Posted on Dec 17, 2017
Left to Right:  President Gerry Foran, Karley Biggs Sebia, Tracy Bozik
 
At our Club's December 13th Annual Meeting, President Gerry Foran inducted Karley Biggs Sebia as our Club's newest member. Karley is an attorney with the firm of King, Spry, Herman, Freund, & Faul, LLC. in Bethlehem. She has extensive experience and interest in childhood education issues. Please welcome Karly to our Rotary Family.
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Posted on Dec 17, 2017
Left to Right: Diane Donaher, George Mowrer, Brennan Pursell, Gail Evans
At our Wednesday, December 13th annual meeting, Diane Donaher presented a special Paul Harris Award to Dr. Brennan Pursell to recognize his outstanding work on our Centennial Park Project.  All members can feel justly proud of the contribution our Club was able to toward improving our Bethlehem community, with his leadership.  Thanks to all of our members who participated.
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Posted on Dec 17, 2017
The power of light
After decades of crafting squash-blossom necklaces, pendants, and bracelets, Jerry Domingo knew he would have to quit making jewelry, because he couldn’t see very well anymore. The sturdy Navajo grandfather lives in the desert of New Mexico, miles from modern conveniences. Although electric lines transverse land just hundreds of yards from his front door, the permissions and work to connect to that power would cost more than $30,000. Read how Rotary members in Durango, Colorado, USA, are teaming up with Navajo Nation to bring solar lights to off-the-grid homes on the country’s largest Native American reservation.
 
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Posted on Dec 10, 2017
Competition builds club spirit
Looking for ways to recruit new members and engage current ones, the Rotary Club of Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA, decided to harness the competitive spirit. In March 2016, it mounted a membership drive with teams competing to bring in the most new members. Read more about their innovative approach to membership and send us your ideas.
 
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Posted on Dec 06, 2017
Bethlehem Rotary's "Tastes & Tunes" 2017 Raises $50,000 for Junior League of the Lehigh Valley
On Sunday, October 1, 2017, at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem, the Rotary Club of Bethlehem conducted its fifth annual Tastes & Tunes fund-raising event.  The designated charitable recipient for the event was the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley, an organization of  women with a current focus on educational disparity.  Volunteers from the Rotary Club and the Junior League helped create a memorable event that attracted 12 participating restaurants, 23 sponsors, more than 100 auction items and more than 200 attendees. 
 
The happy result of this amazing effort was a $50,000 check proudly presented at the December 6, 20167 weekly meeting of the Club by Tastes & Tunes co-chairs Bob Smith and Deb Walter to Junior League president Alison Zavatone.  
 
 
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Posted on Nov 26, 2017
Giving Tuesday is almost here

Giving Tuesday, 28 November, happens once a year, but your gift to The Rotary Foundation will make a difference for a lifetime. This Giving Tuesday, consider making a gift to The Rotary Foundation, and together we can continue Doing Good in the World.

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Posted on Nov 19, 2017
NO MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, 11/22/2017. 
HAVE A SAVE & HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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Posted on Nov 12, 2017
Rotary Day at the United Nations
Rotary will honor six individuals as People of Action: Champions of Peace during Rotary Day at the United Nations 11 November at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The event will include workshops devoted to sustainability and peace, as well as ones designed by and for young leaders. Don't miss a live broadcast of the event.
 
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Posted on Oct 29, 2017
The Power of a Garden
Rotary members in Harvard, Illinois, USA, have teamed up with community groups to help alleviate hunger and bring the community together. As many as 250 needy families benefit from the 10,000 pounds of vegetables that are grown in a community garden and donated every year to the local food pantry. With only seven members, the club has had an impact far beyond its size, amplifying its efforts by partnering with others.
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Livestream makes World Polio Day event available to all
You don’t have to buy a plane ticket to participate in this year’s World Polio Day festivities at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s facility in downtown Seattle, Washington, USA. You can watch the event live on 24 October at 14:30 Seattle time (UTC-7) for an update on our global campaign to eradicate polio. Find details on how to watch the livestream, available in eight languages.
 
