July is designated New Leadership Month - each year Rotary Clubs and Districts across the globe induct new leaders. Our leaders exemplify all of the qualities that make our members extraordinary; integrity, expertise, and commitment to service. 
 
Rotary develops leaders by providing opportunities for all members to provide service to our local communities and communities across the globe. With that service comes a learning experience in the areas of leadership, team building, planning, marketing, communication, and organization.
 
Serving as a Club or District officer or committee member provides an opportunity to enrich your leadership skills by sharing experiences and ideas with other Rotarians throughout the region.
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Rotary Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser | A YpsiFest Tradition

Sunday, August 26 | 9 am to 2 pm
 
Under the Tent at YpsiFest
 
$7 for adults | $ 5 for kids 10 and under
 
It’s that time of year and the Rotary Club of Ypsilanti is once again making plans for our annual Pancake Breakfast fundraising event.
 
Proceeds from ticket sales and the support of our sponsors help us provide College Scholarships to deserving Ypsilanti area students, supply dictionaries to 3rd graders in local elementary schools, participate in Ypsilanti PROUD, serve as Salvation Army bell ringers, host food drives for Food Gatherers, and much, much more.
 
 
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Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, here are some ways to make a global impact and protect children against polio forever.
 
Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.
GIVE NOW – we are very close to a polio free world!
 
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Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith asked district governors in training at the International Assembly to lead the celebration of the Foundation's centennial year, 2016-17.

"You are the primary contacts between the Foundation and our 34,000 Rotary clubs in the world. The success of the centennial celebration is largely in your hands," said Klinginsmith at a 19 January general session. "Catch the spirit and spread the word about the importance of celebrating our success."

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Clean water is a basic need for human beings. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives. However, at least 3,000 children die each day from diseases caused by unsafe water, which is what motivates our members to build wells, install rainwater harvesting systems, and teach community members how to maintain new infrastructure.

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Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign was recently recognized for improving society through public relations by the Publicity Club of Chicago, the largest independent PR membership organization in the United States. won the 2015 Edwin J. Shaughnessy Quality of Life Award and the Golden Trumpet Award in the category of international public relations.

Separately, The Rotarian Magazine collected five Excel Awards from Association Media and Publishing, the leading group of association publishers and communications professionals in the U.S. An article by basketball great and activist Kareem Abdul Jabbar titled  won a gold award; contributing editor Sallyann Price won silver for her feature article, ; and the magazine was awarded gold for design excellence, silver for general excellence in Web publishing, and bronze for feature story design for 

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Rotary members can enjoy discounts on travel, hotels, dining, entertainment, and more through Rotary Global Rewards, a new member benefit program that begins 1 July. If you're an active Rotarian with a My Rotary account, you already have access to all special offers and discounts. Anyone can view the offers, but only Rotary members who sign in to their My Rotary accounts can redeem the discounts. Check back often as more products and services from companies around the world will be added throughout the year.
 
Rotary President K.R. Ravindran and Rotary's Board of Directors developed the idea for the rewards program to help clubs enhance member satisfaction and retention. The program is also a way to thank members for their service and their generous support of The Rotary Foundation.
 
Explore offers in Rotary Global Rewards
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More than 20,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year in Sri Lanka, and many of them prove fatal. The Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, set out 10 years ago to save some of those lives by establishing the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Centre. 

In partnership with the National Cancer Control Programme and the Ministry of Health, the center in Colombo has screened more than 35,000 patients, mostly low-income, and detected more than 7,500 cases of abnormalities that required further investigation. The Rotary Club of Birmingham, Alabama, USA, donated a mammography and ultrasound scanner to the center’s breast cancer screening facility. 

The Colombo Rotary club is seeking to open early detection clinics in other easily accessible locations throughout Sri Lanka. 

Learn more about Rotary’s work in preventing disease

EARLY CANCER DETECTION IS SAVING LIVES IN SRI LANKA Matthew Heddle 2015-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
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Before the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Russian was the predominant second language offered in Polish schools, leaving tens of thousands of Polish emigrants without the English skills they needed.  

That has changed over the last 25 years. English proficiency drastically improved after the government reformed its education system in 1991. The country overhauled its teaching curriculum and materials and introduced English as the primary foreign language. As of 2013, Poland ranks 8th in the world in English proficiency.

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KNOCKING DOWN LANGUAGE BARRIERS Matthew Heddle 2015-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Almost 200 million days of school attendance are lost every year because of the lack of proper sanitation. Many  diarrhea cases in children result from transmission of disease in schools rather than at home.

“A school is a place where children should feel safe, not a place where they are susceptible to infection,” says Lizette Burgers, senior adviser of UNICEF’s Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools program

But the message at the World Water Summit on 4 June in São Paulo was positive: Rotary members and their clubs can make schools healthier places through programs that provide clean water and better sanitation.

