Keeping Children Safe From Polio in India S.R. Yogananda 2021-06-11 07:00:00Z 0 Global Polio Eradication Initiative,Polio Eradication

Global Polio Eradication Initiative Updates Strategy to Eradicate Polio 

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GENEVA, 10 June 2021 – Today, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) will launch the Polio Eradication Strategy 2022-2026: Delivering on a Promise at a virtual event, to overcome the remaining challenges to ending polio, including setbacks caused by COVID-19. While polio cases have fallen 99.9% since 1988, polio remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and persistent barriers to reaching every child with polio vaccines and the pandemic have contributed to an increase in polio cases. Last year, 1226 cases of all forms of polio were recorded compared to 138 in 2018.

In 2020, the GPEI paused polio door-to-door campaigns for four months to protect communities from the spread of COVID-19 and contributed up to 30,000 program staff and over $100 million in polio resources to support pandemic response in almost 50 countries.

Leaders from the two countries yet to interrupt wild polio transmission—Pakistan and Afghanistan—called for renewed global solidarity and the continued resources necessary to eradicate this vaccine-preventable disease. They committed to strengthening their partnership with GPEI to improve vaccination campaigns and engagement with communities at high risk of polio.

This video highlights the update. https://youtu.be/j7vxKdy7NDs

Global Polio Eradication Initiative Updates Strategy to Eradicate Polio GPEI Staff 2021-06-10 07:00:00Z 0 GPEI,Global Polio Eradication Initiative,Polio Plus Fund

June is Rotary Fellowships Month

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Do you have a hobby or passion you would like to explore with friends from around the world? Do you want to build community around your profession or cultural identity globally? Rotary’s Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion or identity. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.
June is Rotary Fellowships Month Rotary Service & Engagement Staff 2021-06-09 07:00:00Z 0 Fellowships
Disrict Governor Greg Horn's June Message to Rotarians Greg Horn 2021-06-07 07:00:00Z 0 District 5020 Governor's Monthly Message,Greg Horn

Rotary Fellowships - What An Opportunity! 

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Rotary offers many opportunities to connect with others in our club and district who share similar passions. Rotarians also have many opportunities to connect with members globally.

Rotary Fellowships provide a great way to make new friends around the world and enhance your Rotary experience. The fellowships are international, independently organized groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants, and alumni who share a common passion. These groups range in interest from tennis to wine, marathon running to cooking, scuba diving to recreational vehicles, jazz to computers, and many, many more.

Rotary Fellowships - What An Opportunity! Pete Leenhouts 2021-06-02 07:00:00Z 0 Fellowships
Rotary International President's June Message to Rotarians Holger Knaack 2021-06-01 07:00:00Z 0 Holger Knaack,Rotary International President,Rotary International President Holger Knaack

How Do I Donate to the Endowment Fund? 

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   As we approach June 30th, the end of the Rotary Year, it might be a good time to consider an additional donation to The Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund. 

   The Endowment Fund is the long range fund in which the principal - that which you donate - is never spent, and the earnings available are used to make a lasting difference in people’s lives.    

How Do I Donate to the Endowment Fund?  Pete Leenhouts 2021-05-27 07:00:00Z 0 Endowment Fund,TRF,The Rotary Foundation

African vaccine champion on lessons from ending wild polio

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Vaccines save millions of lives each year. In August 2020, Africa crossed a historic milestone when it was certified as free of wild polio. Vaccination drives, reaching up to 220 million African children multiple times every year, were integral to achieving this historic milestone.

Dr Tunji Funsho is a Nigerian cardiologist and Chair of Rotary International’s PolioPlus Committee in Nigeria. In 2020 he was listed as one of Time magazine 100 most influential people for his contribution to the fight against polio in Africa. Here he shares lessons on the crucial role of vaccines and the work still needed to end all forms of the poliovirus.

African vaccine champion on lessons from ending wild polio World Health Organization 2021-05-21 07:00:00Z 0 Global Polio Eradication Initiative,Polio Eradication,polio,polio plus

Rotary's Hidden Influence

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Rotary’s positive influence on the world extends far beyond its members and its clubs. From medical missions to disaster relief to combating climate change, Rotary plays a role in a vast array of initiatives that help humanity. The reach and impact of Rotary’s work are a testament to Rotary members’ leadership, passion, and drive to help others.

Below, we look at three organizations that have grown out of a Rotary project or an individual member’s incredible commitment to a cause. These entities are well known — but their roots in Rotary might not be.

Rotary's Hidden Influence Vanessa Glavinskas 2021-05-16 07:00:00Z 0 Easter Seals,Little Free Library,Rotary International,ShelterBox

Nonprofits Make Gains in Measuring Their Impact

In December, for the 13th year in a row, The Rotary Foundation received a four-star rating — the highest possible — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the United States. Charity Navigator determines its ratings by examining how nonprofits use their funds, how sustainable their programs are, and how well they follow industry standards of transparency and accountability.
Nonprofits Make Gains in Measuring Their Impact Hank Sartin 2021-05-04 07:00:00Z 0 Charity Navigator,ImpactMatters,Rotary International,evaluation,monitoring
District Governor Greg Horn's May Message Greg Horn 2021-05-01 07:00:00Z 0 Dolly Parton Imagination Library,Greg Horn,Library

East Jefferson Rotary Club Announces Annual Rose Sales Fundraiser

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It’s spring,  and the time of year when the East Jefferson Rotary Club offers you the opportunity to gift others with a dozen or more beautiful roses!  You may have a spouse or other loved one, someone who did something special for you recently, or the administrative assistant at your business or church you would like to honor….everybody enjoys getting our lovely roses!  

This year, our order form is online; please find it here: https://form.jotform.com/210657399126967

East Jefferson Rotary Club Announces Annual Rose Sales Fundraiser T.J. Plastow 2021-04-26 07:00:00Z 0 Rose Fundraiser,Rose Sale,Roses
Rotary International Virtual Convention June 12th - 16th Registration is Open Pete Leenhouts 2021-04-17 07:00:00Z 0 Convention,RI Convention

An Update on Rotary's Work to Eradicate Polio

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Since 1979, when Rotary Clubs in the Republic of the Philippines began a nation-wide drive to eradicate polio, Rotary has been at the forefront of global efforts to eradicate this dreaded disease that has crippled and killed so many children and adults.
 
\in 1985, Rotary enlisted the United Nations to form the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), with the goal of completely eradicating the disease. With the support of the United Nations, the U.S. Centers for Disease, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and unprecedented support from nations worldwide, has been successfully eradicated from all but two nations - Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Learn more: https://on.rotary.org/2Qn4lBp 
An Update on Rotary's Work to Eradicate Polio Pete Leenhouts 2021-04-16 07:00:00Z 0 Global Polio Eradication Initiative,Polio Eradication,polio,polio plus

Facts About Rotary

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Rotary unites people from all continents and cultures who take action to deliver real, long-term solutions to our world’s most persistent issues. Through volunteering, our 1.2 million members make lifelong friendships that transcend political and cultural boundaries and foster global understanding and respect.
Facts About Rotary Pete Leenhouts 2021-04-14 07:00:00Z 0 What Is Rotary All About?

New Rotary club takes aim at human trafficking

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Human trafficking is a real issue and it is closer to you than you probably think. As a teacher, I have heard about children in my school as young as six years old being sexually exploited for money, and I felt powerless to do anything about it. This was happening within families as a business and to support drug habits. Children would be removed from a household for a couple of days but would be placed back again with the same family.
New Rotary club takes aim at human trafficking Usha Reddi 2021-04-13 07:00:00Z 0 Human Trafficking
Speaker April 15th, 2021 - North Olympic Regional Veteran’s Housing Network 2021-04-12 07:00:00Z 0 Homeless,Homelessness,Veterans
District Governor Greg Horn's Message for April, 2021 Greg Horn 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0 DG,DG District Governor,District Governor,Diversity Equity and Inclusion,Greg Horn

Presidential conference offers relationship building, collaboration

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As life-long members of the Rotary family, we are passionate about Rotary and Rotaract from the deep friendships we have formed and the meaningful service we have taken part in. These last few years have been a whirlwind, from first meeting at the 2018 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg to launching a new Rotaract Multidistrict Information Organization (regional groups of Rotary districts that form for the purpose of disseminating information and facilitating communication among Rotaract clubs in the participating districts). Through this our friendship with each other and the connections we have made with others have truly been life-changing.
Presidential conference offers relationship building, collaboration Alex Ritchie, Taylor Huie, and Ally Fisher 2021-04-08 07:00:00Z 0 Presidential Conference,Rotaract

President, Rotary International Message for April, 2021

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This year, we celebrate Earth Day on 22 April with a new sense of purpose. The environment is now an area of focus for Rotary. Solutions for all great tasks always start with you and me, and there is much we as individuals can do simply by changing our behavior: Cutting down on our use of plastic and using energy wisely are just two examples. But now we have the opportunity to do more together.
President, Rotary International Message for April, 2021 Holger Knaack 2021-04-06 07:00:00Z 0 Environment,Holger Knaack,RI President,Rotary International President Holger Knaack

Event celebrates 75 years of Rotary and UN

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The United Nations (UN) serves as a global forum where countries raise and discuss the most difficult issues, including problems of health, climate, education and peace. Since helping to charter the United Nations in 1945, Rotary members and the United Nations have worked together toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues worldwide.
 
The celebration 75 Years of Action Between Rotary and the United Nations, will be streamed live on 10 April 2021. You are cordially invited to join the livestream on Saturday, 10 April, from 10:00 to 13:00 Eastern Daylight Time. For further details and registration, visit www.75yearsofaction.live. The inspiring list of speakers includes...
Event celebrates 75 years of Rotary and UN Mary Eileen Shackleton, DG 7230 2021-04-05 07:00:00Z 0 United Nations

Maternal and Child Health

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Maternal and child care is one of Rotary’s main causes. It is estimated that close to 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation, which can all be prevented.  Rotary makes health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger. 

Maternal and Child Health Rotary Staff 2021-04-01 07:00:00Z 0 Maternal and Child Health

How to Join a Rotary Club

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All Rotary Clubs welcome new members. It’s not difficult to join a Club, but all Rotary Clubs are “by invitation only” and there are several kinds of clubs. With that in mind, we invite you to consider joining us!  During the pandemic, we have been meeting on Zoom video. Send us an email at > info@ejcrotary.club <, introduce yourself, and ask for the meeting link. You're welcome to join us to check us out.  
How to Join a Rotary Club Pete Leenhouts 2021-03-20 07:00:00Z 0 join a club,membership

Water and sanitation support the process of peacebuilding

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Why is water and sanitation one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus?

How can access to clean water and sanitation empower women and children?

How can our efforts to provide water and sanitation support the process of peacebuilding?

Rotary founder Paul Harris said, “Perhaps dreaming is not so bad if one dreams good dreams and makes them come true.” Rotary’s dream and mission is to serve humanity. Providing access to clean water and sanitation for the most vulnerable communities brings life and is essential to making all of our dreams come true.  

Water is life, health, hygiene, and fundamental dignity.
 
Rheem Ghunaim is the Executive Director of the Rotary Action Group for Peace
Water and sanitation support the process of peacebuilding Rheem Ghunaim 2021-03-15 07:00:00Z 0 Promoting Peace,Water and Sanitation
Ever wonder about Rotary Districts and Zones?  Pete Leenhouts 2021-03-10 08:00:00Z 0 Zone 26/27

District Governor Greg Horn's Message for March

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The week of March 8 – 14 is World Rotaract week.  Two years ago, the Council on Legislation voted to elevate Rotaract by including Rotaract clubs as members of Rotary International. 
 
I’ve asked Caitlin Mangiacasale-Ashford, our District Rotaract Representative to talk a bit about her experiences as a Rotaractor:
 
As I reflect on Rotaract in our district this month as I look forward to celebrating World Rotaract Week, there are so many opportunities that we need to work together as a district to accomplish.  
District Governor Greg Horn's Message for March Greg Horn 2021-03-05 08:00:00Z 0 DG District Governor,Greg Horn

President, Rotary International Message for March, 2021 

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As someone who knows firsthand the great leadership potential of Rotaractors, I always look forward to World Rotaract Week, which we are celebrating from 8 to 14 March.
 
Rotaractors are the focus of all three of my presidential conferences this year, and I was proud when, two years ago, the Council on Legislation voted to elevate Rotaract by including Rotaract clubs as members of Rotary International. Before that, the Council had already made dual membership possible, and shortly after, the Board of Directors decided to do away with Rotaract’s age limits.
President, Rotary International Message for March, 2021 Holger Knaack 2021-03-01 08:00:00Z 0 Rotaract,Rotary International President Holger Knaack

Charity Navigator lists The Rotary Foundation as one of the top 10 charities

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Charity Navigator lists The Rotary Foundation as one of the top 10 charities at work throughout the country and the world. The Foundation is a large, complex organization with a budget well in excess of g $100 million, and over  $65 million in net assets. It is on that list in part because of their exceptional financial management, no easy feat considering the scope and size of their operations. Rotarians should feel confident that The Rotary Foundation puts their donations to good use. For more information, and to see the list, check it out, here. 