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Posted on Oct 16, 2017
Join us online for World Polio Day
You don’t have to buy a plane ticket to participate in this year’s World Polio Day festivities at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s facility in downtown Seattle, Washington, USA. You can watch the event live on 24 October at 14:30 Seattle time (UTC-7) for an update on our global campaign to eradicate polio. A recording of the livestream will be available later.
Rotary Weekly Update 2017-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 06, 2017
Overcoming obstacles to polio eradication in Pakistan
 
Alina A. Visram first joined Pakistan's National PolioPlus Committee as a manager eight years ago, when polio eradication in her country seemed within reach. Then hostile militants and other obstacles altered the dynamics, and forced a change of tactics. This year, the country has only five cases of polio. In her blog post for World Polio Day, Visram shares why she is convinced we will eradicate this disease.
 
Click HERE for more details.
Rotary Weekly Update 2017-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

Come to Centennial Park on Sand Island and help our club celebrate the newly redesigned and revitalized Centennial Park:

11:45 - Box Lunch for Rotarians in the Ice House

Cost is $10 each to be collected at each weekly meeting prior to the 18th.

Choices: (All choices below come w/Fruit Salad & Potato Salad, Soda and Water)

Ciabatta roll w/Turkey Breast & American Cheese

Ciabatta roll w/Roast Beef & Swiss Cheese

Hummus Wrap w/Lettuce & Tomato

12:30 - Ribbon Cutting in Centennial Park and cake

Please feel free to invite members of the community to the ribbon cutting.

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Posted on Oct 02, 2017
How Rotary clubs are celebrating World Polio Day
 
From red ponchos to pub crawls, Rotary clubs are coming up with a variety of ways to promote polio eradication in October. In eastern Ontario and western Quebec, Canada, thousands of Rotary members will put on red ponchos and march through the streets of their towns to raise awareness.
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Posted on Sep 24, 2017
Meet Rotary's Champions of Peace
 
November’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, will focus on one of Rotary’s top humanitarian priorities: peace and conflict resolution. Six honorees, including four Rotary members and two alumni of Rotary Peace Centers, will be recognized for their commitment to and work on behalf of peace projects in their communities. Their diversity reflects the varied ways that Rotary members address underlying causes of conflict.
 
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Posted on Sep 16, 2017
Uprooting poverty in Arkansas
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Little Rock have teamed up with Heifer USA to fight poverty and provide healthier food choices for local communities through a program that supports sustainable agriculture. The 24 farmers in the program are part of a coop that connects them with customers and markets, allowing them to grow a variety of organic produce on small acres of land using environmentally-friendly methods. The coop also shortens the distance between farm and table, increasing the nutritional value of the food.
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Posted on Sep 10, 2017
How to help disaster victims
 
Severe storms, an earthquake, and hurricanes are wreaking havoc across the globe from the United States and Mexico to South Asia and Africa. The Rotary Foundation and Rotary clubs in affected areas are helping bring emergency aid to battered communities.
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Posted on Sep 10, 2017
What is your club doing to reinvent itself?
 
The Rotary Club of Stone Mountain in Georgia, USA, was facing a common problem: membership was aging, and the club struggled to attract younger members. When Past President Margie Kersey learned that Rotary had changed membership rules to remove the barriers between e-clubs and regular clubs, they became a hybrid club, preserving in-person meetings while also making them available online. Already, the club is seeing clear results. Read about their success and email us with your own club's innovations.
 
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Posted on Sep 03, 2017
8,000 Kilometers to Peace
 
Rotary members in a small town of Nova Scotia, Canada, took action to bring two families from war-torn Syria to their country, where the refugees are starting a new life. Read this and other stories from the September issue of The Rotarian.
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Posted on Aug 20, 2017
Help Rotary International launch its new 'People of Action' campaign
 
Rotary International has created a new global ad campaign called "People of Action." The campaign is based on research that revealed that while many people have heard of Rotary, few actually understand what Rotary clubs do. By downloading our materials in the Brand Center, members of Rotary Clubs can begin telling their club's stories in a consistent, compelling way. Click LEARN MORE below to see what we need to know.
 
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Posted on Aug 13, 2017
Barry Rassin selected to be 2018-19 Rotary President
 
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19, and will be declared president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested. Rassin’s nomination follows Sam F. Owori’s death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.
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Posted on Aug 06, 2017
United Kingdom pledges $130 million for polio eradication
The United Kingdom pledged $130 million on Friday toward the fight to eradicate polio. The contribution will help fund immunizations of 45 million children a year through 2020. In June, at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, global leaders pledged $1.2 billion of the estimated $1.5 billion required to end polio. However, Rotary's work continues. We're now working to raise $50 million a year and to ensure that global leaders make good on this summer's pledges.
 
