: GoToMeeting/Citrix requires you to fill out a form, and you may need to complete a download from GoToMeeting. In addition, Mac users may need to download an additional plug-in to play Citrix files, such as the free VLC media player.


E-mail webinars@rotary.org .

System requirements for the webinars

  • PC users: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000

  • Macintosh® users: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

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What are ICCs, and how do they start?

Intercountry committees

Intercountry committees, or ICCs, are one of Rotary’s many paths to fostering goodwill and peace among nations. Think of ICCs as networks of Rotarians, Rotary clubs, or districts in two or more countries working together on a national level. They’re formed by and with the approval of district governors. In addition to encouraging contact between clubs and Rotarians to promote understanding and fellowship, ICCs facilitate international home visits, strengthen friendships, and promote service that transcends club, district, and national borders.

What ICCs do

Throughout the Rotary world, ICCs have traditionally served as a catalyst for international humanitarian activities. Typical ICC projects include:

  • Rotary Youth Exchanges (coordinated with district Youth Exchange programs) and homestays

  • Professional training courses that help broaden the horizons of people in the project area while fostering improved socioeconomic relations between nations

  • Rotary Friendship Exchanges, which often take place during holidays and the RI Convention

How an ICC starts

An ICC begins when two Rotary countries or geographical areas decide to improve international relations and increase understanding. Contacts begin at the club-to-club level. As communication grows, Rotarians in both areas recommend forming an ICC and work with district governors across borders to make it happen.

Here's an action plan for starting an ICC:

  • Talk with fellow Rotarians at your next Rotary club meeting about forming an ICC.

  • Explore ties that your club or district may already have with clubs or districts abroad through international projects.

  • Ask your district’s Youth Exchange chair about ways to get involved in ICCs.

Additional resources

Some ICCs have established websites. Here’s a sampling:

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Where is the 2010-11 Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholar studying, and what was the subject of her May 2011 presentation to the UNESCO European regional forum in Tuscany, Italy?

Global grant scholar focuses on human rights

By Dan Nixon
Rotary International News -- 27 July 2011

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Global grant scholar Claire Achmad visits the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Photo courtesy of Claire Achmad

Claire Achmad of New Zealand is passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives by working as an advocate for human rights.

Achmad is studying international public law as a 2010-11 Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholar at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. She is also interning with UNICEF’s Child Advocacy and Rights Unit in the Netherlands and helping organize a juvenile justice course at the university. Her scholarship is aligned with Rotary’s peace and conflict prevention/resolution area of focus.

“My mind has been stretched, challenged, expanded, and enriched in many ways, and I have had the privilege to be taught by some fantastic teachers and experts in the field of peace, justice, and development,” says Achmad, whose scholarship is sponsored by District 9940 (New Zealand) and the Rotary Club of De Rottemeren in District 1600 (The Netherlands). “I am not only learning a lot and reaping a lot of knowledge through my study, but I am giving back through my other commitments in the community.”

Before her scholarship, Achmad worked as an attorney with the Ministry of Social Development in Wellington. She was also honored as young corporate lawyer of the year in 2010 by the Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand.

District 9940 and host District 1600, both Future Vision pilot districts, have brought together considerable experience to help ensure Achmad’s scholarship works smoothly. District 1600 has hosted several Rotary Scholars from District 9940. In addition, District 9940 has sponsored five Rotary Peace Fellows.

To overcome an initial lack of awareness about global grant scholarships among its member clubs, District 9940 featured the scholarships in Future Vision pilot workshops and at the district assembly, presidents-elect training seminars, and the district conference, says Past District Governor Antony Fryer.

“To ensure continuity in the district’s scholarship program, the membership of the previous Ambassadorial Scholarships committee continued into the Future Vision pilot scholarships committee, in addition to the appointment of new members,” Fryer says.

In May, Achmad addressed a UNESCO European regional forum in Tuscany, Italy, on the topic of children’s rights. After her scholarship, she would like to work with a nongovernmental or intergovernmental organization and eventually with a United Nations agency.

“My education at Leiden will be a crucial stepping stone to developing my career, allowing me to make the contribution I aspire to, addressing [humanitarian] needs on a long-term basis through sustained work,” she says. “I feel a sense of deep gratitude towards Rotary and the support of The Rotary Foundation, District 9940, and Harbour City [Wellington] Rotary Club.”

Interested in reading more about the Future Vision pilot? Subscribe to Future Vision Pilot News.

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Where is the Rotary Center for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution in the United States?

The Duke-UNC Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

Fellows selected to study at the Duke-UNC Rotary Center will enroll either at Duke's Program in International Development Policy (PIDP), or in UNC master's programs under various relevant departments and schools (for details see Academic Options).

The joint Duke -UNC Rotary Center for International Studies takes advantage of the best faculty, courses, resources and technology that each university offers. Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are located within 10 miles of one another, and both border the Research Triangle Park, home to internationally renowned research facilities and corporations. The area has been ranked as one of the best places in America for living, working and for education by a number of national publications.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill consistently ranks among the top public universities.

·       Best public college combining great academics and affordable tuition,
           nine consecutive times, by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine (2009)

·       Best public university in "Great Schools, Great Prices" by U.S. News & World Report (2009 edition)

·       5th best public university by U.S. News & World Report (2009 edition)

·       "Best value" two years in a row by The Princeton Review (2006)

·       5th best public university in The Top American Research Universities (2007 edition)

Established in 1793, it was the first public university in the United States.

Duke University is a major center for learning and research, and has consistently ranked among the top 10 colleges and universities in the United States in recent years.

Both universities are also consistently top-ranked worldwide:

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Old well at UNC

Center Mission Statement:

To promote peace through a holistic approach to
training which combines conflict resolution
methods, peace building, and conflict prevention
with an emphasis on more sustainable economic,
political, and human development.

The Duke-UNC Rotary Center is jointly managed by the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) and UNC's Center for Global Initiatives.

Representing Duke as Center Co-Director is Francis Lethem, who also serves as Director of DCID. Jim Peacock, Kenan Professor of Anthropology, serves as the Co-Director at UNC.

The daily managing of the Center is handled by Program Coordinator Susan Carroll and Program Assistant Renate Deckner.

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Who is the president-nominee for Rotary International President for 2013-14?

By Ryan Hyland
Rotary International News -- 8 August 2011

Burton is choice for 2013-14 RI president

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Ron D. Burton, a member of the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, USA,
is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2013-14.

Ron D. Burton, a member of the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, USA, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2013-14. Burton will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates.

Burton retired as president of the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. in 2007. He is a member of the American Bar Association, as well as the bar associations of Cleveland County and the state of Oklahoma. He is admitted to practice in Oklahoma and before the U.S. Supreme Court.

"This is an exciting time to be a Rotarian," Burton says. "I believe we are well poised to capitalize on our strengths as we embrace the [RI] Strategic Plan and the Future Vision Plan. My vision is to have every Rotarian appreciate what it means to be a Rotarian. With these two tools, we can make that happen."

Active in his community, Burton is a founder and past president of the Norman Public School Foundation, and founder and past board member of the Norman Community Foundation. A recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, he is a past vice president of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Burton believes that Rotary's promotion of high ethical standards is one of the qualities that sets it apart from other organizations.

"It assures those dealing with us that we can be trusted," he says. "Most of us are in a business or profession that already has a code of ethics. Vocational service in Rotary just adds to that responsibility. We have an obligation to go above and beyond to make sure that all our actions are above reproach."

A Rotarian since 1979, Burton is vice chair of the Future Vision Committee and a member of the Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force for the United States. He has served RI as director; Rotary Foundation trustee and trustee vice chair; International Assembly moderator, assistant moderator, and group discussion leader; and district governor.

His other service to Rotary includes chair of the 2011 New Orleans Convention Committee, vice chair of the Investment Advisory Committee, liaison trustee of the Vocational Service Committee, Permanent Fund national adviser, and regional Rotary Foundation coordinator. He was aide to 2006-07 RI President William B. Boyd.

Burton has received the RI Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service Award, and International Service Award for a Polio-Free World.

Burton and his wife, Jetta, have two children and three grandchildren.

See a video

The 2011 nominating committee members are John M. Pinson, USA (chair); Eric E.L. Adamson, USA; Lars-Olof Fredriksson, Finland; Serge Gouteyron, France; Jerry L. Hall, USA; Rafael G. Hechanova, Philippines; Toshio Itabashi, Japan; Michael J. Johns, USA; Kwang Tae Kim, Korea; David D. Morgan, Wales; Hans J. Müller-Rech, Germany; M.K. Panduranga Setty, India; Julio Sorjús, Spain; Carlos E. Speroni, Argentina; Robert A. Stuart Jr., USA; Yoshimasa Watanabe, Japan; and C. Grant Wilkins, USA.

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What do you do if you have questions about Foundation programs such as Ambassadorial Scholarships or Group Study Exchange?

Rotary International News - 1 October 2007

The Rotary Foundation contact center has the answers

Do you have questions about Foundation programs such as Ambassadorial Scholarships or Group Study Exchange? Is your club thinking about applying for a Rotary Foundation grant, but has questions about the process? Are you wondering how much more you need to contribute to become a Paul Harris Fellow?

A team of Foundation staff members is on hand to answer all these questions and more at the Rotary Foundation Contact Center.

The toll-free number (866-9-ROTARY) is currently available only to callers in North America, however the e-mail address may be used by anyone around the world. Service is presently limited to English.

