April 20, 2016 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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Rotary shop on new platform

As of 1 May, the Rotary shop will be available on a new platform. We may experience some downtime during the transition and apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact us at shop.rotary@rotary.org or at 847-866-4600.

April 19, 2016 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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Rotary districts mobilize to support survivors of Ecuador, Japan quakes

After a series of three earthquakes — two in Japan and one in Ecuador — killed hundreds of people, injured thousands, and caused billions of dollars in damage late last week, Rotary members in those regions have created disaster relief funds to help survivors.
In Ecuador, the powerful 7.8-magnitude quake that struck Saturday night has killed more than 400 people, with 2,500 injured. Those figures are expected to rise.
Rotary District 4400 established a service fund to raise money for relief efforts. Contact District Governor Manuel A. Nieto Jijon for information on how to donate.
In Japan,…

April 18, 2016 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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Council grants clubs greater flexibility in meeting, membership

The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history.
Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule and membership, it also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership.
The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from around the world gather in Chicago to consider proposed changes to the…

April 4, 2016 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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Council on Legislation to meet in Chicago 10-15 April

Representatives from Rotary clubs worldwide will gather in Chicago 10-15 April to consider changes to the policies that guide Rotary International and its member clubs.
The Council on Legislation meets every three years and is an essential part of Rotary’s governance. The representatives — one from each Rotary district — review and vote on proposals that seek to change Rotary’s constitutional documents and on resolutions that express an opinion or make a recommendation to the Rotary International Board of Directors.
Get live updates and daily vote totals on My Rotary beginning 11 April….

April 1, 2016 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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Culture: Dinner for one

From the April 2016 issue of The Rotarian
There is a new ritual in American life. It goes like this: Whenever you invite someone to dinner, you must inquire about any special dietary needs. Because today, it seems that nearly everyone has drawn a line around foods that cannot pass their lips.
This could be because of allergies, moral qualms, lifestyle choices, health issues, or simple preference. The person might be a vegetarian who eats fish, a carnivore who hates carbs, a glutton who avoids gluten, or a time bomb waiting to be set off by a nut. (Asking ahead makes for a more pleasant…

April 1, 2016 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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Blazing a trail to a national park in the Smokies

From the April 2016 issue of The Rotarian
America’s most-visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains, is a half-million acres of temperate forest bristling with biodiversity – as 30 species of salamanders and some 1,500 black bears attest. Yet the contours of the park, in Tennessee and North Carolina in nearly equal measures, might have been drawn differently if not for several members of the Rotary Club of Knoxville, Tenn., a role the club marked during its centennial celebration last August.
In 1915, David C. Chapman, the owner of a wholesale drug company and a veteran of the Spanish-…

April 1, 2016 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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Clubs: The body politic

From the April 2016 issue of The Rotarian
Rotary clubs are catnip to people running for public office: Rotarians are involved in their communities, civic-minded, and engaged in public improvement. Especially in an election year, clubs are likely to receive calls from candidates in search of a receptive audience.
How a club responds to these requests is completely up to the club itself. For many, it depends on experience with politicians and the preferences of the club officers. Rotary International requires only that clubs not endorse candidates or take sides on public issues.
But the role of…

April 1, 2016 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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Convention: Cultural insights

From the April 2016 issue of The Rotarian
Do you need some context for all you’re experiencing while you’re in Korea for the Rotary International Convention from 28 May to 1 June? Check out one or more of these museums:
1. National Museum of Korea: If you have time for only one, this museum, the sixth largest in the world, has something for everyone: relics from prehistoric times, calligraphy, paintings, sculpture, and even a children’s museum, all housed in a six-story building in the wooded Yongsan Family Park.
2. Korea Furniture Museum: To see how Koreans of the past lived, walk through…

April 1, 2016 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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Member spotlight: Stephen Mwanje promotes health care for all in Uganda

From the April 2016 issue of The Rotarian
“This was a gift from God.” Stephen Mwanje remembers those words, spoken by a sick man who had just received free treatment from a doctor at a Rotary-led Family Health Day in Uganda last fall. “He never thought he would get the medical attention he needed,” explains Mwanje, a member of the Rotary Club of Mukono, Uganda, who made that man’s care possible.
In 2010-11, Mwanje was governor of District 9200, which then included Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. As he was researching options to address Uganda’s lack of health care, he crossed…

March 24, 2016 Comments are off Findlay Rotary
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Get live updates from the Council on Legislation

Get live updates and vote totals from the Council on Legislation on Rotary.org beginning on 11 April.
Representatives from Rotary clubs worldwide will gather in Chicago 10-15 April to consider changes to the policies that guide Rotary International and its member clubs.
Many of this year’s proposed changes are designed to increase membership by giving clubs greater flexibility in the timing and the nature of their meetings. Other proposals would amend membership requirements.