The Rotary staff team after finishing El Tour de Tucson. The Miles to End Polio team of Rotarian riders raised $6 million to End Polio.

General Secretary John Hewko finished 104 mile El Tour de Tucson in 5 hours 2 minutes. He narrowly missed the goal of under 5 hours. 

Rotary Day at the United Nations highlights the strength of partnerships

To strengthen their 69-year-old partnership, leaders from Rotary and the United Nations met this month in New York City for Rotary Day at the United Nations. The two organizations began working together with the aim of maintaining peace after World War II. Today, the relationship has evolved to include humanitarian work in areas like gender equality, child and maternal health, and disease treatment and prevention.

While the UN's Millennium Development Goals are set to expire in 2015, its leaders are preparing for an even more ambitious humanitarian agenda of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030, said Amina J. Mohammed, special adviser of the UN secretary-general on post-2015 development planning, speaking at the event.

The UN considers those living on less than $1.25 per day to be in extreme poverty. Around the world, 1.2 billion people fall into this category.

"We have the resources in the world to deal with the issues we have today," said Mohammed. "We need to find a way to unlock that." She added that building strong partnerships with organizations that share a similar vision will be crucial to solving the global issues that are related to extreme poverty. As proof of the power of partnerships, Mohammed cited the polio eradication work of Rotary and its ..........

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Participate in #GivingTuesday on 2 December

Would you like a personal video message from Rotary President Gary C.K. Huang? Then Giving Tuesday is for you. The club and district that make the most individual online gifts to Rotary on #GivingTuesday, 2 December will each receive a thank you message from President Gary C.K. Huang. Give: http://ow.ly/Ekfeo

Rotary International Announcement

This year, Rotary is participating in #GivingTuesday on 2 December, a global day of giving supported by 10,000 organizations worldwide.

Invite your club to get involved by . Online giving is the easiest and most efficient way to give to the Foundation and the causes you care about most. As an added incentive, President Gary C.K. Huang will send special video messages to the club and district that make the most individual online gifts to The Rotary Foundation on #GivingTuesday.

Share why you support the Foundation on and by using the tags #GiveTheGift and #GivingTuesday. And replace your profile picture with our !

You can also round out Rotary Foundation Month by adding this , which highlights #GivingTuesday, to your weekly program.

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Courting Blakness — offering indigenous peoples a voice in art

Since beginning as a Rotary Peace Fellow at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, earlier this year, I have found many opportunities to build peace and not even have to leave campus.

One of the most profound experiences thus far was volunteering to put together “Courting Blakness,” a curated art show that featured works by Australia’s First Peoples — Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The show was set against the backdrop of the Great Court, known for its picturesque grassy area and stunning sandstone pillars.

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Rotary Friendship Exchanges build life-long friendships between Israel and Sweden

We were approached by District 2400, Sweden, almost a year ago and, after some correspondence, agreed for their team to visit our district on a Rotary Friendship Exchange in October 2014. Given the instability in Israel earlier this year, we were uncertain whether the exchange would come through, but happily, it worked out and 11 Rotarians arrived on 21 October for a short visit.

We tried our best to show our guests as much of our country as possible during a busy five days. My club, the Rotary Club of Givatayim, hosted a welcome party in our visitors’ honor. Governor Mali Levi, District Treasurer Haim Kennet, the Mayor of Givatayim Mr. Ran Kunik, and many Rotarians from ten clubs participated in this festive evening.......

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Sunil's Corner

PDG Sunil K Zachariah has been invited as a Training Leader for the International Assembly for Rotary Governors at San Diego in Jan 2015.

Why I Am a Rotarian - Sunil

Keynote Address by PDG Sunil K Zachariah on 9 Sept 2012 at the RCGF of District 3190 at Bangalore

Rotary Institute, Cochin - 2009. PDG Sunil K Zachariah welcomes the gathering

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