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WATER SUMMIT URGES ROTARY MEMBERS TO INVEST IN YOUTH Matthew Heddle 2015-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
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According to a 2012 report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, Ghana has made great strides in providing its people with clean drinking water. But access to better sanitation has lagged.

Only about 14 percent of Ghanaians have access to improved facilities, compared with the 54 percent target set for 2015 by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Addressing the issue isn't simple, as pit latrines need emptying, toilets need maintenance, and promoting hygiene requires education.

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Pediatric heart surgeon Gerardo Davalos has treated scores of young heart patients, but one made a particular impression on him.

The day before 11-year-old Josue Ochoa died in 2013, Dr. Davalos, a member of the Rotary Club of Quito, Ecuador, walked into the boy's hospital room to say goodbye. The atmosphere in the room, where family members were gathered, was somber. But one person was smiling and comforting everyone else. It was Josue.

Says Davalos: "I'll never forget how strong Josue was in that moment. He wasn't concerned about himself. He was more worried about his mom and dad. He kept telling them that everything was going to be OK and that he'd lived a great life. He was an amazing child."

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ECUADOREAN HEART SURGEON DONATES HIS PROFESSIONAL SKILLS TO CHILDREN IN NEED Matthew Heddle 2015-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
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documentary film produced by Rotary's broadcast media department that features Rotary member Marion Bunch and her work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in underprivileged African communities won two 2015 Telly Awards.

The prestigious awards are given annually to the finest film and video productions. Rotary's documentary, "Rotary Family Health Days" received a Silver Telly, the highest honor, in the online video-documentary category, and a Bronze Telly in the online video-branded content and entertainment category. The documentary was shown by the South African Broadcasting Corporation and throughout Africa.

"What we tried to accomplish with the film was to get the good news and the good deeds out there so that the non-Rotary world can see it," says producer Andrew Chudzinski. "It was a great collaborative project."

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ROTARY WINS PRESTIGIOUS SILVER TELLY FOR AIDS DOCUMENTARY Matthew Heddle 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
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On the third-largest island in Fiji, 17-year-old Asenaca Sepa dreams of becoming a nurse. Her classmate, Laisenia Kidia, wants to study marine biology. The teens are students at Bucalevu Secondary School on Taveuni Island. Its rich soil and abundant flora have earned it the nickname "the garden island." Waterfalls and breathtaking sunsets make Taveuni a travel destination, yet besides encounters with tourists, the islanders live in relative isolation. The government is the main employer; most other jobs involve unskilled agricultural labor. Only about 30 percent of students graduate from high school. About 10 percent go to university. Poverty and poor infrastructure limit access to advanced technology.
 
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Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan.

The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools.

But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the club do more than just purchase school furniture to qualify for global grant funding. Club leaders put their heads together and turned a simple project to provide school desks into a global grant project by adding a campaign to recruit new students and professional development for teachers.

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HOW A SIMPLE SCHOOL PROJECT IN INDIA BECAME A GLOBAL GRANT Matthew Heddle 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
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For thousands of years, the Batwa Pygmies lived among the silverback mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of southwest Uganda. But in 1992, the forest was declared a World Heritage Site to protect the endangered silverback, and the Batwa lost their home.

Forced to transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers, they did not adapt well, and their very survival was threatened.

Over the years, Rotary members in the United States, Uganda, and other parts of the world helped with efforts to aid the Batwa. Most recently, those efforts have focused on the creation of a nursing school to serve the entire southwestern part of the country.

Dr. Scott Kellermann, a physician and Rotary member from California, USA, discovered the plight of the Batwa in 2000, when he and his wife, Carol, traveled to the area as medical missionaries to assess the indigenous people's needs. He describes the situation they found: "Abject poverty. No access to health care, no access to education, no clean water, no sanitation, land insecurity, and food insecurity."

The Kellermanns' survey found that 38 percent of the Batwa died before the age of five -- twice the rate of Uganda as a whole -- and that the average life expectancy was 28.

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NURSING SCHOOL HELPS INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY SURVIVE IN UGANDA Matthew Heddle 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
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District 6380 District Conference
April 24-26, 2015
Motor City Casino Hotel - Detroit, Michigan
Join your fellow Rotarians and celebrate Rotary at the 2015 District Conference. This is a chance for you and your family to experience what Rotary fellowship and relaxation are all about! We will honor Rotary heroes from around the district and hear firsthand the difference Rotary is making not only in our communities, but around the world. It was DG George Hedgespeth's wish to bring the Conference to Detroit and expand our District's efforts to increase the literacy rate in the City. This Conference promises to "Light Up the D" and showcase the City in a very special way. Join DG "Coach" Don Riddell and Ann as they host this great event and welcome Rotarians from across District 6380 to Detroit.
 