Charity Navigator lists The Rotary Foundation as one of the top 10 charities Pete Leenhouts 2021-02-23 08:00:00Z 0 Charity Navigator,The Rotary Foundation

Every Rotarian, Every Year

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   The Every Rotarian Every Year initiative asks all Rotarians to support The Rotary Foundation through a donation to the Annual Fund every year and by getting involved in a Foundation project or program. 

   Rotarians know that The Rotary Foundation has a top-notch reputation for careful and judicious stewardship of our funds. See the Foundation’s Charity Navigator rating, here:  http://tinyurl.com/gs9cuxc  

Every Rotarian, Every Year Pete Leenhouts 2021-02-19 08:00:00Z 0 EREY,Every Rotarian Every Year
Talking the talk, walking the walk on disease prevention Ann Marie Kimball, MD, MPH, Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island 2021-02-12 08:00:00Z 0 Better Friendships,Disease Prevention,Four-Way Test,Global Health Security,Global Polio Eradication Initiative,Polio Eradication
District Governor Greg Horn's February Message Greg Horn 2021-02-08 08:00:00Z 0 District 5020 Governor's Monthly Message

Rotary Peace Fellow Applications Open in February, 2021

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Applications for Rotary Peace Fellowships are open and will be accepted through May 15th, 2021. Rotary Peace Fellows, who must be non-Rotarians, are social change leaders who are chosen for their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace throughout their careers. 

Rotary Peace Fellow Applications Open in February, 2021 Pete Leenhouts 2021-02-07 08:00:00Z 0 Peace Fellowships,Promoting Peace,Rotary Peace Centers,Rotary Peace Centers Masters Degree Program,Rotary Peace Centers Professional Certificate Program,Rotary Peace Fellowship

The Rotary Ethics Fellowship
 

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Ethics are the moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conduct of an activity. There's no denying that our current times call for our individual application of a strong code of ethics by each person involved in society. But where to start? 
 
Rotarians start with themselves. Our ethical code is clearly defined in our Four Way Test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Is it beneficial to all concerned?  We apply the Four Way Test to ourselves.  It is a tough challenge, but one each of us strives to live up to on a daily basis. 
 
The Ethics Fellowship of Rotarians builds on the Four Way Test. 
The Rotary Ethics Fellowship  Pete Leenhouts 2021-02-02 08:00:00Z 0 Four-Way Test,High ethical standards,ethics
Rotary International President's Message for February, 2021 RI President Holger Knaack 2021-02-01 08:00:00Z 0 Peace Fellowships,Promoting Peace,Rotarian Peace Projects Incubator,Rotary Peace Centers,Rotary Peace Fellowship

The New Generations Service Exchange Program

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New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, customizable program for university students and young professionals. University students and professionals up to age 30 — including current and former Rotaractors and former Interactors, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) participants, and Youth Exchange students — are encouraged to apply. You don’t have to be a member of Rotary to participate in an exchange. While these exchanges have been curtailed or canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, it is not too early to begin planning for such exchanges in 2021 and beyond.
The New Generations Service Exchange Program Pete Leenhouts 2021-01-31 08:00:00Z 0 New Generations Service Exchange

Italian Rotarians spread joy of giving

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The Rotary Foundation reminds us constantly why we are here. It reminds us who it is we serve. It reminds us that "...these days, these hours, while we yet walk this earth – that this is our time and we must grasp it.” These were the words of K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, Trustee chair of The Rotary Foundation, during the recent major donor event organized by District 2060 in northeastern Italy.
Italian Rotarians spread joy of giving By Omar Bortoletti, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser for Zone 14 2021-01-27 08:00:00Z 0 Champions of The Rotary Foundation,Major Donor

Vocational Training Teams 

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Vocational Training Teams (VTT’s) are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own. VTTs build on Rotary's long-standing commitment to vocational training.  While the team leader is nearly always a Rotarian, team members need not be. Teams are usually funded by grants provided via The Rotary Foundation.
Vocational Training Teams Pete Leenhouts 2021-01-24 08:00:00Z 0 Vocational Training Team (VTT)

Virtual Summit Jan 27: Rotary Action Group Against Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking

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Modern day slavery – whether in the form of forced labor in supply chains, sex trafficking, domestic servitude, or human trafficking – is a transnational multi-billion dollar criminal activity that is impacting millions of people on any given day in more than 167 countries. According to the Global Slavery Index, 40.6 million men, women, and children are trapped in modern day slavery. No country in the world – regardless of its wealth, size, judicial system – is exempt from it.
Virtual Summit Jan 27: Rotary Action Group Against Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking Rotary Action Group Against Slavery 2021-01-23 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary Action Group,Rotary Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS)

Rotary Presidential Conference in Nigeria Begins January 22nd

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Are you excited about the elevation of Rotaract to a membership type in Rotary? Do you seek new ways and strategies to enhance the collaboration between Rotaract and Rotary in the pursuit of our organizations vision?

RI President Holger Knaack has instituted three Presidential Conferences this year to highlight the power of Rotary and Rotaract working together as partners in service. The focus of this Conference series is to create meaningful connections between Rotaractors and Rotarians.

Register here: 2020-2021 PRESIDENTIAL CONFERENCE – 2020-2021 PRESIDENTIAL CONFERENCE (rotarydistrict9141.org)

Conference goals are to:

  • Inspire greater collaboration between Rotary and Rotaract clubs.
  • Introduce the broader Rotary Community to the amazing work of Rotaractors
  • Elevate the projects and activities of Rotaractors locally and globally
  • Provide a platform for Rotary and Rotaract members to network and make connections.
Rotary Presidential Conference in Nigeria Begins January 22nd Rotary International Staff 2021-01-21 08:00:00Z 0 Africa,Nigeria,RI Presidential Conference,Rotaract,Rotary International,Rotary International President Holger Knaack,Rotary International Presidential Conference

Rotary Partnerships

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As Rotarians, we are encouraged to work with Rotary International's partners to plan more effective and sustainable projects. Partnerships enable us to open even more opportunities for service, and partnership networks allow us to leverage the expertise and contacts inherent in other organizations to advance projects of mutual interest. You will find a list of Rotary’s partner organizations, here.
Rotary Partnerships Pete Leenhouts 2021-01-17 08:00:00Z 0 Global Grants,Partnership
Champions of The Rotary Foundation  John Erickson 2021-01-15 08:00:00Z 0 Champions of The Rotary Foundation,The Rotary Foundation

The Rotarian Code of Conduct 

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As a Rotarian, I will:

1.  Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life;

2.  Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect;

3.   Use my professional skills through Rotary to mentor young people, help those with  special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world;

4.  Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians.

5.  Help maintain a harassment-free environment in Rotary meetings, events, and activities; report any suspected harassment; and help ensure non-retaliation to those individuals that report harassment.

The Rotarian Code of Conduct  Rotary International 2021-01-10 08:00:00Z 0 The Rotary Code of Conduct

Rotary and diversity, equity, and inclusion

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A history of diverse backgrounds

When Chicago attorney Paul Harris founded Rotary, he invited his colleagues and friends to create a club where professionals of diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful friendships. Over time, that expanded to giving back to their communities.

Since its first club meeting more than 100 years ago, Rotary has grown into an international organization with clubs in nearly every country in the world. Our membership comprises people with countless individual identities who share a singular passion for making the world a better place for everyone.

In recognition of Rotary's history as a diverse organization, and in our careful planning for our future, Rotary has reaffirmed the organization's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Rotary and diversity, equity, and inclusion Rotary Staff 2021-01-06 08:00:00Z 0 Diversity,Equity,Inclusion

District Governor Greg Horn's January Message 

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January is Vocational Service Month, and I’ve asked our District Vocational Service Chair, Mark Hoppen, to share a few of his thoughts.  Here’s Mark:
 
We’ve all heard the phrase “for every yin there’s a yang,” which speaks to duality: good/evil, light/dark, fire/ice, female/male, crisis/opportunity.  These times remind us of the Tao (pronounced or spelled Dao).  Right now, the likelihood of an American dying from COVID-19 is more than 84 times greater than a South Korean.  (In North and South Dakota - 136 times greater.)  Things are not particularly good.
 
As in 1918 during the Spanish Flu pandemic, some of us are behaving badly, some of us are behaving responsibly.  And just like that earlier pandemic, real, positive change is just-around-the-corner. 
District Governor Greg Horn's January Message Greg Horn 2021-01-04 08:00:00Z 0 Vocational Service,Vocational Service Month,membership

Rotary Opens Opportunities

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As the new calendar year begins, Rotarians know we are at the half-way point in our Rotary Year, which runs from July 1st through June 30th. Thus, it is appropriate to consider anew the annual theme used by Rotary International President Holger Knaack, of Germany, to highlight his service as our President. Holger's theme for the Rotary Year is "Rotary Opens Opportunities". You'll note the theme is graphically highlighted by three open doors. The open doors remind us of his request to Rotarians to create opportunities that strengthen our leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need.  
 
We also all know 2020 was a very challenging year, to put it mildly. Certainly, 2021 promises to be no less challenging. Yet, as Rotarians, we are asked to use our initiative and connections to rise above these challenges, as have Rotarians of previous generations, to take action to respond to them across all five of our Avenues of Service (Club, Community, Vocational, International and Youth).      
 
President Knaack underscored that call to service by writing "Rotary is not just a club that you join; it is an invitation to endless opportunities. We believe in creating opportunities for ourselves and for others. We believe that our acts of service, large and small,  generate opportunities for people who need our help, and that Rotary opens opportunities for us to live a richer, more meaningful life, with friends around the world, based on our core values".  
 
Rotary offers a superlative way to improve our communities. Look hard at the needs and what we are doing, and consider how we can use our initiative, talents and connections to increase our acts of service and generate opportunities for people who need our help.  
Rotary Opens Opportunities Pete Leenhouts 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary Opens Opportunities

January, 2021 Rotary International President’s Message

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January is finally here. As we look forward to 2021, our thinking doesn’t have to stop at the end of these 365 days. Are you thinking ahead about what you will be doing in 2022, 2023, and beyond?

We cannot foresee the future, but we can steer ourselves where we want to go. I think it is important that every Rotary club hold a strategic meeting at least once a year. Past RI Director Greg Yank, who has a lot of experience working with clubs on their plans, shares his viewpoint.

January, 2021 Rotary International President’s Message Holger Knaack, President 2020-21 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0 Holger Knaack,Long Range Plan,Rotary International President Holger Knaack,Strategic Plan
Donations to the Annual Fund Pete Leenhouts 2020-12-31 08:00:00Z 0 Annual Fund,The Annual Fund,The Rotary Foundation

Rotary Action Groups (RAGs)

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Rotary Action Groups are international groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants, and alumni who are experts in a particular field or passionate about topics that fall within the seven Rotary Areas of Focus.  Addiction prevention, blood donation, basic education and literacy, and environmental sustainability are a few of the many groups.  

Rotary Action Groups (RAGs) Pete Leenhouts 2020-12-28 08:00:00Z 0 RAG,RAGS,Rotary Action Group
Help Us Find Our Next Rotary District Scholars! Harry Panjer, Rotary District 5020 Scholarship Chair 2020-12-27 08:00:00Z 0 District 5020 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship,Global Grant Scholarship,Peace Fellowships
What Is Rotary Vocational Service? District 5020 Staff 2020-12-26 08:00:00Z 0 Vocational Service,Vocational Service Month,Vocational Service in Action Handbook

The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace

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Rotarians recognize the importance of our governing principles, which have been developed over the years to provide us with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.  The Object of Rotary is the first of those principles, and the one we have been considering over the past several days.
The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace Pete Leenhouts 2020-12-22 08:00:00Z 0 Object of Rotary,Promoting Peace,Service Above Self,The Object of Rotary

The Ideal of Service

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Rotarians recognize the importance of our governing principles, which have been developed over the years to provide us with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.  The Object of Rotary is the first of those principles. 

Today, we’ll consider the third object of Rotary: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life. 

Service is at the heart of being a Rotarian.

The Ideal of Service Pete Leenhouts 2020-12-21 08:00:00Z 0 Object of Rotary,Service Above Self,The Ideal of Service,The Object of Rotary

The Importance of High Ethical Standards 

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Rotarians recognize the importance of our governing principles, which have been developed over the years to provide us with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.  The Object of Rotary is the first of those principles, and the one we are currently considering. 

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.

Rotarians consider the Object of Rotary to have four parts - first, acquaintance, which we considered last week; second, high ethical standards; third, the application of the ideal of service; and, fourth, the advancement of international understanding through a world fellowship of Rotarians united in the ideal of service.

