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Free ebook – Partner, Innovate, Evaluate: Increasing Rotary’s Impact
The second ebook in the Rotarian Economist Short Books Series has been published. Partnerships, innovation, and evaluation can increase the quality, scope, and reach of Rotary’s service work in communities. The book suggests with case studies how this can be done. All books in the series are free and available here in multiple formats.  Please share this link widely … Continue reading Free ebook – Partner, Innovate, Evaluate: Increasing Rotary’s Impact
Free ebook – Double Your Membership In Six Months: 10 Lessons from a Rotary Club Pilot
The first ebook in the Rotarian Economist Short Books Series has just been published. It provides 10 simple lessons for Rotary clubs to grow. The book is based on the success of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill in doubling its membership in six months. The book is free and available here in multiple formats.  Please share … Continue reading Free ebook – Double Your Membership In Six Months: 10 Lessons from a Rotary Club Pilot
From websites to social media and power point presentations: Free training on communications on February 24, 2017 in Washington, DC
In my previous blog, I mentioned the first of two training events I am organizing in Washington, DC, on February 24, 2017 with my Rotary club. So here is the info for the second event on communications for nonprofits and others interested in the topic. We again have great instructors. The topics to be covered … Continue reading From websites to social media and power point presentations: Free training on communications on February 24, 2017 in Washington, DC
Free Half-Day Training in DC on Monitoring, Evaluation, and Cost-Benefit Analysis on February 24
Vocational training has long been a core activity of Rotary. On February 24, 2017, I am organizing in Washington, DC, with my Rotary club a half day training on monitoring, evaluation, and cost-benefit analysis for nonprofit staff/volunteers and others interested in these topics. We will have leading experts in the field as instructors. The emphasis … Continue reading Free Half-Day Training in DC on Monitoring, Evaluation, and Cost-Benefit Analysis on February 24
Rotary International’s New Website and its Story on Literacy
Rotary International launched a much anticipated new website this month. The Rotary Leader January newsletter mentions five reasons to check out the new site, but I must admit that my main reason to look at it right away was the story on literacy because I knew it would feature a great Nepal project. The literacy … Continue reading Rotary International’s New Website and its Story on Literacy
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Cuban deportations create dilemma for Trump and Rubio
HAVANA, Cuba -- More than 680 Cubans have been deported back to Cuba since the United States ended in January its so-called “wet foot, dry foot” policy, creating a political dilemma for US President Donald Trump and Florida Republican senator, Marco Rubio.
CARICOM to complete CSME review by March 31
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries have a deadline of March 31 to submit comments on the review of the various regimes of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The review shows the status of implementation, for each country...
Trinidad and Tobago prime minister and US president pledge to deepen ties
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley, and US President Donald Trump on Sunday agreed that both administrations will continue to strengthen the relationship that exists between the two countries. In a press release, the Office of...
Extradition of Haitian senator was illegal, says former presidential candidate
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Friday, at a conference at the State University of Haiti (UEH) on "The 1997 Extradition Treaty between Haiti and the United States in the context of the 1987 Constitution", former presidential candidate and constitutionalist, Mirlande Manigat, told a student audience...
Confirmed cases of dengue fever in Turks and Caicos
GRAND TURK, TCI -- The ministry of health, agriculture and human services in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) has advised that, during the period of February 17 - 20, 15 students and one teacher at the HJ Robinson High School in Grand Turk have reported symptoms consistent with dengue fever.



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On the 17th February 2017, in pursuing the goal of securing dental treatment for members of the Cerebral Palsy Society of Trinidad and Tobago (“the Society”), the Rotary Club of Princes Town (“the Club”) successfully partnered with the U.W.I. School of Dentistry and facilitated the screening of 15 members of the Society at its Special Needs Clinic in Mount Hope. This screening exercise was made possible through the willing co-operation and involvement of the Dental School.
