Is Your Business Ready for the X’ers?

SHaring from the Rotary Club of Madison

Rotary Club of Madison, Wisconsin

–submitted by Donna Hurd; photo b John Bonset-Veal

Seeger DebbieDebbie Seeger, (pictured here with club president Ellsworth Brown) in her presentation entitled “Shift Happens,” provided a futuristic view of the incoming workforce, the ensuing competition to attract and retain talent, and how to prepare for the inevitable.

By the numbers: Baby Boomers represent one of the largest generations in history (78 million) and we are aging.  The succeeding generation, Gen X, represents just over half of the baby boomer population.  Clearly, the laws of supply and demand indicate the supply of available workers will not sufficiently meet the potential demand of employers.  The repercussions of poor planning or absence of planning will prove detrimental to a business’s viability.  Defining the gaps in knowledge with the loss of boomers will be an integral part of assessing the needs of the business in its attempt to successfully move from one generation of…

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The tale of two fundraising rides

Help support Rotary Staff at the “El Tour De Tuscon” Wishing them the stamina they need to raise funds for #EndPolio

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Kristin Brown, center, her husband, Mahmoud Ajamia -- who will also be riding in Tucson -- and Marga Hewko at the bottom of a steep hill on a recent training ride. Kristin Brown, center, her husband, Mahmoud Ajamia, — who will also be riding in Tucson — and Marga Hewko at the bottom of a steep hill on a recent training ride.

By Kristin Brown

I am really excited to be returning to Tucson, Arizona, USA, this week for my second Miles to End Polio event and to join forces with the Rotarians cycling so that others may walk.

It has been an eventful year in the fight to End Polio Now. Nigeria achieved a milestone in July when it passed an entire year without a new case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus. And cases in the two remaining endemic countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, are at an all-time low. But now more than ever, we need to keep the pressure on. One of my biggest concerns is that people will become complacent and fail to recognize the threat…

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Find international service partners in Ecuador

Rotary Service Connections | English

By Amparo Albuja, District 4400 XI Project Fair Committee Chair

DSCN4294 International visitors learn about local club projects at the X Ecuador Project Fair

Every year, District 4400’s local clubs showcase their service projects to Rotarian visitors at the Ecuador Project Fair. These events help foster international partnerships to collaboratively address community concerns through Rotarian-led projects.

Last year’s Fair helped us strengthen existing international relationships while building new partnership in service. The event brought attention to the rising importance of organic agriculture in Ecuador. One of our most popular projects proposed the creation of an agro-ecological demonstration farm to train local farmers on new approaches to farming. Another related project proposed the creation of an auto-sustainable community based on the production of organic fertilizers. Both projects quickly found needed support from our U.S. Rotarian visitors.

Small clubs without global grant experience also have options to obtain international support. Last year, a…

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Meet the Miles to End polio team

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Last year's team mugs for the camera. Last year’s team mugs for the camera.

John HewkoBy John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary

On 21 November, Rotary staff members and I will join Arizona Rotary members to bike up to 104 miles in El Tour de Tucson to raise funds for polio eradication.

The event is one of the top cycling events in the U.S., attracting more than 9,000 cyclists each year. We are aiming to raise $3.4 million, which will be tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a total of more than $10 million for the fight to end polio.

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Literacy partnership helps children chase their dreams

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Rotarian Juliet Riseley and Dolly Parton at Dolly Parton's Imagination Library launch in Australia Dolly Parton (left) and Rotarian Juliet Riseley (right) at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library launch in Australia

By Dolly Parton, U.S. singer-songwriter and founder of The Dollywood Foundation and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program

I’VE CHASED AFTER RAINBOWS; I HAVE CAPTURED ONE OR TWO.
I HAVE REACHED FOR THE STARS; AND I’VE EVEN HELD A FEW.
I’VE WALKED THAT LONESOME VALLEY, TOPPED THE MOUTAINS, SOARED THE SKY.
I’VE LAUGHED AND I HAVE CRIED; BUT I HAVE
ALWAYS TRIED.

These are the opening lyrics to a very special song of mine called “Try.” It’s always been the theme song for my Imagination Library because it really captures exactly why I started the program twenty years ago. I want children to have the opportunity to chase their dreams –no matter who they are or where they live.

It is hard for me to believe that the Imagination Library is now 20 years…

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