Today, we’ll consider the second part of the Object of Rotary, namely, high ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society. 

The Importance of High Ethical Standards  Pete Leenhouts 2020-12-20 08:00:00Z 0 High ethical standards,Occupations,The Object of Rotary

The Value of Acquaintance 

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The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster, FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service. Acquaintance tied to action has made Rotary the most successful alliance of its type in the world today.  Why?  The answer is simple: Effective networking!
The Value of Acquaintance Pete Leenhouts 2020-12-19 08:00:00Z 0 Acquaintance,Object of Rotary,The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary

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Rotary Guiding Principles have been developed over the years to provide all Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world. There are three Guiding Principles: The Object of Rotary, The Four-Way Test, and the Avenues of Service. 

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;

  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Object of Rotary 2020-12-18 08:00:00Z 0 The Object of Rotary
2020 Rotary International Annual Report Released Today Pete Leenhouts 2020-12-17 08:00:00Z 0 Annual Report

How Do I Donate to the Endowment Fund? 

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   As we approach the end of the calendar year, it might be a good time to consider a donation to The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment Fund. 

   The Endowment Fund is the long range fund in which the principal - that which you donate - is never spent, and the earnings available are used to make a lasting difference in people’s lives.    

How Do I Donate to the Endowment Fund?  Pete Leenhouts 2020-12-15 08:00:00Z 0 Endowment Fund,The Rotary Foundation
Interact Video Competition through Dec 17th 2020-12-13 08:00:00Z 0 Interact,Interact Club

Club Members Contribute to Ending the Scourge of Polio

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The Club’s financial objective for Polio Plus this Rotary Year, through June 30th, 2021,  is to encourage each member to donate at least $37.00 towards the Rotary International PolioPlus campaign. This relatively small amount, donated by each member in support of our goal, will go a very long way towards helping to eliminate this terrible disease. As an example, Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. Your donation of $37.00 can protect as many as 60 kids against this terrible disease! Find out more, here: Take Action - End Polio Now
Club Members Contribute to Ending the Scourge of Polio Pete Leenhouts 2020-12-13 08:00:00Z 0 Polio Eradication

Virtual Project Fairs

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While our ability to travel internationally, gather for fellowship and friendship, and build partnerships for service has been disrupted, our ingenuity and creativity has opened opportunities in unprecedented ways. And while we can’t replace in-person experiences, virtual travel and fellowship opportunities are redefining how we build partnerships and continue supporting communities through remote service opportunities.

Finding meaningful service opportunities and impactful projects to support is already a daunting task, which feels immensely more challenging while need grows during the global pandemic. Getting involved in international service can often be a challenge, especially during a pandemic when international travel is limited.

Virtual project fairs allow for immersion, travel, and fellowship from the safety and comfort of your home.

Virtual Project Fairs Rotary Staff 2020-12-09 08:00:00Z 0 Project Fair

Who are Rotary Alumni?

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Alumni are action-oriented people from all over the world who have participated in  Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Exchange, New Generations Service Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotary Peace Fellowships, Rotary Scholarships (funded by global grants or district grants), vocational training teams (members and leaders), Ambassadorial Scholarships, Grants for University Teachers, Group Study Exchange (members and leaders), and Rotary Volunteers. Find out more at Alumni | My Rotary
Who are Rotary Alumni? Pete Leenhouts 2020-12-08 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary Alumni,alumni
Our District Governor's December Message Greg Horn 2020-12-07 08:00:00Z 0 District Governor
Why Donate to the Annual Fund? Pete Leenhouts 2020-12-06 08:00:00Z 0 Annual Fund,Annual Report,Charity Navigator,The Annual Fund

An Update on the Club's Support of the Global Grant "Dignity Toilets for Togo"

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The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County is one of seven Olympic Peninsula Rotary Clubs supporting The Rotary Foundation Global Grant "Composting Toilets for Klobaten Village" (Grant number GG2011334) in the Kegue Region, Lome', in the African country of Togo. The Nor'wester Rotary Club  of Port Angeles WA is the lead club. The Global Grant coordinator is "Doc" Riess, who fills us in on how he came to be building composting toilets in Africa, below. 
 
The grant enables the seven Rotary Clubs to fund the construction of 112 sustainable composting toilets thus assuring safe, healthy and dignified access for individual families, especially women and children, within the village of Klobatem. The construction makes use of local materials suited to the community, and employs local laborers skilled in their construction. In addition to the funds contributed by Rotarians, each local family must contribute what they can to support the construction of their facility. The project also enables proper training for each family in the care and use of the composting toilets, including related hand hygiene, and the use of the composted waste for use as compost for gardens and farms.    
An Update on the Club's Support of the Global Grant "Dignity Toilets for Togo" "Doc" Riess (Nor'wester Rotary Club, Port Angeles WA) 2020-12-05 08:00:00Z 0 Composting Toilets for Klobatem Village,Dignity Toilets,Dignity Toilets for Togo,GG2011334,Numbered Global Grant

Rotary International President's Message for December, 2020

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As I look back on 2020, I reflect on how our lives have changed. The global COVID-19 pandemic brought pain and loss to many of us. And for almost all of us, our daily lives, family time, and work also changed this year. But we've made it to the end of this difficult year, not on our own but by reaching out to one another, as we always do in Rotary. With each passing year, I become prouder of our organization.

I will choose to remember 2020 as a year of great change and strength for us; Rotary didn't stop, despite the pandemic. We removed obstacles, found new ways to connect, and embraced new approaches to service, such as online projects and virtual fundraising. I have invited two Rotarians to share their stories about how Rotary grew stronger this year.

Rotary International President's Message for December, 2020 Holger Knaack 2020-12-01 08:00:00Z 0 RI President,Rotary International President Holger Knaack

The Rotarian Code of Conduct

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As a Rotarian, I will:

1.  Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life;

2.  Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect;

3.   Use my professional skills through Rotary to mentor young people, help those with  special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world;

4.  Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians.

5.  Help maintain a harassment-free environment in Rotary meetings, events, and activities; report any suspected harassment; and help ensure non-retaliation to those individuals that report harassment.

The Rotarian Code of Conduct 2020-11-27 08:00:00Z 0 The Rotarian Code of Conduct

Help Us Support the Irondale Little Free Pantry! 

 

Members of the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County and community members across eastern Jefferson County continue to support our efforts to stock the Little Free Pantry at the Irondale Community Church. You may drop donated items off locally in Port Ludlow at the Edward Jones office at 9526 Oak Bay Rd, Suite 300, Port Ludlow, WA 98365.   

All non-perishable food items will be accepted however the items below have been requested: 

 
 
Help Us Support the Irondale Little Free Pantry! Pete Leenhouts 2020-11-20 08:00:00Z 0 Irondale Church,Irondale Community Church,Little Free Pantry,food insecurity

How Do I Join a Rotary Club? 

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All Rotary Clubs welcome new members. It’s not difficult to join a Club, but all Rotary Clubs are “by invitation only” and there are several kinds of clubs. With that in mind, we invite you to consider joining us! 

We are both a local community organization and an international one. Rotarians are focused on service above self - taking action to improve the world around them - from their local communities to issues of global importance. With over 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs worldwide, we have been making a very positive difference in the world for well over a century! 

So how do you go about joining a Rotary Club?   

How Do I Join a Rotary Club? Pete Leenhouts 2020-11-17 08:00:00Z 0 membership
Our District Governor's November Message Greg Horn 2020-11-10 08:00:00Z 0 District 5020 Governor's Monthly Message

Our District Governor's October Message

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These are significant and exciting times to be a member of our Rotary family.
 
President Holger said, “Rotary is not just a club you join but an invitation to endless opportunities.  Let’s take advantage of the opportunities that we have and continue to present themselves as we live through, and come out of this pandemic. We can take advantage of what we are learning now and reinvent how we do the business of Rotary.
 
It will take strong leaders to be able to ride this giant wave of change.  What Rotary becomes in 5, 10, even 20 years may well be decided by how we manage Rotary today.
Our District Governor's October Message 2020-10-03 07:00:00Z 0

Why and How To Join a Rotary Club 

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All Rotary Clubs welcome new members. It’s not difficult to join a Club, but all Rotary Clubs are “by invitation only” and there are several kinds of clubs. With that in mind, we invite you to consider joining us! 

Rotarians are all about action - making a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Working together and with partners,  the 1.2 million active, involved Rotarians in tens of thousands of clubs worldwide lead and contribute to positive change in our communities and around the world.  

Why and How To Join a Rotary Club Pete Leenhouts 2020-10-02 07:00:00Z 0 Join,join a club,membership
The District 5020 News Magazine Pete Leenhouts 2020-09-13 07:00:00Z 0 District 5020,Rotary District 5020
District Governor Greg Horn's September Message to Rotarians Greg Horn 2020-09-08 07:00:00Z 0 Basic Education and Literacy,Literacy

President Holger Knaack's September Message to Rotarians

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Rotary youth exchange — one of the many programs for youths and young adults that we celebrate this month — was my path into true engagement in Rotary. My wife, Susanne, and I began hosting exchange students soon after I joined, and the experience helped me go from simply being a member of my Rotary club to being a true Rotarian. Now Rotary Youth Exchange is a family tradition, and a strong one: Over the past 24 years, we have hosted 43 students!
President Holger Knaack's September Message to Rotarians Holger Knaack 2020-09-04 07:00:00Z 0 Rotaract,Youth Avenue of Service,Youth Exchange,Youth Service
An Introduction to Rotary Scholarships Available Beyond the Club Level Pete Leenhouts 2020-08-26 07:00:00Z 0 Ambassadorial Scholarship,Global Grant Scholarship,Peace Fellowships,Rotary District Ambassadorial Scholarship,Rotary Peace Centers Professional Certificate Program,Water Scholarships,scholarships
Rotary's Strategic Plan 2020-08-24 07:00:00Z 0 Rotary Strategic Plan,Strategic Plan
Rotary’s Leadership and Continuing Contribution to Eradicating Polio  Pete Leenhouts 2020-08-23 07:00:00Z 0 Global Polio Eradication Initiative,Polio Eradication

The Four-Way Test and Its Development

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The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. It is one of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics and was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as Rotary International (RI) president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.

This simple yet powerful 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers. In fact, the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. 

Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. 

The Four-Way Test and Its Development Pete Leenhouts 2020-08-20 07:00:00Z 0 4-Way Test,Four-Way Test,The Four Way Test

The Rotary Endowment Fund

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The purpose of the Endowment Fund is to ensure the long-term viability of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and its programs. Contributions made to the Endowment Fund are invested in perpetuity with no erosion of the contribution itself.  Many might view the Endowment Fund as the Foundation's “savings account” whose interest supports the Annual Fund, the “checking account” for the Foundation.   

 
The Rotary Endowment Fund Pete Leenhouts 2020-08-16 07:00:00Z 0 Endowment Fund
Rotary’s Leadership and Contribution to Eradicating Polio  Pete Leenhouts 2020-08-15 07:00:00Z 0 Global Polio Eradication Initiative,Polio Eradication,Polio Plus Fund
Meet Shekhar Mehta, Rotary International President-Elect 2020-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Partner with Interactors to Support Shelterbox

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Rotary International currently has a number of partner organizations. One of these is ShelterBox, an organization that provides emergency shelter and supplies worldwide to assist survivors immediately after a disaster. 

Rotary works with ShelterBox in all phases of disaster relief: identifying regions that need support, volunteering in relief efforts, facilitating meetings with government officials and relief agencies, and funding supplies. Rotary can also help with logistics, including customs clearance; housing deployed teams; arranging transportation; and offering language interpretation.

Rotarians Partner with Interactors to Support Shelterbox Pete Leenhouts 2020-08-12 07:00:00Z 0 Chimacum High School Interact Club,Partnership,ShelterBox
The Rotary Code of Conduct - Maintaining a Harassment-free environment in Rotary Pete Leenhouts 2020-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

Meet Our District Governor, Greg Horn! 

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District Governor Greg Horn has had a thoroughly interesting and varied career - did you know he has been a competitive water skier and tunnel boat racer?
 
Rotary District 5020 is one of the largest in the world, and one of the few bi-national districts as well. It encompasses over 90 Rotary Clubs on Vancouver Island BC and Washington State's Olympic Peninsula, reaching as far south as Battle Ground WA. 
 