For a second year, the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia is sponsoring two (2) young Interactors to participate in the Model United Nations debate in Trinidad. Members of the Interact Club at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College - Ms. Onella Zephrin and Ms Centaine Joseph - have been selected to represent the Saint Lucia Rotary family and will once again be accompanied by Interact Coordinator and teacher at Saint Mary’s College Ms. Jessima Cooper.
Basseterre, St Kitts – The Rotary Club of Liamuiga (RCL) has long been a leader in foot care management, providing specialist training in the care of the diabetic foot by the International Diabetic Federation (IDF) to medical staff throughout The Federation. Between January 30 and February 2, 2017, along with its graduating Class of 2017, the North American School of Podology (NASP) offered a unique, FREE four-day foot care clinic to help Kittitians and Nevisians with skin and nail related foot problems.
In an official ceremony held at St. Joseph’s Convent on Friday 3rd February 2017, ninety-seven (97) new Interactors from Castries Comprehensive Secondary School and St. Joseph’s Convent were officially pinned and inducted into Interact.

On Saturday January 14th 2017,  members of the Rotary Club of Paramaribo Residence and some of their children got 'hands on' and conducted restoration activities at the Tamara Children's Foundation Centre.
St. John’s, Antigua – The Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown (RCAS) partnered with the Wadadli Gems to offer a tennis program for children with intellectual disabilities and on 31st January 2017 launched “Tennis With Samantha”. RCAS’s investment will provide: tennis equipment, water coolers, first aid kit etc. for the program.
IPPC Polio Funding
EVANSTON, Ill. (17 January 2017) — Rotary today announced another US $35 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, bringing the humanitarian service organization’s contribution to US $140 million since January 2016.
Did you know that Rotary International receives inquiries from approximately 800-1,000 prospective members worldwide each week? RI gathers their information, forwards it to Rotary districts, and asks the districts to match the potential members with clubs. But only a few clubs used these leads to increase their membership in 2015-16. These prospective members are an untapped resource that can help clubs reach their membership goals this year.
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As part of Rotary’s guiding principles and the Avenues of Service, Vocational Service calls on Rotarians to empower others by using their unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new vocational opportunities and interests. While January is Rotary’s Vocational Service Month and an excellent time to reflect on how your club and district implement the concept of Vocational Service, its never too late and there is never a wrong time for your club to start a new Vocational Service project.
Castries, St. Lucia — On Friday January 20, 2017,  the Interact Club at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) was officially chartered and the charter members received their pins from their sponsor - the Rotary Club of St. Lucia. With 85 members strong, this, the 5th Interact Club sponsored by the RC Saint Lucia, is also the largest.
Congratulations to the Interact Club of Constanta, Romania as they earned the "BEST VIDEO" Award for the 2016 Interact Video Awards! Watch this club’s refreshing and humorous take on how they would rule the world!
At the recently concluded 2017 International Assembly, RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley urged incoming district leaders to seek gender and age parity and protect the environment in announcing the 2017-18 presidential theme Rotary: Making a Difference. “We know that we can do more together than we could ever do alone. I ask you to keep that spirit of teamwork and cooperation always in your minds and to take it back with you to your districts.”
Basseterre, St Kitts: The Rotary Club of Liamuiga (RCL) has long been a leader in foot care management, providing specialist training in the care of the diabetic foot by the International Diabetic Federation (IDF) to medical staff throughout The Federation.  In keeping with this focus RCL, together with the North American School of Podology (NASP), is organizing a dynamic group of 48 dedicated aestheticians and pedicurists to provide FREE foot care service in The Federation.
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It’s a new year, and here’s something you can resolve to do for your club and for Rotary in 2017...Think about the last time someone gave you a “word-of-mouth referral” that influenced your decision to do something. Maybe a friend shared a new favorite restaurant over Facebook, or your neighbor recommended a plumber. Or maybe it was that friendly suggestion to come along to a Rotary club meeting that got you involved in Rotary in the first place. Regardless, you probably acted on the referral, in part, because it came from someone you trust! If you’re passionate about Rotary, District 7030 encourages you this year to become an ambassador for your own club — and more importantly for Rotary — by using your “word-of-mouth referral” power.
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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...