Contact Center manager Clifton Healy says that 90 to 95 percent of callers get answers to their questions in their first call. Some questions do require research, such as specific grant questions, which are forwarded to the appropriate grant coordinator.

"We can e-mail Rotarians their donor history; we can provide a file activity report for grants," Healy says. "We can answer general questions about all divisions of The Rotary Foundation."

Reach the Rotary Foundation Contact Center at 866-9-ROTARY (866-976-8279) or at contact.center@rotary.org, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.

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Who was the first President of Rotary from outside the United States?

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In August 1910, Rotarians gathered in Chicago for their first national convention. The existing 16 clubs unified as the National Association of Rotary Clubs and elected Rotary founder Paul P. Harris as the organization’s first president. Harris served two terms – the only president to do so.

Other notable presidents include Canadian E. Leslie Pidgeon (1917-18), the first from outside the United States; Sydney W. Pascall (1931-32), the first from Great Britain; and Maurice Duperrey (1937-38), the first from continental Europe. In July 1940, the first president from South America, Armando de Arruda Pereira, took office.

The presidents of Rotary International are elected for one-year terms and must have served as a club president, district governor, and member of the RI Board of Directors. In addition to leadership experience, RI presidents bring a commitment to Service Above Self as well as the culture and pride of their home club and region.

Continue through the exhibit to view an illustrated history of Rotary’s presidents.

The images of past presidents used in this exhibit are available for download from Rotary Images.

The practice of introducing an annual RI theme began in 1949-50. Download available theme logos.

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What do District Goverenor Jeannie Quave's two daughters do each year that makes her so proud?

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District Governor Jeannie Quave

Jeannie was born and raised in Glenview, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. She attended the University of Tennessee at Martin and studied Business. After college she relocated to Panama City Beach, Florida where she began her career in real estate with Edgewater Beach Realty, Inc. where she has been employed for over twenty five years.

In 1995 she became the Broker for Edgewater Beach Realty, Inc. and ran the daily operations of five branch offices. She assists in the development, design, marketing, and pricing of condominiums. Jeannie is an active selling Broker and specializes in condominium and residential properties.

Jeannie also serves on the Foundation Board of Gulf Coast Community College and was recently selected to serve on the Athletic Advisory Board at the college as well. She is active in sports personally and with her children. She works out daily and enjoys any out door sports. She served on the “Sun Run” Committee for the College which raised over $50,000 for the marathon event.

She joined Rotary in 2001and has served as the President of the Panama City Beach Rotary Club, the Membership Chairman and is a Paul Harris Fellow recipient. She is a Benefactor, a Paul Harris Society Member, and Major Donor to the Foundation. Jeannie was the Assistant Governor for Area 4 from 2005-2008. She was the Area 4 GSE team Coordinator and served as a host family for teams in from India, Australia, Italy, and France. She has served as District Co-Membership Chair and sits on the District 6940 Foundation Board. Jeannie is the President of the Miracle League of the Emerald Coast and was instrumental in leading a three year project to complete a Miracle League Field. The league is in its’ second year of successful operation. One of her greatest “Rotary Moments” was being the recipient of the “Rotarian of the Year” award in 2005-2006.

Jeannie loves to read, go to the movies, and entertain at home! She sings in her church choir and serves as a layperson on the BOD. She has two daughters, Olivia, age 13, and Molly, age 12. She loves to travel with her daughters, includes them in most of her humanitarian efforts, and is so proud of the fact that every year on their birthday they collect donations or funds for a charity of their choice instead of accepting birthday gifts! Future Rotarians indeed!

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Why is Duarte, California and 1987 important in the History of Rotary International?

Historic Moments: Women in Rotary

By Susan Hanf and Donna Polydoros
Rotary International News -- 1 October 2009

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See more of Past Rotary Foundation Trustee Carolyn Jones's story in an excerpt from RVM: The Rotarian Video Magazine volume 4, issue 3.

The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.

"My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world," said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01.

The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow for the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.

The response to the decision was overwhelming: By 1990, the number of female Rotarians had skyrocketed to over 20,000.

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Twenty years after the Council on Legislation's vote, Rotary has nearly 188,000 female Rotarians. Women have served in leadership positions as high as the RI Board of Directors and The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. (Watch a video about women in Rotary from RVM: the Rotarian Video Magazine volume 4, issue 3)

Timeline of women in Rotary


An enactment to delete the word male from the Standard Rotary Club Constitution is proposed by a Rotary club in India for the Council on Legislation meeting at the 1950 RI Convention.


The Council on Legislation agenda contains an enactment proposed by a Rotary club in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to permit the admission of women into Rotary clubs. Delegates vote that it be withdrawn. Two other proposals to allow women to be eligible for honorary membership are also withdrawn.


As more women begin reaching higher positions in their professions, more clubs begin lobbying for female members. A U.S. Rotary club proposes admitting women into Rotary at the 1972 Council on Legislation.


Three separate proposals to admit women into membership are submitted to the Council on Legislation for consideration at the 1977 RI Convention. A Brazilian club makes a different proposal to admit women as honorary members.

The Rotary Club of Duarte, California, USA, admits women as members in violation of the RI Constitution and Standard Rotary Club Constitution. Because of this violation, the club's membership in Rotary International is terminated in March 1978, only to be reinstated in September 1986.


The RI Board of Directors and Rotary clubs in India, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States propose an enactment to remove from the RI and club constitutions and bylaws all references to members as male persons .


In a lawsuit filed by the Duarte club in 1983, the California Superior Court rules in favor of Rotary International, upholding gender-based qualification for membership in California Rotary clubs. In 1986, the California Court of Appeals reverses the lower court's decision, preventing the enforcement of the provision in California. The California Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, and it is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.


On 4 May, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that Rotary clubs may not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender. Rotary issues a policy statement that any Rotary club in the United States can admit qualified women into membership. The Board "encourages all clubs in the U.S. to give fair and equal consideration to candidates for membership without regard to gender."

The Rotary Club of Marin Sunrise, California (formerly Larkspur Landing), is chartered on 28 May. It becomes the first club after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to have women as charter members. Sylvia Whitlock, of the Rotary Club of Duarte, California, becomes the first female Rotary club president.


In November, the RI Board of Directors issues a policy statement recognizing the right of Rotary clubs in Canada to admit female members based on a Canadian law similar to that upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.


At its first meeting after the 1987 U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Council on Legislation votes to eliminate the requirement in the RI Constitution that membership in Rotary clubs be limited to men. Women are welcomed into Rotary clubs around the world.


As of June, there are about 20,200 female Rotarians worldwide. Read a feature on women in Rotary from the June 1990 issue of The Rotarian.


In July, eight women become district governors, the first elected to this role.


Carolyn E. Jones begins her term as the first woman appointed as trustee of The Rotary Foundation, serving from 2005 to 2009.


In July, 63 women begin terms as district governors. Women are members of 25,227 clubs around the world. There are 177,859 female Rotarians.


Catherine Noyer-Riveau begins her term as the first woman elected to the RI Board of Directors. She will continue to serve through June 2010.


There are 187,967 female Rotarians worldwide. Sixty-three serve as district governors.

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Where and when was the first official Rotary club outside the United States chartered?

Rotary goes international 1912

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The first official Rotary club outside the United States is chartered. The Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, receives its charter on 13 April, two years after its first meeting. The Rotary Club of London is the first European club to be chartered. Rotary changes its name to the International Association of Rotary Clubs to reflect its new membership.

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What is Rotary Radio?

Rotary radio

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Set the dial to 1955 and the Rotary Golden Theater Radio Show, a series of radio dramas that Rotary produced for its 50th anniversary. Listen to all 13 episodes.

For more information, e-mail RI's History and Archives .

Episode list

Episode 1: "The Golden Year"

In this first episode, a newspaper editor helps a young reporter learn about Rotary's 50th anniversary by taking him to Rotary's headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA. It's there that they interview the RI president at the time, Herbert J. Taylor, who is also the author of The Four-Way Test .

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Episode 2: "Magic Formula"

In this radio drama episode, listen how one Rotarian's career becomes richer and happier by following the guidelines in The Four-Way Test .

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Episode 3: "Working Together"

Tune in to hear how honesty and fairness helps employees and management achieve the shared goal of a life well-lived.

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Episode 4: "Hands Across the Sea"

Listen in as a student on a Rotary Foundation scholarship helps bridge the gap between two countries, as well as with his father.

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Episode 5: "The World We Know"

Intrigue surrounds a set of mysterious blueprints in this episode of Rotary's radio drama. These secret blueprints could help put an end to hate and warfare -- if evil spies don't steal them first.

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Episode 6: "Dear Enemy"

Is a business competitor an enemy or a partner in promoting good industry practices? After meeting a Rotarian, one businessman finds the answer.

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Episode 7: "Worthy Work"

In this radio drama about vocational service, a wealthy man's heart attack during a snowstorm helps him see the worthiness of all occupations.

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Episode 8: "Honor Among Thieves"

Is there a difference between shrewd business practices and dishonesty? A businessman discovers some uncomfortable truths after a conversation with a man considered dishonest by many in town.

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Episode 9: "Spotlight on Youth"

This episode highlights Boys and Girls Week, which was discontinued. The spirit, however, of Rotarians reaching out to youth remains.

