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AGONY AND RELIEF IN DHAKA’S AMAROK SCHOOLS

by John Borst, PP Rotary Club of Dryden, ON

This June has seen another round of flooding in Dhaka, Bangladesh as the above photo from the Dhaka Daily Star of June 17th, 2017 will attest.

The slums of Dhaka are also home to a Rotary sponsored literacy and education initiative. In 2009 The Rotary Club of Belleville, Ontario learned of a unique low-cost literacy experiment being tried by a Canadian charity, The Amarok Society. It was the brain-child of Tanyss and GEM Munro. Continue reading “AGONY AND RELIEF IN DHAKA’S AMAROK SCHOOLS”

THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY WITHIN ROTARY’S FUTURE

 

Are we afraid to track and share our diversity metrics?

by John Borst, Past President, Rotary Club of Dryden, ON

Sometimes ideas unexpectedly, seem to converge. This is what happened with the topic of diversity within Rotary this past week.

I was in Toronto and while there visited the East York Rotary Club. The speaker, a member of the club gave a brief slide presentation on their draft Strategic Plan. The first priority identified was titled  “Diversity and Inclusion”.

Later the same week,  while looking through the PowerPoint presentations at the Atlanta convention, I read through one titled “The Future of Rotary” and discovered it had a slide, titled  “Importance of Diversity by Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Alumni”. Continue reading “THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY WITHIN ROTARY’S FUTURE”

The long struggle to bring women into Rotary

Editor’s note: the following is an edited excerpt from “Rotary News” in a May 7th article. I have long known of the struggle of the Duarte Club, however, I had no idea the issue dated as far back as 1950. 

Grafton Rotary Club (Australia, District 9640) member Brenda Thompson, gave a brief history of the long process that took place before women were allowed to join Rotary Clubs.

According to Thompson, it was in 1950 that the first step was taken by a Rotary Club in India, who made a proposal that the word “male” be deleted from the Standard Rotary Club Constitution. Continue reading “The long struggle to bring women into Rotary”

ClubRunner’s place among the 4 major RI website providers

This slide share from the RI Atlanta Convention provides a comparison of data for Club Collaborator, DACdb, Roster on Wheels and ClubRunner

The ‘Wonder Woman’ I have known in Rotary

Within Rotary in North America, “the growth in the power of women” is now well entrenched.

by John Borst, Past President Rotary Club of Dryden, ON

In February 1941, Dr. William Moulton Marston, an internationally famous psychologist submitted a draft of his first script, explaining the “under-meaning” of Wonder Woman’s Amazonian origins in ancient Greece, Continue reading “The ‘Wonder Woman’ I have known in Rotary”

Preserving the Place of America in Rotary’s Future

by John Borst, PP Rotary Club of Dryden ON

The recent re-zoning of Rotary has highlighted as nothing before the need to consider America’s place within Rotary. Continue reading “Preserving the Place of America in Rotary’s Future”

IN ROTARY’S 2020 REALINEMENT IT’S ASIA WHICH GAINS TWO ZONES

India and South Korea reap benefit of America’s declining membership

by John Borst, PP Rotary Club of Dryden ON

Further analysis of the material supplied by Rotary International reveals that the new Zones were created in the South-eastern Asian countries of India and South Korea. Continue reading “IN ROTARY’S 2020 REALINEMENT IT’S ASIA WHICH GAINS TWO ZONES”

MY CLUB CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF ROTARY IN DRYDEN

by John Borst & Will Vermeer, both PP Rotary Club of Dryden

Approximately 100 Rotarians and guests converged on The Centre in Dryden on April 22nd for the celebration of 75 years of Rotary in Dryden.

 

Continue reading “MY CLUB CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF ROTARY IN DRYDEN”

ROTARY ZONE REALIGNMENT VERY COMPLEX, POORLY COMMUNICATED

America will lose two Zones & likely one director in 2020

by John Borst, PP Rotary Club of Dryden, ON

Imagine being given the task of realigning Rotary’s Zones with both hands being tied behind your back. That is the task that Rotary’s Zones Review Committee (ZRC) was given. At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure as recommended by the ZRC. Continue reading “ROTARY ZONE REALIGNMENT VERY COMPLEX, POORLY COMMUNICATED”

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