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Posted on Aug 01, 2017

Remembering Sam

The Rotary flags in front of Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and Rotary offices around the world flew at half-staff as friends and colleagues mourned President-elect Sam F. Owori, who died on 13 July from complications after surgery. Rotary remembers Sam’s quiet confidence, integrity, and friendship.

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Posted on Jul 17, 2017
Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori dies
 
Sam F. Owori, Rotary International president-elect, died unexpectedly Thursday as a result of post-operative complications from a planned surgery. Sam was a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years. "Please remember Sam as the outstanding, hard-working Rotarian he was," said Rotary International President Ian Riseley. "In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, the Owori family, and Sam's millions of friends around the world in your thoughts."
Rotary Weekly Update 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 11, 2017
The Social Networker
 
Ian Riseley has spent his career making connections among friends, colleagues, and Rotarians. He brings that gift for putting people together to his work as Rotary’s president in 2017-18
 
 
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Posted on Jun 25, 2017
Understanding the recent polio outbreaks

Outbreaks of vaccine-derived polio have been reported this month in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Syria, according to the World Health Organization. Why do these happen? Vaccine-derived cases are rare, and differ from polio cases caused by the virus living in the wild. Here is what you need to know about these outbreaks. 

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Posted on Jun 15, 2017
One of the feature films to be shown during the Southside Film Festival is Old Men Singing, a Documentary Short film directed by:  Mickey Rapkin and Zachary Weil

After losing touch for more than 50 years, the men of a collegiate a Cornell University a cappella group reunite on campus to reminisce, settle old scores and find out if they still have what it takes to perform together in this documentary short about the enduring power of music and the families we choose.  This film features Bob Cohen, our dear departed Rotarian and former director of the Bethlehem Rotary Morganaires.
 
Screening Times: Victory Firehouse, 205 Webster Street, 5:20pm Friday, June 16th | Victory Firehouse: 3:20pm Saturday, June 17th.
 
Cost to see this film at the Victory Firehouse is $5.  Single tickets are available at Deja Brew (101 W 4th Street) or at any of the venues during the festival. Please note, if you wish to use a credit card, please visit Deja Brew during business hours to purchase tickets.
 
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Posted on Jun 13, 2017

The Presidential Peace Conference kicked off today with Dr. Bernice A. King, chief executive officer of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, addressing Rotarians on the role they play in contributing to peace and international understanding. The two-day conference celebrates all that Rotary does to promote peace.

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Posted on Jun 04, 2017
Photo contest winners announced

The Rotarian’s annual photo contest is back and, with the enhanced graphics capacity of our new website, looking better than ever. The 2017 contest drew 600 entries from 40 countries, judged by veteran photojournalist Steve McMurry. See the nine breathtaking images he selected as this year’s winners and start getting ready for next year’s contest.

 
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Posted on May 29, 2017
A camp for everyone

For more than 90 years, the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri, USA, has been rallying all corners of the community to help thousands of kids attend camp. The club, whose members model Rotary’s passion for taking action, gave the first donation to The Rotary Foundation 100 years ago.

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Posted on May 22, 2017
Where polio hides

The discovery of the poliovirus in Nigeria last summer shocked eradication efforts. Here’s how Rotary is making sure it doesn’t happen again.

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Posted on May 13, 2017

Rotary uses virtual reality to inspire others

Rotary is working with Google’s virtual reality team to offer an experience that showcases the impact of compassion to a global audience. A three-minute virtual reality film that emphasizes the two themes of polio and peace will premiere at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, 13 June

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Posted on May 02, 2017
Sustainable Rotaract projects earn top honors

Members of the Rotaract Club at Moratuwa University, Sri Lanka, opened a library and science lab to help local students prepare for college entrance exams, and launched a weaving cooperative for female entrepreneurs. The project’s broader goal is to improve the quality of life in the community by stimulating economic growth. Learn why this effort was selected for the 2017 Rotaract Outstanding Project Award, and read about six regional projects also honored.

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DANCING WITH THE LV STARS
Includes our own Bryon Grigsby!

For the third year, just like the TV hit, Dancing with the Stars,  6 Lehigh Valley “celebrities” will partner with professional dancers from Utah Ballroom Dance Company! Our favorite local star - BRYON GRIGSBY will be dressed up in glitzy costume performing his routine and YOU can help pick the winner with your vote the night of the show! Part 2 of the show features the professional dancers in action until the winner of the famous Mirror Ball is announced at the end of the show! Your tickets support the non-profit FREDDY© Awards program, so come out and support our favorite celebrity.