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Episode 10: "Let's Get Acquainted"

A man, who was initially hesitant to join Rotary because he thought he didn't have the time, is helped by Rotarians after a fire destroys his business.

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Episode 11: "Youth: Yesterday and Today"

Rotarians strive to give local troubled youth a bright and respectable future in this episode of the Rotary Golden Theater Radio Show.

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Episode 12: "The Active Citizen"

This episode features the story of a Rotarian who believes that a fulfilling life involves community activity. He hopes to pass on these values to his son.

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Episode 13: "Our Partners: Youth"

When a youth center funded by a local Rotary club almost closes, Rotarians in this episode learn that people seldom appreciate what's handed to them.

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When and where was the first commemorative stamp honoring the work of Rotary issued?

Leaving their mark

By Susan Hanf
Rotary International News -- 21 May 2009

Commemorative stamp issued by Cuba for the 1940 RI Convention in Havana. In 1955, Cuba issued two stamps for Rotary's 50th anniversary. Postcard featuring the U.S. commemorative stamp for Rotary's 50th anniversary -- the only Rotary stamp ever issued by the United States. Three Rotary stamps issued by the Cook Islands in 1980 for Rotary's 75th anniversary. One of two stamps issued by India in 1987 to commemorate the Asian Regional RI Conference in New Delhi. Commemorative air-mail postage stamp and first-day cover (envelope) issued by Djibouti for Rotary's 75th anniversary. One of two stamps issued by Iran in 1975 to commemorate Rotary's 70th anniversary. Stamp issued by Monaco in honor of Rotary's 50th anniversary. The stamp appeared in the 1963 movie Charade, starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. Stamp issued by Niger for Rotary's 65th anniversary in 1970. Israeli stamp issued in 1979 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rotary in Israel. In 1955, Brazil issued this stamp in honor of Rotary's 50th anniversary. One year after Rotary's 75th anniversary, Belize issued a set of seven commemorative stamps and two souvenirs. The stamp here features symbols of The Rotary Foundation's Health, Hunger and Humanity Grants program. Japanese stamps commemorating the 52nd RI Convention, held in Tokyo in 1961. Colombian stamp commemorating Rotary's 100th anniversary in 2005.
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For more than 75 years, countries around the world have honored the work of Rotary with commemorative stamps.

The first appeared in 1931, when Austria created an overprint -- a later printing over an officially issued stamp -- in honor of the RI Convention in Vienna.

Other RI conventions have been commemorated with stamps, including those held in 1940, in Havana, Cuba; 1961 and 1978, in Tokyo; 1981, in São Paulo, Brazil; and 1987, in Munich, Germany.

For Rotary's 50th anniversary in 1955, 27 nations issued commemorative stamps. Many featured familiar Rotary imagery such as the gearwheel, which a Greek stamp incorporated along with the number 50. Images of Paul Harris and common scenes from the issuing country also were popular.

Rotary's 75th anniversary was honored with commemorative stamps from Benin, Cyprus, Djibouti, Dominica, Ghana, Iran, and others. The postal service of the Netherlands Antilles issued several postcards and stamps as well as a postage cancellation stamp in the shape of the Rotary emblem. The Maldives issued a series of stamps based on Health, Hunger and Humanity Grants.

In 2005, Rotary's centennial inspired stamps from nations including France, Ghana, Peru, and Togo.

Stamps have also marked the anniversary of Rotary in individual countries and depicted projects and humanitarian activities. A 1960 Bolivian stamp bears the Rotary emblem and commemorates a children's hospital sponsored by the Rotary Club of La Paz. A 1976 stamp honors 40 years of Rotary in Fiji by highlighting a club project that raised money to purchase an ambulance.

Many Rotarians collect commemorative Rotary stamps. Since 1955, a group now known as the International Fellowship of Rotary on Stamps has collected and researched Rotary-related philatelic material.

For more historical information about Rotary, visit Rotary History and Archives or the Rotary Global History Fellowship .

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What countries participate in the Open World Program?

Open World Program

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The Open World Program is a congressionally sponsored program that brings emerging leaders from Russia, Ukraine, and other Eurasian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Georgia and Moldova) to the United States in order to give them firsthand exposure to the American system of participatory democracy and free enterprise.

The program is administered by the Open World Leadership Center located at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The principles of accountability, transparency, and citizen involvement in government are among the concepts emphasized by the Open World Program.

Rotary International is proudly continuing its relationship with the Open World Leadership Center and serves as a local grantee/host organization with the U.S. Rotary clubs serving as local hosts for Open World delegations. RI has been participating in the Open World Program since its inception in 1999. In May 2008 James H. Billington, chair of the Open World Board of Trustees and Librarian of Congress, presented the 2008 Open World National Grantee of Merit Award to RI for excellent programming and hosting. Read more

Through Open World grants administered by Rotary International, clubs and districts in 47 states and District of Columbia have hosted more than 2,500 Open World participants and have introduced emerging Eurasian leaders to Amercian business processes, health fairs, political systems, and community life. How hosting works

Each Open World delegation has six participants (five delegates and one facilitator). The duration of the program is eight days and nights (including one weekend).

Responsibilities of host clubs and districts include:

  • Providing home stays for Open World participants.

  • Arranging local transportation and meals

  • Hiring a professional interpreter (assisted by RI staff)

  • Developing and submitting program agenda based on a selected hosting theme

  • Preparing and submitting post-program report materials, including Host Narrative and Expense Reimbursement Request Form.

Civic themes and Rotary niche nominations

Open World civic hosting themes for Eurasian countries include accountable governance, rule of law, NGO development, and social services, education, and health care. If your district or club is working with any of the Eurasian countries or would like to establish a relationship with a Eurasian country or a local club there, RI will nominate specific participants for your specialized delegation. This partnership presents a unique opportunity to facilitate existing relationships or establish new connections with the delegates.

If your club or district is interested in hosting a group of delegates from Russia, Ukraine, or other Open World countries, download and complete the Open World request form, and e-mail it to openworld@rotary.org or fax it to 847-866-6116.

For more information, e-mail RI staff.

Learn more about the Open World Program.

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Who is the Rotary International President-Elect for 2012-2013, and of what club is he a member?

Tanaka elected RI president for 2012-13

Rotary International News -- 25 May 2011

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Sakuji Tanaka delivered his acceptance remarks during the fourth plenary session.

Sakuji Tanaka, a member of the Rotary Club of Yashio, Saitama, Japan, was elected president of Rotary International for 2012-13 by delegates during the fourth plenary session at the 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Watch a video highlight from the plenary, which includes a clip of Tanaka's speech, or download his speech.

"It is my honor to accept the nomination to serve as president of Rotary International," said Tanaka. "Since I joined Rotary, I have embraced every new challenge of Rotary service. To me, challenge is a very important word. It inspires us. It also helps us to be and to do our best. It allows us to bring out our fullest potential."

Tanaka encouraged Rotarians to help Rotary reach its potential by finishing the job of polio eradication and using the organization's strengths to enhance its ability to "do good in the world."

He said Rotarians share a responsibility to make Rotary clubs stronger by attracting quality members and ensuring that every club meeting is productive and meaningful. He also called upon clubs to make an action plan to bring in younger members.

"We need to stop talking about this. Instead, why don't we just do it!" he said.

Tanaka also took a moment to thank Rotarians for the outpouring of assistance after the earthquake and tsunami that struck his country in March. "People around the world, particularly Rotarians, offered help to rebuild the communities that were lost. Only with the knowledge that we are not alone, can we work together for the long healing process after such tragedy."

For 32 years, Tanaka was president of Tanaka Company Ltd., a wholesale firm that went public in 1995 and later merged with other leading wholesalers in Japan. Currently, he serves as vice president of the Yashio City Chamber of Commerce and adviser to Arata Co. Ltd., an animal feed and pet food wholesaler. He also chaired the National Household Papers Distribution Association of Japan for eight years. Tanaka studied business at Nihon Management Daigakuin and Tokyo Management Daigakuin.

A past trustee of The Rotary Foundation, Tanaka chaired the 2009 Birmingham Convention Committee. His other service to Rotary includes RI director, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, district governor, and member of the Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force, the Permanent Fund Committee for Japan, and the Future Vision Committee.

Tanaka established an endowed Rotary Peace Fellowship, and he and his wife, Kyoko, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors of the Permanent Fund, and Major Donors.

He is a recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award.

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Who was Rotary's first general secretary?

Rotary’s first general secretary

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Chesley R. Perry, Rotary’s first general secretary.

When John Hewko takes office on 1 July, he will be the 12th person to serve as Rotary's general secretary.

The first was Chesley Reynolds Perry, a Spanish-American War veteran and former Chicago Public Library employee.

In August 1910, the newly formed National Association of Rotary Clubs unanimously selected Perry for the role, then known as secretary. He accepted the part-time position at $100 per month, with an agreement that the amount of time he would devote would remain unspecified.

By 1912, the job had evolved into a full-time executive role, and the Board of Directors agreed to increase Perry’s salary.

His office on LaSalle Street in Chicago served as the first headquarters of the National Association. In 1911, Rotary established an office in the First National Bank Building at Dearborn and Monroe streets. The headquarters would move five more times during Perry’s term -- always into rented facilities.

Perry served in the position longer than any of his successors. He also served as editor and business manager of The Rotarian from 1911 to 1928, and he opened Rotary’s first international office, in Zurich, in February 1925. During his final year in office in 1941-42, the position’s title was changed to general secretary.