Read on for Greg's biography!  
Meet Our District Governor, Greg Horn! Greg Horn 2020-08-08 07:00:00Z 0
Club Sponsors Food Drive in Support of the Irondale Little Pantry Pete Leenhouts 2020-08-07 07:00:00Z 0 Community Wellness Project,Economic and Community Development,Irondale Church,food drive,little pantry
Jennifer E. Jones nominated to become Rotary International President July 1st, 2022 Ryan Hyland 2020-08-06 07:00:00Z 0 Jennifer E. Jones,Rotary International,Rotary International President

New Generations Service Exchange

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New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, customizable program for university students and young professionals. University students and professionals up to age 30 — including current and former Rotaractors and former Interactors, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) participants, and Youth Exchange students — are encouraged to apply. You don’t have to be a member of Rotary to participate in an exchange. While these exchanges have been curtailed or canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, it is not too early to begin planning for such exchanges in 2021 and beyond.
New Generations Service Exchange Pete Leenhouts 2020-08-06 07:00:00Z 0 New Generations Service Exchange

Finding My Life's Meaning in Rotary and Toastmasters

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In 2008, my world changed when my wife of 29 years was killed by an impaired driver. She was returning from visiting our 17-year-old daughter in college. My life revolved around Judy and our four children (Anne, Michael, Geoffrey, and Lara). We were so close that it felt like I had died too.

A year later, our youngest child left for college and I was alone in a five-bedroom house. I had to choose between curling up in a ball or going on living. I chose the latter and began speaking to first-time offenders convicted of a driving under the influence offense for several programs in central Ohio.

Finding My Life's Meaning in Rotary and Toastmasters David Jones 2020-08-05 07:00:00Z 0 membership

An Update Regarding the Rotary District 5020 Scholarship Program

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   In spite of the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Rotary District 5020 continues its work. The District 5020 Scholarship Committee manages Rotary District 5020 Ambassadorial Scholarships (RDAS), Global Grant Scholarships (GGS) and Peace Fellowships on behalf of the District. 

   The March 2020 issue of UD5020, the District 5020 Magazine, included announcements of two Ambassadorial Scholarship awardees, Mr. Kyle Fawkes and Mr. Brody McDonald. Since then, both Kyle and Brody applied to The Rotary Foundation for Global Grant Scholarships. 

   We are thrilled to now announce that both Kyle and Brody were successful in their applications. This means that each will now be awarded a total of $30,000 USD to support their post-graduate studies abroad. In addition, District 5020 has awarded another $15,000 Ambassadorial Scholarship to Ms. Courtney Brossel. 

An Update Regarding the Rotary District 5020 Scholarship Program Harry Panjer 2020-08-04 07:00:00Z 0 Ambassadorial Scholarship,GGS,Global Grant Scholarship,PF,Peace Fellowships,RDAS,Rotary District Ambassadorial Scholarship
District 5020 Governor's Message for August, 2020 Greg Horn 2020-08-03 07:00:00Z 0 District 5020 Governor's Monthly Message
Why Do Rotarians Donate to the Annual Fund? Pete Leenhouts 2020-08-02 07:00:00Z 0 The Annual Fund

Rotary President's Message for August, 2020

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The year 2020 has brought monumental changes that have already included a global pandemic and a renewed call for social justice. We are reminded that we live in a constantly changing world, and Rotary is a reflection of that world.

We must be ready to listen and adapt, always drawing upon our core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. If we live these values and apply The Four-Way Test to all aspects of our lives, we will be prepared to lead at all times.

Rotary President's Message for August, 2020 Holger Knaack 2020-08-01 07:00:00Z 0 President

Membership Matters

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August in Rotary is known as Membership and New Club Development Month, but do you know why we focus on membership? Membership is essential to every aspect of a Rotary club. As a matter of fact, Rotary International won’t even allow you to start a new Rotary club without 20 people who are interested in joining and upholding Rotary’s ideals and values.

Nothing in a club gets done without its members. Rotary members...

Membership Matters Corey Lopardi 2020-08-01 07:00:00Z 0 Membership Goals

The Rotarian Code of Conduct

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As a Rotarian, I will:

1.  Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life;

2.  Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect;

3.   Use my professional skills through Rotary to mentor young people, help those with  special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world;

4.  Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians.

5.  Help maintain a harassment-free environment in Rotary meetings, events, and activities; report any suspected harassment; and help ensure non-retaliation to those individuals that report harassment.

The Rotarian Code of Conduct 2020-07-30 07:00:00Z 0 The Rotarian Code of Conduct

Interested in Rotary? 

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Interested in Rotary International? Founded in 1905 by a Chicago lawyer, Paul Harris, Rotary has grown to be a formidable force for good in the world.  

From the very beginning, Rotarians have been focused on taking action to make a positive difference in the world. Although founded as a social club, Rotarians begin focusing on improving their local and global communities the very next year. In fact, the first-ever Rotary project was funding and supporting the construction of public sanitary facilities in Chicago. 

Grassroots at the core, Rotary today links 1.2 million members, men and women alike, in over 35,000 clubs worldwide to form an organization of international scope focused on improving the lives of people all over the globe. 

Founder Paul Harris’ words “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves” ring ever more true today. 

Why do men and women from all walks of life join Rotary? 

Interested in Rotary? Pete Leenhouts 2020-07-29 07:00:00Z 0 What Is Rotary All About?
Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) Pete Leenhouts 2020-07-27 07:00:00Z 0 Every Rotarian Every Year
The Rotary International Instagram page Pete Leenhouts 2020-07-25 07:00:00Z 0 Instagram,Rotary International

The Rotary District 5020 Ambassadorial Scholarship (DRAS)

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Rotary clubs in District 5020, of which our Club is a part, nominate and support applicants who apply as District Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars, Global Grant Scholars and Rotary Peace Fellows. 

A local Rotary club must sponsor applications for each of these programs.

This post provides information about the Rotary District 5020 Ambassadorial Scholarship (DRAS). The application deadline is January 15th - and its not too soon to being preparing! 

The Rotary District 5020 Ambassadorial Scholarship (DRAS) Pete Leenhouts 2020-07-21 07:00:00Z 0 DRAS,District 5020 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
A wish for wheels: Rotary fundraiser gets rolling Maria Morrison 2020-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

Emergency Preparation - Grab and Go Bags

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   There is little doubt that Olympic Peninsula residents and guests face a range of challenging though possibly somewhat remote threats - volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, powerful winter storms severing our bridges, and tsunami’s - to name just a few. If you’ve lived here for a while, you know these threats are not really all that remote, in fact - most of us have experienced earthquakes, tsunami warnings and extreme winter storms. It’s part of life on the Peninsula. 
Emergency Preparation - Grab and Go Bags Pete Leenhouts 2020-07-19 07:00:00Z 0 Emergency Preparedness,Grab and Go Bag

The Annual Fund

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The Annual Fund is the primary source of funds that support The Rotary Foundation’s programs and areas of focus. Rotarians are strongly encouraged to donate each year to the Annual Fund. During the recent Rotary Year, we are proud to note that nearly all members of our Club supported the Annual Fund. 
The Annual Fund Pete Leenhouts 2020-07-18 07:00:00Z 0 Annual Fund

The Lifelong Impact of a Group Study Exchange

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As a citizen of India, I have been troubled by my country’s population growth, economic crisis, poverty, crimes against women, and child abuse. I had the privilege of taking part in a Group Study Exchange, supported by The Rotary Foundation, 30 years ago, and it totally changed my perspective on life, and kindled my urge to do something to help our society.

I was selected for the exchange team to visit Washington-Maryland, USA, in 1990. I was the only member selected from a government job. The exchange happened at the beginning of my career in the government sector and at the threshold of my career. The program was a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for all of us.

The Lifelong Impact of a Group Study Exchange By Rakesh K. Gaur, former Group Study Exchange team member 2020-07-17 07:00:00Z 0 District Community Grants,Group Study Exchange,India,Rotary Alumni,Rotary Alumni Associations
Rotary Definitions - Annual Fund, SHARE, and EREY! Pete Leenhouts 2020-07-15 07:00:00Z 0 Annual Fund,Foundation Committee,Service Projects Committee,TRF,The Rotary Foundation

What is Rotary? 

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What is Rotary? 

We connect people!

Rotary unites more than a million people. Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. We use our connections as Rotarians and members of our communities to make that change happen - locally and globally.  

What is Rotary?  Pete Leenhouts 2020-07-07 07:00:00Z 0 What Is Rotary All About?

A Gift for Levi

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Levi Knoche is a 6-year old boy who lives with his family in Port Ludlow. While he is severely disabled, and cannot walk, in all other respects, including cognitive abilities, he is a normal little boy. He enjoys being outside with his family, who must carry him everywhere on outdoor hikes and activities.  The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County is leading a fundraising effort to fund a $17,000 Track Chair, an outdoor mobility chair that uses tracks instead of wheels, for Levi. 
A Gift for Levi Pete Leenhouts 2020-07-02 07:00:00Z 0 Levi Knoche

Rotary International President's Message for July, 2020 

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This does not seem like a time for great optimism, but it has to be. Long before Rotary was founded, the world dealt with great crises that tested humankind's ability to progress and endure. In the age of Rotary, the world has faced many more catastrophes; however, we have survived, and every step of the way, Rotary has helped the world heal.

Every great challenge is an opportunity for renewal and growth. I revealed the theme of Rotary Opens Opportunities at the International Assembly in San Diego just as the COVID-19 crisis was beginning, but these are words that I have believed for many years.

Rotary is not just a club that you join; it is an invitation to endless opportunities. We believe in creating opportunities for others and for ourselves. We believe that our acts of service, large and small, generate opportunities for people who need our help, and that Rotary opens opportunities for us to live a richer, more meaningful life, with friends around the world, based on our core values.

Rotary International President's Message for July, 2020 Holger Knaack 2020-07-01 07:00:00Z 0 Holger Knaack,Rotary Opens Opportunities

Will a Covid-19 vaccine signal an end to the anti-vaccine movement?

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The world is desperate for a vaccine against coronavirus. If and when it is discovered, will the voices of the anti-vaccine movement tell their adherents to turn it down?

If you asked this question of parents in the US in the 1950s, the response would likely be unequivocal.

This is because of the fear that gripped a nation, fear caused by the lethal poliovirus. When the US polio epidemic was at its highest, the country reported more than 21,000 cases of paralysis, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 3,000 lives were lost.

Will a Covid-19 vaccine signal an end to the anti-vaccine movement? John Hewko and Peter J. Hotez 2020-06-29 07:00:00Z 0 Global Polio Eradication Initiative,Polio Eradication,Polio Plus Fund,Washington State,polio,smallpox,vaccine hesitancy

Bringing People Together Through Music 

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The International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians (IFRM) has been meeting regularly online to prepare and present virtual choral performances. Members receive rehearsal material (musical score, a recording of accompaniment and vocal parts) in advance, and then they come together from their respective homes via Zoom to listen to the accompaniment (on headphones) and sing their parts (into cell phones) while appearing on screen together. 

Bringing People Together Through Music Lee Denlinger 2020-06-24 07:00:00Z 0 Fellowships,International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians,singing,song

Member Biography - Dr Tamara Meredith

Dr. Tamara Meredith is the Director of the Jefferson County Library District in Port Hadlock, WA and has spent 18+ years in public, school, and academic library leadership positions. She is passionate about providing access to information and learning resources, and works to find creative, functional solutions to limited broadband and other technology issues that impede equitable access in rural areas. She currently serves on the University of Washington MLIS Advisory Board, is the treasurer of Public Libraries of Washington, and is both a board member and a coach for the Kitsap Philharmonic Youth Symphony.

Tamara joined the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County in 2017...

Member Biography - Dr Tamara Meredith Dr Tamara Meredith 2020-06-16 07:00:00Z 0 Tamara Meredith,biography,members,membership
Donating to the Annual Fund Pete Leenhouts 2020-06-10 07:00:00Z 0 Annual Fund,Champions of The Rotary Foundation,TRF

The Rotarian Action Group for Blindness Prevention

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   Rotary Action Groups (RAGs) provide assistance and support to clubs and districts in planning and implementing community development and humanitarian service projects. They are organized by committed professionals with expertise in a particular field. Members need not be Rotarians.

   The purpose of the Rotarian Action Group for Blindness Prevention is to ...

The Rotarian Action Group for Blindness Prevention Pete Leenhouts 2020-06-08 07:00:00Z 0 RAG,Rotary Action Group,Rotary Action Group for Blindness Prevention

A Very Brief History of the Early Years of the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County 

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The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County, or EJC Rotary as the Club is now usually known, has been a part of communities in eastern Jefferson County since it was chartered by Rotary International on June 21st, 1982, 38 years ago. 

 

The group that was to become the Club met in those early days at the well-known Ajax Cafe on the spit in Port Hadlock, across the street from what is now the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. Jim Humphrey was the Club’s first President, and dentist John Barrett, who remains a member to this day, the Club’s first President-Elect. 

A Very Brief History of the Early Years of the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County Pete Leenhouts 2020-06-07 07:00:00Z 0 EJC Rotary,History,The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County

The Rotary Guiding Principles in Stressful Times

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The vision of the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County is that, together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. 