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Posted on Apr 22, 2017
Driven to serve

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.

Read the full story

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Bethlehem Rotary Night With The Iron Pigs 2017-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 16, 2017
Why Rotary is investing in zero and beyond

When was polio last in Europe? If you guessed 2002, the year the region was certified polio-free, you’re wrong. The last time polio affected a child in Europe was 2015. Outbreaks like the one that occurred in Ukraine that year are why, although we are so close to eradicating polio, we still need $1.5 billion more to finish the job. Learn about the steps needed to ensure polio is truly gone forever.

Rotary Weekly Update 2017-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 08, 2017
8,000 kilometers to peace

Rotary members in a small town of Nova Scotia, Canada, took action to bring two families from war-torn Syria to their country, where the refugees are starting a new life.

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Posted on Apr 02, 2017
Driven to serve

What do you get when a handful of young leaders put their heads together and “dream big?” Apparently, you get a 14-city, 2,400-mile road trip that provides 2,500 hours of service by more than 500 volunteers. The Connecting for Good Tour of the American West Coast was organized by San Francisco Rotary member Danielle Lallement, and inspired by brainstorming that took place at a Young Professionals Summit in 2014. Read more about the massive Rotary road trip.

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Posted on Mar 25, 2017
Drawing connections

In St. Joseph, Michigan, USA, Rotary members have been matching high school students with mentors in their dream careers, providing valuable guidance as they explore their options after graduation. The exposure to community service has led students to start Interact clubs at six local schools, and has cemented the club’s connections with its community. Meet some of the students helped by the program and the members behind it all.

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Posted on Mar 14, 2017
Due to snow clearing challenges at Moravian Village our March 15th meeting is canceled
March 15 Meeting Canceled Al Philpotts 2017-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 12, 2017
On March 11th, more than 100 Rotarians from five Northampton County Rotary Clubs joined together to assemble 20,000 dry packaged meals for area food pantries and shelters.  It was truly evidence of Service Above Self.
 
 
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Posted on Mar 12, 2017
Rotary women inspire

What motivates everyday women to do extraordinary things? Three Rotary members answered that question at a celebration of International Women’s Day hosted by the World Bank at its Washington, D.C., headquarters on 8 March.

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Posted on Mar 05, 2017
Choking clean water

Blooms of poisonous blue-green algae threaten the western basin of Lake Erie, the source of drinking water for millions of people. Read more about how Rotarians are joining the fight.

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Posted on Feb 12, 2017
What does it feel like to be in an iron lung?

Dispatched to Ghana with a fellow British Rotarian to scout club service opportunities, Roger Frank hadn’t planned their visit to coincide with National Immunization Days. But the pair – Frank and Dr. Carl Hallam – jumped, unhesitating, into the thick of inoculations. Frank has built his own iron lung replica to teach a new generation about polio. Read more of the story.

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Posted on Jan 14, 2017
Check out Rotary.org’s modern, new look
Rotary.org, our public-facing website, has a fresh, contemporary look that clearly answers the often-asked question: “What is Rotary?” It’s the first step in a two-part update to our entire website: first Rotary.org, and then My Rotary. See what's changed.
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Posted on Jan 06, 2017
 
Rotary District 5650 once again entered a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade and our club member Mark Reed was there to see it. It won the Princess Trophy for the most beautiful float 35 feet and under.  The RI President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran proudly rode on the float.  All funds for the float were raised independently.  Rotary International did not supply funding, but all of Rotary benefits from the significant visibility the Parade offers.
 
 
Click HERE to see more photos of the float.
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Posted on Jan 01, 2017
On December 21, our Club honored the Club members who died during 2016:
  • Bill Votral
  • Gordon Mowrer
  • Bob Cohen
We also honored Bob and Madeline Brown who have retired from club membership.
 
Click Read More... to see the full presentation.
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Posted on Dec 18, 2016
A sneak peak at the new Rotary.org

In January, visitors to Rotary.org will discover a new, contemporary site that tells Rotary’s story in a fresh and exciting way. Rotary staff offer a look at the site’s features: a modern design, increased use of imagery and graphics, and better organization to help readers – especially newcomers – find out who we are and what we’re doing.

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Posted on Dec 04, 2016
Singing and dancing to keep India polio-free

On a warm day in October, Ingrid Schwab and a team of Rotary staff members join a group of dancing and singing children in Khera Khurd on the outskirts of Delhi, India, for an immunization day rally. “We are greeted with beating drums, beaming smiles, and fragrant flower garlands … we smile and laugh and our delight is captured on camera. Quite a celebration.”