In 1940, when Perry announced his plans to retire, he agreed to remain in his post while the organization trained his replacement, Philip C. Lovejoy. A number of clubs sought to nominate Perry for RI president in 1942-43, but he declined, saying, “I am gratefully conscious of the high compliment thereby being paid to me.”

After retiring, Perry remained a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago, and served as its president in 1944-45. In 1954, Rotary offered him the title “secretary emeritus” to honor his years of service, but he again declined, preferring the role of ordinary Rotarian.

Perry died on 21 February 1960 at the age of 87.

For more information:

See Rotary History and Archives .

Read tributes to Perry in the April 1960 issue of The Rotarian .

See Facts of the Matter in the May 2011 issue of The Rotarian.

Read the news articles " Getting to Know John Hewko " and " Rotary Names Attorney John Hewko as Its New Top Executive ."

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What is the connection between Florida State University and the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans?

FSU President Emeritus receives Rotary Foundation award

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President Emeritus Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte

Florida State University President Emeritus Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte has received the Rotary Foundation’s top honor for alumni — the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award. D’Alemberte, who was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in 1958-1959, received the award during the 2011 Rotary International Convention in May.

“I have had great fun during my career, and it’s an extraordinary thing to be awarded this honor for some of the things I most enjoyed,” D’Alemberte said.

During the Rotary International convention, D’Alemberte recounted a chance encounter he had with a Rotarian in England in 1957, while he was serving in the Navy. His ship had docked in London, and the man encouraged him to apply for a Rotary scholarship so he could return to England and study there.

“So much of life is luck, and that chance encounter with a man whose name I do not know has made so much difference,” D’Alemberte said. “I owe great thanks to the British Rotarian who was proud of his country, believed in enhancing international relationships, and was so supportive of the work of The Rotary Foundation that he took time to encourage an American sailor and changed that sailor’s life.”

D’Alemberte recalled the first time he walked into the graduate commons room of the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.

“There were people from virtually every nation of the British Commonwealth, Americans and others, and with a diversity of opinions that was phenomenal,” D’Alemberte said. “We were required to give speeches to Rotary Clubs around the country. I stayed in homes and visited factories, farms and offices. I got to see and experience that country much more than I would have with some other kind of scholarship.”

Because of his involvement with Rotary, D’Alemberte said that his sense of community grew beyond his own city, state and nation to encompass the world.

After his scholarship, D’Alemberte earned a law degree with honors from the University of Florida College of Law. Convinced that the legal profession would enable him to make a difference in the lives of others, he went on to concentrate on media and public law. His work included a case that helped bring about camera access in courtrooms, a milestone that won him an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1985.

In 1989, D’Alemberte became president-elect of the American Bar Association (ABA), which gave him an opportunity to provide pro bono support for newly emerging democracies in Central and Eastern Europe. With the support of prominent U.S. jurists, lawyers, and ABA members, he and a colleague, Homer Moyer, created the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI) in 1990, which helped implement constitutional, legal and institutional reforms in those regions.

CEELI continued to grow, and similar programs were established in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. In 2007, the ABA established the Rule of Law Initiative to oversee these programs, which now operate in 40 countries.

“One of the most important things I have been able to do was to work with others in setting up CEELI,” D’Alemberte said. “This project can be directly linked to interests I developed as a Rotary Foundation Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science.”

A former member of the Rotary Club of Tallahassee and a Paul Harris Fellow, D’Alemberte has been widely commended for his efforts in the areas of dispute resolution and rule of law for international legal reform throughout Eastern Europe. He also has received numerous awards for his university leadership and pro bono legal service.

D’Alemberte continues to teach at Florida State’s College of Law and remains involved with the international programs of the ABA. In addition, he works with Legal Services of North Florida and the Innocence Project.

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What are the goals of the 2011-2012 Trustee Chair of the Rotary Foundation?

2011-12 Foundation Goals

1. Eradicate polio, our top priority

2. Build a sense of ownership of our Foundation among Rotarians through their contributions to the Annual Programs Fund, the Permanent Fund, and our Rotary Peace Centers

3. Continue our progress on the Future Vision plan and align our service projects with the six areas of focus:

• Peace and conflict prevention/ resolution

• Disease prevention and treatment

• Water and sanitation

• Maternal and child health

• Basic education and literacy

• Economic and community development

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GOALS 2011-12


The Rotary Foundation is a large and successful international organization. Its many accomplishments are realized through the efforts of individual Rotarians, their clubs, and districts. Our mission to achieve world understanding and peace is a lofty goal that can only be met through sustained action and the commitment of Rotarians. Each year, the president of Rotary International chooses a theme as an embodiment of the intentions of Rotarians, and the chair of The Rotary Foundation Trustees expresses the goals for the Foundation. Goal setting helps us determine our priorities, get organized, make big decisions, and realize our dreams. When they are specific, manageable, and achievable, goals have the power to motivate and to foster commitment. Clearly stated goals provide a framework for measuring achievement and can be modified by experience to reflect an organization’s accomplishments.

This goals brochure is a tool to place the goals approved by the Trustees into the hands of Rotarians. Rotarians can carry this and refer to it when planning service projects, assigning their DDF spending, and organizing their fundraising. We are all in the business of serving humanity. Let’s continue to do it well together.

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The Rotary Foundation Trustees have set three goals that will direct our efforts in 2011-12. First, we must finish the job of eradicating polio — our top priority. The end is near, but our experience tells us that any relaxation in our efforts will offer this virus new opportunities to damage young lives. Second, we must recognize that all of us should share in the ownership and achievements of our great Foundation and we create that ownership through our continued financial support. The Annual Programs Fund, the Permanent Fund, and our Rotary Peace Centers are all important ways that Rotarians can invest in our Foundation’s future. Finally, we must continue to make our Foundation more effective and efficient through testing and refining our Future Vision Plan. Both pilot and nonpilot districts can work toward this goal in such ways as aligning their service projects with the plan’s six areas of focus.

To fulfill our Foundation’s mission of Doing Good in the World, we need the active participation and support of Rotarians worldwide. I thank each of you for your dedication to Rotary and your Foundation as we Reach Within to Embrace Humanity. Sincerely,
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William B. Boyd Rotary Club of Pakuranga Trustee Chair, The Rotary Foundation, 2011-12

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What is the Mission of Rotary International?

Find the answer in the RI Strategic Plan Progress Report

Download the latest RI Strategic Plan Progress Report (PDF) to learn more about the progress Rotary is making on its strategic priorities.

The RI Strategic Plan charts a clear course for Rotary’s future, helping Rotarians fulfill their promise of putting Service Above Self. The plan identifies three strategic priorities supported by 16 goals.

Future progress reports will become available in advance of the International Assembly in January and RI's annual convention at the end of the Rotary year.

You can pick up a hard copy of the report during the 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Copies will be available at the resource center in the House of Friendship.

Learn more about the RI Strategic Plan and download the progress report.

05-18-11 -

How much time do you have to receive make up credit for a missed meeting?

Attendance at Rotary meetings

View the Attendance PowerPoint

05-11-11 -

Where is the new Rotary International Peace Center, and how many Peace Centers does Rotary International have?

Rotary selects Sweden's Uppsala University for new Peace Center

Contact: Sandra Prufer at 41-44-387-7116, sandra.prufer@rotary.org; Vivian Fiore at 1-847-866-3234, vivian.fiore@rotary.org; Anneli Waara 46-18-471-1974
Rotary International News -- 26 April 2011

EVANSTON , IL., USA, 26 April 2011 – As part of its ongoing efforts to foster peace and world understanding through education, Rotary International today announced Uppsala University ( Uppsala Universitet ) in Uppsala, Sweden as the humanitarian service organization’s seventh center for international studies in peace and conflict resolution.

Out of an international pool of more than 100 universities, Uppsala University was selected for its established core curriculum in international relations, peace, and conflict resolution; superior faculty, excellent academic credentials and financial stability.

Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is one of oldest and top ranked universities in Northern Europe. Its department of Peace and Conflict Research was established in 1971. “A key aspect of the department’s research has been its numerous and wide-ranging collaborations with internationally leading scholars and institutions,” said Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, chair of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. “The new Rotary Peace Center in Uppsala will be a wonderful addition to our global network of Rotary Centers.”

The center is scheduled to open in September, 2012. “Rotary’s decision is a source of tremendous pride for us,” said Anders Hallberg, Vice Chancellor of Uppsala University. ”Peace, security, and democracy comprise one of our University’s truly robust fields of research and education, and it means a great deal to us to have been selected out of more than 100 universities in the world.”

Those interested in the program can apply through local Rotary clubs or email rotarypeacecenters@rotary.org for more information. The 2012 application form is available for download from the Rotary website with completed applications due to The Rotary Foundation by August 15, 2011.

Rotary clubs have always embraced the call for peace at the grass-roots level by addressing the underlying causes of conflict and violence such as hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy. “Since 1905, Rotary clubs have worked locally and internationally to make the world a better and more peaceful place one person, one family, and one community at a time,” said Stenhammar.