 

Our mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

It is beyond question that the nation is undergoing an extremely stressful time. Yet, Rotarians know that we have faced extremely stressful times before - the Great Depression, World War II, the Vietnam War, the riots of the late 60’s, the 2008 economic recession, and many more. 

Rotarians use our Guiding Principles to provide stability at all times to our personal and professional conduct. Chief among these Principles is the Four-Way Test. 

The Rotary Guiding Principles in Stressful Times Pete Leenhouts 2020-06-04 07:00:00Z 0 Avenues of Service,Four-Way Test,Rotary Guiding Principles,The Object of Rotary

An Introduction to Rotary Action Groups

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Rotary Action Groups (RAGS) are independent, Rotary-affiliated groups made up of people from around the world who are experts in a particular field, such as economic development, peace, addiction prevention, the environment, or water. They provide assistance and support to Rotary clubs and districts in planning and implementing community development and humanitarian service projects. Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) give members opportunities to engage in service activities and network with like-minded members around the world.  There are currently 25 such groups.

An Introduction to Rotary Action Groups Pete Leenhouts 2020-06-02 07:00:00Z 0 RAGS,Rotary Action Group
Rotary International President's Message for June, 2020 Mark Daniel Maloney 2020-06-01 07:00:00Z 0 RI President,RI President Mark Maloney,Rotary International
Five Reasons to Give to The Rotary Foundation Pete Leenhouts 2020-06-01 07:00:00Z 0 The Rotary Foundation
Youth Service Month Summary Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-31 07:00:00Z 0 Interact Club,RYE,RYLA,RYLA NW,Rotaract,Rotary Scholarships,Rotary Youth Exchange,Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly,Students of the Month,Youth Avenue of Service,Youth Protection
Avenues of Service - Club Service Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-31 07:00:00Z 0 Avenues of Service,Club Service

Rotary Scholarship Programs

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This brief article provides you a succinct summary of the various Rotary scholarship programs. There are a wide variety of scholarships available, for everyone from local high school graduates to fully funded master’s degree programs worth up to $75,000. 

 

Many different types of scholarships are offered by individual Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts, and The Rotary Foundation, all of which are applied for through your nearest Rotary Club. If we can offer just one piece of advice, it would be to start early and be relentless in your search!

Rotary Scholarship Programs Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-30 07:00:00Z 0 District Community Grant Scholarship,Global Grants,scholarships

What A Difference A Year Makes! 

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I never imagined when sending (our daughter) Grace away last August how fast it would go or what would happen here during that year she was away. As we are getting ready to welcome Grace Bradley home soon from her grand adventure abroad, I can't wait to see how much she has grown and hear all about it. She was so fortunate to have so many great people to help her and look out for her along the way...
What A Difference A Year Makes! Jason Bradley 2020-05-27 07:00:00Z 0 RYE,Rotary Youth Exchange
The Rotary Avenues of Service Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-26 07:00:00Z 0 Avenues of Service

A Look at the Annual Fund 

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The power of Rotary lies in our global network of community leaders and technical experts, and our exceptionally strong ethic of Service Above Self.

 

The Annual Fund makes it possible for Rotary clubs to transform lives around the globe. It is one of several funds managed by The Rotary Foundation.  

 

Broadly speaking, the Annual Fund supports Rotary humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs around the world. 

 

Rotarians focus our service efforts in six areas to maximize our local and global impact: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local communities. These are called “Areas of Focus”, or “Rotary Causes”. 

 

Every Rotarian is encouraged to make a personal donation to the Annual Fund every year, and to participate in one of the Foundation programs. Our Club is active in many of the Rotary programs, including Global grants, District Community Grants, Alumni programs, Peace Fellowships, Rotary scholarships, the Rotary Youth Exchange program, and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), among others. 

 

All donations made by Rotarians are completely voluntary.  Our Club asks each Rotarian to donate $120 each year to the Annual Fund. Most members donate more than that, while a few members donate less, each according to their circumstances. (Our Club averaged $391 per person over the past Rotary year). 

 

Our policy, like many clubs, is to make it possible for Rotarians to see why donating to The Rotary Foundation’s programs is important, and to make it easy to do so; we do not “twist arms” nor do we force donations. While the donation amounts each member makes are never publicized, Rotarians are recognized for their donations, most notably through the Paul Harris Fellow recognition.   

 

The Rotary Foundation itself has an enviable record of managing our funds, one that every Rotarian should be proud of - and one that is very closely tracked. 90.6 percent of the money we donate to the Foundation is used for the programs and services supported by the Foundation, while only 9.3 percent is used for administrative and fundraising expenses, an enviable record indeed. 

 

Charity Navigator rates The Rotary Foundation 4 out of 4 stars, and has done so for the past twelve years. In fact, the Foundation is ranked number two in the United States. Find out more, here: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4553        

 

The Annual Fund is the primary source of funds that support The Rotary Foundation’s programs and areas of focus. Lets take a closer look at the Annual Fund itself. 

A Look at the Annual Fund Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-25 07:00:00Z 0 Annual Fund,The Rotary Foundation
Every Rotarian - Every Year! Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-24 07:00:00Z 0 EREY,Every Rotarian Every Year

My Life During COVID-19 (La Mia Vita Durante Il) as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student 2019-2020
 

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Living overseas as a high school student can be a tough thing for anyone, including the strongest willed and strongest minded. I know many people that have said they would love to go on exchange, but they would miss their friends too much or would fail immediately. I thought this as well going into my exchange, as I felt relatively unprepared in comparison to other exchange students I have seen, past and present. There were even moments where I considered dropping out! Leaving my friends and family behind to live in a foreign country with virtually no knowledge of the language was, without a doubt, the most challenging thing I have done. But I saw it through, and I never looked back.

 

The first month or so of my exchange...

My Life During COVID-19 (La Mia Vita Durante Il) as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student 2019-2020  Chris Carthum 2020-05-23 07:00:00Z 0 RYE,Rotary Youth Exchange

The 2019-2020 Interact Club Report

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Interact is the Rotary International program for high school students ages 12-18. I

 

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. 

 

The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County sponsors the Chimacum High School Interact Club, which is a separate entity with its own leadership, members and funds.  Adult Rotarians provide mentorship and support for the Interact Club members.  

 

Starting out in October...

The 2019-2020 Interact Club Report T.J. Plastow 2020-05-22 07:00:00Z 0 Chimacum High School Interact Club,Interact Club

The Object of Rotary -  FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace

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Rotarians recognize the importance of our governing principles, which have been developed over the years to provide us with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.  The Object of Rotary is the first of those principles, and the one we have been considering over the past few weeks.

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster, FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Object of Rotary - FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-21 07:00:00Z 0 Object of Rotary,The Object of Rotary,goodwill,peace,world fellowship

Past District Governor Tom Carroll earns Rotary's Highest Honor

Past District Governor Tom Carroll has been selected by the Board of Directors of Rotary International as a recipient of the 2019-20 Service Above Self Award, Rotary International's highest honor. The award recognizes those Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary. A maximum of 150 recipients worldwide may be selected each year.
Past District Governor Tom Carroll earns Rotary's Highest Honor 2020-05-21 07:00:00Z 0 District Governor

Greetings from Nalani Flinn, RI's representative to our District Conference  

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I was so honored to be asked by Rotary International President Mark Maloney to represent him at your District Conference.  But unfortunately, I won’t be able to share that moment with you due to the unprecedented virus, Covid-19. He would have wanted me to share his number #1 priority, which is to Grow Rotary.  Your District has taken that word to new heights by bringing in 146 new members and a new club as of March 31, 2020. Congratulations on a job well done!  I would say to you, Imua, in Hawaiian, means “go-forward.” You call it, “don’t stop.”
Greetings from Nalani Flinn, RI's representative to our District Conference Nalani Flinn, 2017-2018 District 5000 Governor 2020-05-20 07:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotaract?

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What is Rotaract? Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service. Rotaractors are Rotarians! Interested in learning more? Check out https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs
 
What Is Rotaract? Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-19 07:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

Rotarians Support Education

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Rotarians Support Education

 

Rotarians are people of action. We share an urgency to become  involved in our communities, both locally and globally, to make a positive and lasting difference. We enjoy working together, and focus our activity on six main causes, one of which is education. 

 

Our broad goal within the area of education is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults. Rotarians are involved in activities to further these objectives not only in our own communities, but all over the world as well. 

 

Here in our local communities, our Club is deeply involved in this Rotary cause. 

Rotarians Support Education Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-18 07:00:00Z 0 Basic Education and Literacy,Causes,Chimacum High School Interact Club,Pacific Northwest Rotary Youth Leadership Awards,RYE,RYLA,Rotary Horticulture Pavilion,Rotary Youth Exchange,Students of the Month
The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County is proud to be recognized as a partner of Chimacum Schools. Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-17 07:00:00Z 0 Chimacum Schools,Interact Club,Interact Committee,Partnership,RYE,Rotary Youth Exchange,scholarships

The Rotary Ideal of Service in Each Rotarian’s Personal, Business, and Community life

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Rotarians recognize the importance of our governing principles, which have been developed over the years to provide us with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.  The Object of Rotary is the first of those principles, and the one we are considering this month.  This week, we’ll consider the third object of Rotary: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life. 

Service is at the heart of being a Rotarian. It’s not enough for Rotarians to merely attend weekly meetings and seek acquaintance, though that is indeed important. Rotarians seek to =take action= to serve others in their personal, business and community life. How can this be accomplished?

The Rotary Ideal of Service in Each Rotarian’s Personal, Business, and Community life Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-16 07:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Object of Rotary,Service Above Self,The Object of Rotary

Rotary Alumni Associations

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Rotary Alumni are people who have been or who have participated and are no longer active in Rotary, Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Exchange, New Generations Service Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards(RYLA), Rotary Peace Fellowships, Rotary Scholarships (funded by global grants or district grants), Vocational Training Teams (members and leaders), Ambassadorial Scholarships, Grants for University Teachers, Group Study Exchange (members and leaders), and Rotary Volunteers. Find out more at the Rotary International Alumni webpage

 

The Rotary Alumni Association, or ROTEX as it is abbreviated, is the Rotary-sponsored umbrella organization to which all Rotary alumni associations belong. https://rotex.org/

 

Find the map of all Rotary alumni organizations worldwide, here.

 

What can Rotary Alumni do? 

Rotary Alumni Associations Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-15 07:00:00Z 0 Rotary Alumni,Rotary Alumni Associations
Meet Holger Knaack, Incoming President of Rotary International Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-15 07:00:00Z 0 Holger Knaack,President-Elect

Youth Protection  

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Rotary International is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in Rotary activities. It is the duty of all Rotarians, Rotarians' spouses, partners, and other volunteers to safeguard to the best of their ability the welfare of, and to prevent the physical sexual, or emotional abuse of, children and young people with whom they come into contact. All Rotarians take this duty very seriously.

Youth Protection Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-14 07:00:00Z 0 Youth Protection

The Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development

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The Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development is an international non-profit organization with 25 years of experience in maternal and child health, including family planning. http://www.rifpd.org/  

 

Rotary Action Groups (RAGs) provide assistance and support to clubs and districts in planning and implementing community development and humanitarian service projects. They are independent, Rotary-affiliated groups made up of people from around the world who are experts in a particular field, and staffed by volunteers with an interest in or an expertise in that field.  Both Rotarians and non-Rotarians are members. 

 

The Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development seeks to address the root causes of the more disheartening statistics on maternal and infant mortality within the Rotary focus area of maternal and child health.

The Rotarian Action Group for Population &amp; Development Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-13 07:00:00Z 0 Areas of Focus,Cause,Causes,Maternal and Child Health,RAG,Rotary Action Group,The Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development

Who Are Rotary Alumni?

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Rotary Alumni are people who have previously been involved in some aspect of Rotary International, but who are no longer active. We'd like to help you reconnect!

 

People who have participated in Rotary and any of a wide variety of Rotary programs are Alumni. This includes participants in Rotary itself, Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Exchange, New Generations Service Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards(RYLA), Rotary Peace Fellowships, Rotary Scholarships, Vocational Training Teams, Ambassadorial Scholarships, Grants for University Teachers, Group Study Exchange (members and leaders), and Rotary Volunteers. 

 

If you’ve previously been involved in or with Rotary, and are no longer active for one reason or another but would like to reconnect, we’d like to welcome you to a meeting of our Club. 

Who Are Rotary Alumni? Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-12 07:00:00Z 0 alumni
The Object of Rotary - SECOND: High ethical standards... Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-12 07:00:00Z 0 High ethical standards,The Object of Rotary

An Introduction to the Interact Committee 

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The Club's Interact Committee provides guidance, oversight and mentorship to the Chimacum High School (CHS) Interact Club, which is an independent entity composed of CHS students.  

 

Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people ages 12-18. It enables CHS Interact Club members to engage in service projects, develop leadership skills, and connect with people at school, in our local communities and around the world. 

