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Going to Atlanta? Learn about Promoting Access to College for Disadvantaged Youths
The Rotary International Convention in Atlanta is just two weeks away. It promises to be especially well attended by Rotarians from all over the world. If you are going, I hope that we’ll find a way to meet there. My club (Rotary Club of Capitol Hill) will have a booth in the House of Friendship, so … Continue reading Going to Atlanta? Learn about Promoting Access to College for Disadvantaged Youths
Using our Expertise and Networks to Provide Training for Local Nonprofits
A great way for Rotary clubs to serve their community is to rely on their members’ expertise and networks to provide training for local nonprofits in areas where they need support. As part of my club’s pro bono initiative, we organized in February 2017 two half day training events for local nonprofits on (1) monitoring and … Continue reading Using our Expertise and Networks to Provide Training for Local Nonprofits
Free ebook 6: Tell Your Story in the Local Media – Write about Your Rotary Partners to Celebrate Volunteer Work
The sixth free ebook in the Rotarian Economist Short Books series has been released. The book tells the story of an initiative by a Rotary club to improve its public image by writing articles in the local media about volunteering opportunities for residents to make a difference in their community. The articles feature great local … Continue reading Free ebook 6: Tell Your Story in the Local Media – Write about Your Rotary Partners to Celebrate Volunteer Work
Free ebooks 4 and 5 – Rotary foundations and grants
Did you know that apart from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, there are close to 4,000 local Rotary foundations in the United States alone? Two new free ebooks on Rotary foundations and grants are now available in the Rotarian Economist Short Books series.  The first book provides an introduction to Rotary foundations and grants … Continue reading Free ebooks 4 and 5 – Rotary foundations and grants
Free ebook 3: What Does Service Mean in Rotary? Simple Stories of Inspiring Rotarians
The third free ebook in the Rotarian Economist Short Books series has been released. Rotary’s motto is “Service above Self.” What does this mean in practice? The book answers this question by providing examples of the work that Rotarians do. The book also explains Rotary’s “avenues of service.” The hope is that through simple stories of … Continue reading Free ebook 3: What Does Service Mean in Rotary? Simple Stories of Inspiring Rotarians



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District 7030 News & Stories
For most of us being able to hear and see properly is taken for granted. This is not so for over 360 million people who have disabling hearing loss. Out of these, 32 million are children. The Starkey Foundation’s goal is to help these people. After an initial presentation to the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia earlier in the Rotary year it was Saint Lucia’s turn to be added to the list of countries receiving assistance.


In response to feedback from Rotary clubs around the world, RI wants to let clubs know about an important change that may affect their annual respective Rotary membership number. This change will ensure that all 2016-17 membership achievements are accurately recorded and that a club’s July invoice reflects the correct membership at the beginning of the new Rotary year.
Rotary is working with Google’s virtual reality team to offer an experience that showcases the impact of compassion to a global audience.  Rotary is producing a three-minute virtual reality film that emphasizes the two themes of polio and peace, and how Rotary’s work to eradicate the disease is increasing stability across the world. 
To celebrate its 100th year, The Rotary Foundation is recognizing 20 global grants that are sustainable, align with one of Rotary’s areas of focus and were designed in cooperation with the community to address a real need. The Rotarians who helped bring these projects to life share advice. What makes a great project?
L-R: Sir Vivian Richards and AG Corina Sealy Edwards
St. John’s Antigua, May 12, 2017 – Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown recently hosted its 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Cedar Valley Golf Club and raised over $20,000.
The new Grant Center provides a wealth of new and improved information on how best to access and contribute to grants. The updated guide How to Use the Grant Center now includes information about authorizing a global grant application, adding bank account information, and reporting on a global grant.
The 2017 Rotaract Outstanding Project Award recognized the Rotaract Club of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, for launching a three-year project to improve lives in the rural community of Ranugalla. The club, which represents Rotary District 3220 (Sri Lanka), hopes to empower residents through sustainable education and economic development initiatives. 

There is a long standing relationship between Rotary and the Babonneau Secondary School in Saint Lucia. With the support of Principal Felinor, the Babonneau Secondary School has for many years had an Interact Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gros Islet. On Saturday 27th April 2017, this long friendship led to another visit by the US based travel professionals from Beachbum Vacations who arrived this time loaded with suitcases containing sporting goods and educational supplies for the school.
St. John’s Antigua, May 2, 2017 – The students and teachers of the Cobbs Cross Primary School recently benefited from a donation of fifteen (15) computers, secured by Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown, and valued at over $16,000. It marks largest donation ever of technology equipment to Cobbs Cross Primary School.

The Dunnottar School is a special place for differently-abled children and young adults. Over the years, finding sufficient funding has been an ongoing challenge and the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia and the Rotaract Club of Saint Lucia have for some time cooperated on various projects to assist the school. In 2017, RC St. Lucia teamed up with Beachbum Vacations, a US based travel company and their charity arm Beachbum Cares to aid Dunnottar.
How can a road trip inspire engagement with Rotary? Ask the group of Rotary members and Rotaractors who traveled 2,400 miles across the West Coast to spread the word about Rotary’s good work. Over two weeks they stopped for service projects in five states and, along the way, illustrated the value of hands-on service and community partnerships.
How do you communicate with your community about your club? Are prospective members hearing about who you are and what you do? A great first impression increases clubs’ chances of getting new members. If your club is looking to increase membership and/or promote its unique culture, events, and service projects, you can customize a club brochure and edit the content or upload your own photos to make a distinctive promotional pamphlet.
As one of the signature community projects of the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia, the 28th Annual Anti-Drug Youth Camp took place 14th-17th April 2017 and was a great success.  In cooperation with several non-governmental organizations, the Police Service, and the Ministries of Education and Family Services, approximately 60 young girls and boys attended and participated over the four days.
Are you ready for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta? Have your registered, paid and made arrangements for accommodations? District 7030 is well on its way to be being well should join those already set to go. There is still time to register and to help motivate you, we've included a list of events and scheduled highlights.

In order to increase awareness and giving to PolioPlus Rotary is rolling out a new Social Media campaign to coincide with the End Polio Now torch arriving at the International Convention in June. The torches were started as a project of the Rotary Club of Madras who has overseen the travel through multiple countries, clubs, and the past two International Conventions, raising awareness and funds to end polio. This year the torch will travel from Madras to Chattanooga (home of President John Germ). This is where the 100 mile relay, to coincide with the 100 year Foundation celebration, will start. It will culminate Saturday morning at the Grand Opening of the House of Friendship in Atlanta.
Rotary Channel
Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
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...