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Posted on Nov 27, 2016
Thank you donors

Rotary is thankful for the hard work of dedicated donors and volunteers who make it possible for The Rotary Foundation to make a difference in communities around the world. Staff took time during the fifth annual Thank-a-Thon last week to send notes to donors and volunteers.

Rotary Weekly Update 2016-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 22, 2016
Rotary Foundation named World’s Outstanding Foundation

The Association of Fundraising Professionals selected The Rotary Foundation for its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation for 2016, a recognition that honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. 

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Posted on Nov 13, 2016
 
At our club's November 6th Club Assembly, Ham Malek invited Mr. Henry Heidecker to our Club to be recognized for his longstanding service to our community.  Eighty -four years young, Mr. Heidecker recently celebrated his 19th year serving as a crossing guard at the corner of 4th and Broadhead in Bethlehem's Southside.  Ham presented Mr. Heidecker with a proclamation from Mayor Donchez and a gift card from our Club to celebrate the occasion. 
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Posted on Nov 13, 2016

Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and a team of staff will join Rotary members to bike up to 104 miles in El Tour de Tucson, an annual bicycle race in Arizona, USA, to raise funds for PolioPlus. Your district could earn a visit from Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley by contributing District Designated Funds (DDFs) to support the team’s fundraising goal.

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Posted on Nov 06, 2016
Celebrate World Interact Week

Join the party as we celebrate 54 years of service and leadership through Interact, 31 October through 6 November. Show the world how your Interact Club makes a difference by taking part in our annual Video Awards, or join the conversation on social media.

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How close are we to ending polio?

Watch an update on our progress toward creating a polio-free world. Top global health experts and Rotary's polio ambassadors gathered at the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, on World Polio Day, 24 October, to hail progress made by Rotary and its partners.

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Joint Morning Star & Bethlehem Holiday Breakfast Meeting Jill Long 2016-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 23, 2016
Take part in World Polio Day

Join us on 24 October for World Polio Day and share your voice that we are closer than ever to creating a polio-free world. Rotary will host its fourth annual World Polio Day: Making History live stream event at 18:00 EDT (UTC-4) from the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The event brings together the biggest names in the global fight to eradicate polio. Watch live on Endpolio.org

Rotary Weekly Update 2016-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 16, 2016
Rotary members respond to Hurricane Matthew aftermath

Rotary members have been working with Rotary’s project partner for disaster relief, ShelterBox, to respond to the humanitarian needs that have arisen following Hurricane Matthew’s destructive path through Haiti and along the coast of the United States, impacting communities in Florida, Georgia, and South and North Carolina, USA. ShelterBox is currently sending supplies to help with a cholera outbreak in the southern region of Haiti. Learn how you can help.

Rotary Weekly Update 2016-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 09, 2016
Medical mission brings a healing touch to Rwanda

A team of specialists from India spent eight days in Kigali, Rwanda, performing hundreds of surgeries and teaching cutting-edge surgical techniques to local physicians and medical students. The medical mission was the fourth between Rotary districts in India and Rwanda, and one of dozens to Africa over the past two decades, extending healing care to patients who otherwise would have to wait months to see a surgeon.

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Posted on Oct 02, 2016
 

The Rotary Club of Yola-AUN is located on the campus of the American University of Nigeria, smack dab in the region where Boko Haram is most active. Club members, who include a good number of University professors and staff, know the importance of peace. The club is working with Rotary members from New England to help families living in a refugee camp, displaced by the violence.

Rotary Weekly Update 2016-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 27, 2016
What does it mean to practice peace?

Nations observe 21 September as International Day of Peace, a “day of global ceasefire and nonviolence.” Rotary’s commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers, which yearly prepare up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master’s degree program or a three-month certificate program at partner universities worldwide.

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Posted on Sep 18, 2016
Head of CDC talks about polio, Rotary, public health
As head of the U.S. public health system, Tom Frieden has taken on everything from Ebola to the flu. But where his work most closely intersects with Rotary’s is in polio eradication – CDC joins Rotary, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Health Organization as a core partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Find out what Frieden has to say about ending polio, Rotary, and the best buys in public health in an interview in The Rotarian.
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Youth Exchange Opportunities Pete Mickolay 2016-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 10, 2016
Ironman triathlete challenges world to end polio

Minda Dentler is the only female handcyclist to complete three Ironman Triathlons. The polio survivor recently returned to her native India to draw attention to continued immunization efforts in the country, which hasn’t had a new case since 2014. Now aRotary polio ambassador, Dentler shares her story with The Rotarian.