An Introduction to the Interact Committee Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-11 07:00:00Z 0 CHS Interact,Chimacum High School Interact Club,Interact,Interact Committee
Keeping informed about Rotary Activities Beyond the Club Level Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
An Overview of Rotary Youth Exchange Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-10 07:00:00Z 0 RYE,Rotary Youth Exchange
An Introduction to Rotary International Scholarships Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-09 07:00:00Z 0 Ambassadorial Scholarship,District Community Grant Scholarship,Global Grant Scholarship,IHE Delft Water Scholarship,Rotary International Scholarships,Rotary Peace Fellowship,scholarships

Rotary’s Commitment to Youth

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From the very earliest days of Rotary, Rotarians have felt drawn to serve the needs of children and young people. While Rotary was founded in Chicago in 1905 as a business networking and social club, it wasn’t long until members of the new organization began looking beyond their business requirements to the needs of youth. 

Rotary’s Commitment to Youth Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-08 07:00:00Z 0

An Overview of the Club's Scholarship Program

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Scholarships for high school graduates going on to vocational training or college are a top priority for the Club. The first awards were made 1985, and since then, hundreds of scholarships have been awarded by the Club.  In fact, well over $100,000 in scholarships have been awarded to eligible students in just the past five years. 
An Overview of the Club's Scholarship Program Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-07 07:00:00Z 0 scholarships

The Students of the Month Program

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   The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County recognizes two Students of the Month chosen by the teachers at Chimacum High School. The students and their parents are honored by the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County at the Club's weekly luncheon meeting. The Club has supported this program for well over thirty years, nearly since its founding, as a way to recognize outstanding young people in our communities.  

The Students of the Month Program Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-06 07:00:00Z 0 Students of the Month
The Object of Rotary - First, the Development of Acquaintance Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-06 07:00:00Z 0 Acquaintance,The Object of Rotary,networking

How My Rotary Exchange Year Has Changed Me

Posted by Molly Meissner on May 05, 2020
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Chimacum High School student Molly Meissner penned a great story back in 2018 as she neared the end of her Rotary Exchange year abroad in Belgium. These are her words. 

 "It’s been about 10 months since I stepped on a plane, scared out of my mind, and flew to Belgium. I had heard from many people that I would change, my friends and family would change, that things back home would change, and a year ago that scared me. The idea of change was so bad and so weird to think about. Now, here I am, reaching the end of the best year of my life...

How My Rotary Exchange Year Has Changed Me Molly Meissner 2020-05-05 07:00:00Z 0 Belgium,Liege,Molly Meissner,RYE,Rotary Youth Exchange,adventure,culture,experience,host family

An Introduction to The Rotary Youth Exchange Program

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Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries. Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Our Club has sponsored both inbound students from other countries and outbound students from Chimacum and Quilcene to other countries around the world for over thirty-five years.

 

What are the benefits?

An Introduction to The Rotary Youth Exchange Program Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-04 07:00:00Z 0 RYE,Rotary Youth Exchange

Youth Service Month - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) 

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts for Interact students, Interact alumnus, Rotaract members, and Rotary Youth Exchange students ages 14-30 to facilitate leadership skills development and Rotary connections. The four day event is usually held in late February or mid-March each year. 
Youth Service Month - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-03 07:00:00Z 0 Pacific Northwest Rotary Youth Leadership Awards,RYLA NW,Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

District Governor's Message for May, 2020

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If you had told me that the year I was District Governor was going to end like a Science Fiction movie -  I would never have believed you.  I thought I would be kicking off May talking about the excitement of youth.

Instead we are focused on COVID-19.  But here we are.  Together.  Doing whatever we can to continue to be people of action who make a difference in our communities, both locally and around the world.

District Governor's Message for May, 2020 Maureen Fritz-Williams 2020-05-02 07:00:00Z 0 COVID-19,DG District Governor,District Governor
RI President Monthly Message - May, 2020 Mark Daniel Maloney 2020-05-02 07:00:00Z 0 RI President Mark Maloney,Rotary Connects the World

The Object of Rotary

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Rotary Guiding Principles have been developed over the years to provide all Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world. There are three Guiding Principles: The Object of Rotary, The Four-Way Test, and the Avenues of Service. 

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

The Object of Rotary Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-01 07:00:00Z 0 The Object of Rotary

An Introduction to Rotary Youth Service Month 

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Today marks the first day in our annual highlight of Rotary Youth activities. Support of our youth is certainly a strong point in our Rotary Club. We’ll highlight all Rotary youth programs, and the ones in which our club participates. We’ll also underscore other youth-related programs in which we participate. For our Club, and for Rotary more broadly, a strong and continuing focus on the promise and potential of youth is one of our most enduring interests.  #RotaryYouthService
 


 
An Introduction to Rotary Youth Service Month Pete Leenhouts 2020-05-01 07:00:00Z 0 Youth,Youth Service
The Race to Develop a Vaccine for COVID-19 Pete Leenhouts 2020-04-25 07:00:00Z 0 COVID-19,Vaccine,World Immunization Week

Why Immunization Matters

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Routine immunization provides a point of contact for health care at the beginning of life and offers every child the chance at a healthy life, from the earliest beginnings and into old age. Immunization is a fundamental strategy in achieving many other health priorities, from eliminating the threat from COVID-19, controlling viral hepatitis, curbing antimicrobial resistance, and providing a platform for adolescent health and improving before-birth and newborn care.

 

Why Immunization Matters 2020-04-23 07:00:00Z 0 Vaccine,World Immunization Week

Ten Things We Can All Do to Grow Rotary

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I read with great interest what then-President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney had to say about growing Rotary in the March (2019) issue of The Rotarian. He is spot on. Healthy membership is the life blood of any organization and Rotary is no exception. Because we all benefit from a thriving membership, all of us share a responsibility to help grow Rotary and bring in new members. President-elect Mark’s emphasis on growing Rotary is a welcome reminder of our opportunity to help.
 

When you think about why people stay or go, it really isn’t that complicated. People have many competing commitments in life. No one is required to be a Rotarian; it is voluntary. People will seriously consider joining if they perceive the net benefits they receive exceed the costs. Members will stay if that experience proves true. And it follows logically that the reverse is true. A person will not join if they think the net experience will not be positive, and they will leave if the experience has not been beneficial.

Ten Things We Can All Do to Grow Rotary Gary Bennett 2020-04-13 07:00:00Z 0 membership

Joint Statement from Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, and Rotary International

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Woven through the fabric of virtually every community on earth, service clubs of Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, and Rotary International are working safely and diligently to maintain connections with each other and our neighbors so that we can cope with and overcome the effects of COVID-19. We are leveraging the strength of our combined networks of 3.2 million members to provide comfort and hope to those feeling the effects of isolation and fear. And we are focusing our collective skills, resources and ideas to support frontline health workers and first responders as they battle this disease and save lives. 
Joint Statement from Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, and Rotary International 2020-04-11 07:00:00Z 0 COVID-19,Joint Statement,Rotary International

2020 Hadlock Block Party and Parade Canceled 

We regret to announce that the Hadlock Block Party Planning Committee informed us today that the 2020 Hadlock Block Party, scheduled for Saturday August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd, 2020, has been canceled due to the uncertain nature of current events. 
 
Planning for the 2021 event, which will of course kick off with the Rotary-sponsored parade, has begun, and we are already looking forward to the August 7-8th, 2021 event.   
 
You can follow the Hadlock Block Party on that Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/pg/HadlockBlockPartay/posts/?ref=page_internal .  
2020 Hadlock Block Party and Parade Canceled Pete Leenhouts 2020-04-10 07:00:00Z 0 Hadlock Block Party,Hadlock Block Party Parade

Rotary and the Eradication of Polio

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Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable.
Rotary and the Eradication of Polio Pete Leenhouts 2020-04-09 07:00:00Z 0 Polio Eradication,Polio Plus Fund,polio

District Governor’s Message for April, 2020  

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 One day our life is fine and the next an unexpected change arrives at our door. Such is the case with the Coronavirus. Not one of us was looking for something like this to change our course of action in March. Yet it stopped us dead in our tracks. Suddenly we had to start carefully negotiating how we do things.  The care and concern I have witnessed from Rotarians throughout District 5020 is inspiring and heart warming.

District Governor’s Message for April, 2020 Maureen Fritz-Williams 2020-04-06 07:00:00Z 0 DG District Governor,District 5020,District Governor,Rotary District 5020

Implementing our Rotary Theme: Be the Inspiration

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In these turbulent days, it is wise to consider the goals with which Rotary International President Mark Maloney started off this Rotary Year back in July, 2019. Despite the whipsaw of recent events, there is much we can do as Rotarians to stay focused, connect, do our part, and work over the long term to help our organization. Let's take a look back, and consider what we can do to meet the challenges we face and advance our Rotary International goals in the days ahead with this year's theme, Be The Inspiration, in mind.

  

 

 

Implementing our Rotary Theme: Be the Inspiration Mark Daniel Maloney 2020-04-04 07:00:00Z 0 Be The Inspiration,Mark Daniel Maloney,Mark Maloney,President Mark Maloney,Presidential Theme,RI President Mark Maloney,RY 2019-2020
Club Goals Paul Wynkoop 2020-04-03 07:00:00Z 0 Annual Goals,Foundation Goals,Membership Goals,Public Image Goals,RY 19-20

RI President Monthly Message for April, 2020

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In April, Rotary turns its attention to maternal and child health. In many parts of the world, mothers and children face challenges to survive that most of us will never comprehend. The risk of a woman in a low-income country dying during pregnancy or childbirth, or from related causes, is about 120 times higher than that of a woman living in a high-income country. It is encouraging that infant mortality rates are declining globally, yet 4 million babies annually still die within the first year of life.
RI President Monthly Message for April, 2020 Mark Daniel Maloney 2020-04-01 07:00:00Z 0 Infant mortality,Maternal and Child Health,Refugees,Rotary Peace Fellow
Rotary Statement on COVID-19 and its Impact on Polio Eradication Efforts 2020-03-30 07:00:00Z 0 COVID-19,Global Polio Eradication Initiative,Polio Plus Fund,polio,polio plus

Rotary at a Glance 

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Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas who focus on service above self. Our work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

 

By our actions we seek to put into practice our vision statement that “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

Rotary at a Glance Pete Leenhouts 2020-03-22 07:00:00Z 0 EJC Rotary,EJCR,Rotary International,The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County,What Is Rotary All About?
COVID-19 Virus Information You Can Trust Pete Leenhouts 2020-03-17 07:00:00Z 0 COVID-19,Corona,Coronavirus
Jefferson County WA to provide COVID-19 updates Pete Leenhouts 2020-03-14 07:00:00Z 0 COVID-19

Meet Rotarian Tim Roach!

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After graduating from College in 2002 I decided to follow my future wife to the Olympic Peninsula where I developed a salmon fishing addiction that precludes moving away. Since moving to Port Angeles, I’ve worked as a ...

Meet Rotarian Tim Roach! Tim Roach 2020-03-10 07:00:00Z 0 Tim Roach
EJC Rotary: Save the date for Saturday, August 1st, 2020 for the Hadlock Block Party Parade Pete Leenhouts 2020-03-04 08:00:00Z 0 Hadlock Block Party,Hadlock Block Party Parade
Rotary - COVID-19 update 2020-03-03 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

When will Rotary have a female president?

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When will Rotary have a female president? It is a question that Rotarians ask a lot.  As a female District Governor, it seems that I get asked the question even more often.
 
I am always happy to be asked when Rotary International will name a female president.  It is exciting that Rotarians want to see that happen.   With International Women’s Day in March, this seems like a natural time to address the issue.
When will Rotary have a female president? Maureen Fritz-Roberts 2020-03-02 08:00:00Z 0 Leadership,Rotary International

Rotary is Changing

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Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney's March message is unusually hard-hitting. An excerpt:

"Business as usual will not work for us anymore. Bringing in more members to replace the ones we lose is not the answer. It is like pouring more water into a bucket full of holes. We need to address the root causes of member loss in many parts of the world: member engagement that is not what it should be, and our member demographic that skews steadily older. It is time to make some fundamental changes."

Rotary is Changing Mark Daniel Maloney 2020-03-01 08:00:00Z 0 Rotaract,membership
East Jefferson Rotary Offers Scholarships to Graduating High School Seniors Pete Leenhouts 2020-02-28 08:00:00Z 0 scholarships
Toward A More Lasting Peace Geoffrey Johnson 2020-02-27 08:00:00Z 0 Chulalongkorn University,Makerere University,Peace Fellowships,Peace Studies,Promoting Peace,Rotary Peace Center,Rotary Peace Centers,Rotary Peace Centers Masters Degree Program,Rotary Peace Centers Professional Certificate Program,Rotary Peace Fellowship,peace

What It's Like...to Host Two Generations of Rotary Exchange Students 

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In 1988, a 15-year-old Rotary Youth Exchange student from India named Anant Agrawal arrived in District 7150 in central New York. His first host family had a construction project going on in their home when he arrived, so he stayed with our family for about six weeks. We had just added two bedrooms to our house, and Anant helped us paint.
 