 
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Despite almost impassable terrain and the outbreak of a violent civil war, Rotary clubs in South Sudan and Wisconsin, USA, are determined to bring clean water to one of the most remote areas of the East African country.

The Rotary Clubs of Wausau, Wisconsin, USA, and Juba, South Sudan, are developing a sustainable source of water for 10 rural mountainous villages in Tennet Boma, Eastern Equatoria. The two clubs secured a $47,000 Rotary Foundation global grant to drill a deep borehole and install solar-powered water pumps, a 5,000-gallon reservoir, and six to 10 spigots. The water source will benefit almost 14,000 people.

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DETERMINED TO DELIVER CLEAN WATER AMID BLOODY CIVIL WAR IN SOUTH SUDAN Matthew Heddle 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
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Every 10 minutes, a baby is born without a state – without citizenship in any country. The crisis in Syria and conflicts in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and many other nations are producing new generations of refugees, internally displaced persons, and asylum seekers. Increasingly, they are long-term exiles who are spending years, even decades, in makeshift refugee cities with their families, unable to return home.

The number of people forced from their homes by war and conflict has surpassed 50 million for the first time since the end of World War II, when the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was created.

Among the graduates of the Rotary Peace Centers – nearly 900 since the program's inception in 2002 – are agents of change working to help this growing population of refugees.

Each year, Rotary Peace Centers host up to 100 peace fellows in a three-month program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, or a master's degree fellowship at universities in Australia, England, Japan, Sweden, and the United States. Four alumni, who work for nongovernmental organizations and nonprofits that aid refugees, shared their stories with The Rotarian.

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ROTARY PEACE FELLOWS ARE HELPING REFUGEES START OVER Matthew Heddle 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
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Thousands of women across Rotary deserve recognition on International Women's Day, March 8, and while it isn't possible to highlight them all, we chose to profile several of them. These are women who work tirelessly on behalf of others, and whose efforts touch lives across the world, often in remote and inhospitable places. With projects focused on child and maternal healtheconomic development, and other humanitarian concerns, these women are proof of Rotary's diversity and global reach.
 
HIGHLIGHTING OUTSTANDING MEMBERS THIS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Matthew Heddle 2015-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched PolioPlus, its campaign to rid the world of polio. Beginning on Rotary's anniversary, 23 February, Rotary members worldwide will be holding events to celebrate three decades of polio eradication progress.

Since 1985 Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated. Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children worldwide. In addition, Rotary's advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $10 billion to the effort.

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HISTORIC MOMENTS: POLIOPLUS TURNS 30 Matthew Heddle 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
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Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh.

Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been stopped (the others are Afghanistan and Nigeria).

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ROTARY MEMBER TAKES FUNDRAISING TO NEW HEIGHTS -- THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT EVEREST Matthew Heddle 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary members in India selected a popular racecourse in Mumbai to promote Rotary to the tens of thousands of racing aficionados who gather there daily, raising more than $350,000 for club service projects in the process.

And between races, spectators at the Mahalaxmi Race Course were also treated to the Rotary members attempt at a Guinness World Record as 650 members, 75 of them dressed in white and 575 in black, formed the shape of a horse -- with the Rotary wheel as its eye -- on the lawn of the members area.

EVENT AT INDIAN RACETRACK NETS $350,000 FOR SERVICE PROJECTS Matthew Heddle 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0

Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.

Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life."

"All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA. "You have one year to take that potential and turn it into reality. One year to lead the clubs in your district and transform the lives of others. The time is so short, yet there is so much to be done."

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PRESIDENT-ELECT URGES ROTARY MEMBERS TO ‘BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD’ Matthew Heddle 2015-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary International released an additional $34.8 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, the three countries where the disease has never been stopped.

The funds, whose release was announced 20 January, will be used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for polio immunization and surveillance activities in the 10 countries, as well as to provide technical assistance in several other countries in Africa.

The grants include $8.1 million for Nigeria to support its final push to eradicate the disease. Nigeria experienced a nearly 90 percent reduction in cases in 2014 compared with the previous year, and hasn't registered a new case of polio in the last six months.

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ROTARY RELEASES $34.8 MILLION FOR POLIO IMMUNIZATION ACTIVITIES WORLDWIDE Matthew Heddle 2015-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
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To eradicate polio in India, Rotary members displayed impressive coordination and commitment. So it should come as no surprise that Rotary members in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, were able to mobilize more than 40,000 people to create the world's largest human national flag. The tribute to the polio eradication effort qualified as a Guinness World Records-breaking achievement.

"What impressed me most was that all of Rotary was represented: Rotaractors, Interactors, and Rotarians," says RI President Gary C.K. Huang, who participated in the event along with his wife, Corinna, and other Rotary senior leaders. "They brought their classmates, friends, and co-workers. I think that says a lot about how important it is to the people that India is polio free."