Even before the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Rotary unveiled its plans to take a more direct approach by providing future leaders with the tools they need to “wage peace” on the global stage with its innovative Rotary Peace Centers program. Since 2002, Rotary awards up to 110 full fellowships each year for master’s-level degrees or a professional certificate in peace and conflict studies at seven Rotary Peace Centers located at:

  • Uppsala University, Sweden

  • University of Bradford, United Kingdom

  • University of Queensland, Australia

  • International Christian University, Japan

  • Universidad del Salvador, Argentina

  • Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

  • Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, (three-month certificate program)

The program and US$26 million investment by Rotary is already showing results. Currently, 540 Rotary Peace Fellow alumni are already making a difference in key positions within United Nations agencies, the World Bank, and leading non-governmental organizations.

Margaret Soo of Malaysia, who studied at the Rotary Center at International Christian University in Japan (2002-04), is now the chief operating officer of the University Foundation Office and group vice president of the Group Corporate Affairs office at UCSI University in Malaysia. “Many people have good intentions, but they do not have the specialized training needed to make a difference,” said Soo. “I think it is important to have professional training in this field. You should be able to say ‘I’m a peacekeeper’ the way you say ‘I’m a doctor’.”

Other notable alumni:

Etsuko Teranishi of Japan , who earned a master's degree at the Rotary Peace Center at the University of Queensland in 2005-07, is a junior professional officer sponsored by the Foreign Ministry of Japan, working for the International Organization for Migration on human trafficking and labor migration issues in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Kouame Remi Oussou of Côte d'Ivoire , who earned a master’s degree at the Rotary Peace Center at the International Christian University, 2007-2009, is now a monitoring and evaluation officer for disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration with the United Nations Development Programme in the Central African Republic, where a comprehensive peace accord took effect in 2007.

Cameron Chisholm of the United States , who earned a master’s degree at the Rotary Peace Center at the University of Bradford, 2006-08, founded a peace advocacy organization, the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI), based in Washington D.C. Last year, the IPSI hosted a month-long, mediation and peacekeeping symposium in Bologna, which will now be offered annually. In 2012, the IPSI will add another program in The Hague focusing on international and transitional justice.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. It is comprised of 1.2 million members working in more than 33,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographic regions.

For more information, visit www.rotary.org . For visual materials go to: http://rotary.org/mediacenter

04-27-11 -

What do airline miles have to do with Rotary project funding?

Project funding guide

Fundraising requires a plan that explains your club’s goals for the project and how it expects to raise the money needed to make it work. Some projects are financed entirely through fundraising events, such as a charity dinners, bake sales, or car washes. Other times, your club will need to turn to outside funding sources, which may include:

  • Individuals

  • Businesses

  • Foundations (including The Rotary Foundation)

  • Nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations

  • Government agencies

  • Other Rotary clubs

Read more about fundraising in Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects.

Funding through Rotary

  • Districts
    Districts may have funds available to assist clubs with projects. Check with your district governor about the availability of these resources. In addition, The Rotary Foundation offers funding opportunities at the district level, including the District Designated Fund and District Simplified Grants.

  • World Community Service
    World Community Service enables Rotarians to communicate their project’s funding needs to a global audience through a projects database. Learn more. Also see the World Community Service Handbook: A Guide to Action.

  • Humanitarian grants
    The Rotary Foundation’s Humanitarian Grants Program provides funding to Rotary clubs and districts to implement humanitarian projects. Learn more.

  • Travel resources
    Did you know that Rotary and United Airlines can help you earn miles for your humanitarian project trips? Through the United Airlines Mileage Plus Charity Miles program, Rotarians and friends of Rotary donate airline miles in 1,000-mile increments to benefit programs of The Rotary Foundation. Learn more.

04-20-11 -

How do you know you are buying official Rotary International merchandise?

Official Licensed Vendors of RI

Official Licensees of RI

The RI Board of Directors has developed a licensing system to provide high-quality merchandise to Rotarians worldwide and to maintain and protect the integrity and use of the Rotary Marks. There are more than 300 licensed vendors (individuals, corporations and Rotary Entities) authorized to produce merchandise using the Rotary Marks. Any individual, company or Rotary Entity interested in manufacturing or selling goods containing the Rotary name, Rotary Emblem or other of the Rotary Marks must be licensed by RI. Any unauthorized reproduction or sale of merchandise containing the Rotary Marks, in any form, infringes on RI’s trademark rights.

Through its licensing system, RI maintains control over who is reproducing and/or selling its intellectual property and the manner in which its intellectual property is reproduced and sold. This control also helps RI maintain consistent quality reproduction of the Rotary Emblem and other Rotary Marks, ensuring accurate and faithful reproduction of the Rotary Marks on quality goods.

Rotary clubs and districts and Rotarians are encouraged to purchase merchandise bearing the Rotary Emblem or other Rotary Marks only from Official Licensees. You can find a list of current licensees below and in the RI Official Directory . Please refer all licensing inquiries to:

Licensing Section
Phone: 847-866-4463
Fax: 847-866-6977
Rotary International
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Licensee listings

04-13-11 -

Who is Noel A. Bajat?

2010-11 Rotary International Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the administrative body of Rotary International. Its 19 members include the RI president, president-elect, and 17 directors who are nominated by the clubs and elected at the RI Convention. The Board controls and manages RI affairs and funds in conformity with the RI Constitution and Bylaws. For continuity, each director serves a term of two years.


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Noel A. Bajat
2010-12, USA

Noel A. Bajat, of the Rotary Club of Abbeville, Louisiana, is president and director of Abbeville Building and Loan. He is a director of Goodwill Industries of Acadiana and has served as organizing director and first president of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Lafayette, as well as chamber of commerce president. He has received the Mayor’s Distinguished Service Award and the Personalities of the South Award. Noel, a member of the International PolioPlus Committee, has served Rotary as a Permanent Fund national adviser and regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and has received the Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Sis, are Major Donors, Benefactors, and charter members of the Bequest Society.

04-06-11 -

Rotary International is active in what social networks?

Rotary and social networking

Rotarians help provide service through fellowship, and social networking is one of the many ways Rotarians are connecting online. Visit Rotary International's official social networking pages and join the conversation.


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See who some of the thousands of fans are on RI's official Facebook page. You'll find links to RI news stories and videos as well as comments and discussions.

  • Official Rotary International Facebook page

  • End Polio Now

  • Join The Rotary Foundation of RI's End Polio Now cause page on Facebook. You can make a donation to support polio eradication, invite others to be a part of the cause, and keep track of how many people you've recruited.

  • Rotary Centers

  • Connect with Rotary World Peace Fellows, who promote national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities.

  • Rotary World Peace Fellowships

  • Join this Facebook cause page to help provide educational opportunities for those interested in studying peace building and conflict resolution>

  • Rotary Foundation alumni

  • Read about Rotary Foundation alumni on their official Facebook page and connect with alumni from around the world.

Read more about Facebook


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Use this microblogging site to keep in touch and up-to-date with other Rotarians and friends of Rotarians.

Read more about Twitter


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Network with other Rotarians and friends of Rotary, and see who they're connected to. LinkedIn is a professionally oriented social network that can help you share your knowledge and expertise.

RI LinkedIn groups include the following:

Learn more about LinkedIn


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Add your photo of a Rotary event to the RI Flickr group pool, and your photo may be selected for Interactive . Be sure to include your full name, club or other Rotary affiliation, and a brief caption. Note that by adding your photo to the RI Flickr group pool, you consent to its use by RI.

Learn more about Flickr


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Rotary International has its own channel on YouTube that offers video content to those interested in Rotary. The YouTube channel supplements video on Rotary's website by providing Rotarians the means of embedding video onto their own sites. Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors are encouraged to select from a growing collection of pieces from RVM: The Rotarian Video Magazine and from Humanity in Motion public service announcements.

In addition, the YouTube channel allows you to be notified about new videos, and viewers can comment on the videos.

Make your website more dynamic and read " Embedding videos from RI's YouTube channel "

Learn more about YouTube


These social networking sites are not owned by Rotary International, and RI is not responsible for the comments of others on these sites. To participate, you must join each of the social networks individually.

On social networking sites, there are several pages titled "Rotary" that are not affiliated with Rotary International or The Rotary Foundation. Only the pages or groups in which RI officially participates are listed here.

03-30-11 -

Who is Hannah Warren?

A tailor-made opportunity for India’s weavers

By Peter Schmidtk
Rotary International News -- 14 February 2011

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Hannah Warren (right) helps Deepa, a seamstress, adjust her new sewing machine, which was donated by Jhoole.

While a 2005-06 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in India, Hannah Warren gave a child laborer money to buy a dress. She remembers wishing she could have done more to help the girl.

During her scholarship, which was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Loves Park, Illinois, USA, Warren learned to speak Hindi and tutored illiterate women.

In 2008, Warren returned to India to photograph sari weavers in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, part of a project funded by the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. She had planned to shoot portraits of the women wearing their hand-woven garments, but none of them could afford to own the exquisite saris they wove for others or even to buy the raw materials. So instead, Warren gave the women funds to purchase materials to make their own saris. In their portraits, she says, the weavers “looked so beautiful and proud” wearing the first saris they had designed for themselves.

The experience motivated Warren to found Jhoole, a fair-trade social entrepreneurship. The enterprise, based in Maheshwar, provides impoverished women with training, materials, and an international market for hand-woven goods so they can earn a living wage.

In 2010, a US$12,500 Rotary Foundation Matching Grant provided Jhoole with looms and other equipment, 1,500 pounds of cloth and thread, and funds to cover office expenses, publicity, and website design. It also covered the cost of training in weaving, sewing, and personal finance from the Indore School of Social Work. The grant was supported by the Loves Park club and four others in District 6420, including a $7,500 contribution from the District Designated Fund. The Rotary Club of Khargone in District 3040 also provided funding.