In the fall of 2018, Anant’s daughter, Aarohi, was hosted by the Sauquoit Rotary Club, our home club. She stayed with us in the same bedroom her father had helped us paint 30 years earlier.
 
How did this come about? Read on to find out! 
 
 
What It's Like...to Host Two Generations of Rotary Exchange Students Randy and Jane Wilson 2020-02-24 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary Youth Exchange,Youth Exchange

World Understanding and Peace Week 

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Rotarians worldwide participate and celebrate the week of the anniversary of Rotary’s founding as World Understanding and Peace Week.  During this week, our Club will celebrate Rotary service, reflect upon our past achievements, and focus on programs of peace, understanding, and goodwill in the community and throughout the world.

World Understanding and Peace Week Pete Leenhouts 2020-02-23 08:00:00Z 0 World Understanding and Peace Week

Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship - Apply Now!

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Promoting peace is one of Rotary’s main causes. The fully funded Rotary Peace Fellowship, which covers tuition and living expenses, increases the capacity of existing leaders to prevent and resolve conflict by offering academic training, field experience, and professional networking.

Up to 130 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and development studies at one of the seven Rotary Peace Centers, located at leading universities around the world. 
Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship - Apply Now! 2020-02-17 08:00:00Z 0 Peace Fellowships,Peace Studies,Rotary Peace Center,Rotary Peace Fellowship
Dr. Fozia Alvi to Address the District Conference May 15th-16th in Victoria BC 2020-02-16 08:00:00Z 0 D5020,DTA,DTAC,District Conference,Dr Fozia Alvi,Rotary District 5020
Our Club Goals Paul Wynkoop 2020-02-15 08:00:00Z 0 Annual Goals,Foundation Goals,Membership Goals,Public Image Goals,RY 19-20

Rotarian Nalani Flinn to be Rotary International President Mark Maloney’s Representative to the District Conference May 15th-16th in Victoria BC 

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Nalani Flinn is a retired credit union executive, who renewed her commitment to service above self in April 1996, when she joined the Waianae Coast Rotary Club. During a 40-year career in the credit union industry, she played an increasingly significant role in improving her community through helping families secure loans to buy cars, start businesses, improve homes and pay for their children's education.

Rotarian Nalani Flinn to be Rotary International President Mark Maloney’s Representative to the District Conference May 15th-16th in Victoria BC 2020-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
Meet Rotarian T.J. Plastow! 2020-02-11 08:00:00Z 0 Chair Interact Committee,Chair Roses Committee,Chimacum High School Interact Club,Interact,Rotary Youth Exchange,TJ Plastow

Chimacum High School Outstanding Seniors Honored

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Chimacum High School (CHS) seniors Lillian Golden, Sadie Wisehart, Haley Morrison, and Galia Roman were recently honored as Students of the Month by the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County. The students were nominated for their outstanding leadership, citizenship, caring, responsibility, respect, honesty, fairness and academics.
Chimacum High School Outstanding Seniors Honored Linda Kostenbader 2020-02-11 08:00:00Z 0 Students of the Month
The Paul Harris Society Pete 2020-02-10 08:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Paul Harris Society,TRF,The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Code of Conduct - The Fifth Element  Pete Leenhouts 2020-02-08 08:00:00Z 0 Four-Way Test,Prevention of Harassment,The Rotarian Code of Conduct
Are You a Rotary Alumnus? Pete Leenhouts 2020-02-08 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary Alumni,alumni

Pancake Breakfast Saturday February 8th! 

Step out of the rain and into a fun and enjoyable Rotary-sponsored pancake breakfast Saturday morning at 9am at the Bay Club!

 

East Jefferson County Rotarians are raising money to help impoverished villagers in the African nation of Togo build composting toilets to improve sanitation and reduce disease and violence. We'll serve you pancakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice and coffee from 9am until 10:30 am to help us meet our goal! 

Pancake Breakfast Saturday February 8th! 2020-02-05 08:00:00Z 0 Dignity Toilets for Togo,Global Grant,Togo,pancake breakfast

The Rotary Code of Conduct - The 4th Element

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The fourth element of the Rotarian Code of Conduct is “Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians.”

 

This one is pretty simple and needs little, if any, explanation or background. 

 

Most of us carry the Rotary “gear” on our vehicles, or wear Rotary-themed clothes (hats, in particular, are quite popular) with the Rotary “gear” in evidence. The world sees us a Rotarians, and judges all Rotarians, and our organization, by what they observe.  

The Rotary Code of Conduct - The 4th Element Pete Leenhouts 2020-02-03 08:00:00Z 0 The Rotarian Code of Conduct
District Governor's February Message - Rotarians Creating Peace Maureen Fritz-Roberts 2020-02-02 08:00:00Z 0 Maureen Fritz-Roberts,Peace Fellowships,Peace Studies,Promoting Peace,Rotary Peace Center,peace
The Rotary Strategic Plan Pete Leenhouts 2020-02-01 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary Strategic Plan,Strategic Plan

Presidential message - Mark Daniel Maloney,  President 2019-20
 

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Happy 115th birthday, fellow Rotarians and members of the family of Rotary!

Much has changed in the world since 1905. Then, the global population was roughly 1.7 billion. Today, it is 7.7 billion. There were 5 telephones per 100 people in the United States 115 years ago. In 2020, it is estimated that 96 percent of the U.S. population has a cellphone — and both China and India have more than a billion cellphones in use.

In the 115 years since Rotary was founded, seemingly everything has changed except Rotary values. We began, and remain, committed to fellowship, integrity, diversity, service, and leadership. While our Service Above Self motto dates to 1911, the ethos behind those words had already been ingrained by Rotary's founders.

Presidential message - Mark Daniel Maloney,  President 2019-20  Mark Daniel Maloney 2020-02-01 08:00:00Z 0 Mark Daniel Maloney,RI President,RI President Mark Maloney

The Rotarian Code of Conduct - The Third Element

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The third element of the Rotarian Code of Conduct reads “As a Rotarian, I will use my professional skills through Rotary to mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world.”

 

Rotarians come from all walks of life, and are focused on taking action to use their skills and expertise to help others. That’s why we’re known as People of Action. This derives directly from one of the Objects of Rotary, which is to apply the ideal of service in one’s personal, business, and community life. 

The Rotarian Code of Conduct - The Third Element Pete Leenhouts 2020-01-27 08:00:00Z 0 Skills,The Rotarian Code of Conduct

The Rotarian Code of Conduct: The Second Element - Fairness and Respect

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The second element of the Rotarian Code of Conduct is “As a Rotarian, I will deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect.” 

 

Rotarians strive to live up to our Code of Conduct at all times. It’s often tough to do, especially in these fractious times, but we know, in order to work together as people of action - people who make good things happen - we must deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect.  

The Rotarian Code of Conduct: The Second Element - Fairness and Respect Pete Leenhouts 2020-01-19 08:00:00Z 0 Is It Fair to All Concerned,The Rotarian Code of Conduct

What is Rotary? 

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We connect people!

Rotary unites more than a million people. Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

 

We transform communities!

We take action locally and globally. Each day, our members pour their passion, integrity, and intelligence into completing projects that have a lasting impact. We persevere until we deliver lasting solutions.

 

We solve problems! 

No challenge is too big for us For more than 110 years, we’ve bridged cultures and connected continents to champion peace, fight illiteracy and poverty, promote clean water and sanitation, and fight disease.

 

The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County meets at the Old Alcohol Plant Restaurant, 310 Hadlock Bay Road, Port Hadlock WA at noon. An optional cafeteria-style lunch (soup, salad and sandwich $15) is available beginning at 11:30am. The meeting begins at noon and wraps up promptly at 1pm. Nearly every meeting features an interesting and informative speaker. We welcome guests! 


For more information, please see www.ejcrotary.club, or email info@ejcrotary.club   

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What is Rotary? 2020-01-17 08:00:00Z 0 EJC Rotary,Rotary International,The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County,What Is Rotary All About?

EJC Rotary - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) 

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts for Interact students, Interact alumnus, Rotaract members, and Rotary Youth Exchange students ages 14-30 to facilitate leadership skills development and Rotary connections. This year, the 50th annual Pacific Northwest Rotary Youth Leadership Awards  will be hosted in Tacoma at Pacific Lutheran University March 12th-15th, 2020

EJC Rotary - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Pete Leenhouts 2020-01-15 08:00:00Z 0 RYLA,RYLA NW,Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Partnership with Chimacum Schools Pete Leenhouts 2020-01-14 08:00:00Z 0

Presidents Day Flags to be Displayed February 15-17 2020

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The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County raises funds to help support our scholarship program. All funds raised through the Flag Program (less a small amount for maintenance) go to that purpose.
 
You’ll see the flags go up across east Jefferson County on Saturday, February 15th, 2020 to honor President's Day on Monday, February 17th, 2020.
 
Interested in sponsoring one or more flags? Read on for more information!
 
Presidents Day Flags to be Displayed February 15-17 2020 Pete Leenhouts 2020-01-13 08:00:00Z 0 Flag Team,scholarships
Champions of The Rotary Foundation. Pete Leenhouts 2020-01-13 08:00:00Z 0 Bequest Society,Champions of The Rotary Foundation,Major Donor,Paul Harris Society,TRF,The Rotary Foundation
The Rotarian Code of Conduct: The First Element Pete Leenhouts 2020-01-12 08:00:00Z 0 The Rotarian Code of Conduct,ethics,morality

Six Ways to Take Action during Vocational Service Month

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Rotarian professional life and vocational service go hand in hand. Rotarians have a dual responsibility: represent their occupations within their club and exemplify the ideals of Rotary in their places of work.

January is Rotary’s Vocational Service Month, a great time to start leveraging vocational service! How can you take action?

Six Ways to Take Action during Vocational Service Month Rotary International 2020-01-10 08:00:00Z 0 Cadre of Technical Advisors,District 5020 Resource Network,Fellowship,Rotary Action Group,Rotary Friendship Exchange,Vocational Service Month,Vocational Service in Action Handbook

A Brief History of the Rotary Emblem

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What started out in 1905 as a wheel, symbolizing movement, was gradually transformed into a gear, symbolizing work accomplished to contribute to society. How Rotarians developed our emblem is quite an interesting story, and representative of how Rotarians saw, and continue to see, how they can contribute to their communities and the world at large.   
A Brief History of the Rotary Emblem Karl Kostenbader 2020-01-09 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary International,emblem,gear,wheel

What Is Rotary All About?

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Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create solutions to challenging problems. Rotarians come from all walks of life.  We are friendly, intensely community-minded, engaged locally and globally, and pointedly non-political. We work together and with other interested groups and members of our communities to effect positive and lasting change.  
What Is Rotary All About? 2020-01-06 08:00:00Z 0 About Rotary,About Us,EJC Rotary,Rotary International,The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County

The Rotarian Code of Conduct 

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As a Rotarian, I will:

1.  Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life;

2.  Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect;

3.   Use my professional skills through Rotary to mentor young people, help those with  special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world;

4.  Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians.

5.  Help maintain a harassment-free environment in Rotary meetings, events, and activities; report any suspected harassment; and help ensure non-retaliation to those individuals that report harassment.

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The Rotarian Code of Conduct 2020-01-05 08:00:00Z 0 The Rotarian Code of Conduct

RI Presidential Message - January, 2020

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I have made balancing the demands of Rotary with professional and family commitments one of my priorities as president. No Rotarian should feel pressured to put in more time than a volunteer position should ever demand. This is true for several reasons, one of them being that the work we do in our day jobs is just as important to Rotary as the work we do in the organization. We carry our Rotary values everywhere, and our professional success helps build a case for Rotary every day we go into the office.
RI Presidential Message - January, 2020 Mark Daniel Maloney 2020-01-04 08:00:00Z 0 Balance,Rotary Connects the World,Vocational Service

District Governor’s Message for January, 2020

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What a great way to start 2020.  January is dedicated to Vocational Service.  Seriously - that is exciting!

 

Vocation Service is the premise Rotary was built on. We are skilled, successful individuals, using our skills (and the money we make with those skills) to help make the world a better place.   

District Governor’s Message for January, 2020 Maureen Fritz-Roberts 2020-01-03 08:00:00Z 0 DG,District Governor

2019-2020 President Mark Daniel Maloney Presidential Theme: Rotary Connects the World

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Rotary is built on connection. When Paul Harris came to Chicago as a young lawyer,  he formed Rotary for one compelling reason: to help him connect to others in a new city. More than a century later, we have at our disposal countless ways to form friendships and networks, most of which Paul Harris never dreamed. Yet Rotary’s ability to connect us remains unique — and unrivaled.  