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ROTARY’S INNOVATIVE TRIBUTE TO POLIO ERADICATION IN INDIA BREAKS GUINNESS WORLD RECORD 2015-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
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One might think a man living with polio in an iron lung would know about Rotary. But it wasn't until Paul Alexander had a business meeting with a member in Duncanville, Texas, earlier this year that he learned Rotary fights to eradicate the very disease that left him almost completely paralyzed.

"I was completely blown away by the idea. For all these years, I didn't know the work they were doing," says Alexander, a practicing attorney in Dallas. "It's such a perfect fit for me."

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Before college, business school, or their first jobs, more than 2,000 U.S. high school students are learning what it takes to become tomorrow's brightest business leaders.

Each year, nearly 25 Rotary clubs and districts conduct three-day educational retreats in a program known as Camp Enterprise. At each retreat, seasoned business professionals and entrepreneurs teach 100 or so area high school juniors how to develop, launch, and operate a successful business in a free enterprise economic system.

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BUSINESS CAMPS PREPARE STUDENTS TO BECOME ENTREPRENEURS Matthew Heddle 2015-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Dinner with RI President C.K. Haung Matthew Heddle 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
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It's the time of year to begin the process of selecting our next District Governor Nominee (Governor 2017-18), to follow DGE Henry Dotson, 2015-16 and DGN Michael Angelo Caruso, 2016-17.

Qualifications include being a regular member of a club in the District and have a classification whose integrity is without question. Candidates must have served as a Club President for a full term, and demonstrate willingness, commitment, and ability to fulfill the duties of the office of Governor as provided in the RI By Laws.  Candidates must also demonstrate knowledge of the qualifications, duties and responsibilities of Governor.

These are more fully contained on pages 19 to 22 of the current 2013 Manual of Procedure, which you can easily download and read by Google: Rotary Manual of Procedure 2013.

Nominations will be accepted by me until December 31, 2014. Candidates nominated will be interviewed by the District Nominating Committee, and a candidate named as our District Governor Nominee Designate, to be confirmed at the District Conference. Attached is the nomination form to be completed by the candidate and candidate's club.

Coach Don Riddell
Governor 2014-15
District 6380
Past District Governor 2012-13
Troy Rotary Club

Nominations District Governor Nominee Matthew Heddle 2014-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
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More than three years after an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster triggered widespread devastation in Japan, the physical scars are beginning to mend. Debris has been removed. Coastal communities are being rebuilt. Farming and fishing have resumed, and thousands of people have moved in to new housing.

But the Rotary Clubs of Koriyama West, Japan, and Englewood, New Jersey, USA, are concerned with the emotional and psychological impact caused by the triple disaster, known in Japan as 3/11, which claimed more than 19,000 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

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MENDING THE LINGERING EFFECTS OF JAPAN’S TRIPLE DISASTER Matthew Heddle 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Where are we in the fight to end polio? What have we accomplished? Can we make history together? Find out on World Polio Day.

Join Rotary on World Polio Day, October 24, for a live-streamed global status update on the fight to end polio. Guests will include Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors and special guests. Tune in at 7:30 PM ET to watch the live event and take part in the conversation.

If you can't join the live event, you can still be a part of this moment in history. Share your voice online, advocate to your government or create your own World Polio Day event. Download the resources below to get started.

Add World Polio Day to your calendar.

Also, your club meeting during the week of World Polio Day can focus on Rotary's work to end polio. Community fundraisers scheduled on or around the day will raise public awareness of the need to eradicate polio and remind government officials to support the global commitment to a polio-free world

WORLD POLIO DAY Matthew Heddle 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar Peace Avenue, Mongolia, has raised more than $10,000 to outfit two Mongolian hospitals with screening devices to test newborns’ hearing.

Misheelt Batjargal and her fellow club members are giving a voice to infants and toddlers in Mongolia who would otherwise live in a silent world.

As part of a large-scale community project, the Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar Peace Avenue, Mongolia, is equipping hospitals with screening devices to test newborns’ hearing. Batjargal, an ear, nose, and throat physician, says screening to detect hearing loss is not routine nationwide in Mongolia. She estimates that more than 200 hundred children in the country lose their hearing each year.

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GIVING VOICE TO CHILDREN WHO MIGHT OTHERWISE LIVE IN A SILENT WORLD Matthew Heddle 2014-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
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The village of Kumbharwadi is one of many in a drought-prone region near Mumbai, India. Until recently, its residents had access to only one well with drinkable water. During the summer months, the well runs dry, and the women and girls of the village travel three to four hours a day to search for water.
 