“With Hannah as a catalyst, we were given the opportunity to improve the lives of women and children in an area of the world our members may never visit,” says Past District 6420 Governor Anita Papich.

District 3040 Governor Nalini Langer says that Warren “is making commendable endeavours to empower women weavers and keep the art of Maheshwari handlooms alive.”

Using recycled material

By cultivating partnerships with designers and distributors, including Chicago-based Mata Traders, Warren has created a direct market for dresses, skirts, and handbags. The weavers frequently produce items from recycled materials, such as scarves made of scraps of fabric donated by Pratibha Syntex.

Jhoole gives 20 percent of its profits to Chetanya Sewa Sansthan, which aids elderly women and people with disabilities. Warren estimates that more than 300 people have benefited from both organizations' programs.

In addition to the grant, Jhoole has received support from the Rotary Club of Maheshwar and others, which has helped fund two Jhoole fashion shows. The club is also donating $2,000 and land for another training facility in nearby Manpur.

“Because of its humanitarian aid and helping to eradicate poverty, Jhoole's project has created a great impact,” says Alok Joshi, a Maheshwar club member.

“There is no way I could be doing this [work] were it not for my Ambassadorial Scholarship,” Warren says. “Like Jhoole's programs, Rotary scholarships are not a one-time donation; they are an investment in goodwill.”

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What bells did representatives from Rotary International ring on February 23rd?

Trading bells in New York City and across Europe ring loud in the fight against polio

Rotary International News -- 21 February 2011

Contact: Wayne Hearn 847-866-3386 or wayne.hearn@rotary.org Thomas McVey 309-287-0945 or thomas.mcvey@rotary.org

EVANSTON, Ill., U.S.A. (21 February 2011) – Rotary International will join vaccine-producer Sanofi Pasteur to ring the trading bells at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and four financial markets in Europe on Feb. 23, to draw international attention to Rotary’s ongoing effort to eradicate the crippling disease polio.

Representatives of the two organizations will take part in stock exchange ceremonies in New York City; Lisbon, Portugal; Amsterdam; Brussels, Belgium; and Paris. Feb. 23 also is the 106th anniversary of Rotary, a humanitarian service organization that has been working to eradicate polio since 1988.

As the world’s largest company focused entirely on human vaccines, Sanofi Pasteur has played a major role in the effort to push polio to the brink of eradication by supplying oral polio vaccine to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, of which Rotary is a spearheading partner, along with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF. Since the initiative’s launch in 1988, the company has donated 120 million vaccine doses for the immunization of children in war-ravaged Angola, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, and Southern Sudan.

The NYSE closing bell ceremony will begin at 3:40 p.m. EST with remarks by RI President Ray Klinginsmith and Sanofi Pasteur Vice-President of Global Immunization Policy Dr. Michael Watson; followed by a countdown to the 4 p.m. bell-ringing. Later in the evening, the NYSE exterior will be illuminated with Rotary’s End Polio Now message, joining Italy’s Trevi Fountain, India’s Charminar monument and other landmarks around the world in a dramatic visual public awareness campaign to build support for polio eradication.

The NYSE Euronext ceremonies are as follows:

  • NYSE Euronext Amersterdam, Beursplein 5, 1012 JW Amsterdam; press contact Rineke Reitsma; +31 (0)20 550 4110; rreitsma@nyx.com. Program begins at 8:30 a.m. CET; opening gong will sound at 9 a.m.

  • NYSE Euronext Brussels, Palais de la Bourse, Beurpaleis; 1000 Bruxelles, Brussels; press contact Anne De Gang, adegang@nyx.com. Program begins at 8:30 a.m. CET; opening bell rings at 9 a.m.

  • NYSE Euronext Paris, 39, rue Cambon, 75039 Paris Cedex 01; press contact Caroline Tourrier, ctourrier@nyx.com. Program begins at 8:30 a.m. CET; opening bell rings at 9 a.m.

  • NYSE Euronext Lisbon, Av. da Liberdade, n. 196-7, 1250-147 Lisboa; press contact Sandra Machado, +351 21 7900029, smachado@nyx.com. Program begins at 4:30 p.m. WET; closing bell rings at 5:30 p.m.

Rotary clubs in Jamaica also have arranged for an opening bell ceremony at the Jamaica Stock Exchange, 40 Harbour St., Kingston. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., leading up to the 9:30 bell ringing. Press contact is Christy Almeida, + 876 322 4561; rotaryclublp@gmail.com.

Eradicating polio worldwide has been Rotary’s top philanthropic goal for more than two decades. Rotary club members to date have contributed more than US$1billion and countless volunteer hours to reach more than two billion children in 122 countries with the oral vaccine.

Rotary and its partners have made great progress toward eradication, reducing the incidence of polio by more than 99 percent. In 2010, fewer than 1,000 polio cases were reported worldwide, down from 350,000 cases annually in the late 1980s. Even though the disease is today endemic to only four countries -- India, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan -- children everywhere remain at risk as long as polio exists anywhere in the world.

In response to a $355 million challenge grant awarded to Rotary by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary clubs worldwide are aiming to raise an additional $200 million by 2012. The organization has already raised more than $160 million toward that goal.

To cover the NYSE Closing Bell®, please register with Christiaan Brakman at 212-656-2094 or cbrakman@nyx.com.

For the video/audio feed of NYSE Closing Bell® (starting at 3:55 p.m. EST) go to Ascent loop #4009. Media seeking footage via The Switch should contact NYSE Broadcast at 212-656.5483. For video and still photos of Rotary’s End Polio Now illuminations of landmarks around the world, go to: www.thenewsmarket.com/rotaryinternational


Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century.

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What can you do for Literacy Month?

March Resource Guide focuses on literacy

Rotary International News -- 3 March 2011

Literacy Month is the ideal time to consider a literacy project in your community -- or across the globe. Let the materials in The Rotarian magazine’s Resource Guide help. Find projects in need of funding, volunteers, donated goods, or partners for a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant on ProjectLINK.

See how Rotarians used the concentrated language encounter (CLE) method to improve reading and writing in Brazil’s underserved schools in Key to Literacy, available on Rotary Video Magazine volume 3.2.

Save $5 when you order three DVDs from RVM volume 3 or 4. Now priced at $5 each, you’ll pay just $10. Available while supplies last.

Find Resource Guide items and all your club and district materials at shop.rotary.org.

03-09-11 -

Why is Bill Gates going to New Orleans?

Gates to speak at 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans

Rotary International News -- 4 March 2011

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Bill Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be a keynote speaker at the 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 21-25 May. Rotary Images/Monika Lozinska-Lee

Bill Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be a keynote speaker at the 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 21-25 May.

Gates will discuss the progress of the polio eradication effort and the need to finish the job during the third plenary session scheduled for Tuesday, 24 May, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The session has been moved to the afternoon, 15:00-17:00, from its original morning time slot.

The Gates Foundation has awarded US$355 million in challenge grants to Rotary for use in the campaign to rid the world of polio. Rotary has responded with Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge. Gates has made several trips to India and Nigeria, two of the four remaining polio-endemic countries, and has praised the work of Rotarians in his annual letter.

Register for the convention before 31 March so you don’t miss out on early-bird pricing. Register online through Member Access.

Other speakers will include Michael McQueen, founder of the Nexgen Group, who will discuss understanding Generation Y, and David C. Mulford, former U.S. ambassador to India and a former Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, who will speak about the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Penny LeGate, a news anchor and reporter for KIRO-TV in Seattle, will share her experiences participating in and reporting on National Immunization Days in Ethiopia and India. Patrick Chisanga, vice chair of the District Governors Review Committee, will speak about Rotary's role in Africa. Download the preliminary program (PDF).

Entertainment features during the plenary sessions will showcase the richness and diversity of New Orleans' music scene. Grammy-winning trumpeter and bandleader Irvin Mayfield is founder and artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and one of the young giants in the world of jazz. In 1998, Mayfield cofounded the Latin jazz group Los Hombres Calientes, whose debut CD won Billboard's Latin Music Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. The band’s third CD was nominated for a Grammy. With 10 albums to his credit, Mayfield has performed in numerous prominent jazz festivals and serves as cultural ambassador for the City of New Orleans.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has traveled worldwide, spreading its mission to nurture and perpetuate New Orleans jazz. The group derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter. Since the band began touring in 1963, several different groups of artists have toured under the Preservation Hall name. The current lineup is directed by Ben Jaffe, son of Preservation Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe.

Other plenary session entertainment will include the Langley Ukulele Ensemble, the King'n Trio, the Ronnie Kole Septet, Lacy J. Dalton, Michael Martin Murphey, and Rhonda Vincent and the Rage.

Workshops will provide convention attendees with an opportunity to learn from Rotarians, Rotary leaders, and non-Rotarian guest speakers. This year's workshops will highlight the three priorities of the RI Strategic Plan as well as the latest Rotary Foundation developments. Download a preliminary schedule of workshops (PDF).

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When did the Rotary clubs of Great Britain and Ireland hold their first meeting, and who was their first President?

