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Rotary Marks World Polio Day 2014 With $44.7 Million in Grants to Fight Polio

Rotary honors Canadian Prime Minister

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks after accepting the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Award. 

Minda Dentler, Polio Survivor, Thrives At AIG, As Ironman Triathlete

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

Read more about Malala - Malala is One of Us

The White House honors Rotary women for their humanitarian service

2014 strategic plan survey results .pdf

Photo essay: Rotary past and present

Miles To End Polio

RI President's Window

RI President Gary Huang and his wife Corinna attended a Rotary Day event in Istanbul, Turkey!

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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.

Rotary Restoring vision to hundreds in China

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.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Shanghai

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 , 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........

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Rtn. Sir Nicholas, “The British Schindler”, receives the Order of The White Lion

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.

Sir Nicholas Winton: 'Britain's Schindler' honoured in Prague - video

 

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Rotarian doctors tackle maternal mortality in India

Six Rotarian doctors are heading to North West India in November to help reduce maternal mortality in the region. Maternal mortality is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a global health issue killing around 289,000 women a year and leaving a further 10 million ill or disabled as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. Over three million babies die within the first week of life and a further three million are still born.

With an estimated 136,000 deaths a year, India has the highest maternal mortality in the world, with most deaths caused by a lack of basic emergency care and skilled birth attendants.

Rotary International in partnership with the Government of India National Rural Health Mission has set up an innovative programme called CALMED (Collaborative Action in Lowering Maternal Encountered Deaths). The initiative aims to reduce maternal and new born mortality by increasing training in the emergency care of pregnant women and new born babies particularly in rural and remote areas......

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We all have a part to play in ending polio

As far back as I can remember, there were always bikes in my home. Since there is no better way to explore new neighborhoods or new cities, I’ve been on bicycles most of my life.

When the opportunity to be part of Rotary’s team for El Tour de Tucson came along, I jumped at it without a second thought. Being an avid cyclist, I already ride several times a week, but this gives me a far worthier motivation than adding miles to my bike.

When I first joined Rotary in 2009, I had no idea that polio was still a threat for so many children around the world. Five years later, I know so much more about this devastating disease and about Rotary’s unflagging effort to eradicate it. In my work as a French translator and interpreter, I’ve come across many stories of lives that were forever changed by the commitment Rotarians made more than two decades ago.......

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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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