Enter Project Boond, undertaken by a Rotaract club, a Rotary club, and the Watershed Organization Trust to provide clean drinking water and sanitation facilities in Kumbharwadi. Nikunj Pherwani, 2013-14 president of the Rotaract Club of Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai, India, says that droughts are a serious problem in India and often exacerbate malnutrition and illness in remote regions.
 
Rotaract award winners celebrated for their life-changing projects Matthew Heddle 2014-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
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Each year the International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, is observed around the world on 21 September. This is an occasion to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace.

The theme of this year's International Day of Peace is the "Right of Peoples to Peace". Peace is a fundamental right of all citizens and essential for co-existence, well-being and happiness.

A major project of Rotary Global History Fellowship is the list of articles about Rotary's effort for world peace. Please visit http://www.peacehistory.org/

World Peace Day Matthew Heddle 2014-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
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Gary C.K. Huang never imagined he would become Rotary International's president when he joined in 1976, but now that he is in office, he hopes to increase membership to 1.3 million by the end of his term.

"It's simple. The more members we have, the more people we can help. A stronger membership base will result in stronger communities," says Huang, who on 1 July became Rotary's first Chinese president.

Huang also hopes his presidential theme, Light Up Rotary, will encourage members to brighten Rotary's image to the public, which he believes in return will improve member recruitment and retention.

President Gary C.K. Huang's Ambitious 1.3 Million Membership Goal Matthew Heddle 2014-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Nigeria is closer than ever to eradicating polio, riding a successful effort to reach children in seven northern states at highest risk for the disease. "Rotarians have [gone] into remote areas of the country by car, canoe, motorbike, and even on foot to ensure every child gets the vaccine," says Rotary's Nigeria PolioPlus Committee Chair Tunji Funsho.
Polio Vaccinators Make Significant Headway In Nigeria Matthew Heddle 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
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George Hedgespeth Memorial Service
July 26, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
 
All Saints Episcopal Church
171 W. Pike Street
Pontiac, Michigan 48098

The family has requested that in lieu of Flowers Memorial Donations may be made to :
 
Office of Philanthrophy
1 Ford Place Suite 5A
Detroit, Michigan 48202
Funds received are designated for use by  the Heart Transplant Patient Emergency Needs Fund
 
or
 
The George Hedgespeth Scholarship Fund
Lincoln University
Office of Institutional Advancement
PO Box 179
Lincoln University, PA 19352-0999
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The news of the passing of Governor George has been hard on all of us. George was a kind and generous man and a true Rotarian. Don Riddell has been selected by the District Executive Committee to serve as Governor for 2014-2015. We know there are many questions and Don has called a special meeting on Tuesday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss how we can all help to make George's goals, vision and dream a reality. If you cannot make it, please send one of your Board members.
 
Baldwin Public Library - 2nd floor - Jeanne Lloyd Room
300 W Merrill St.- Birmingham, MI
Special District Meeting 2014-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Polio took a hit at this year's Rotary convention in Sydney, Australia.
First there was the record-breaking climb across the Sydney Harbour Bridge that raised enough money to protect 240,000 kids from polio. On 30 May, two days before the official opening of the convention, 340 participants ascended the bridge, eclipsing the record previously held by Oprah Winfrey for most climbers on the bridge. Waving 278 flags, they also broke the Guinness World Record for most flags flown on a bridge.
Then it was announced that the World's Biggest Commercial, Rotary's public awareness campaign for polio eradication, set a Guinness World Record for largest photo awareness campaign. More than 100,000 people from 170 countries have uploaded their photos, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Gates, Archie Panjabi, Jackie Chan, and many more.
But the biggest news was the $101 million pledged to polio eradication. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbottopened the convention on 1 June with a commitment from his government of $100 million to the PolioPlus campaign. Two days later, Sir Emeka Offor, executive vice chair of Chrome Group, announced a $1 million gift to The Rotary Foundation to help end polio.

"Scores of my friends and classmates fell victim to this dreaded disease," said Sir Emeka, who serves as Rotary's PolioPlus ambassador in Nigeria. "As a young man I vowed that I would someday do something significant to end polio in Nigeria."