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland

Rotary International News -- 2 May 2008

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A 1915 photo of R.W. Pentland, who was the first president of the British Association of Rotary Clubs. Photo from Rotary Images

In May 1914, Rotary clubs in Great Britain and Ireland met in London and agreed to form the British Association of Rotary Clubs. They elected R.W. Pentland as the first president of the organization, which was to have its own constitution. The next month, at that year’s Rotary convention in Houston, the International Association of Rotary Clubs recognized the British group as a legitimate extension of Rotary, and clubs in Britain agreed to affiliate with and pay fees to the international organization.

In his convention address, RI President Russell F. Greiner said: “Feeling that we were not familiar with local conditions in Great Britain and Ireland, I strongly favored the forming of an association of the clubs. . . . It has done splendid work in knitting into a closer union the Rotarians of the cities of the United Kingdom.”

Even with limited communication among international clubs during the World War I, the British association managed to keep the clubs in Great Britain, Ireland, and some mainland European communities connected. By 1921, more than 50 clubs were active in the region.

Other historic developments occurred at the 1922 RI Convention in Los Angeles. The International Association of Rotary Clubs changed its name to Rotary International, and a principle was established that allowed any country with 25 clubs to become a territorial unit with representation on the RI Board. At the convention, Great Britain requested and received territorial status as Rotary International – Association for Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI).

No other group in the world had asked for or received this standing when the territorial unit concept was repealed in 1927. Nevertheless, the rights, privileges, and powers of existing territories were forever protected, so RIBI has continued to function as an independent unit of Rotary International, subject to certain conditions under the RI Constitution.

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What is the problem-solving forum?

Your Voice, Your Solution for developing signature projects

Rotary International News -- 2 February 2011

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A Rotaractor assists a beneficiary of the mobile food pantry in Springfield, Missouri, USA. What advice would you give to a new club looking to create a signature project? Rotary Images/Alyce Henson

Your district governor has asked your club to mentor a new club in the area.

A fellow club member tells you that he has been appointed to help the new club develop a signature project, but he has no idea how to do that.

What advice would you give to a new club looking to create a signature project?

Rotary International's monthly problem-solving forum asks Rotarians for their strategies to address the challenges they deal with every day. Please use the comments section below to share your solutions to this month's problem. Comments may be used in abbreviated form in other RI publications, including the Rotary E-Learning Center .

Past problems and your solutions:

Comments and original article.

02-16-11 -

What is the significance of Room 711?

Historic Moments: The first four Rotarians

By Susan Hanf
Rotary International News – 10 February 2011

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On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.

Harris’s desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship.

Read about each of the first four Rotarians below, and about Harry L. Ruggles, who is often called the "fifth Rotarian."

Rotary’s founder, Harris , was born in Wisconsin, USA, on 19 April 1868. He was raised by his paternal grandparents in Vermont and attended the University of Vermont, Princeton, and the University of Iowa. He was Rotary president from 1910 to 1912 and a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago until his death on 27 January 1947. Learn more about the founder of Rotary in “ The Life and Times of Paul Harris.”

Loehr , a mining engineer, was born on 18 October 1864 in Carlinville, Illinois. He was a Rotarian for only a few years, never holding office at the club or international level. But that first Rotary meeting was held in his office, Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. He died in Chicago on 23 May 1918.

A Rotarian for only a few years, Shorey served as recording secretary during the club’s first year. He was born in Maine in August 1862 and died in March 1944.

Schiele , a coal dealer, served as the Chicago club’s first president in 1905 and Rotary International’s third treasurer in 1945. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1870, Schiele attended Terre Haute Business College and served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War. He was president of the Schiele Coal Company from 1902 until his retirement in 1939. He and Harris became lifelong friends and lived near each other on the South Side of Chicago. Schiele died on 17 December 1945 and is buried near Harris at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Originally from Michigan, Ruggles was a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and joined Rotary at its second meeting. He was treasurer of the Chicago club during its first year, president from 1908 to 1910, and a Rotary director from 1912 to 1913. He is known for having introduced singing to Rotary club meetings. His printing company, H.L. Ruggles & Co., printed the first issue of The National Rotarian and the first Rotary songbook. He died on 26 October 1959, an honorary member of seven clubs in addition to his home club, the Rotary Club of Chicago.

For more information:

02-09-11 -

How can you learn how to promote your club without leaving your desk?

Learn how to promote your club and register now for a free social media webinar

Rotary International News -- 13 January 2011

Are you interested in attracting new members and letting the community know more about your Rotary club? Then attend Rotary International's free 60-minute webinar in February called "Using Social Media to Promote Your Club or District."

During the webinar, Rotarian panelists will offer information and ideas on effectively using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and will discuss how to integrate social media into a communications plan. They will not cover how to create a social media account.

The webinar will be held Wednesday, 9 February , at 6 p.m. CST, which is midnight GMT, 10 February. Click on "Show time in my time zone" when you register to determine the date and time for your area. (Please check for your local time.) The webinars will be held in English only. All attendees will be muted during the sessions.

Register now

After you register, you will receive an e-mail confirming your registration, along with the information you need to join the webinar.

System requirements

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

More webinars

Read more and hear recordings from the October webinars about developing a club website and see what other webinars RI offers.

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Who is the new Rotary International General Secretary?

Experience of seasoned international professional complements the global humanitarian organization’s mission and philosophy

Rotary names attorney John Hewko as its new top executive

Contact: Wayne Hearn at 847-866-3386; wayne.hearn@rotary.org
Rotary International News -- 13 January 2011

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EVANSTON, Ill. (Jan. 12, 2011) — Rotary International has named John Hewko, an attorney with extensive international experience in both the private and public sectors, to be the global humanitarian service organization’s new top executive, serving as its general secretary.

In this position, Hewko will manage more than 600 employees of Rotary International and its charitable arm, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Headquartered in Evanston, Ill., with regional offices in seven countries, Rotary’s Secretariat supports the activities of more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas, with a combined membership of 1.2 million men and women. The Rotary Foundation annually distributes over $180 million to fund a variety of educational programs and humanitarian projects throughout the world.

Hewko is a former partner with the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie and was vice president at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US government agency established in 2004 to deliver US foreign assistance to the world’s poorest countries. He begins work on July 1 at a key moment in Rotary’s 106-year history. Hewko will play a lead role in the implementation of the organization’s newly-revised strategic plan that envisions Rotary’s expanded engagement in areas such as maternal and child health, water and sanitation, disease prevention and treatment, basic education and literacy, economic and community development and peace studies and conflict prevention/resolution. His tenure could also see the successful conclusion of Rotary’s principal humanitarian initiative: its 25-year campaign to eradicate the crippling disease polio, a goal that is more than 99 percent complete.

Hewko also will interact with government and business leaders to enhance Rotary’s global visibility and forge new strategic partnerships worldwide to achieve common objectives and maximize the use of resources. He also will work to expand and strengthen Rotary’s current relationship with organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, US Agency for International Development (USAID) and others.

In announcing Hewko’s hiring, Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith hailed his “visionary leadership” and predicted that under Hewko’s leadership Rotary will “continue to grow in numbers, stature and involvement in making the world a better place.”

“Rotary is fortunate to have attracted a candidate with John Hewko's proven ability and extensive international experience,” Klinginsmith said. “His leadership will be an important asset for Rotary in the next few years.”

During his 15 years at Baker & McKenzie, Hewko specialized in international corporate transactions in emerging markets. He participated in the establishment of the firm’s Moscow office and was the managing partner of its offices in Kyiv and Prague. While in Ukraine in the early 1990s, Hewko assisted the working group that prepared the initial draft of the new Ukrainian post-Soviet constitution and was a charter member of the first Rotary club in Kyiv. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, he worked for leading Brazilian and Argentine law firms and later with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington and New York handling Latin American and project finance transactions.

In 2004, Hewko entered public service with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). As vice president for operations and compact development, Hewko had primary responsibility for managing MCC’s relationship with its 26 partner countries in Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. During his tenure he oversaw the development, negotiation and approval of foreign assistance agreements with 18 countries totaling $6.3 billion for projects in infrastructure, agriculture, water, sanitation, health and education. For the past year, he has been a non-resident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where his writing has focused on international development and foreign policy issues.

Hewko is a 1985 graduate of Harvard Law School, and holds a master’s degree from Oxford University (where he studied as a Marshall Scholar) and a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. He speaks six languages.

“I am delighted to be joining Rotary and honored to be able to participate in the organization’s mission to promote world peace and understanding by addressing some of the root causes of conflict, such as poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy and the global water and sanitation crisis,” Hewko said. “Rotary’s global membership of 1.2 million business and professional leaders -- supported by a dedicated, professional staff -- is a powerful resource that is making a meaningful global and grassroots contribution to that goal. Just look at what Rotary already has accomplished in the area of polio prevention and eradication.”

Hewko emerged from a field of 440 potential candidates for Rotary’s top job. The Rotary search committee worked with Korn/Ferry International, the world’s largest executive search firm. Hewko replaces Edwin Futa, who is retiring after 10 years as general secretary.

Hewko and his wife, Margarita, have a daughter, Maria, who graduates this year from high school in the Washington, D.C. area.

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What is the 2011-12 Rotary International theme?

‘Reach Within to Embrace Humanity’ is 2011-12 RI theme

By Joseph Derr Rotary International News -- 17 January 2011

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RI President-elect Kalyan Banerjee announces the 2011-12 RI theme during the International Assembly in San Diego, California.

RI President-elect Kalyan Banerjee will ask Rotarians to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity during the 2011-12 Rotary year.

