How do you get free ad space for Rotary?

Rotary Public Image Coordinator Penny Offer was recently featured on the Rotary voices blog.  Penny writes:

“Have you noticed how digital flat screen signs are popping up in banks, fast-food outlets, airports, sports areas and numerous other locations? They are replacing traditional fixed printed billboards on highways. This new media offers opportunities for Rotary.

In August, the Rotary Club of Ladner (Delta) in suburban Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, invited a sales rep from one of the major digital billboard companies as a speaker at a regular meeting of the club. At the end of his presentation he was asked if he would give comp space to Rotary, and he quickly agreed”

Read the full post, “How do you get free ad space for Rotary“.


Lessons I learned in teamwork

By Enrico Giuseppe Ferro, Past President of the Yale University Rotaract Club (New Haven, USA), winner of the 2013 “Rotaract Outstanding Project Award for the USA, Canada and Caribbean Districts”.

In 2009, I took part in a Rotary Youth Exchange to Canandaigua (New York), which taught me many things about teamwork. I worked side by side with Rotarians and other exchange students to develop strategies to enhance our service efforts. For example, we organized themed food nights in which we would cook and sell typical dishes from our countries as an opportunity to fundraise but also promote awareness on our ongoing projects. I realized how through Rotary I could work with people from many different perspectives to tackle urgent problems in our communities.

As a member of the Interact club of Cagliari, Italy, I had previously experienced the benefits of teaming up with Rotaractors and Rotarians to work on a common goal. This teamwork again proved essential as my Rotaract club based at Yale University rolled out a project for a vocational training center to benefit the people of Baste, a rural village nearby Mumbai, India.

Enrico with one of the trainees enrolled in the sewing course offered at the vocational training center in Baste, India, which the Yale Rotaract Club members visited in January 2013.

Enrico with one of the trainees enrolled in the sewing course offered at the vocational training center in Baste, India, which the Yale Rotaract Club members visited in January 2013.

Enrico with one of the trainees enrolled in the sewing course offered at the vocational training center in Baste, India, which the Yale Rotaract Club members visited in January 2013.

Our center, supported by a US$40,000 global grant from the Rotary Foundation, offers courses in welding, sewing, mechanics, and medical training for paramedics. Participants gain practical skills that help them secure jobs that could earn them US$80-100 a month.

In January 2013, I visited the project site with other members of my club and worked with the paramedics we were training to teach hygiene to villagers in Baste. I felt an overwhelming sense of reward as I witnessed the tangible results of our project. I realized how, through Rotary, we were giving this community the tools they needed to better their lives and gain economic independence.

One of the really great things about Rotary is how it brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to tackle problems from a fresh perspective. On Tuesday, September 24, I will be joining with others in a free webinar, “Lifecycle of a Service Project (Part 1)” where we will discuss real examples of how we have accomplished this through sustainable projects.

This, the first of a five-part series, will provide a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about the different lifecycles of a service project, from planning and locating resources to promoting the project and evaluating its impact.

Encourage district and club leaders to learn more about Enrico’s project by registering today!

Youth Service Re-energizes Rotary

 Written by Gérard Allonneau, Rotary coordinator, Zone 11 & part 20B

Gérard Allonneau Coordinateur du Rotary France-Maghreb 2012-2015“We Believe in Youth” was a major slogan used during our national communication campaign for Rotary in France. But we don’t see more young people in our clubs.

Since 2010, Youth Service includes all Rotary Youth Programs. Every district in France appoints a District New Generations chair (DNGC) responsible for staying in touch with our youth alumni, offering them new activities, and inviting them to join an Interact, Rotaract, or even a Rotary Club.

A Youth Programs Cross-promotion Day was organized in several districts in our zone. We invited former Youth Exchange and RYLA participants, Interactors, and Rotaractors as well as young Rotarians. Here are two examples.

In District 1640, former youth program participants were really happy to be together again after several years. They showed interest in the “Family of Rotary” and, in particular, joining Rotaract.

In District 1720, the needs of young people were assessed through a brainstorming session. We used an assessment model that allowed us to immediately interpret the responses to our questions.

When asked about the concrete steps Rotary should take to encourage the involvement of youth in Rotary, these young leaders answered as follows:

  • Increased communication targeting young people (31%)
  • Increased assistance in helping young people start a career (25%)
  • Increased inter-generational service (18%).

Overall, youth service re-energizes Rotary for three reasons:

  1. Working with young people can be a motivating factor for Rotarians;
  2. Active collaboration with Rotaractors and Interactors energizes Rotary service projects;
  3. Mentoring programs conducted by Rotarians and Rotaractors inspires a new generation of Rotarians.

Learn more about Rotaract, Interact, and other opportunities for young leaders on the Rotary website.