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Posted on Sep 05, 2016
Doing good in the world, and having fun too
Every day, 8,000 people die of waterborne disease. A group of Rotary members is committed to reducing the number of these deaths by providing clean water, and they’ve found a fun way to do it. Beers Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide (BREW) is a fellowship devoted to a love of beer and brewing. The fellowship helps clubs plan events around the world to raise money for global water, sanitation, and hygiene efforts.
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Posted on Aug 21, 2016
Though he's only 28 years old, Todd Jenkins, a member of the Rotary Club of Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA, has already built a strong Rotary résumé to advance his vision for a younger, more diverse Rotary. Read more about this dynamic Rotarian, who friends know as Dr. Bowtie because of his affinity for neckties.
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Posted by Alvin Philpotts on Aug 17, 2016
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Rotary is a volunteer organization with 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas.  It initiates humanitarian projects that address challenges affecting the world today, such as hunger, poverty, and illiteracy.  Rotary club members unite a broad cross-section of business and professional leaders around the world around a common mission:  Service Above Self. These 1.2 million men and women donate their expertise, time, and funds to support local and international project, helping people in need and promoting understanding among cultures.  

Rotary’s flagship program is its effort to protect children against polio. It aims to eradicate the disease from the world.

The members of the ROTARY CLUB OF BETHLEHEM would love to welcome you into our club. Want more info? Contact Gerry Long (longgolf@ptd.net) or - better yet - VISIT our weekly meeting and ask us to tell you more.  

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Samuel Frobisher Owori, of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, is the choice of the nominating committee to be the president of Rotary International in 2018-19. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested. 
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Rotary unites leaders to take action in their communities and all over the world. From joining our historic movement to eradicate polio to being a part of the original social network, there are many reasons to love Rotary. Check out our list in theAugust issue of The Rotarian and find out why mentoring young leaders should be onReasons to love Rotary right now
Rotary unites leaders to take action in their communities and all over the world. From joining our historic movement to eradicate polio to being a part of the original social network, there are many reasons to love Rotary. Check out our list in theAugust issue of The Rotarian and find out why mentoring young leaders should be on your list. your list.
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Young women in Peru learn to see a future for themselves

In Peru, women suffer higher rates of poverty and unemployment than men. About 50 percent of Peruvian women in the Sacred Valley region, which lies outside Cusco, will suffer severe physical or sexual partner abuse during their lifetimes. In 2012, members of the Rotary Club of Boulder’s New Generations pilot satellite club came up with a plan to address all of those problems by concentrating on empowering local women – specifically in their ability to make and act upon their decisions. Read more about the club’s efforts

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Posted on Jul 22, 2016
The way Cynthia Salim sees it, the fashion industry doesn't have much to offer a young, socially conscious woman like her when it comes to work clothes. So the former Rotary Scholar started her own company to produce high-quality, classic women’s wear constructed of socially responsible materials and made by fairly paid workers in environmentally friendly factories. Read more of Salim's story.
 
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CLUB Meeting on August 10th is at Musikfest!  
Click HERE to register not later than Friday August 5th.
We must provide ArtsQuest an accurate head count 72 hours prior to our meeting.
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Outgoing Rotary Club of Bethlehem Mike McGovern is all smiles as he hands the club leadership to Gail Evans for the next year.  Thanks Mike for your service to the Club. Best wishes to you Gail for a successful year as you lead our club into its first year of exciting new century of service.
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Korean global grant project keeps growing

If you can teach children to garden, you teach them life skills. That’s the basic philosophy behind a global grant project in Korea, where Rotary members built a greenhouse and train more than three dozen students with special needs the fundamentals of growing lettuce, packaging and transporting crops, and selling vegetables to nearby businesses. Read more about the project.

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The Rotaract Club of Bugolobi, Uganda, launched a program to provide free health clinics, school supplies, and clean water to villagers in rural Kanabulemu. The club’s 1000 Smiles project has been selected as this year’s International Winner of the Rotaract Outstanding Project Award and will be honored at the Korea Convention in June. Learn more and read about all the winners.