Banerjee unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2011 International Assembly, a training event for incoming district governors.

He urged participants to harness their inner resolve and strength to achieve success in Rotary.

"In order to achieve anything in this world, a person has to use all the resources he can draw on. And the only place to start is with ourselves and within ourselves," Banerjee said.

Once Rotarians find their inner strength, he continued, they can accomplish great things in their communities and around the world.

"Discover yourself, develop the strengths within you, and then unhesitatingly, unflinchingly, go forth and encircle the world, to embrace humanity," he said.

Banerjee emphasized the family as a starting point in serving others. "The communities we live in are not built of individual people but of families -- families living in homes together, sharing their lives and their resources and their common destinies. Good families lead to good neighborhoods, and good neighborhoods build good communities."

Rotarians can focus on projects that support families, such as those that provide safe housing or improve maternal and child health, he said.

Continuity in Rotary’s work, including polio eradication, is also important, Banerjee said. "There are so many things we are indeed good at: working for clean, safe water; spreading literacy; working in so many ways with the New Generations, our youth, in our newest Avenue of Service and assisting them to become the leaders of tomorrow."

Citing Mahatma Gandhi’s call to "be the change you wish to see in the world," Banerjee said Rotarians should also focus on change.

"If we wish for peace, we start by living in peace ourselves, in our homes and in our communities," he explained. "If we wish environmental degradation to stop, if we wish to reduce child mortality or to prevent hunger, we must be the instrument of that change -- and recognize that it must start within us, with each of us."

The theme inspired the roomful of Rotary leaders, including Jogesh Gambhir, governor-elect of District 3250 (India).

“It is a touching theme, but also very purposeful and meaningful,” said Gambhir. “I’m sure we can inspire the clubs into action to solve the problems in the community. That’s the ultimate goal of Rotary.”

“There are no words for me to describe how remarkable it was. To me, he was right on and weaved everything together beautifully," said Jane Millar, governor-elect of District 6290 (parts of Ontario, Canada, and Michigan, USA). "I am so thrilled to be a district governor when this man is president.

“I loved the focus on family, continuity, and change," she added. "Family is the center of everything, and not just our immediate family. It’s also about the family of Rotary and the world as one big family."

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Who is the second woman Rotary Foundation Trustee?

Female Trustee

Posted 24 September 2010 by Jack Selway

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It is with great pride and pleasure I am introducing the second woman Rotary Foundation Trustee and the third woman elected to serve as a Rotary International Board Member (2012-14). She is also the first woman Foundation Trustee and the first woman Rotary International Board member from my Zone (33).

If you had the opportunity to speak with Anne Matthews of Columbia, SC, you would know what a charming Southern lady she is. Takes you right back to the "Gone with the Wind" movie. My husband and I had the pleasure of dining with her at the Zone 33-34 Institute in Raleigh, NC in October 1998, when she was the Governor Nominee from District 7770. Ever since, we have been meeting at the Zone Institutes and also when she came to speak at our District Foundation Seminars.

Dr. Anne L. Matthews is president of Matthews and Associates, an educational firm in Columbia, SC. She has three earned degrees, including a doctorate from the University of South Carolina. She is an educator by profession, an author of business texts, and a public speaker. She served as president of several national educational organizations and served on numerous boards, including her undergraduate alma mater, Coker College. She is the recipient of several honors including ones from the YWCA, Girl Scouts of America, key to Lake City, SC, Distinguished Alumni Award, Hall of Fame from Florence County School District 3, National Business Education’s Distinguished Service Award, and Leadership SC. She received two appointments from President Ronald Reagan. Anne has spoken and/or consulted in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and 20 foreign countries on educational issues and/or the Rotary Foundation.

Anne is the past president of the Rotary Club of Columbia East and served as District Governor of D7770 in 1999-2000. She completed a three-year term as the District’s Foundation chair in June, 2006, and during the 2006 Rotary year, D7770 was ranked as number one in the world in Annual Giving and number seven in total giving to the Foundation. Anne initiated the Paul Harris Society in 2005-06, the Centennial year, and District 7770 secured 125 chartered members. Anne completed a three-year term as the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Zone 33 June, 2009.

Anne served: as a National Adviser for the Rotary Foundation Permanent Fund; was appointed by the presidents of Rotary International to Zone Chair for the Hunger Task Force and the Rotary Community Corps Task Force; served in 2004-05 and 2005-06 as a trainer for incoming governors at the International Assembly in Anaheim; represented D7770 as a delegate to the Council on Legislation in 2004; served as the Moderator for the Interfaith Service for the COL in Chicago in 2004; served on the Zones 33 and 34 Executive Committee in 2004-05 as the Program Chair and as General Chair for the Atlanta Institute in 2006; represented the President of Rotary International as a President’s Representative at several district conferences; spoke and/or facilitated sessions at Rotary International Conventions and Pre-Institutes, and served as chair of the Findings Committee for the 2010 International Institute in Montreal.

Anne was appointed by RI Presidents D. K. Lee and John Kenney to serve as the Lead Seminar Trainer at the International Assembly in San Diego in January, 2008, and in 2009. She is presently serving as a member of TRF’s Future Vision Plan Committee during ’09-’12. In May 2010, Anne was nominated by RIPE Ray Klinginsmith and elected by the RI Board to serve as a member of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. In September 2010, Anne was elected by the Zone 33 Nominations Committee to serve as Rotary International Director for Zones 33 and 34, effective July 1, 2012.

Anne is a sustaining member, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Major Donor, charter member of the Bequest Society and the Paul Harris Society, Benefactor, and a Ten Star Rotarian.

Anne received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, and Rotary International’s highest honor, the Service Above Self award. In 2006, she was honored as D7770’s Rotarian of the Year.

Anne is from Zones 33 and 34, and will also serve on the RI board of directors effective July 1, 2012 - 14

Tin Tin Nu Raschid
Governor 1996-97
RGHF Board Member for Zone 33

01-12-11 -

What makes January particularly important to Rotarians?

Trustee chair's message: January is Rotary Awareness Month

Rotary International News -- 3 January 2011

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Awareness is an important part of The Rotary Foundation’s work. It is important that members are aware of The Rotary Foundation Goals 2010-11: polio eradication; the Future Vision Plan; Every Rotarian, Every Year; and the Permanent Fund, says Foundation Trustee Chair Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar. The following is the January message from the Trustee Chair.

Message from the chair

January 2011

Raising awareness of The Rotary Foundation

Awareness is an important part of The Rotary Foundation’s work. It is important that members are aware of The Rotary Foundation Goals 2010-11: polio eradication; the Future Vision Plan; Every Rotarian, Every Year; and the Permanent Fund.

We must also be aware of the Rotary Centers Major Gifts Initiative in support of our Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution and our USD 200 Million Challenge.

It is important to know that we are 1.2 million Rotarians in approximately 200 countries or geographical regions. Also that we are divided in geographical zones, each of which has one or more regional Rotary Foundation coordinators, assistant regional Rotary Foundation coordinators, and Rotary Foundation alumni coordinators. Furthermore, that The Rotary Foundation finances are totally separate from those of Rotary International and that The Rotary Foundation has its own board of 15 Trustees, headed by a trustee chair. And there are seven regional offices in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Korea, and Switzerland. Together with the headquarters in the United States, they are available to serve not only Rotary International but also The Rotary Foundation.

Another part of The Rotary Foundation awareness is the sharing of information outside our organization. We are a group of leaders with a superb network. It is time for us to let the world know about all good things that we have accomplished over so many years. Rotarians have the opportunity to create – and must create – awareness regarding world problems and how they can be solved by Building Communities – Bridging Continents through Service Above Self.

Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar
Foundation Trustee Chair

Read the chair's biography.

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Who is John Smarge?

John Smarge
Rotary International Region 33-34 Director 2010-2012

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John Smarge has been a Rotarian and resident of Naples, Florida since 1981. His classification is Moving and Storage. John and his wife Cindy are Major Donors, Bequest Society Members and Paul Harris Society Members.

John graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management. At the age of twenty-two, John left his home state of New Jersey, moved to Naples, FL and purchased a year old struggling moving company. His multi-office operation handling local, interstate and international moving is now the largest relocation business in SW Florida.

Professionally John was named a National Moving and Storage Association Young Executive Fellow. He has served as a Board Member of the Florida Movers and Warehousemen Association, as a Regional Director of the Southern Community Bank. He has three (3) times been recognized as North American Van Lines Top Quality Agent.

John served as President of The Rotary Club of Naples in 1992-93 and as District 6960 Governor in 1995-96. He is currently Rotary International Director for 2010-2012 and serves as the Chairman of the Rotarian Action Groups Committee.

Internationally, John has twice been a Delegate to the Council on Legislation and twice a Member of the RI Board of Directors Nominating Committee. Additionally, he has served as both a Rotary International Membership Coordinator and Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator. John served as General Chair for the Zone 33-34 Rotary Institute. He is a regular speaker around the world at PETS, Assemblies, TRF and Membership Seminars and has regularly represented the President at District Conferences.

John considers the most rewarding aspects of his many years in Rotary to be the opportunity to participate in the PolioPlus National Immunization Days in India, his medical missions to Ternopil, Ukraine and his multiple humanitarian trips to the Caribbean. John continues to initiate, write and assist with Foundation Matching Grants on a yearly basis, including visiting the project sites.

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