While Rotary's work to end polio took center stage at the convention, it wasn't the only Rotary initiative getting attention down under. Here are some highlights from the Sydney convention, which ran 1-4 June:
Providing clean water. Collaboration and partnerships were emphasized at this year's World Water Summit, held 30 May. Global experts in clean water and sanitation urged attendees to join with the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, and governments to work more efficiently and effectively.
Empowering youth. Australian cricket star Brett Lee, founder of Mewsic, and Maya Ajmera, founder of theGlobal Fund for Children and former Rotary Scholar, inspired attendees with their dedication to providing a better life for the world's poorest children.
Promoting peace. Mwila Chigaga, former Rotary Peace Fellow and gender specialist for African Regions at the International Labour Organization, spoke to convention goers about ensuring decent work and equal opportunities for men and women.
Fighting disease. Renee Saunders, senior public health adviser for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stressed the importance of public-private partnerships in helping to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Professor Martin Silink spoke of the challenges he overcame — with Rotary's help — to make diabetes a United Nations resolution.
Rotary Breaks Record, Puts Polio on Notice at Sydney Convention 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
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Saturday, May 31 is our day to clean up and plant flowers at Riverside Art Center Park. This is one of our Service Projects - our way of giving something back to Ypsilanti! Plan to meet at 9 a.m. and remember - many hands will make the job go quickly.
Riverside Art Center Park Clean Up 2014-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Now - more than ever - we need to keep up the fight to End Polio Now!
 
The spread of polio to countries previously considered free of the crippling disease is a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said, as the virus once driven to the brink of extinction mounts a comeback.
 
Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria pose the greatest risk of exporting the virus to other countries, and should ensure that residents have been vaccinated before they travel, the Geneva-based WHO said in a statement today after a meeting of its emergency committee. It’s only the second time the United Nations agency has declared a public health emergency of international concern, after the 2009 influenza pandemic.
 
Polio has resurged as military conflicts from Sudan to Pakistan disrupt vaccination campaigns, giving the virus a toehold. The number of cases reached a record low of 223 globally in 2012 and jumped to 417 last year, according to the WHO. There have been 74 cases this year, including 59 in Pakistan, during what is usually polio’s “low season,” the WHO said.
 
The disease’s spread, if unchecked, “could result in failure to eradicate globally one of the world’s most serious, vaccine-preventable diseases,” Bruce Aylward, the WHO’s assistant director general for polio, emergencies and country collaboration, told reporters in Geneva today. “The consequences of further international spread are particularly acute today given the large number of polio-free but conflict-torn and fragile states which have severely compromised routine immunization services.”
Bloomburg, May 5, 2014
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In an effort to promote global development and volunteer service, Rotary and Peace Corps have agreed to participate in a one-year pilot program in the Philippines, Thailand, and Togo.
 
Under the agreement, Rotary clubs and Peace Corps volunteers are encouraged to share their resources and knowledge to boost the impact of development projects in these three countries.
 
Opportunities for collaboration include supporting community projects, training, networking, and community education. Through the Peace Corps Partnership Program, Rotary clubs can continue to provide small grants to support volunteers and their communities.
 
The two organizations also agreed to explore expanding the collaboration to more countries based on the results of the pilot. Rotary will enlist the support of its members in recruiting Peace Corps volunteers and involving returned Peace Corps volunteers in service projects at home.
Peace Corps and Rotary Kickoff Historic Collaboration 2014-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Touch-a-Truck
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Volunteer Arrival - 7:30 a.m.
Clean up usually completed by 1 p.m.
 
Touch-a-Truck give kids a chance to experience their favorite vehicles up-close. Give parents a chance to connect with resources that they need to support them in their role as parents. Give organizations exposure to lots of parents and kids, so they can get the word out about the work that they are doing!
 
This year we are teaming up with the Ann Arbor Rotary Club for this great event. If you would like to volunteer, contact Norm Herbert by email at normanh@umich.edu.
 
Location: Ypsilanti Community High School parking lot in Ypsilanti; located at 2095 Packard Road. Parking for volunteers is at Shadford Field 
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The World Health Organization certified on 27 March 2014 its 11-country Southeast Asia region has eradicated polio, a long-awaited declaration given that five years ago India represented nearly half of all polio cases worldwide. The region’s last wild polio case was reported in West Bengal, India, on 13 January 2011.

This achievement is an important milestone for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative,” said Rotary Foundation Trustee chair Dong Kurn Lee.

We have beaten polio in Southeast Asia, and now we must do the same in the rest of Asia and Africa.” The region includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. Its more than 1.8 billion people represent over 25 percent of the world’s population.

SOUTHEAST ASIA DECLARED POLIO FREE 2014-04-14 00:00:00Z 0

RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."

After announcing his theme at the opening session of the five-day training meeting, Huang urged club members to Light Up Rotary in the coming year by hosting a Rotary Day in their community and including local Rotaract and Interact members in their service projects. 

"Light Up Rotary is our theme, but it is more than our theme. It is how we live in Rotary, how we think in Rotary, how we feel, how we work," Huang said. "It is how we make a difference — every day, in every club, every district, and every country where we serve."

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Ypsilanti Rotary is supporting Food Gatherers in their annual Spring Food Drive. 
 
Bring non-perishable food to Monday's meeting!
 
To be even more generous and double your giving. All cash donations are being matched. 
 
