TO HOPE OR DESPAIR, THAT IS THE QUESTION?

I am proud to say I am an American because I have the good fortune to live in a country that listens and reports – it provides a journalistic communication mechanism which gives prominence to controversial personalities and their radical ideas. At the end of the day, when the disillusion with the status quo reaches a critical point, incredible change happens through the ballot box, and new ideas are put to the test for at least four years. At the individual level, the process can be so disruptive and painful that many want only that it will end. The first view offers hope; the latter only leads to despair.​

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THE IMPORTANCE OF WEARING THE ROTARY PIN

I am a Japanese businessman, and I wear a suit almost every day. The Rotary pin is always on my lapel. It is there because I am proud to be a Rotarian. Anywhere I go, people will see the pin and know who I am. Other Rotarians will see it and know that I am a friend, and people who are not Rotarians will see it as well. I want to be sure that all of them also understand the meaning of this pin.

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A REVOLUTION IN THE TYPES OF ROTARY CLUBS IS UNDERWAY

Gone are the days when all Rotary Clubs met weekly over a meal and attendance was taken and tracked. Over the past decade, flexibility and innovation have become the mantra of Rotary International. And the grassroots have taken up the challenge of creating new ways for clubs to meet the demands of modern society and different cultures.

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WHAT ROTARY CAN LEARN FROM AOC AS SYMBOL

AOC, AOC, AOC: it’s a chant frequently heard throughout the United States since the November mid-term election. For those not of the USA, who do not follow American politics, AOC stands for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. On January 3, 2019, she became the U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district and at the age of 29, the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress. 

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TWO BOOKS ON ROTARY’S FOUR-WAY TEST AVAILABLE AT AMAZON

Corrine Gregory and Wallis Zbitnew, two North American Rotarians have both written books on Rotary’s take on the golden rule. While the authors bring a different approach to the task of reflecting on how the “Test” can be used in life and work, they have the same goal to use it as a means to develop a more ethical and civilised society. 

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THE HAPPY, HEALTHY ROTARIAN

Are Rotarians happier and healthier than most people in society? Although I could find no article which definitively answers that question, there is plenty of evidence from research that volunteering in a community through an organisation makes you happy with the result that you are more likely to be healthier as well. It is especially true if the benefits that accrue are to your community.

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ARE GLOBAL GRANTS DISTORTING THE HEART OF ROTARY?

The heart of Rotary is the service club and the community in which it exists. People join first and foremost because they want to give back to their community. Finding fellowship and honing leadership skills are pleasant extras.

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HOW MIGHT A PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR ANALYSE ROTARY’S FOUR-WAY TEST

At a recent meeting, the Wilmington Rotary Club invited Wilmington College Philosophy Professor Ron Rembert to share his view of Rotary’s Four-Way Test as a philosopher.

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THE BIGGEST PROBLEM THAT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT

Dr Pat Love speaking to the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs, Colorado asked Rotarians to identify a malady which is more highly correlated with early morbidity than obesity, smoking and drug abuse and is also correlated with violence, careless acts and substance abuse. 

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WHY ROTARY'S PEACE INITIATIVE IS NEEDED MORE THAN EVER: AN INFOGRAPHIC

Researchers at the European Centre for Development Policy Management in a report arguing that while “the nature of conflict and violence is changing and old tools and approaches need rejuvenation, funding for peace-building, while increasing, actually remains low.” 

 

AN IDEA FROM SASKATOON ON WHAT TO DO WITH DRYDEN’S BROWNFIELDS

Do you know what a brownfield is? The Merriman Webster dictionary defines it as “a tract of land that has been developed for industrial purposes, polluted, and then abandoned..” Cambridge English lumps together “interstitial spaces, brownfields, disused industrial estate, railway lines and stations, abandoned ports,  and plots in ruins as unproductive areas within the economic structure of the city which could potentially be used for temporary activities.

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IT’S TIME TO MELT THE “FROZEN MIDDLE” AND CREATE A “RIVER OF HOPE”          

The issue of climate change and the melting of the polar caps is everywhere at this moment in history. However, according to one former  Rotary International director  Rotary has its ice cap. Rather than being found at either end of Rotary’s linear structure, it is according to the director found in the middle of its structure or to use a quote from a comment on FaceBook the “Frozen middle”. 

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