Rtn. Stefan Hell from the Rotary Club of Göttingen, Germany won the Nobel prize for Chemistry with Eric Betzig and William E. Moerner from US. They were awarded the prize jointly "for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy"
Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai, daughter of Rtn. Ziauddin Yousafzai, for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. She shares the Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Sathyarti, a children's right activist, of India.
The prize was awarded to them for their efforts in the education of women and against the exploitation of children respectively
The creation of the United Nations started in 1944 in Dumbarton Oaks, outside of Washington, D.C., where summit delegates created charter guidelines. In 1945, the charter was written in San Francisco.
Rotary members were involved in the Dumbarton Oaks summit. At the San Francisco summit, Rotary members from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia served as members of their nations’ delegations. Other Rotarians served as consultants to their nations’ delegations.
Rotary holds the highest consultative status offered to a nongovernmental organization by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, which oversees many specialized UN agencies.
Four hundred citizens in northeast China received free cataract surgeries in 2013 thanks to efforts by the Rotary Clubs of Warner Robins, Georgia, USA, and Shanghai, China.
Seeing an elderly Tibetan woman weep with joy when cataract surgery restored her vision after 10 years is the kind of moment Dave Razo will never tire of.
For several summers Razo, a member of the Rotary Club of Warner Robins, Georgia, USA, traveled to rural northwest China with a team from Georgia-based nonprofit Gansu Inc., to provide free sight-restoring cataract surgery to some of the country's poorest residents. In 2012, after 22 years and 6,000 successful procedures, Gansu's founder, ophthalmologist William Conrad, retired and discontinued the organization's operations.
But Razo didn't want the effort to end. He had seen how life-changing the surgery could be, not only for the patients but for their families and their community.
"When you see the face of someone who regains their sight for the first time in years, you can't help but share their overwhelming happiness and gratification," says Razo, who is a retired U.S. Air Force pilot. "There was so much good work done by Dr. Conrad and his organization that I felt I could continue his legacy through Rotary."
Cataract, a clouding of the lens of the eye, is responsible for an estimated 2.5 million cases of blindness in China, nearly half of the country's blind population. In rural areas, blindness can be a death sentence for villagers who must walk dangerous mountain trails to obtain food and water........
Rtn. Sir Nicholas Winton, former President and member of the Rotary Club of Maidenhead, flew to Prague to receive the Order of The White Lion, the Czech Republic’s highest honour.
Sir Nicholas, who is 105, received the honour from Czech President Milos Zeman at a special ceremony at Prague Castle on Tuesday, 28th October.
Winton, who has often been nicknamed “the British Schindler”, organised the transportation and settlement of 669 children over nine months before the second world war broke out in September 1939. Most of those he saved were Jewish children living in then-German-occupied Czechoslovakia whose families were later imprisoned or murdered in concentration camps.
In his address to the gathering he said: “I want to thank you all for this enormous expression of thanks for something which happened to me a heck of a long time ago. I am delighted that so many of the children are still about and are here to thank me.
“England was the only country at that time willing to accept unaccompanied minors. I thank the British people for making room to accept them, and of course the enormous help given by so many of the Czechs who were at that time doing what they could to fight the Germans and to try to get the children out.”
In the same ceremony, the Order of the White Lion was also bestowed on Sir Winston Churchill, given in memoriam to his grandson Nicholas Soames. They are the only British citizens to receive the award, after Margaret Thatcher and the Queen. Presenting the award, the Czech President, Milos Zeman said: “It is a great pleasure to confer this award upon two great personalities of the UK. I am only ashamed it has been awarded so late – but better late than never. Congratulations Sir Winton. This is our highest honour; we cannot do one higher.”
The ceremony was attended by many of the people that Winton saved, as well as schoolchildren from the Basic School of Sir Nicholas Winton, named after him, in Kunzak, Czech Republic.
A Rotarian for more than 40 years, Sir Nicholas was last year inducted into the Rotarian Peace Hall of Fame at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
He has also been nominated by the Czech Republic for the Nobel Peace Prize and in 2007 won that country’s highest military honour.
Source: RIBI/ The Guardian
Posted by Sunil K Zachariah on October 31, 2014 at 6:30pm
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