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Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
 
Who: Rotary brings together the kind of people who step forward to take on important issues for local communities worldwide. Rotary members hail from a range of professional backgrounds; doctors, artists, small business owners and stay-at-home parents all call themselves Rotarians. Rotary connects these unique perspectives, and helps leverage its members’ expertise to improve lives everywhere.
 
Where: From Haiti and Greenland to Nigeria and Singapore, Rotary unites a truly diverse set of leaders from across the world. Currently, the largest number of clubs comes from the United States, India, Japan and Brazil. The fastest growing Rotary regions include Southeast Asia and Africa.
 
What: Rotarians contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities across the globe. Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development. 
 
ROTARY AT A GLANCE 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Celebrates
The collective leadership and expertise of our 1.2 million members helps us tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, locally and globally. We are united by common values and vision for the future as we sharpen our focus with targeted specific causes that will reach communities most in need.
 
For more than 100 years, our guiding principles have been the foundation upon which our values and tradition stand. The Four-Way Test, Object of Rotary, and the Avenues of Service express our commitment to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.
 
We direct our efforts in six areas to enhance our local and global impact. Our most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to fall within the following areas:
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies
Happy Birthday Rotary! 2014-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Rotary!
 
On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting. Harris’s desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship.
THE FIRST FOUR ROTARIANS 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
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President Barack Obama signed an omnibus appropriations bill in January that provides $205 million to support polio eradication in 2014, through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U. S. Agency for International Development.

The largest government donor to polio eradication, the U.S. has contributed more than $2.3 billion since the mid-1980s, when 125 countries were polio endemic and the disease afflicted 350,000 people annually. Today, only Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria are endemic, and in 2013, the combined incidence of polio in those countries fell to a record-low 157 cases. Last month , India reached a three-year milestone without polio, paving the way for the entire Southeast Asia region to be certified free of the disease.

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DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2014 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
What would it take to change the world? Rotary is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.
 
Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
 
The family of Rotary extends beyond individual Rotarians and Rotary clubs to include other service-minded people who help with the organization's work. Groups such as Rotaract, Interact, and Rotary Community Corps serve side by side with sponsor clubs, using their diverse skills to improve the quality  of life in their communities.
 
Rotary Club of Ypsilanti​ members are business, professional, and community leaders. We meet regularly to plan and implement community service activities and network with other professionals.
 
Belonging to the Rotary Club of Ypsilanti​ provides members with an opportunity to make a contribution to the Ypsilanti community and to communities around the world.
 
People join the Rotary Club of Ypsilanti for many reasons, including community involvement, personal development, professional networking, and camaraderie with fellow members. But perhaps the most important benefit is the satisfaction gained from making a real difference in the world.
This Is Rotary
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ypsilanti Karen Gabrys 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
The Detroit Tigers are teaming up with Rotary to eradicate Polio.  We will have a Rotary night at the ballpark to eradicate polio at 7:00 pm Monday, September 16, 2013.  All Rotary clubs in District 6400 and District 6380 are invited to attend. Larry Powe of the Detroit Rotary Club is a primary contact (lep@kellerthoma.com).
 
The tickets will be $33 and will include a $5 donation to the Rotary Foundation for PolioPlus.  The seats will be in the left field Pavilion.  The $33 also includes a Rotary T Shirt, hotdog, Pepsi and a bag of potato chips.
 
For orders of 15 tickets or more contact Corey Bell at Tiger’s group ticket sales by phone 313-471-2361 or email  corey.bell@detroittigers.com.   For less than 15 tickets, go to www.tigers.com/rotary.
Rotary Night at Comerica Park 2013-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
 
Thanks to our Pancake Chairs – Les Heddle and Rick Easterbrook. They made the arrangements with the Heritage Festival committee, Rick worked with Gilbert Residents to order the food and Les hauled our large supplies (ice chests and grill from Deluxe Rental) and our food to and from Gilbert Residence.

 As always, we could not do this event without the dedication of the Ypsilanti Club Rotarians.
 
Our Set Up Crew and First Shift Workers
Les Heddle
Rick Easterbrook
Karen Gabrys
Joyce Williams
Ellen Botner
Scott Menzel
Linda Crabtree and Jack Crabtree
Debbie Locke-Daniel and Vince Daniel
Bob Gay
Al Rudisill
Nicloe Sigler
Bill Vollano
John Barr
Doreen Mannino
 
Our Afternoon Shift and Clean Up Crew*
Bill Vollano
Emma from Interact
Rick Easterbrook*
Karen Gabrys*
Joyce Williams*
Al Rudisill*
Nicole Sigler*
Lewis Ezekiel* and his wife* (due to deliver their baby this week!)
 
Special thanks to Nicole for picking up the milk at 7 am and dropping off the extra food to Dawn Farm at the end of the day. And to Rick who took supplies back to Gilbert Residence for storage.
 
