Join a Twitter chat on membership with General Secretary John Hewko
Kick off Membership and New Club Development Month by participating in a Twitter chat with Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko on 5 August at 10:30 Chicago time (UTC-5). Get tips and resources for gaining members and becoming more involved in your club. Share your own ideas and expertise on how Rotary members can encourage their friends to join. Use #RotaryChat to participate and follow @Rotary and @JohnHewko.
Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus, putting the country on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. The last case was reported on 24 July 2014 in the northern state of Kano. 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. Nigeria is the last polio-endemic country in Africa. The continent is poised to reach its own first full year without any illness from the virus on 11 August. “...
Australian students take opportunity by the horns
The rules of the Shaftesbury Rodeo Academy are simple: no school, no rodeo. It’s a message that teenagers who attend school at Bisley Farm, most of whom have never attended any school regularly, take seriously. Because come Friday night, these aspiring rodeo heroes want to join their friends to ride bulls for a heart-stopping eight seconds, if they last that long. The school in rural Queensland, Australia, also teaches the boys, who are of the Wakka Wakka Aboriginal people, basic academics and farming skills, including how to care for crops and livestock. It’s a fairly common form of...
Illiteracy traps adults, and their families, in poverty
Around the world, millions of adults are unable to read or write, and therefore struggle to earn a living for themselves and their families. Even in the United States, with its considerable resources, there are 36 million adults who can’t read better than the average third-grader, according to the international nonprofit ProLiteracy. In Detroit, Michigan, a widely cited 2003 survey conducted by the National Institute for Literacy found that almost half of residents over age 16 were functionally illiterate -- unable to use reading, speaking, writing, and computer skills in everyday life....
Meet Rotary’s new president
This excerpt from the July issue of The Rotarian magazine profiles the 2015-16 RI president. Before he gives a speech, K.R. Ravindran doesn’t like flowery, adulatory introductions. They make him uncomfortable. The 2015-16 Rotary president would rather keep a low profile and share the credit. If it were up to him, you probably wouldn’t even be reading this article. Negotiating Days of Tranquility during the Sri Lankan civil war so that health workers could administer drops of polio vaccine? Although it was on his desk that the agreement landed, he says, a lot of people worked to make that...
Posted by Tony McNair
on Jul 30, 2015
Susan Boyd brought us an interesting program on Rea Magnet Wire. As the son of a wire-drawing engineer, it was fun to learn and reminisce at the same time.
George Jacobs originally formed his own company in Cleveland, but his father-in-law offered to build a plant in Fort Wayne if he would bring the family back together in Fort Wayne. The Dudlo plant was placed on Wall St in Fort Wayne.
Rea was founded in 1933, bought by Alcoa in 1960, bought out as an LBO in 1986 and purchased the assets of another Fort Wayne institution, Phelps Dodge Magnet Wire in 2006. Today they are the world’s largest magnet wire manufacturer with over 1200 employees.
Tincaps game – 7/29/2015
The Club chose a great night of a ballgame. The weather was great with no sign of rain. Some Rotarians staffed a booth to present Rotary to the public while other Rotarians watched the game. AND our own Lori Stinson threw out the first pitch, and did a great job of it.
Posted by Ian McCormick
on Jul 14, 2015
Rotary International President Ravindran Centennial Gala Keynote Speaker
K.R. Ravindran , 2015-16 Rotary International President, will be the keynote speaker at the October 2, 2015, Rotary Club of Fort Wayne Centennial Gala at the Grand Wayne Center.
Mr. Ravindran, of Western Province, Sri Lanka, is CEO of a publicly listed company, which he founded with a worldwide clientele in the tea packaging industry. He also serves on the board of several other companies and charitable trusts.
He is the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association. As his country’s national PolioPlus chair, “Ravi” headed a task force consisting of the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to successfully negotiate a ceasefire with the northern militants during National Immunization Days.
A Rotarian since 1974, Ravi has served Rotary International (RI) as treasurer; director; Foundation trustee; committee member, vice chair, and chair; task force member; RI training leader; and district governor. He also chaired the Schools Reawakening project, sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, to rebuild 25 tsunami-devastated schools to benefit 15,000 children.
Ravi and his wife, Vanathy, are level 4 Major Donors of The Rotary Foundation. They have been married since 1975, and have two children and one grandchild.
To learn more about Mr. Ravindran, please read this profile which appeared in The Rotarian Magazine.