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Shekhar Mehta says serving others changes lives, including our own

Incoming Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta urged members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.

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Mehta, a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, revealed the 2021-22 presidential theme, Serve to Change Lives, to incoming district governors on 1 February during the Rotary International Assembly. The assembly, a yearly training event for district governors-elect, was originally set to take place …

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Knowledge network: Using member expertise and connections to grow

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Knowledge network: Using member expertise and connections to grow
This club develops presentations on a particular subject – conflict, migration, and refugees – to help other clubs improve their projects

by Vanessa Glavinskas

Members of the Rotary Club of Washington Global, from left: Rose Cardarelli, Lara Bersano, Quentin Wodon, and Manuela Mot.

Credit: Kyna Uwaeme

Quentin Wodon, an economist at the World Bank, joined Rotary to share his expertise, to network, and to help others. He has remained a member because he enjoys it. “I have been a Rotarian for 10 years,” says Wodon. “My father was a Rotarian, …

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Rotary ramps up COVID-19 vaccination efforts

by Ryan Hyland

Rotary clubs around the world are mobilizing in their communities to support the introduction and delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations. Rotary leaders are urging members to connect with their local health agencies to determine how Rotary can support COVID-19 vaccine efforts.
Rotary has decades of experience in supporting the distribution of polio vaccines as well as highlighting their power and efficacy, which is a critical reason why polio is on the brink of eradication. It’s this expertise, along with strategic partnerships and innovation, that Rotary members can tap into to protect communities from COVID-19.

John Hall, president …

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Why Rotarians should engage with program alumni

Why Rotarians should engage with program alumni
When clubs cultivate relationships with Rotary alumni, both sides benefit

by Paul Engleman

Illustration by Viktor Miller Gausa

Rotary’s alumni relations team is always ready to help you connect with alumni and answer your questions about engaging them in your club or district projects. Write to alumni@rotary.org.

It’s always a pleasant surprise for Rotarians to meet someone who notices their Rotary pin and then to learn that the person was once a Rotary Youth Exchange student or Rotary Scholar. These conversations with Rotary alumni are great reminders of how …

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Help on wheels

Maternal health projects give Rotary clubs in Uganda a sense of purpose during COVID-19 restrictions

by Claire Zulkey

In March, the Ugandan government moved rapidly to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, issuing a strict lockdown and closing schools before the country had experienced more than a handful of reported cases.
The measures have been credited with saving lives and limiting the spread of the virus in the country, which had recorded only 1,200 cases and five deaths in August as the continent of Africa approached a million.
Still, those measures didn’t come without a cost, including lost jobs and hardships on …

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Telemedicine is expanding the reach of health care

For patients who lack options, a virtual visit can mean the difference between going with or without care

by Vanessa Glavinskas

“Right now, I can see all my patients through my mobile phone,” says Prakash Paudyal, a pulmonologist and member of the Rotary Club of Jawalakhel, Nepal. Paudyal uses a Kubi device to turn a tablet into a “mini-robot” for remote monitoring of his COVID-19 patients who are in isolation at Nepal National Hospital. Paudyal learned about the Kubi and other telehealth practices during a vocational training team trip to the San Francisco area last year. “I do one round …

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The sad truth about altruism is that there aren’t enough altruists

The sad truth about altruism is that there aren’t enough altruists
The people who fill the truly essential roles in society are often in short supply

By Joe Queenan

Illustrations by Sébastien Thibault

From time to time, societies run low on the things — and the people — they really need. We wake up one day and realize that there are too few doctors. Or far, far, far too few nurses. Or it suddenly dawns on us that there aren’t enough teachers, engineers, or plumbers to go around. There are certainly never enough guys who work well with sheetrock.
Other …

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