October 26, 2015 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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See schedule highlights for the Seoul convention

Prepare to be entertained, inspired, and energized at the Rotary International Convention in Seoul, 28 May-1 June. View the schedule highlights, including dates and times for opening and closing ceremonies, evening activities, and the House of Friendship.

Celebrities, health officials come together to hail progress toward polio’s end

After a historic year during which transmission of the wild poliovirus vanished from Nigeria and the continent of Africa, the crippling disease is closer than ever to being eradicated worldwide, said top health experts at Rotary’s third annual World Polio Day event on 23 October in New York City.
More than 150 people attended the special Livestream program co-sponsored by UNICEF, and thousands more around the world watched online. Jeffrey Kluger, Time magazine’s editor at large, moderated the event.
Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, lauded the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s…

October 19, 2015 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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Rotary honors six women for leadership and humanitarian service

Rotary President K.R. Ravindran has named six Rotary Global Women of Action for 2015. The honorees were chosen for their dedication and service, which has improved the lives of thousands around the world.
“Every day at Rotary I see firsthand how our members work to change lives and make a significant impact,” said Ravindran. “Rotary’s Global Women of Action embody Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self.”
The women will be honored at Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York City on 7 November. They will address attendees and lead discussions on various topics related to their work.
The six…

Rotary's representative network puts books into the hands of children in Ecuador

Schoolchildren in Ecuador are improving their reading, and their teachers are receiving additional professional development through a collaboration between Rotary and the Organization of American States (OAS).
The effort began three years ago when Richard Carson, RI representative to the OAS, and other Rotary members met with staff at the agency to discuss a set of literacy requirements for schools. They briefed the ministers of education of Central and South American countries on an approach to improve reading skills. Ecuador adopted the plan.
“We flew to Ecuador and met with the vice…

October 19, 2015 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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RI representatives to global organizations increase Rotary’s impact

Schoolchildren in Ecuador are improving their reading, and their teachers are receiving additional professional development through a collaboration between Rotary and the Organization of American States (OAS).
The effort began three years ago when Richard Carson, RI representative to the OAS, and other Rotary members met with staff at the agency to discuss a set of literacy requirements for schools. They briefed the ministers of education of Central and South American countries on an approach to improve reading skills. Ecuador adopted the plan.
“We flew to Ecuador and met with the vice…

October 15, 2015 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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Member interview: Colombian club's support for hospital spans decades

From the November 2015 issue of The Rotarian
The Rotary Club of Cartagena, Colombia, has worked to bring health care to poor children for almost seven decades. Most recently, with support from a Rotary Foundation Global Grant and Rotarians around the world, the club has obtained more than $200,000 to provide pediatric cardiac care. Past club president German Spicker rounded up funds from Switzerland to Japan to help make it all happen.
THE ROTARIAN: Tell us about your city.
SPICKER: Cartagena is a city of contrasts. You find beautiful places that look like Miami Beach. But much of our…

October 15, 2015 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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Member spotlight: A shed of one's own

From the November 2015 issue of The Rotarian
Left with a deep emotional void after the loss of his wife four years ago, Ron Bowden discovered the perfect respite, a place filled with the whirring of buzz saws, the clanking of wrenches, and the listening ears of a band of brothers: his local men’s shed. An Australian phenomenon, the sheds are communal buildings equipped for light carpentry and other woodworking, bicycle repairs, or leatherwork, where men (women are welcome too) gather to tinker and socialize. Bowden, now a member of the Rotary Club of Toowoomba East, Australia, initially…

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Indian hospital project is eye-opening

From the November 2015 issue of The Rotarian
When Camilla McGill planned her first visit to India about 10 years ago, she couldn’t have known how quickly – nor how painfully – she’d learn one of the trip’s most important lessons.
“I was alone in a hotel, and I had a nightmare,” she says. “I jumped out of bed, caught my foot in the sheet, fell to the floor, and hit my head.” In the morning, she found herself dizzy and disoriented, with a blossoming black eye, but she was determined to keep her first appointment: assisting with a National Immunization Day event with Rotarians at a nearby…

October 15, 2015 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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Culture: Is self-publishing wishful inking?

From the November 2015 issue of The Rotarian
Several years ago, I got an idea for a book, one so strange that I naturally became obsessed with it. The manuscript would consist of 30 one-page essays on the craft of writing, and 30 one-page stories. I had a title all picked out: This Won’t Take But a Minute, Honey.
I was terribly excited about Minute, Honey, which I fancied as a kind of Strunk and White for the post-modern set. And thus I set about pitching it to editors at various New York publishing houses. To call their reaction negative would be overstating the case. They were simply…