Parade
Joyce Williams
Linda Crabtree
Les Heddle’s son and grandsons
 
Thanks also go out to our Sponsor Chairs - Bill Anhut and Jim Nelson. And a special thanks to everyone who reached out to secure a sponsorship! 
 
Thanks for a Great Pancake Breakfast 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Club Assembly - Final Planning Meeting for our Pancake Breakfast
 
Be sure to join your fellow Rotarians as we complete te planning process for our Pancake Breakfast. We have a lot to cover and need your ideas as we plan for our Saturday event.
 
Keep in mind tha tif you are signed up for the second shift, the parade will have Huron closed. Be sure to find an alternate route and parking!
 
All sponsorships are due on Monday - be sure to turn in your sponsors to Bill and Jim.
 
We can still use a few people to walk in the parade - check with Joyce if you can walk in the parade.
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I just wanted to say thank you so much for inviting me to come to your Rotary meeting this past Monday! It is an honor to be able to share Poured Out's mission with people who are committed to helping make the world a better place! I wanted to share some additional information and links with you, in case anyone asks and would like to know more!
 
Here is a link to the powerpoint presentation I used for the meeting:  Ypsilanti Rotary Presentation
 
We also have a few videos that are a really cool way to see what Poured Out Haiti does and is all about! Below are some links, please feel free to pass these along to anyone who is interested! 
 
We have 4 minute video that you can click here to retrieve about a youth group's experience on a Poured Out Trip
 
I also have a 6 minute video about Poured Out and our origins. You can find this video on youtube  at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOJU0JOvcmE 
 
Here is a short video about a woman who travels to get her water http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fXXoU60ixLU
 
Here is a short video about a girl who gets her water from the river, and now has a filter to clean it http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8N8rZoTaVCQ
 
Here is an 8 minute video made by the videographers who shot the footage for the above films, talking about their experience http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7npsBSJj1Ao&sns=em
 
Once again I just wanted to say thank you for having me! It was a pleasure to meet everyone there! 
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Next week our District Governor will be our speaker. Jim Gilmore will present RI 2013-14 theme from President Ron D. Burton. The following is a messaage from President Burton:
The Rotary club meeting you walk into today might, at first glance, seem very different from the weekly meetings of 50 years ago. And if you could pay a visit to every one of Rotary’s 34,000 clubs, you’d see men and women from all different backgrounds, speaking just about every one of the world’s languages, involved in service projects from the local to the global. You’d see clubs that are getting together to repair a neighborhood playground this weekend, while working in partnership with other clubs to install sanitary facilities in a school thousands of miles away. And you’d see a group of people who are absolutely committed to making the world a better place, in ways large and small.
There’s a lot that’s different about Rotary today. But the foundation that Rotary is built on hasn’t changed. Rotary is based, as it’s always been, on our core values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. These are the values that define us as Rotarians: they’re the values we live by, and the values we strive to bring to the communities we serve.
Every one of us in Rotary is here because we were invited, and because we made a choice to accept that invitation. Every day since then, we’ve been faced with another choice: whether to just be a member of a Rotary club, or to truly be a Rotarian.
Being a Rotarian is a commitment that goes far beyond just showing up at meetings once a week. It means seeing the world, and our role in it, in a unique way. It means accepting our communities as our responsibility, and acting accordingly:
  • taking the initiative, making the effort, and doing
  • what’s right, not what’s easy.
All of us came to Rotary to get involved, and to make a difference. And in Rotary service, as in just about everything else in life, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. If you only put in a token effort, you won’t accomplish very much, and you won’t find very much satisfaction in what you do accomplish. But when you make the decision to truly engage Rotary — to bring Rotary service and Rotary values into every day of your life — that is when you start to see the incredible impact that you can have. That’s when you find the inspiration, the excitement, and the power to truly change lives. And no one’s life will be changed more than your own.
In the 2013-14 Rotary year, our theme, and my challenge to you, will be Engage Rotary, Change Lives.
You’ve chosen to wear a Rotary pin. The rest is up to you.
Ron D. Burton
2013-14 RI President
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Our annual Pancake Breakfast is set for SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
 
The sign up sheet for work shifts will be availalbe at today's meeting. If you cannot attend, please call Rick Easterbrook (734-320-5121) to sign up for a shift. To be successful, we need everyone to be involved.
 
Promotional flyers are availalbe - be sure to pick up a few at today's meeting and post them around town!
 
The sponsorship letters are out and we all need to do our part to help make this a great year.
 
PLEASE NOTE: THE DATE OF THE PANCAKE BREAKFAST IS AUGUST 17. 
 
It's time to Sell! Sell! Sell! Pancake Breakfast Tickes - be sure to let your family and friends know about our Pancake Breakfast.
 
 
 
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