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Pope Francis greets Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran at a Jubilee audience at the Vatican on 30 April, where 9,000 Rotary members were special guests of the pontiff.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Vatican
 
Thousands of Rotary members, motivated by a special invitation from Pope Francis, gathered at the Vatican in Rome on Saturday to celebrate a message of compassion, inclusiveness, and service to humanity.  
 
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Crisis at the doorstep

More than a million refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan streamed into the European Union last year. The sheer number of refugees has spurred a backlash in Austria against the Union’s largely open-door policy. But Rotary members in a small Austrian town have been looking at the refugees as people, not problems. Learn more about what they have been doing to help.

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Posted on Apr 23, 2016
 
The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history. Council members granted clubs more freedom to determine their meeting schedule and membership, and approved a per capita dues increase of $4 a year for three years to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs for clubs. Read more about the Councilsee photos, and download vote totals.
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Representatives from Rotary clubs around the world will be gathering in Chicago next week to consider changes to the policies that guide Rotary International and its member clubs. The Council on Legislation gives members a role in adapting Rotary to keep it relevant to today’s world. We’ll be providing live updates and vote totals from the Council beginning on 11 April. Learn more about the Council.
 
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Clubs worldwide marked the 111th anniversary of the first Rotary club meeting this week by holding an event, hosting a fundraiser, or lighting a notable building. More than 70 clubs sent us photos of their events. See a selection of the photos, let us know how your club celebrated, and share your images on social media. See the gallery

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Why nominate a Rotary Peace Fellow?

The Rotary Peace Centers are Rotary’s long-term response to conflict resolution. By endorsing a Rotary Peace Fellow candidate, your club builds goodwill and cultural understanding. Watch how one applicant began her journey as a peace fellow and how a Rotary club helped her on the way.

Why nominate a Rotary Peace Fellow?

The Rotary Peace Centers are Rotary’s long-term response to conflict resolution. By endorsing a Rotary Peace Fellow candidate, your club builds goodwill and cultural understanding. Watch how one applicant began her journey as a peace fellow and how a Rotary club helped her on the way.

 

SUPPORT THE PEACE CENTERS

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Presidential conference explores routes to peace
Actress Sharon Stone joined experts from around the world at the Rotary World Peace Conference in California, USA. The two-day event was the first of five presidential conferences this year that will highlight Rotary’s commitment to promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, supporting education, and growing local economies. Read more about the peace conference and plan to attend one of the remaining four.
 
 
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Bringing freedom through mobility

Physically disabled people in Mexico often face discrimination and find it difficult to be productive members of society. Rotary members in Mexico and the United States have teamed up with Autonomy, Liberation Through Movement to provide vocational training, encouragement, and equipment.

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Posted on Nov 28, 2015
Miles to End Polio team raises millions for polio eradication

Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and eight RI staff members bicycled in El Tour de Tucson on 21 November. Together, they raised more than $2.9 million for Rotary’s fight to eradicate polio. When matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the funds the team raised will total nearly $9 million. It’s not too late to contribute District Designated Funds to the team. Read more about the ride.

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Posted on Nov 10, 2015
The power of giving

Through a series of global grants, the Rotary Club of San Nicolás de Los Garza in Nuevo Léon, Mexico, and Rotary members in Austin, Texas, USA, have been expanding free health care in rural communities in three Mexican states. Your gifts to The Rotary Foundation support projects like this one, which involves mobile health units. Read more

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Watch our World Polio Day update

Celebrities like Emmy Award-winning actress Archie Panjabi and Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo joined health officials like Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, in celebrating recent progress in the fight to end polio during our World Polio Day update 23 October. You can still watch the update and help us end polio by supporting the Miles to End Polio team.

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Posted on Oct 25, 2015
 
 

Rotary’s partnerships put books into the hands of children in Ecuador

Rotary and the United Nations have always enjoyed a special relationship. Rotarians were present at the chartering of the UN, and today, volunteer RI representatives serve as liaisons to a host of UN agencies and other international organizations. In Ecuador, connections between Rotary and the Organization of American States enhanced a literacy project that trains teachers to use technology in the classroom and also provides books for children.

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Lighting the way to a better world

Rotary and the international advocacy organization ONE joined other event partners in downtown Chicago last week to demonstrate a commitment to ending extreme poverty and inequality and to promoting action on climate change. The event, dubbed Under One Sky, took place on the eve of the United Nations launch of its Sustainable Development Goals, and was one of more than 150 held around the world. Read more about the Chicago Under One Sky event.

