Rotary and Diversity

The subject of this blog is Rotary and diversity – or to put it another way – is Rotary just for old, white guys? Rotary is present to varying degrees in most countries throughout the world, making it diverse in terms of nationalities represented. Let’s look closer to home though. Are Rotary Clubs in the United States diverse in terms of age, gender, and ethnicity? Some are and some are not. Having a diverse membership, and an environment that appreciates and respects differences, helps Rotary Clubs be relevant in and connected to their communities. In the United States, Rotary Clubs whose membership looks like the country at large are going to do well while those that do not have a r

Eradicating Polio in our Lifetimes

Polio (poliomyelitis) is a highly infectious disease mainly affecting children under five. Many of us have never seen someone affected by polio nor ever will – and that’s good news! Thanks to the work of many different organizations, including Rotary International, polio is on the cusp of being eradicated. The list of diseases to have been eradicated is short. Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980 and Guinea Worm is close. Polio will join this list eventually. Getting to this point has been a long journey but well worth it. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) more than 15 million people are able to walk today who would otherwise have been paralyzed and an estimated 1.5 m

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