 

As a new decade begins, we are shaping Rotary’s future. In 2019-2020, Rotary will implement its new strategic plan, respond to the innovation of the Council on Legislation, and serve in our revitalized areas of focus. But the real work of shaping Rotary’s future lies in our clubs, where our organization must do the most to adapt to today’s changing realities.  

 

While the club remains the core of the Rotary experience, we are now far more creative and flexible in deciding what a club can be...

2019-2020 President Mark Daniel Maloney Presidential Theme: Rotary Connects the World Mark Daniel Maloney 2020-01-01 08:00:00Z 0 Be The Inspiration,Mark Daniel Maloney,Mark Maloney,President Mark Maloney,Presidential Theme,RI President Mark Maloney,RY 2019-2020

How and Why to Donate to The Annual Fund

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As we approach the end of the calendar year, it might be a good time to consider a donation to The Rotary Foundation. Our club goal for individual member donations to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund is $11,500 this Rotary Year, which runs through June 30th, 2020, though we hope to exceed that amount.  

How and Why to Donate to The Annual Fund Pete Leenhouts 2019-12-27 08:00:00Z 0 Annual Fund,donations,gifts

Scholarships Offered! 

The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County is offering college and vocational school scholarships to students graduating in 2020 from high school programs in Chimacum and Quilcine High Schools.
Scholarships Offered! Chuck Boggs 2019-12-21 08:00:00Z 0 scholarships

Find a Great Overview of Rotary in the Annual Report

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The Annual Report is the best single overview of Rotary International.  We are a large and very effective organization with over 1.2 million members who serve across nearly every country in the world. 

 

Our Annual Report does a great job encapsulating what individual Rotarians, working together and through their Clubs, are doing by taking action to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.  Check it out here: https://www.rotary.org/en/annual-report-2019

 


 
Find a Great Overview of Rotary in the Annual Report Pete Leenhouts 2019-12-19 08:00:00Z 0 Annual Report,Areas of Focus,Causes,EJC Rotary,Rotary District 5020,Rotary International

Rotary at a Glance

Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Dec 18, 2019
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Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas who focus on service above self. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. By our actions we seek to put into practice our vision statement that “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

Rotary at a Glance Pete Leenhouts 2019-12-18 08:00:00Z 0 Areas of Focus,CHS Interact,Causes,Chimacum High School Interact Club,District Community Grants,Global Grants,Grants,Interact,New Generations Service Exchange,Polio Eradication,Rotary International,Rotary Youth Exchange,The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County,What Is Rotary All About?

Applications for Rotary Peace Fellowships Open Soon

Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Dec 14, 2019
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One of the more interesting but relatively little-known Rotary programs are the Peace Fellowships offered each year in Peace and Conflict Resolution, one of the six Causes we focus on as Rotarians.
 
Each year, Rotary fully funds 100 of the world's brightest and most dedicated non-Rotarian leaders to study at Rotary Peace Centers embedded in universities around the world. If you are someone you know is interested in the program, we'd be glad to talk to you!
Applications for Rotary Peace Fellowships Open Soon Pete Leenhouts 2019-12-14 08:00:00Z 0 Peace Fellowships,Peace Studies,Promoting Peace,Rotary Peace Center,Rotary Peace Fellowship
Keeping Informed About Rotary International Pete Leenhouts 2019-12-11 08:00:00Z 0 Learn More,Public Relations,Rotary Sites,Staying Informed,public image,social media

Every Rotarian, Every Year

Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Dec 10, 2019
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   The Every Rotarian, Every Year initiative asks all Rotarians to support The Rotary Foundation through a donation to the Annual Fund every year and by getting involved in a Foundation project or program. 

   If you haven’t had the opportunity to make your contribution yet this Rotary Year to the Annual Fund, now is the time, as the end of the calendar year is fast approaching!  

Every Rotarian, Every Year Pete Leenhouts 2019-12-10 08:00:00Z 0 Annual Fund,EREY,Every Rotarian Every Year

Rotary History - The Four Way Test

Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Dec 09, 2019
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The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. It is one of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics and was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as Rotary International (RI) president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943...

Rotary History - The Four Way Test Pete Leenhouts 2019-12-09 08:00:00Z 0 Beneficial,Better Friendships,Fair,Four Way Test,Truth,goodwill
What Do Rotarians Do? We Promote Peace! Pete Leenhouts 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0 Areas of Focus,Causes,Peace Fellowships,Peace Studies,Promoting Peace,Rotary Peace Center,Rotary Peace Fellowship

Five Ways to Grow Friendship Through Rotary 

Posted by Dale Roberts on Dec 06, 2019
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In every survey about why Rotarians love Rotary and why Rotarians continue to be members, one of the top reasons (and often the number one reason) is fellowship.

 

Being a Rotarian likely means that your closest and dearest friends are or are going to become Rotarians.  Why?  You are among people with the same world view.  No matter what the religion, the politics, the race, the age or the sex, these are all people who share a culture of service above self and the four-way test.  These are your people.

 

So how do you befriend these people?  What if you are a new Rotarian, or new to a particular club, or an existing Rotarian and you want to expand your circle of friends?  Here are five ways to grow your friendship in Rotary that you might consider:

Five Ways to Grow Friendship Through Rotary Dale Roberts 2019-12-06 08:00:00Z 0 Better Friendships,Fellowship

What Do Rotarians Do? We Use District Community Grants to improve our Communities!

Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Dec 05, 2019
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What Do Rotarians Do? As Rotary Club members, we take action to contribute our skills, expertise, and financial support to address six causes - promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. We accomplish a great deal of this work through Rotary grants, which are used to fund local projects here in our communities and global projects around the world.

What Do Rotarians Do? We Use District Community Grants to improve our Communities! Pete Leenhouts 2019-12-05 08:00:00Z 0 Areas of Focus,Causes,District Community Grants,Grants
Avenues of Service - Vocational Service Pete Leenhouts 2019-12-02 08:00:00Z 0 Avenues of Service,Guiding Principles,Vocational Service

Become a Rotary Benefactor! 

Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Dec 01, 2019
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As the end of our calendar year approaches, Rotarians might consider stepping forward to become a Rotary Benefactor. A Benefactor is an individual who informs The Rotary Foundation in writing that they have provided for the Foundation in their estate plan, or who makes an outright gift of $1,000 or more to the Endowment Fund.
Become a Rotary Benefactor! Pete Leenhouts 2019-12-01 08:00:00Z 0 Benefactor,Planned Giving
Five Great Reasons to Donate to The Rotary Foundation Pete Leenhouts 2019-11-30 08:00:00Z 0 Accountability,Annual Fund,Global Reach,Impact,Polio Plus Fund,Promoting Peace,Success,The Rotary Foundation,donations
What Do Rotarians Do? We Take On Some of the World's Toughest Challenges Pete Leenhouts 2019-11-29 08:00:00Z 0 Global Grants,Grants,The Rotary Foundation
What Is Rotary? Pete Leenhouts 2019-11-28 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary,Rotary International

Our Donations to the Annual Fund Support Economic and Community Development

Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Nov 25, 2019
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Rotarians carry out service projects locally and around the world that enhance economic and community development while creating opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.  
Our Donations to the Annual Fund Support Economic and Community Development Pete Leenhouts 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0 Causes,Economic and Community Development,Growing Local Economies
Avenues of Service - Club Service Pete Leenhouts 2019-11-24 08:00:00Z 0 Avenues of Service,Club Service

How and Why to Donate to The Annual Fund 

Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Nov 22, 2019
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   Our club goal for individual member donations to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund is $11,500 this Rotary Year, which runs through June 30th, 2019, though we hope to exceed that amount.  

 

   Donating to the Annual Fund is actually quite easy. You may write a check to the Club and designate it for the Annual Fund, giving it to the Club Treasurer. Or, you may make a one-time donation, or arrange for an automatic deduction each month from your bank or checking account to The Rotary Foundation at https://my.rotary.org/en/donate.

How and Why to Donate to The Annual Fund Pete Leenhouts 2019-11-22 08:00:00Z 0 Annual Fund,Areas of Focus,Causes,The Rotary Foundation,donations

How Do I Join a Rotary Club? 

Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Nov 22, 2019
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All Rotary Clubs welcome new members. Although it’s not difficult to join a Club, all Rotary Clubs are “by invitation only” and there are several kinds of clubs. With that in mind, we invite you to consider joining us! 
How Do I Join a Rotary Club? Pete Leenhouts 2019-11-22 08:00:00Z 0 join a club

Your Donations to the Annual Fund Supports Maternal and Child Health 

Posted on Nov 21, 2019
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Nearly 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. Through the Annual Fund, Rotarians expand access to quality care by giving communities the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care, so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger.

 

Your Donations to the Annual Fund Supports Maternal and Child Health 2019-11-21 08:00:00Z 0 Areas of Focus,Causes,Maternal and Child Health,Saving Mothers and Children
The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County Pete Leenhouts 2019-11-18 08:00:00Z 0 EJC Rotary,Rotary International,The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County
Avenues of Service Pete Leenhouts 2019-11-17 08:00:00Z 0 Avenues of Service,Club Service,Community Service,International Service,Vocational Service,Youth Service

The Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG)

Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Nov 15, 2019
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Rotarian Action Groups are international groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants, and alumni who are experts in a particular field or passionate about topics such as economic development, peace, addiction prevention, the environment, or water. The Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG) is one such group A recent email from the ESRAG has highlighted a number of important changes to Rotary's six causes, and how we build global grants to address challenges within each cause related to environmental sustainability.
The Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG) Pete Leenhouts 2019-11-15 08:00:00Z 0 Areas of Focus,Causes,District Community Grants,Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG),Global Grants,Local Grants

An Introduction to the Rotary Foundation - Donations and Recognition 

Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Nov 11, 2019

Every year, our Club President-Elect, working with the Board of Directors and the Foundation Committee, with input from individual Club members, establishes our fundraising goals for their year as President. The goals include our Club’s support of the Annual Fund and the Polio Plus Fund of The Rotary Foundation. 

An Introduction to the Rotary Foundation - Donations and Recognition Pete Leenhouts 2019-11-11 08:00:00Z 0 Annual Fund,Endowment Fund,Numbered Global Grant,Polio Plus Fund,The Rotary Foundation,donations
Rotarians and Sponsors Honor Veterans Day with US Flag Display Pete Leenhouts 2019-11-09 08:00:00Z 0 Flag,Flag Team

The Annual Fund Supports Rotarians Work Towards Peace
 

Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Nov 07, 2019
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The mission of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

 

Our individual contributions to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund make  it possible for clubs to transform lives worldwide by funding projects in six  important areas that Rotarians know as our Areas of Focus. The six areas are, in priority order, Promoting Peace; Disease Prevention and Treatment; Water and Sanitation; Maternal and Child Health; Basic Education and Literacy; and Economic and Community Development. How do we do this?

The Annual Fund Supports Rotarians Work Towards Peace  Pete Leenhouts 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0 Annual Fund,Global Grants,Peace Fellowships,Promoting Peace

Celebrating Rotary and the United Nations

Posted by Mark Maloney on Nov 05, 2019
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Rotary Day at the United Nations, which we celebrate each November, is an important reminder of the historic relationship between our organizations. But this year’s event is even more important than usual, because we are building up to the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter in June 2020. You might ask, why celebrate this anniversary? For Rotary, it is entirely appropriate, because we played such a critical leadership role in the San Francisco Conference that formed the United Nations in 1945.
Celebrating Rotary and the United Nations Mark Maloney 2019-11-05 08:00:00Z 0 UN Sustainable Development Goals,United Nations

An Introduction to the Rotary Foundation - Grants

Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Nov 04, 2019
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A portion of the money we donate to The Rotary Foundation is made available for us to use in the form of grants. Working within the framework of our six Causes, Rotary members contribute their skills, expertise, and resources to help solve some of the world’s toughest problems. From providing clean water to promoting peace worldwide, Rotary Foundation grants bring our local and global service project ideas to life. This entry provides a brief background to the two types of grants we use as a Club, global and district community grants.

An Introduction to the Rotary Foundation - Grants Pete Leenhouts 2019-11-04 08:00:00Z 0 DCG,District Community Grants,Global Grants,TRF,The Rotary Foundation

Make Giving Easy Peasy!

Posted by Maureen Fritz-Roberts on Nov 01, 2019
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November is such an exciting time for so many reasons.  In the United States you will be planning your Thanksgiving festivities.  Whether you are in Canada or the USA, we can all be grateful for our friends and families and rejoice in our good fortune to live in such a great part of the world.

I am thankful for Rotary’s motto of Service above Self.  It is an incredible feeling to know I have the means to help others.  When we give that extra time at a community work project or give that extra dollar, yes we really do receive as much joy as we create. It’s the little things that change the world.  One of those little things is our ability to donate through the Rotary Foundation.