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Nigeria taken off endemic list

The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that it has officially removed Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic. It’s been 14 months since a case of polio caused by the wild virus was reported there. That leaves only two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where transmission of the virus has never been stopped. Read more about the WHO’s announcement.

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Posted on Sep 20, 2015
Celebrating the International Day of Peace

Since graduating from the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Wendy Coulson Catalán has made her home in San Miguel de Allende, a small community in central Mexico. In honor of the International Day of Peace, which is Monday, 21 September, Catalán is joining local Rotary members in hosting a celebration that includes a rap tournament to reach youths, who are often left out of the city’s many cultural events. It’s just one way Rotary Peace Fellows are building peace. Read more and learn how you can support the Rotary Peace Centers.

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Posted on Sep 13, 2015
How you can help on World Polio Day

Nigeria and the continent of Africa have gone a year without a polio case caused by wild poliovirus. But as significant as these accomplishments are, we have not yet reached our goal of a polio-free world. To mark World Polio Day, Rotary will host a streamed global status update on 23 October, sharing information about these recent milestones and focusing on the work that remains to be done.

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Posted on Sep 07, 2015
Rotary Youth Exchange is changing lives

Rotary Youth Exchange has been providing intercultural exchange opportunities for high school students since the 1920s. Students become cultural ambassadors for as long as a full academic year, while host families also build peace and international understanding. During a bus trip through the United States in July, Youth Exchange students told us how the program has changed their lives.

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Posted on Aug 30, 2015
Promoting education in rural Mexico

For more than a decade, Rotary clubs in the United States and Mexico have been investing in children’s education in Nayarit, providing scholarships, building libraries, and rehabbing school buildings. Carolina Gonzales Rivas, a scholarship recipient and now a Rotary member, talks about how Rotary has influenced her life.

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Posted on Aug 23, 2015
Why did you join Rotary?

The kindness and support of host families in Japan hooked Jennifer Jacobson on Rotary. A police constable in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada, Jacobson went on a Group Study Exchange and then was accepted into the three-month Rotary Peace Centers program at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. After that, she says, she knew she had to join. We recently asked members around the world to share their reasons for joining.

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Posted on Aug 15, 2015
Africa reaches important polio milestone

Tuesday marked a year since the continent of Africa has reported a new case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus. This is the longest the continent has ever gone without a case of polio and a critical step on the path toward a polio-free Africa. But continued support is critical before Africa can be certified polio-free.

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Posted on Aug 09, 2015
Ian Riseley is selected as 2017-18 Rotary president

Australian accountant Ian H.S. Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, was selected by the Nominating Committee and will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenges from other candidates. Riseley has been a member since 1978, and has served Rotary as treasurer, director, trustee, RI Board Executive Committee member, task force member, committee member and chair, and district governor.

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Posted on Aug 02, 2015
A dozen ways to make a difference

August is Membership and New Club Development Month, which means it’s time to celebrate your Rotary club, its members, and the good you do in your community and around the world. Discover twelve ways to make the most of your membership.

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Posted on Jul 26, 2015
Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year

Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus. The country is on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Posted on Jul 19, 2015
Rodeo reaches troubled youth in Queensland

Students at the Shaftesbury Rodeo Academy in rural Queensland, Australia, know they have to attend school and complete their work if they want to take part in the weekly Friday night rodeo, eight seconds of heart-stopping bull-riding action. Through the school, Rotary members are providing basic academics and farming skills to Wakka Wakka Aboriginal children with troubled backgrounds.

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Posted on Jul 13, 2015
  • The $1,025 we've collected thus far buys 41 tickets for Northeast Ministries, Boys and Girls Club and S2L kids.  
  • Our Goal is $2,475 turned in to the Phillies by July 21st 
  • We need 99 more ticket purchases ($25 each) to meet our obligation. 
  • Please call Gerry Long (610) 625-5105 if you would like to give a fun night to these kids.
 
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Visit our Member Center

As a member of Rotary, you’re part of a global network of community volunteers who are making a positive difference. The new Member Center gathers all of the many benefits and resources available to you, including Rotary Global Rewards, which features discounts on travel, hotels, dining, and entertainment.

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Posted on Jun 28, 2015
Rotary releases $40.3 million for polio immunization activities

Rotary is releasing $40.3 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 come at a critical time and will build on gains Rotary and its partners have been making in the fight to eradicate polio. Nigeria, the last polio-endemic country in Africa, is approaching one year without a case of polio.

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